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Ore no Imouto episode 2

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.

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  1. Ragnarok
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget that the OST is amazing.

    Now I do have to agree that this is the surprise of the season even though it has this moe factor, it is very well developed.
    I like it so far.
    I think the punch is in the sister trying to convert her brother into an anime and eroge otaku lol.

    And by the way, after some hard thinking I think I understand why incest is getting “popular”, and enters in the same category as yaoi and yuri forbidden love but with 2 different genders.
    At least I hope that is the reason why people like it, i not I am going to be very sick.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

      I never noticed the ost =|

      Moe isn’t always a bad thing (I can’t believe I’m saying this). It’s all right when mixed in with other elements. Cleverly done and it can summon your sympathy for the characters. Overplayed, as it is done in soooo many cases, and it’s just overloaded cuteness that grates on your nerves.

      Incest is popular because it’s the lazy version of the childhood friend. A girl who you don’t have to get to know to become close to

  2. Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    “It’s.…it’s the b-b-best new anime of this sea­son. OK there, I said it.”

    Since it’s National Coming Out Day, I’ll say it, too…Oreimo is the best new anime of the season!!

    Thanks for being brave and paving the way for all of us enjoying this series! Two episodes down and it’s so enjoyable, so cute, so smart and so…just, nice.

    I like how you mentioned the brother’s changes and adjustment toward Kirino. He is realistically (mostly) being brotherly and growing in his sibling relationship. Little moments like the final scene of the episode demonstate this, and really make this show something special (thus far). I’m LOVING it.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

      Remember: Best new anime. Can’t forget that fact.

      Calling a bro/sis relationship realistic is always a difficult task because everyone’s case is different. I agree that this one has me with realistic so far, but by and large I don’t care what their relationship is like so long as they don’t want to bang each other. But they’re certainly managing to keep their relationship interesting

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Was I the only one who laughed my ass off at Kousaka celebrating his completion of Shiori’s arc?

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

      I was too and I was going to mention it. I even took a screencap and everything, but I had to impose a limit. It’s Durarara all over again

  4. Hatsuyuki
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Haha, I totally feel Kirino. Even though I met a few people who like anime as well, they were all into genres I’m just not particularly fond of, thus we never had too much to talk about – unless it was having friendly debates on our tastes XD.

    This anime still makes me nervous it’ll go the incest route, though. I blame looking at the spoilers for the novels, which I wont mention here because spoilers are evil lol. Idk, I can do yaoi, yuri, whatever, but not incest for some reason (maybe because I have my own sibling lol).

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

      I’ve heard that the latest book’s description sent the anime down an undesirable route. Ah well, we’ll see that when we get there.

      I’ve met other anime fans before in the real world. My problem wasn’t genre problems. It was that they all stunk to the high heavens and I found it hard to be in the same room as them

      • Hatsuyuki
        Posted October 12, 2010 at 2:23 am | Permalink

        Yeah, that’s what I’m planning to do as well. Plus, the anime may not be able to cover up to the point where more romance/implications start. For once I’d love an adaptation to not cover all the manga/light novel XD.

        Lmao!!! Oh god, that’s horrible! I can imagine, since I went to an anime convention before and holy hell… certain rooms just smelled so much like BO it was insane.

  5. fathomlessblue
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    What the hell happened here? This show was destined the elict the same hatred as kissxsis did, with myself at the forefront of that particular mob. I bet theres a bunch of incest otaku cursing Ore no Imouto for trolling them, while everyone else is still in shock at how awesome it (currently) is. Made me smile at least.

    While Kirino’s a classic tsundere, theres elements of the story that I find just too relatable for an anime of this type. Outside of actually watching and commenting on shows, i’m about as far removed from otaku culture as humanly possible, to the extent that when I encounter other anime fans, they tend to think i’m taking the piss or something. Granted, the circumstances were different, but could totally emphasise with not being able to comfortably bond with people that share such similar interests in a real world environment.

