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Ore no Imouto episode 13 (True Route OVA)

I didn’t write about the first episode of the True Route OVA. That’s because the differences between it and the actual episode 12 were so minimal it didn’t warrant a post. The actual changes were:

  1. A man play­ed porn games in the street
  2. Kyousuke rode a bicycle
  3. Kirino didn’t head­butt­ Kyousuke
  4. Kur­oneko said Senpai.

Besides, it would be hard to top my tsun­dereview from epis­ode 12, so I had decided then not to write about the True Route OVAs.

Then episode 13 came along and essentially gave me exactly what I’ve been asking for all along. An Ore no Imouto spin-off where Kuroneko is the main focus and absolutely no Kirino whatsoever. So hey, why not jump back into the boiling pot that is blogging Ore no Imouto.

It’s strange getting back into the Ore no Imouto mindframe. There are a couple of things that you need to remember when watching this anime. One is that Kyousuke is a siscon. Well, perhaps his fetish is a bit broader than that. He likes younger girls looking up to him and calling him respectful names while they suck his knob. His sister just so happens to fall into that category and she’s an easy target, so good on him. The show is frustrating and baffling if you try to pretend his brotherly love is anything else. I know this because I’ve tried to think otherwise. It didn’t work. Anyone who tries to claim otherwise is deluded to the extreme. Or they weren’t paying enough attention. Once I remembered that simple fact, it was quite easy to sink back into enjoying this show. Because, even though this show is, at its core, an otaku handjob to the extreme, it still can be incredibly clever and witty.

Well, when I say ‘can be incredibly clever and witty‘, what I actually mean is ‘can have scenes that feature Kuroneko‘ . She is still the best thing about this show, and the only one whose character remains seemingly intact and coherent throughout (apart from that scene with the cat ears because what self respecting Code Geass Maschera fan would do that). Since when was Saori the type of character to grope her own breasts in Kyousuke’s room anyway? At least with Kuroneko, it’s easy to see why she’s fallen for Kyousuke. Older sister character who has to look out for her younger siblings yet shunned by her classmates because she’s an anti-social bitch, he’s the first guy to look out for her instead. With that, they’ve kept all the other parts of her character intact that I liked. The ever anti-social bitch side, the spouting great lines about otaku hobbies and actually having some though put into the tsundere aspect of her character.

Kuroneko is a tsundere that actually has some correlation between the tsun and the dere. Kirino isn’t a tsundere. There’s no similarity between tsun and dere and the jump has nothing to do with character personality as it has to do with simply having two totally different personalities altogether. Kuroneko’s character has some actual correlation and logic behind her changes in emotions. I thought the tsundere had died after Mayoi Neko Overrun. Before that anime, I had considered the tsundere character archetype to be the one that required actual effort to be put into making the archetype work. You needed to construct the wall behind which the tsun side hides, the reasoning as to how the wall would get broken down and what the dere side looks like too. Until fucking Mayoi Neko Overrun killed the tsundere for me with one simple line. When introducing the token tsundere, the main character described her as thus: “She says the opposite to what she means”. And that was it. The extent of her characterisation was just that line. Nothing more. But *poof* you have a tsundere. I’m pretty certain I’ve written about this before but it’s worth repeating to remind you guys what doesn’t make a good tsundere. Kirino is not because there’s no correlation between the two sides of her personality. That twat from Mayoi Neko Overrun isn’t either because that’s just saying the opposite to what she thinks. Kuroneko is a proper tsundere. The archetype isn’t dead yet!

These guys were awesome.

OK, back to fanboying over Kuroneko.

Imagine that huh. All you needed for this show to be good again was get rid of Kirino and focus on Kuroneko. It’s not because I’m attracted to her in a typical fanboy sense or anything (she’s waaaay too loli for my taste). She’s just a well written character. In fact, the show in general is still well written. From Saori’s little bitch over Kirino not writing to Kyousuke wondering what on earth Kuroneko’s real name is, it’s still got some competent writing behind it all. There’s obviously poor parts too, such as the extremely annoying bouncy music that comes on when Ore no Imouto wants you to laugh now ‘kay. But I did genuinely enjoy this episode. Now we’ve just got to wait for Kirino to return next episode for the entire show to be ruined! But it would still be more fun to write about than Fractale or Bakuman. Damnit, I need to pick better shows to blog next season.

But Kuroneko. He died at the end of the series.

 

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CART DRIVER!!!

