11 CommentsOre no Imouto / By Scamp /

Ore no Imouto episode 11

Ore no Okaa-san ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai

I think we may have found the Next Big Thing in anime fetishdom: Appealing to the Oedipus Complex. This time next year, the chart will have an anime called “That won’t help me study Mum!” (warning: serious eww factor. You can direct your thanks to 2D-T for alerting me to that urban legend). Trying to work out if that’s creepier than incest or not. This time there isn’t the fall back of “I don’t have a sister so I don’t know what it’s like”, although you’d probably get people defending it saying “she just really loves her son!”. Yeah, I better get off this topic.

So Ore no Imouto has boiled down to the perverted hijinks of a bunch of teenagers, falling quite neatly into the typical Light Novel adaptation that has become the forefront of the moe world. It’s like MM! from this season, except instead of proudly declaring the male lead is masochist, this anime dances around the possible incest route. To be fair to Ore no Imouto, it’s quite a distance ahead of MM! or any other perverted teenage hijinks anime. Some of the lines are genuinely witty, the animation is streets ahead of the others and it has great characters some good characters Kuroneko. Compared to those anime, Ore no Imouto has actually been watchable and occasionally enjoyable. It’s faaaaar behind some of the other Light Novel adaptations about the perverted hijinks of teenagers, like Bakemonogatari and…err, well just Bakemonogatari. Unless you want to count Durarara as perverted hijinks of teenagers. It has teenagers, and they do talk about boobs and stuff. But that’s probably stretching my newly created category a bit too far.

Second half of the episode was Saori creating a personal harem for Kyousuke, interestingly including Kirino in his harem. Now I suppose you could take this as both her and Kuroneko being convinced that the two have something a bit beyond the standard bro/sis relationship for each other, but I’m starting to wonder if it’s a cultural thing. I figured it was just an anime thing, but when every single bro/sis relationship that both characters are of near enough age to each other has at least one attracted to the other, I start to wonder why it’s so ubiquitous. Maybe that’s considered normal in Japan. That you are meant to naturally recognise the sexual appeal of your siblings. This is a country that seems a lot less squicky towards incest when it comes to cousins, so maybe it’s just in their cultural psyche. It baffles me that anyone can think like that, and I know that you should take what happens in anime as a representation of Japan with more than just a pinch of salt, but you do start to wonder why it shows up so frequently.

As for Kirino’s thanks and suddenly showing an alternate side to her character we hadn’t witnessed once over the entire course of the series, to win us over by revealing her ‘dere side, I roll my eyes at. Or at least, I objectively roll my eyes at it, but damnit the scene was well executed and made me smile regardless. That in no way makes up for the previous 10 episodes of Kirino being one of the worst anime characters of all time, but I’ll let it slide for the second part of this episode. Kuroneko in cat ears helped. So did the morbidly fascinated receptionist, showing again that Ore no Imouto still has the capability to be witty.

If Ore no Imouto made an anime out of the mecha anime playing on the TV when they were in the cafe, do you think they might also release a magazine of Mee-gane? Eh, a man can hope.

This is about where Ore no Imouto anime canon ends. Sorta. What’s going to happen is there be a final episode aired on TV, the so called ‘Good End’, with 3 alternate endings on the DVD release. Which is about the best bloody thing that could happen. I remarked a while back that the Ore no Imouto dating sim had, like any dating sim, several different endings, including incest ends and bad ends. It’s easy to pull such ends with a dating sim because, when every ending is canon, none are. That’s why I thought Ore no Imouto itself didn’t have the balls to pull any sort of decent ending. The one ending of Ore no Imouto would canon, and hence they didn’t have the balls to put anything worthwhile as a solid ending. In a way, they still don’t have the balls, but have worked around that fact by producing the multiple ending version. Now they can actually tackle the subjects they’ve been skirting around since the start. My guess with how the 3 endings will go is

  1. The TV ‘Good End’ will be a nothing end. A happy end where nothing really happens. Kyousuke makes up with his father and the world is happy.
  2. The true incest end. Maybe the game Kirino gave Kyousuke, telling him to ‘think of the character as herself’ will finally lead him to make a move. May or may not be revealed that they aren’t blood related.
  3. A ‘Bad End’. Seems obvious if they called the last one a ‘good end’. Ayase goes into full psycho mode, possibly tying in with the above version of the ending, stabs Kyousuke for a final, glorious, Cart Driver ending.
  4. A Kuroneko ending. I will stab someone if we don’t get a fucking Kuroneko ending. She doesn’t even need to end up with Kyousuke. I just want at least one of these episodes to focus on her.
  5. *Bonus choice* is the obvious Childhood Friend ending. Could still have all of these if the bad end ties in with the incest end.

The final episodes won’t be out for about 6 months or something, so we’ll be waiting quite a while before I can see how right they are. They could throw us a total curve ball though. We could get the Oedipus Ending…

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11 Comments

  1. luffyluffy
    Posted December 15, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    OreImo? BANNED IN JAPAN.

  2. Posted December 15, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    If we’re watching Yosuga no Sora during the livewatch sessions, then we’d definitely watch “That Won’t Help Me Study, Mom!” In other news, anime bloggers are a bunch of sick bastards. (I include myself in this, of course.)

    • Posted December 15, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

      Oh LORD that would be amazing to watch with the #sccsav. Amazingly awful, that is.

  3. Shinigami
    Posted December 15, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    holy crap.now we have to wait another 6 months. I’d like myself a Kuroneko ending as well…she is fukin awesome.
    Regarding Kirino…I never thought there will be enough dere to make up for all the tsun..I stand corrected.

  4. Tenchi ryu
    Posted December 15, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    I still don’t think this show will have the balls to show Ayase going true Yandere and killing Kyou, plus that kind of scenerio doesn’t fit the vibe of this show, at least school days changed shift about half way through. Like you said Scamp, give me a Kuroneko and Manami ending, and this show will redeem itself. Kirino is still a bitch, but a bitch I wouldn’t mind leaving with now, lets just hope she stays this way.

    But with this stupid ass new Anime Manga ban, we may never see shows like this on broadcast again

  5. Milfeulle
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    >3 alternate endings

    Nope.

  6. trewdys
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    I think you’re mistaken. There will be 4 episodes released after the TV broadcast, but probably net broadcast(like Bakemonogatari) and not DVD. These 4 episodes are just one alternative ending. The first of these four is an alternate episode 12 and the rest complete the route.

    • Milfeulle
      Posted December 16, 2010 at 5:21 am | Permalink

      http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=274837

      There, read it slowly this time.

      • Scamp
        Posted December 16, 2010 at 8:46 am | Permalink

        Well fuck. I’d read the guys original tweet which said they would branch off with 4 episodes after the 11th and asumed it would be the 4 different eds.

        Fuck, that’s a major disappointment. It’ll be a non-ending that finishes nothing. No Kuroneko ending, no Manami ending, no bad ending and I seriously doubt they will even have the balls to pull an incest ending.

        Fuck you Ore no Imouto. I was actually praising your anime for a change. Now back to just being pissed all over again

  7. ~xxx
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    OreImo really trying down to cut the lines….

    Making each of us think of an ending.
    Sounds like a promo where the fans decides on what kind of ending they wanted in the end and the fans send a text message on who will be featured on the last episode.[that thing was once used in the soap-opera in the Philippines, and it was sucessful.]]

  8. akani
    Posted December 18, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    If it helps, I heard that in the latest novel Kyousuke is dating Kuroneko.

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