Onemine finally lives up to its pun
Nene Onemine is a major recurring character in Komi can’t communicate whose name – like the rest of the cast – is a pun on the role she fills on the show. Originally introduced in Season 1 Episode 10, Onemine often acts like an older sister to her classmates, which is a reference to both her last name and first name.
In the case of his surname, when the second half is removed and replaced with the honorifics “-san” or “-chan”, it looks like “onee-san” or “onee-chan”, the Japanese word for “older sister”. Similarly, with her first name, when the second “ne” is removed and replaced with the honorific “-chan”, it looks like “nee-chan”, which is a variation of “onee-chan” used by young children. Additionally, “Ne! Ne!” said together also sounds like “Hey! Hey!” in Japanese, which is used to get someone’s attention.
In episode 22 of Komi can’t communicate, Onemine lives up to the puns on her behalf when she invites her friends Shoko Komi and Kaede Otori to her house to make Valentine’s Day chocolates. As Onemine, Komi, and Kaede enter the house, none of the girls get a chance to take their shoes off at the door before Onemine’s younger siblings come to greet them. Her younger brother Kazuya refers to both her and Kaede as “nee-chan”. Similarly, Onemine’s three-year-old sister Nono catches his eye by saying “Ne! Ne!” before asking him what game they are going to play.
Interestingly, sibling names are also puns. Six-year-old twins Kazuya and Nana have names that say a lot about their behavior or personality. Kazuya, for example, sounds like the Japanese word for “arrows used in target practice”, which speaks to his blunt personality and the fact that he has no filter when speaking.
Kazuya’s twin sister’s name, Nana, sounds like the Japanese word for “seven”, indicating that she is close to that age. It also sounds like “Na! Na!” which is also used to get someone’s attention. It also speaks to the fact that, like her twin brother, Nana enjoys having her older sister’s attention. Little brother Nono sounds the same as the children’s word for “God” or “Buddha” in Japanese. This speaks to the fact that Nono is a very young child who can speak but does not yet have a fully developed vocabulary.
While Onemine is busy with Komi and Kaede baking cake in the kitchen, the three younger siblings play in the kitchen. Onemine decides to keep them busy by having them help with the cake, though they do a sloppy job of whipping the cream. Komi ends up taking over this task and manages to impress the children with her skills as a whipped cream maker. This is enough to get the younger ones interested in Komi, who babysits them while Onemine and Kaede continue to work in the kitchen. When they start asking about Komi’s communication disorder, Onemine steps in to inform them that she’s shy, which is enough to keep the kids from bullying her.
After the cake is ready, Onemine shares the cake with his friends and siblings, who all end up eating all of the cake. Although Onemine isn’t happy that all the cake is gone in one sitting, she doesn’t scold her little siblings about it. After all, she is not the mother of her siblings despite the fact that she sometimes takes on this role, especially when supervising them. The fact that Onemine has the patience to take care of three very young siblings explains why she also has enough patience to work with the most troublesome students at her school: she practices a lot at home.