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Ore no Imouto episode 6

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.

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  1. Chen
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    The Cart Driver is tsundere for the otaku pandering crowd. It all makes sense now.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      I-i-it’s not like I think you’re the cancer that’s killing the industry or anything

  2. Tenchi ryu
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    The sad part about this episode is that Kirino is BARELY in it….and this episode just happens to be the best one I’ve seen so far in the series…..hmm I wonder how can that be :p…..The last title hit the nail on the head to a tee. ‘My Little Sis­ter Can Stay Out Of This Anime Because It’s Much More Charm­ing When She’s Not Involved’?

    I am now OFFICIALLY rooting for Manami to sack Kyou in bed

    • Scamp
      Posted November 9, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      Can I join your OFFICIAL rooting for Manami team? Kuroneko is still my favourite character, but I have a soft spot for Manami after this episode

      • Posted November 9, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

        I’m in the same unfortunate position as you guys, as the character I despise most in this work is the main one, Kirino. I love everyone else to bits, except for maybe the yandere.

      • Tenchi ryu
        Posted November 9, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

        I honestly feel kind of guilty for the fact I really wouldn’t mind outcasting the MAIN CHARACTER from her OWN show. She could have saved herself, but episode 5 is what officially made me want to put her on a pitch fork. If I was Kyou, I would have boinked manami for a MUCH deserved stress reliever….then married her and got her pregnant…

      • luffyluffy
        Posted November 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

        Y-You say boinked too?

  3. Posted November 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Would Kirino block Manami if Manami started to actually get some action? Would Kirino just hug Meruru tightly and cry herself to sleep? This is strangely compelling!

    • Scamp
      Posted November 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

      There’s only one obvious conclusion: Kyousuke takes all the hate of the world upon himself for a Cart Driver ending! You know it’s coming

  4. Posted November 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    A couple more Kirino-less episodes and I might start watching this cartoon again.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      I shall keep you informed.

      Also, this is the 7000th comment on the blog. Although it’s not quite the same when I get momunental comment myself -_-

      Oh hey, scratch that. Mefloraine beat me to it

  5. karry
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    ” The ‘ima­gine you’re granny turned into a 15 year old girl’ line, which sounds so much like the plot line to an upcom­ing animei”

    I can think of at least 10 british books for children with this premise, and a few USian toons with episodes just about that, so its hardly a new twist.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 9, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      Now that you mention it, that plot line does ring a bell. Although the closest that springs to mind is Freaky Friday, and that’s just 40 -> 15.

  6. Posted November 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    This episode was a lot of fun, mainly because it lacked Kirino’s bitchiness.

    Manami X Kyousuke FTW!

    • Scamp
      Posted November 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

      She still tried her damn hardest to be bitchy with what little time she had

  7. Posted November 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    I’m not the first person to point this out, but I did notice that Manami’s brother is the opposite of Kirino in that he’s not afraid to rebel except that his approach to doing so is hilarious in that he’s not actually rebelling. He wants to be a skinhead? Looks like he got stuck with an old-school haircut instead. How about rocking out with an electric guitar? Naaah he gets stuck with a traditional shamisen.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      heh, that’s clever. And I bet the author meant it that way as well. Besides, don’t youths today rebel against their Pink Floyd listening parents by putting on classical music?

  8. fathomlessblue
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I’d have called this ep, “My friends grandad can’t be this awesome”. That guy dominated this ep, ditch Kirino and make him the focus… in a non-romantic way I mean.

    The cynical side of me knows that Manami is just as equally otaku pandering as Kirino is, but screw it, shes just sooo sweet; completely exploits my naive romantic side.

    Now I’m off to rewatch the latest Arakawa ep…. wow, just wow….

    • Scamp
      Posted November 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

      They’re like the total opposite to the strict family of Kirino and Kyousuke.

      Also I’m not sure if Manami is quite as cynical. Maybe it’s because we haven’t seen quite as much of her yet, but she feels more genuine. Like there was heart put into her character instead of a carefully crafted piece of pandering

  9. Posted November 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I desperately wanted Kirino out of this episode. It was so nice whenever she was not appearing.

    • Posted November 9, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

      I second this. Having Kirino pop here and there somewhat breaks the already ambient atmosphere between Kyosuke and Manami.

      As for Manami, I think Scamp’s got a point. Everything is nicely written, and the character interactions are never the dull moments. And to top it off, the romantic comedy comparison with Love Hina actually works! I mean, look at that: a wacky but totally normal family causing hilarious internal mayhem, and we’re loving it all the way.

      • Posted November 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

        Also, Manami’s granpa is the coolest normal modern-age grandpa, ever.

      • Scamp
        Posted November 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

        Well the reason Kirino kept appearing is pretty obvious, storytelling wise. It was to show that she’s become the clingy imouto stereotype in her tsundere way.

        Not that that fact makes it any better

    • Scamp
      Posted November 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

      Remember that [gg] fansub of Black Rock Shooter where they cut out all the s’life bits so we were left with just fighting? Someone should do that with this episode.

      Also, congrats on getting the 7000th comment on this blog :)

      • Posted November 10, 2010 at 9:31 am | Permalink

        Oh, ahahaha, you’re right. That would be lovely.

        Oooh, special. =D

  10. Posted November 10, 2010 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    If Kirino is cynical otaku pandering, then what the hell is Nogizaka Haruka? An otaku pandering supernova?

