Sorry Ore no Imouto, but Kuragehime has since taken your crown of ‘best new anime of the season’. It’s a tough world out there and only a privileged few can ever take that title of best in any given season, especially when you air in one of the equinox seasons. Ah well, at least you can keep hold of your ‘surprise of the season’ tag. While The World God Only Knows continues to fall flat on it’s face, Ore no Imouto picks up the slack for that anime. Par for the course then.
Now I’m going to instantly contradict my earlier statement by declaring the vast majority of this episode a bit of a bore. The first half was made up entirely of a young teenage girl doing young teenage girl things. Chatting on the phone in an extremely bitchy manner to ‘friends’ who merely serve as something to vent your opinions at. Getting all sparkly eyed at the latest merchandise on offer. All while remaining very insecure about herself and her secrets. Funny how similar otaku are to teenage girls eh. Combine the two together and you get one of the single most bitchy and insecure creatures on the planet. No wonder the two of them can’t stop going for each other’s throats.
But then big evil daddy discovers Kirino’s secret and things get interesting again. Well, not really. Kyousuke has to turn back to being Good Brother© one again, even going so far as to take a karate chop to the face. I’m still waiting for the guy to crack and tell his sister to bug off. In fact, I had thought that he would do that at the next available opportunity. However I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt in this situation. The proverbial big boss of the entire series, the Scary Father©, is unleashing his wrath and his sister is on the brink of defeat. The whole scene in the restaurant was sorta boring though. ‘Anime and Eroge are part of me’ has been established already. Repeating what we already know without much attempts at humour. So far so not that great.
Then we get a shounen inspired speech. Honestly I thought this came more out of Toradora field than any shounen anime. It’s the moe version of the dramatic speech. It’s got more in common with the shojo speech in terms of what is being said but is delivered in a shounen-esque way. Again though, we have Kyousuke still sticking up for his sister. I’d like to think his over the top speech was partly down to a long-harboured frustration at the iron fist his father controls the household, but there was little evidence of that. He seemed to be genuinely doing this all for his sister. Hmmm, right whatever. I was ready to pass this episode off as a bit of a dud, until this scene.
‘Save the Little Sisters’. With that, this show goes straight back to awesome again. The dads face in all this was priceless. The way he had to spell out what all this meant verbally because the idea of keeping such a thought inside his head was magnificent. His son sits in his sisters room on his sisters computer playing games about older brothers having sex with their younger sisters. No wonder the dad punched him in the face. Combine that all with the “I don’t have a son” face he shot him at the end, the whole scene was fantastic and, probably more remarkably, a scene I didn’t see coming at all. Because I’m an idiot who couldn’t see the obvious occurring.
The final scene of the episode bugged me though. My beef with the whole little sister thing in anime is the onii-chan fetish that seems ever present in anime. It is seen as perfectly natural for a brother to want to bone his younger sister and for the sister to want to jump into bed with her onii-chan. The very point of Ore no Imouto is that it’s making an anime in which that is quite patently not the case, and makes a big song and dance of that not being the case. Kirino is still sexualised but that’s never been a problem (well, she’s a 14 year old girl being sexualised, which is a whole different can of worms I don’t want to touch right now). The point of the show is that the main characters little sister isn’t that cute. They’ve created a world in which brothers do not want to bone their sisters. But the final scene shows Kyousuke being surprised that his sister might just be this cute after all! Please Ore no Imouto. Don’t go down that path. Don’t kill off your main selling point.