This is the story of three sisters: the responsible high school-aged Haruka, wild child middle schooler Kana, and the devious elementary school-aged Chiaki. They live together without their parents and go about their surprisingly average life. Helping each other get through everything from love confessions to cooking, this is the story of three average girls doing normal and slightly abnormal things.
Minami-ke and its many sequels, aren’t what you’d expect. There are some weird situations, but the whole show is firmly grounded in reality. Yet, somehow, they made reality seem fun. If you are looking for really-real, fun slice of life shows, give these anime recommendations a try.
For Fans of Slice of Life Comedy
Chiyo Mihama fears she will be one of the strangest students in the freshman class. She is, in fact, a ten-year-old genius that has been moved up a few grades. However, she isn’t the only oddball to be found. With a series of strange girls in her homeroom, Chiyo begins to feel right at home dealing with all the strange situations that come about.
If you enjoyed the random comedy of Minami-ke and have never seen Azumanga Daioh, then it is time to change that. This was the random girl comedy from before Minami-ke. Featuring the many stories and weird situations of school girls, you won’t be able to not laugh at either show.
The Daily Lives of High School Boys
This is the tale of three boys that roam the halls of the all-boys school of Sanada North. Their lives are filled with nothing but giant robot drama and true love stories, at least in their imaginations. In reality, these three boys are nothing special, but they try their best to pass the time.
Think of The Daily Lives of High School Boys as the reverse of Minami-ke. It is about a group of boys rather than girls, and while they are not related, they mind as well be for as much as they hang out. You get a lot of grand imagination situations in both as well as a good dose of real life comedy.
Non Non Biyori
Asahigaoka may look like boring countryside to anyone else, but for five students that live there, they work their hardest to make sure every day is colorful and exciting. This is the story of five very different students and what they do to keep the boredom at bay.
Non Non Biyori is a rare atmospherically-beautiful comedy that surrounds a group of girls and the people that surround them. If you like diverse female characters that each brings their own personality to the table, then both Minami-ke and Non Non Biyori are worth the watch.
For Fans of Cute Girls Doing Cute Things
This is the story of everything that makes up the fabric of life. Ichigo Mashimaro tells the tales of Itou Chika, her sister Nobue, and her friends Miu, Matsuri, and Ana.
Both shows are about a group of girls being … Completely random in all they do. However, what they both have in common is that they are both slice of life comedies that manage to keep things interesting and semi-funny across multiple seasons.
Pani Poni Dash
The eleven-year-old genius Rebecca Miyamoto has become a teacher. However, her class is full of weirdoes. Luckily for her, she isn’t about to take any of their shenanigans. With a sadistic streak and her cute, but fierce looks, she might be just the thing to wrangle this class.
While they might not seem like they have a lot in common aside from girls with cute personalities, the fun part about Minami-ke is that is has quite a few references to Pani Poni Dash.
This is the story of three girls who joined their school’s Data Processing Club. They take what is otherwise a mundane club and make it interesting, in the process, forming a unique friendship.
Both of these shows don’t have much of an overall plot to speak of. Instead, they opt to focus on and find comedy in the interactions between the characters. The primary difference is that the characters are related in Minami-ke and not quite as moe.
For Fans of Three Sister Dynamics
Born triplets, the eleven-year-old Marui sisters could not be any more different. The eldest is sadistic and mature for her age. The middle is perverted and athletic. While the youngest seems quiet and gentle, but might just be the most pervert and sadistic of them all. When they are put in the same class with a new teacher, it makes for an explosive combination.
Both series tell the tale of three vastly different sisters. However, Mistsudomoe tells the story of triplets rather than girls spanning all ages as with Minami-ke. Both series are awesome for a laugh and display a number of personalities cohabitating together.
Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father
Segawa Yuta is a freshman in university and has his whole life ahead of him, despite losing both his parents. Raised by his sister, he maintained a close relationship, even though she married when he was in junior high. One day, his sister asks him to babysit her three daughters while she goes on a trip. However, when his sister’s plane goes missing, he takes responsibility for the kids in order for them to not be split up.
Both series are about three sisters and their family connection after losing their parents. However, while the girls in Listen to Me, Girls have their uncle taking care of them, the Minami girls are self-sufficient. However, while both are comedic, Minami-ke is much lighter.
Haruki Nakano wants to live a normal high school life, but his mother went overseas and left him with his four sisters. Each of them go out of their way to make his life more challenging.
Unlike Minami-ke, Danchigai tells the story of four sisters and the various ways they terrorize their brother. However, it is essentially the same when you look at how the Minami sisters semi-terrorize their friends.
As Minami-ke covers such a broad genre, this is only a small taste of shows similar to it. If you think there were shows more worthy of watchers looking for anime recommendations similar to Minami-ke, let them be known in the comments section below.