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Ore no Imouto episode 8

Well that was terrible.

What the hell happened here? That was an utterly terrible episode for so many reasons, almost all of them having nothing to do with my usual complaints towards Ore no Imouto. I think the ridiculousness of the situation was pretty obvious to all, especially when you contrast this episode to Bakuman. 14 year old girl writes fanfiction that suddenly is worthy of being turned into an anime. But there was far more wrong with this episode than just the scenario, it was also the way it was handled. The crushing horror and depression when the anime producers in charge of making Kirino’s novel adaptation dared to suggest the anime should be changed in some way. For a show that generally prides itself on tackling various issues regarding otaku products, for the show to approach this one is such an immature manner was made even more shocking.

I’m 99% sure this was an anime original episode. I haven’t read the original novels so I couldn’t give two hoots whether it sticks to the source material or not, but often you can tell when it has because things change, which is a bit vague but whatever. Generally a halfway good writer will ‘get’ how the characters tick and can work them into any situation. Quite clearly not the case here. Kuroneko was reduced a stereotype, spouting stock lines and Kuroneko-isms, which was painful to watch for what was previously by far the best character in the show. A more clear example is the complete uselessness of Saori in the episode. Her involvement is to generate discussion and build bridges between the characters. This episode though, she was just there. Sitting in a corner, spouting the occasional line. Remove her from the episode, give her lines to another character, and you wouldn’t have noticed a difference. The writer didn’t know what to do with her, but stuck her in anyway.

This episode was the creators being meta. Writing about the disagreements between authors and anime producers. This sort of thing belongs in a purely gag comedy, not a romcom like Ore no Imouto. Worse, they didn’t even do it well. It was played so seriously that it came off dull. A bit of tongue in cheek would have been nice here. Ah fuck it, that was a terrible episode. The whole ‘Kirino gets a published LN’ skit was obviously anime original material, and it was really poorly done. As much as I complained about it in the earlier episodes, I think I preferred the relentless fence-sitting siscon material to this. This episode wasn’t Ore no Imouto. This was anime producers circle-jerking. Yawn, next episode please.

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  1. Posted November 22, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    For the first time since this show’s started airing, I’m not going to disagree with you. The worst thing about this ep was its complete disregard for suspension of disbelief. One ep, Kirino is toying with the idea of writing a novel (and never gives the impression that it’s a serious endeavour for her… her approach towards it was naive and the butt of the joke in the last ep). The next she has an anime… oh, and all the stuff that happens leading up to that point, such as the book gaining exposure on the internet, being published, Kirino scoring a lucrative book deal and her own editor, and then it becoming a best-seller. We were told all this stuff happened, rather than shown. It’s no wonder it was so jarring.

    The second half of the ep was about as stupid. Let’s have a meeting with professional anime makers about planning an anime. Let’s all act childish, emotional and irrational, that’s how we get what we want. Oh, look at that, we’ve managed to get exactly what we want for Kirino, who barely had to lift a finger for herself.

    I’ve seen the arguments that this ep is a meta commentary on anime adapting. But that hardly redeems it. What this ep did wrong was a cardinal sin for an anime of its class: it wasn’t entertaining.

  2. Tenchi ryu
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    You are right. I haven’t been readin the LNs, but people have told me that they really changed what happened. In the novel she doesn’t get famous, someone stills her work, changes it, and THEY get famous off of it. Thats why she was suppose to be all To hell with the world like she was in this episode. I don’t know why the hell they had to change it, when it contradicts the whole point of the message they were trying to say in this episode. The only thing I found enjoyable was the fact that Kyou realized he hates her and seems to only be doing what he’s doing just for the self satisfaction of knowing he was a good brother. At least we know he doesn’t romantically care for her what so ever at least in the anime. But otherwise, very poor episode, we need more of my wife Manami!! >:(

    • Posted November 23, 2010 at 5:47 am | Permalink

      Real-life scandal. ASCII Media Works/Dengeki Bunko recently experienced someone plagiarizing a work nearly wholesale (the work in question being plagiarized is BakaTest). I think it’s still a sensitive topic, at least for the production committee, so the storyline was changed.