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26 Comments

  1. Posted March 31, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    I liked this episode except for what’s-his-face’s sister, who was just WAY too over-the-top and unbelievable for me. She almost singlehandedly derailed the episode for me, yeesh.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

      I liked her until the final OTT scene. She came out with some good lines, such as how watching anime isn’t weird, it’s just spouting weird lines that puts people off

      • Posted April 1, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, I though she was all right until that point, but during the big freak out she’s just irritating rather than funny.

  2. luffyluffy
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    So, are you going to call her Ruri or Kuroneko?

    • mcm38
      Posted March 31, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

      I guess Kuroneko, seeing how he wrote down Kuroneko in the continuation of the dialogue. XD Nice self-reference.
      The Cart Driver, a good example of Schrodingers cat. Wait a sec! Scamp you’re alive aren’t ya, does that mean Lelouche is also alive?
      *actin as an idiot*

    • Scamp
      Posted April 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

      Put it this way: Do you call me Scamp or by my real name?

  3. Posted March 31, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    What makes a good tsundere is totally serious business.
    Because it is.
    What I’m saying that you are one too. And during this blogpost, you played up your tsundere sides too. I wonder if it was intentionally.
    Hehehe~

    • Scamp
      Posted April 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

      Seriously? I was tsundere here too?

      Gyargh…

  4. mcm38
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    I think I heard that line before Mayoi Nekko, but I don’t remember in which one. Or it might even be an anime aired later. Well can’t remember cause I dropped both.

    Kuroneko is the archetype tsundere: a character who is bitchy and annoying to everyone, but is broken to dere when being by one (usualy main)character.

    The tsundere is one of the so called moe characters, and doesn’t have any restrictions to age, sex and race. Altough most of them does appear to be blond foreigners, for some delusional reasonings of the writers and/or the producers.

    All the other tsundere chars are rip-offs and an eyesor… I mean fake examples for first-timers.

    • mcm38
      Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

      Btw, that other lil sis char was surprisingly not a tsundere. I wish she was the main char instead of Kirino. And yeah those two were awesome, I realized after I saw them eating the last bits of the potato chips, I also make the same evolutionary stance when eating the last bits. And surprisingly they look similar both in face and weight to my twin nephews, who also happen to have the same character as those two.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 31, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

        Funny, I do that with potato chips too

      • mcm38
        Posted March 31, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

        Oh, a fellow ‘Evolutionary’ member

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 31, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

        Evolutionary? Wat’s dat?

      • mcm38
        Posted March 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

        The evolutionary stance, I mentioned before. The stance you make whilst eating potato chips. AKA evolutionary!

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 1, 2011 at 12:44 am | Permalink

        Ooh~

        EvoBro~

  5. Posted March 31, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I always thought of Maschera as a riff on Geass as well as DtB, so that bit about a rather unsatisfactory 2nd season got a good chuckle from me.

    I also liked how easily (and skillfully!) Kyousuke coaxed out the fujoushi side of that other girl whatshername. She’s a little out there, but what else about this show isn’t wound up in dual otaku pandering/critiquing motives?

    Guessing by the next episode title combined with my delusional optimism, I think it will still be about Kuroneko.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      Oh yeah, it was something about kouhai being cute and all that. Yay, no Kirino yet!

  6. Posted April 1, 2011 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    I can make you the best blogger ever. All you have to do is make a contract with me.

    • Posted April 1, 2011 at 8:30 am | Permalink

      Hey, he already is the best blogger ever.
      And I don’t think he would make a contract seeing what you did to my head. I can’t even drink tea anymore. It’s kinda frustrating, I say.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

        Why not just pour tea in your neck hole?

    • Posted April 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      I fulfilled your wish, you became a mahou shoujo. That was the contract. Sometimes these things happen.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink
  7. anon
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    >Dam­nit, I need to pick bet­ter shows to blog next season.
    It doesn’t matter how good the shows are, what matters most is how interesting you can write about them.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      Exactly. Bakuman > Ore no Imouto but I can always find something to say about OreImo

  8. mizu
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    I don’t honestly think Kuroneko was written that well this episode. For one thing she’s too tsuntsun for my taste, but I realize that’s my own problem. But really, since when has she been the type to throw pillows at Kyousuke and get angry with him that easily? I always thought she came off as more cold and arrogant than violent.
    With Kirino gone, I thought things might get better, but I get the feeling they are now making Kuroneko out to be the replacement tsundere imouto or something. She just seems a little ooc to me.

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  • [...] “Ima­gine that huh. All you needed for this show to be good again was get rid of Kirino and focus on Kur­oneko. It’s not because I’m attrac­ted to her in a typ­ical fan­boy sense or any­thing (she’s waaaay too loli for my taste). She’s just a well writ­ten char­ac­ter.” – The Cart Driver [...]

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