    • Posted November 10, 2010 at 7:16 am | Permalink

      Nogizaka Haruka is an otaku handjob.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      I only saw one episode of Nogizaka Haruka, but the reviews led me to believe that the one thing it had in it’s favour was it was remarkably genuine. It really thought it had a feel-good romance going to the point that it sucked those watching into believing it. Kind of the same way Geass was convinced it was a masterpiece to the point that you got sucked into believing that was the case.

      Then again, you’ve raged at me before for basing opinions off reviews I’ve read (misleading Wallflower reviews FTL) so eh

  11. Posted November 10, 2010 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    This episode was one of the best standalone episodes of anything I’ve seen in the past few seasons. Like you said, there really is some thought and heart put into Manami’s character. And even with the childhood friend stereotype, she managed to combine elements from the two typical childhood friend archetypes. Sometimes she was the shy type that tried to arrange things behind the scenes, sometimes she was the assertive type that acted more forward towards her crush. It was a great mix, and made her more likable and fairly original.

    An episode without (much) Kirino was so much better. But I actually did enjoy the few Kirino parts for one reason: I laughed a laugh of hearty satisfaction over her annoyance at being shut out of things.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

      Kurenai the Musical is my favourite standalone episodes I’ve seen (discounting obvious episodic anime). That, and episode 10(?) of Angel Beats with the pink haired girl. Yeah, they’re two of my favourite standalone episodes from the past few years. I could probably come up with a few more. Might be an idea for a post. hmmmm

  12. Posted November 10, 2010 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    Every anime or manga writer should write whatever series they’re working on, and once it’s done they should cut out the main character. OreImo would be all the better if this were the case, and I’m sure most series would be improved as well.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      Except she’s not the main character, she’s the poster girl. That’s like Rock being the main character of Black Lagoon but Revy being the poster girl. The normal guy to the magical girlfriend etc.

  13. Posted November 10, 2010 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Count me in the “man, I’m glad Kirino was barely in this episode” camp, but that’s mostly because I fuckin’ hate tsunderes. No amount of deredere is worth putting up with that tsuntsun bullshit.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

      I…generally like tsunderes. When they’re well made. But tsundere’s recently have really sucked, they’re just so shallowly made. The one from Mayoi Neko Overrun made me realise how shallowly they can be made and they’re really followed that trend ever since

  14. anon
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    No anime has ever portrayed a superhuman girl with perfect grades well. They’re just informed abilities in general, and usually the girl just acts retarded anyway.

    Kirino is the spoiled brat created to pander to the otaku crowd. But cynical as we might be, we will come back to see all the cliches again next week.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

      What you’d hope is the otaku crowd to know better and realise what a cynical creation she is. But I might as well hope for another season of Moyashimon. Yeah, not going to happen =(

  15. Posted November 10, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Completly Off-Topic here, but… Metanorn got suspended? Or is my computer acting funny again?

    • Scamp
      Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

      Nope, it’s not just you. I know from twitter they’ve been having problems with their hosting. Looks like it’s totally going off the rails at the moment

  16. Posted November 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think that last episode title is a mouthful at all. They should really adopt the idea. Like you said, I’m all mushy and loving this episode because the cliche-ness was smoothly done and they made it endearing instead of “seen this heard that”.

    I already dreaded next week’s episode because Kirino will come back full force and make this show shitty again like she did last week. =(

    • Scamp
      Posted November 11, 2010 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      More Kirino might mean more Kuroneko though. I’m always up for more Kuroneko

  17. Posted November 10, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    The grandparents were awesome. Anime needs more old people. We had an anime about kindergartners, can we have an old people anime?

    In a way I appreciate Kirino. She captures the essence of young teenage girls so well, and their tendencies to throw temper tantrums and hissy fits to things the rest of the world realizes is not a big deal…as well as other annoying teenager habits…

    • Scamp
      Posted November 11, 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      I’ll repeat the prophecy Gintama made all those years ago

      “With the falling birthrate and ageing population, Japan will have to start creating anime for senior citizens to create money”

  18. Posted November 10, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Damn, I hate to join the crowd, but senselessly extreme tsunderes are one of my core annoyances. And what I thought was going to be a terribly boring episode (because Kyousuke and Manami don’t usually engage in the most interesting topics… or even do much together) felt really endearing and cute.

    Unfortunately, I think this episode is setting us up for the fall. Kyousuke seems less than interested in Manami as anything except a ‘bro’. Yet he goes to stupid extremes for his sister. I’m really hoping this doesn’t lead to a sis-con ending.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 11, 2010 at 10:06 am | Permalink

      Join usssss, you know you want to

      I still doubt we’ll get a true siscon ending, as in they confess love to each other and kiss and everything. Sure, we’ll get Kyousuke walk in on her changing and more general otaku pandering end, but no true siscon which might actually be a ballsy direction to go in

  19. Posted November 12, 2010 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    In a way, this show’s reminding me of Sora no Otoshimono. As in, the premise is pretty cool, it’s got a lot of potential, and some great characters; but, one incredibly annoying character (Kirino here, Tomoki in SnO), and the way that they’re constantly written into the show, wrecks a lot of that potential.

    Because of this, I loved this ep (well, possibly also because I’m a Manami fanboy, but ignore that for now >.>). Again, the comparison to SnF – I really liked the parts of ep5 that, well, DIDN’T have Tomoki, and focused instead on Sugata (and an actual plot).

  20. Posted November 12, 2010 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    this episode was very good, it is actually so good that I wanted to rewatch it all along.

    and since it’s minus kirino on this part… I can’t wait to have a Saori part on this show.

  21. Wofie
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    Urg i still having problem with metanorn >_< i can't find any better website than metanorn =_=


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