Despite being far and away the most overblogged show on AnimeNano, these Ore no Imouto posts bring the readers flocking in, especially in comparison to the other shows I’m blogging. My Arakawa posts have never been popular, even last season, but an Ore no Imouto gets about double the amount a typical Bakuman post would. This is despite the fact I routinely point out the flaws of the anime. Is everyone watching it actually not enjoying it? Or does reading someone bash the show you like compelling? I suppose Kuroneko and Kirino keep meeting each other despite spending the entire time criticising each other’s favourite anime, so I guess there’s some truth in fiction being proved by this blog alone.
The divide between good Ore no Imouto and bad Ore no Imouto has never been so clearly divided as it was in this episode. They basically split the episode in two between the otaku pandering siscon crap and the budding friendship between Kirino and Kuroneko and how Saori-shi gets Kyousuke to play as the diplomat between the two, clearly believing that he’s more capable of bridging the divide between the two and preventing the two from gouging each other’s eyes out. At least when he’s around, they refrain from directly attacking each other and leave it to portraying the other in fiction as being sexually violated.
I do love the dynamic created between the 4 characters. As 2DT said, it can all be taken as every girl being in love with him and using their own methods to try get his attention. Not necessarily a bad thing though, because each method is different and fairly-well constructed so that it’s actually entertaining to watch. Harems get a lot of stick but anything can be entertaining if written well. Bakemonogatari is the best example of this. That anime is a massive construction of a perfect world for Arararagi and, by extension, the otaku male viewer. But it’s done so cleverly and often not noticeably until someone points it out to you that it’s a great feat of story-telling. It’s when you replace crappy writing, plot, characterisation and all other parts that make a good story with pandering that drives it down. You can create a harem anime that panders to the viewer so long as it isn’t a substitute for engaging writing. You can write moe so long as it isn’t a cover for your other flaws.
Which is why Kuroneko’s existence in the anime is baffling. She exists in the show to point out how the type of anime Kirino likes is the otaku-pandering crap that it is. That the moe is covering up for the other flaws. Notice how Kirinio is far too preoccupied with dancing away and performing a KIRABOSHI~♥ than actually paying attention to the show itself, and recoils when Kuroneko points out the contradictions the show has. Yet the show then goes and performs exactly what Kuroneko pointed out as being a bad thing right throughout the second half of the anime. Why? Like, why? You’re clearly a more intelligent show than this Ore no Imouto. Why must you insist on then reverting to type and become the very type of anime you’re mocking? I just don’t understand.
Anyone who still thinks this anime is a genuine depiction of a heartwarming brother and sister relationship has the self-deception capabilites to rival a member of the Flat Earth Society (they went to a love hotel on Christmas Eve for fuck sake. Read the bloody signs). But it’s not the squickyness of incest I’m bothered about anymore. If Ore no Imouto actually went the full way with an incest end, my respect for it would actually increase for having the balls to do so. But it won’t. We all know it won’t. The Ore no Imouto dating sim game has a siscon end, but in a story in which every ending is canon, none are. It’s just too busy pretending it’s a genuine bro/sis relationship while pandering to the siscon crowd at the same time. It doesn’t have the balls to actually go one way or the other. I’d love to be proven wrong. For Ore no Imouto to have a Cart Driver ending. But it won’t. We’ll end on a ‘heart-warming’ scene, followed by the brother walking in on her in the shower and then falling on top of her, in much the same way something like Kannagi ended.