    Also loved the scene in the store with Kirino looking at the (xxxl, lol) outfits, while Kyou is in the background uncomfortably looking at the nearest masculine objects, weaponry. I know a few friends that can attest to that on the odd occassion i’ve dragged them into ‘worlds apart’ haha

    What’s going on? An anime of this type shouldn’t have me relating to it in this way. At any rate i’ve somehow been converted as well. Really hope it keeps on this form.

    ps. Loved that pic too. Way to down moe culture in one fell swoop. I still plan on watching Heartcatch Precure though…

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

      I never expected KissXSis levels, but I certainly expected the show to expect brothers to want to bone their sisters. It’s something that’s almost everpresent in anime for whatever reason. It’s even in Star Driver! Hence, I actually picked the one with the least incest. Surpise surprise

      One thought that I had with the XXL size was that only fat girls like yaoi anime. heh heh, I dunno why I found that so amusing. They should have had at least one fat girl join the otaku group, they clearly weren’t representitive of otaku girls if there wasn’t a single fat girl

      • Posted October 12, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink

        Weirdly, in my Otaku friendcircle most of the GUYS are fat. Not the girls.

  6. smallish
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    You know, I didn’t really give this anime much thought when I first heard of it and even though I liked the first episode, I had no idea how this could be an entire series. But now that I’ve watched the second episode, I have a lot more faith and I think I get where it’s generally going.

    I guess I really like it because it gets away with being ridiculously adorable, but still has that nice realism that keeps it grounded. And I still love the realistic sibling relationship and it’s making me wish I had a younger sibling again. And the animation is pretty.

    Let’s admit it. We’re fans of Ore no Imouto in the most hopeless way.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

      I wasn’t even going to watch this. I had it in the same category as Yosuga no Sora and Milky Holmes. There’s a surprise every season I guess

  7. Posted October 11, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    I don’t really like telling people that I told them so but… I told you so :P just glad you overcame that particular barrier eventually ^^
    Screwing up on an OreImo adaptation would have been along the lines of sinning against Genshiken — meta is where otaku is most united over~

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

      ok ok, you were right, I was wrong, bleargh =P

  8. Posted October 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m also in shock about how watchable and good this show has turned out to be……well so far, there’s still plenty of time for it to fall flat on its face. Still its really nice to be pleasantly surprised by a show you were geared up to dislike – I never imagined I’d find myself relating to OreImo on any level before I actually watched it!

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

      It’s not that it ended up watchable that I’m so surprised at. Well, I am surprised at that, but it’s how damn good the whole show is that’s really thrown me. I mean, it could have been kinda good and skirted around the whole siscon thing, but it’s so intelligent and well made, it’s really thrown me

  9. Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m more interested at how I am actually able to forgive the show, considering how frequently it does reference dropping. I mean, most of the drops were even irrelevant, but since it applies to a certain otaku’s taste, it’s forgivable.

    It’s amazing.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

      It’s not acting like referencing is funny though. That’s quite important. You can reference all you want, so long as you don’t act like you’re making a joke by doing so

      • Posted October 11, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

        So you’re saying that making an insult using a reference is fine like what they did?

      • Scamp
        Posted October 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, I guess so. It suceeds in what it’s meant to do, which is insult the other character through nerdy means. It isn’t pretending that referencing Geass or Precure counts as humour

  10. Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    We are all tsundere for this anime~

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Permalink


  11. Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Just watched both episodes of this show, and damn those were some fun episodes.
    It’s interesting how if an anime has a younger sibling as an important character, the younger sister is mostly there for moe/fanservice/incest/romance advise, while the older brother is there to either form a long lasting rivalry or a long lasting partnership. I have almost never seen a heart touching bond between a brother and a younger sister ( there are some good sister to sister ones though), but there are many strong bonds of brotherhood (FMA-the 2nd season has the word brotherhood in the title!).
    I don’t what I was trying to point out, just an observation, that’s all.

    Sigh, sometimes I wish I had a little sister. It could have been so much fun to sabotage their makeup, reading their secret diaries (only to taunt them with their secrets later), scribbling on their twilight posters, oh such fun I could have. Little brothers are boring, you can either beat them up (which I can’t because I lack serious muscle), or taunt them with an M-rated game.

  12. Posted October 12, 2010 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    Looks pretty decent compare to other lolicon animes. I even might consider giving it a chance. Also, was that lelouch …. lol

    • akani
      Posted October 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

      Oreimo is not a lolicon anime, nor is it incest.

      • Scamp
        Posted October 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

        not yet…

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