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.