My original plans for blogging the new anime season consisted of Bakuman, Arakawa, Star Driver and one other anime that caught my fancy. Bakuman and Arakawa are already definites, but Star Driver keeps letting me down. It’s less of a glorious conglomeration of Gurren Lagann, Geass and Utena and more a massive mess that reminds me more of Shangri-La than anything else. Not even healthy doses of KIRABOSHI~♥ can save that anime it its current state.
Then there’s Ore no Imouto. Instantly dismissed as soon as I saw the name. But it refuses to suck. It refuses to enter into creepy siscon territory. It’s….it’s the b-b-best new anime of this season. OK there, I said it.
One simple change from episode 1 to 2 that I liked was the brother is now used to being in his sister’s room. One simple scene I liked a lot from the last episode was how he was noticeably uncomfortable stepping foot inside his sister’s room. Now, the guy’s used to it already. The closest example I can think to this is Dexters Lab (that show’s been on my mind a lot recently thanks to Panty and Stocking) where Dee Dee’s room is seen as the spawning pit for all that is evil and pink in Dexter’s mind. However while he’s more used to his sister now, it’s still not total comfort. Kirino’s tsundere act and being generally bitchy is something I’m pretty sure most brother’s would never put up with, but the guy is currently playing the role of Good Brother© and not making fun of her hobby. In a way, that’s why he tried to get her to make friends in the first place. There’s only so much Good Brother© he can play before he gets sick of it and he doesn’t want to shoot down his sister when she’s so dependant on him at the moment.
Out of place amongst your own kind. Aw, you had to feel for the poor girl. It’s easy to forget certain facts because it’s an anime, but she is still only 14. There’s no group more judgemental than young teenage girls. Even the snarky grannies bow down towards the overwhelming prejudice and condescending tone of the fearsome teenage girl. Hence, by association, there’s no group more self conscious also. That panic you get when you realise you don’t fit in at all. Don’t worry Kirino. They’re all a bunch of yaoi fangirls who wouldn’t know good fashion if it hit them in the face with a prawn salad.
From the promo images of Ore no Imouto, I had this person singled out as 1) A man and 2) A hyper idol otaku who was in love with Kirino and envied the brother of his position because he ‘always wanted a sister that cute’. That seemed like the stereotypical way for any anime to go. Introduce ‘competition’ to ‘test their relationship’. Nothing doing here, thank god for that. I actually like the girl a lot. Take aside the people who couldn’t get it right first time around and create a smaller group for them to talk with each other. It’s a simple method but the idea had honestly never crossed my mind. Gotta keep that one for when I’m setting up a social meet sometime.
The real reason I’m blogging Ore no Imouto. Please please please put a scene in which the Sugiento cosplayer watches the last episode and have her standing up in shock, pointing dramatically at the TV screen as it shows a picture of some straw hat wearing, corn chewing, cart driving bloke and yelling “HE’S ALIVE!”. I’d probably close down the blog and declare Ore no Imouto best anime of the year if it actually did that.
Well, I wouldn’t go that far. This blog is the centre of English-speaking, Arakawa fandom on the internet and that’s the real best anime of the year. I-i-it’s not like I’m that big of a fan of Ore no Imouto or anything.
You are my new hero, little cosplaying girl. I am saving this picture to use whenever someone tries to tell me Heartcatch Precure is the best anime of the year. In fact, due to the deliberate ambiguity of the statement, I could use that screencap whenever anyone talks about a moe anime. Ironic that it was a moe anime itself that has given me this glorious piece of ammo.
I quite liked the scene of the two of them in Akiba, discovering who it was that typically shared your fandom. It’s something that’s always amused me that when it comes to anime fans, gender roles are switched from western television and movies. Girls love the dark and evil anime, with blood and whatnot, while men love the cutesy anime about little girls and bright colours. Female otaku in Japan have better taste than male otaku. Although I did like how the two of them had that disappointed look on their face going through these shops. They knew their fandoms were made up of those types of fans, but to see it in action had an inevitable annoyance to it. It’s also going to be like that for the fandom for this anime. We’re going to have to share it with those siscon fans. I realise I’m probably insulting a bunch of my readers here, but eh, whatever, you bunch of incestuous creeps.
Yargh, I’m already going hitting that 1000 word self-imposed limit. Before I finish, I’d like to talk about how this episode was released extra early. For those who don’t know the details, I could, and normally would, link you guys to the ANN article. However the article is deliberately vague. That’s because Ore no Imouto was supposed to be ANN’s first dip into the world of simulcasts (‘Simultanious Casts’ now apparently meaning several days after it’s aired in Japan, but whatever). However, the episode was leaked from their site too early due to shitty security (what actually happened was someone simply changed the URL of the first episode from 1 to 2 and *poof* there was the video file). Now I am a fan of legal streaming and, rather surprisingly, also a fan on ANN. However even I feel more amusement than remorse at this incident. Partly because of the beautiful image of ANN having to report this incident as news because they reported the Funimation One Piece fuck up, but also because it wasn’t available in my country and, since it’s ANN, they were never going to be available in my country. If ANN drop out of the game, that means less competition for Crunchyroll and anime that I can actually watch.
So yeah, brb lafin at ANN.