  3. q
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    I’m now expecting a dream ending from this series. I just can’t see how this can be reality even in an anime that was already silly.

  4. Milfeulle
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    Bad episode indeed, I could barely make it through.

    It changed so abruptly from its usual atmosphere, and this episode was incredibly painful to watch.

  5. Posted November 23, 2010 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Yep, it was pretty awful. I thought the anime directors were all pretty reasonable. I’ve been pretty tolerant of Kirino’s prior bitchiness, but I lost a lot of respect for her in this ep. Maybe enough to cancel that nendoroid order (… or maybe not).

  6. Giovanni
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    I agree.

    Oh just so you know, you’re right. This was an anime original episode.

  7. fathomlessblue
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    You know you really could shortened this post to just that initial sentence, similar to what you did with occult academy a while back. No explantations are necessary to explain what an unbelievable load of dog shit this was.

    I watched Bakuman ep 8 just before this and couldn’t get the image of Shujin and Saiko fixing nooses to their studio’s ceiling the whole time. At least now they finally know how to become successful; write any old incest moeshit and the manga will apparently publish itself. They can then just wait for the anime to be created as their souls slowly wither away.

    It bad enough that I completely agree with your assessment on Kuroneko while still thinking she was the only saving grace of the ep. As for Kirino… I’m actually shocked a fictional character can elicit this much hate from me. I seriously need to drop this show before my health starts to suffer.

  8. Posted November 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Terrible episode – I ended up watching it in double-time…somehow the squeaky chipmunk voices that creates made it a touch more entertaining!

  9. luffyluffy
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Kirino is now your imouto wat do?

    I’d smack her.

  10. Posted November 24, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    I thought Mystlord had an interesting commentary on the episode at THAT, but even with what he points out, the episode is still haphazardly done and not very entertaining at all. Well, one thing was entertaining: The sad music that played when all of Kirino’s ideas were being shot down and/or altered. That was a fucking riot.

  11. Posted November 25, 2010 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    The character who SHOULD be jealous and HATE Kirino the most is Meiko from MARMALADE BOY. She wrote a fabulous novel and all she got was a Push-Cart Prize and a dorky schoolteacher husband. Happily Ever After. The End.

    As for THIS episode, they should have played it for laughs. Although, having those three tromp into a meeting of so-called business minds, IS sort of fackin’ hysterical if you stop and think about it. Kyosuke should have asserted that his darling sister has ABSOLUTELY NO USE for ordinary humans. And Saori should have worn a dress….wait, what?? Saori in a dress?? WOW!! If THAT had happened I’m quite sure that Kyosuke would have had to sight tight, if you get my drift…all he’d be able to utter would be, ” She…she….she…..” Cue up The Monkee’s Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart classic NOW. A pity they don’t use that song for the ED, at least for THIS episode.

    As for Kirino. I absolutely do NOT hate her. She’s really not that bad of a character. It’s seems like it’s fashionable to hate her or something. There’s nothing evil about her. She simple needs a good……okay, I’ll just shut up now.

    • mcm38
      Posted December 1, 2010 at 11:41 am | Permalink

      Well the next episode happens to have a Saori in dress

  12. mcm38
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I just realized why Saori didn’t do anything. She wanted to see how far the 2 of them could go and how they would handle the situation without her. Don’t you think so? Because she wants to get Kirino and Kuroneko closer she has to see how much they will do for each other. And I’m pretty sure Saori tought the exact next thing when the nii-char started arguing: *Interesting, let’s see what will happen.*

  13. Posted December 25, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I did like Kuroneko’s rant, and then the brother realizing how much he enjoyed his sister’s suffering.

    But then seeing Kyosuke beg the anime people to put their jobs on the line, and risk making a nonprofitable anime to spoil his sister and make the anime the way she wanted it.

    …the rest of the series could be pure gold–it won’t be, and this series can’t be saved for me.

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