It’s almost a shame that I’ve finally given in and accepted the true nature of Ore no Imouto. It sure gave me plenty to talk about for the past 5 episodes. I’ve got to come up with something new to talk about now that’s interesting enough to generate discussion, or at least something that’s entertaining or interesting for the reader. Oh well, such are the everyday challenges for the episodic blogger.
I suppose I could call this episode ‘My Childhood Friend Can’t Be This Cute’, but that all depends on whose perspective you approach this from. ‘My Grandaughter’s Crush Can’t Be This Gormless’ if you take the grandparents point of view. ‘My Grandmother Can’t Be This Cute’ if you happen to be into the whole anime GMILF thing (because sometimes you’ve got to reach a bit further than the incestuous pedophile audience). ‘My New Haircut Can’t Be This Uncool’ if you’re the poor brother and his brand new buzzcut. Or how about ‘My Little Sister Can Stay Out Of This Anime Because It’s Much More Charming When She’s Not Involved’? Meh, that last one is a bit of a mouthful.
Because when Kirino isn’t involved, you take the cynical, otaku pandering side out of the anime and get something that feels oddly endearing and genuine. Yeah sure, Manami is the childhood friend character down to a tee, but it’s done in such a way that it doesn’t feel coldly calculated. Again, it helps that Ore no Imouto keeps it’s generally well-written dialogue and character interactions. It’s just you’ve taken that writing and wrapped it round characters that feel genuine. The closest example I could think of is to Love Hina. The situation may be cliche, but there’s a heart to it takes the cynic away from you.
Manami’s family are great fun to watch. The Grandparents playing matchmakers, trying to push the two gormless young ‘uns together, using some pretty blatant tactics (the grandad’s “I can see my wife across the River Styx” was hilarious). The brother made me grin more though. Partly because when I saw him, I instantly thought of the 5th batter and captain from Ookiebookie Fookybooky Big Windup whose name has escaped my mind. I just like the idea of him going home after baseball practice and strumming away on his guitar-stand in. Or that the Big Windup world is also part of the Ore no Imouto world. Kuroneko was probably one of the mean people who bullied Mihashi in his old school.
There’s just loads of little parts to the writing that makes this episode incredibly hard to dislike. Kyousuke really getting into the role of The Cart Driver to the point that he starts taking responsibility in situations that have nothing to do with him (AHA~! It was I who arranged the beds like this because I want to bone my little sister…or something…). The brother’s strumming on the guitar-stand in in dramatic fashion when Kyousuke makes said declaration. The ‘imagine you’re granny turned into a 15 year old girl’ line, which sounds so much like the plot line to an upcoming anime (and, just like Ore no Imouto, it gets the schoolgirl and the GMILF fans simultaneously!). It hardly did anything original, but it was charming and had more than enough in the episode to keep me thoroughly entertained. Heck, you could have it as a stand alone episode if it wasn’t for the random scenes of some otaku girl.
Ah Kirino. It’s not that I necessarily hate you as a person or anything. I’m not the type of person who dislikes characters for being bad people in the world they’re in, which appears to be where most of the hate for her stems from. I hate her because she’s an otaku’s wet dream, designed with that perfectly in mind so that every scene is calculated for maximum fap material. You’re cynical creation. It’s also amusing how she still fits the typical clingy imouto stereotype, albeit clingy in a tsundere way. The one thing Ore no Imouto pretended it was original in doing falls apart with every passing episode.