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Ore no Imouto episode 9

::Note:: Work work work work work piling up. The blog is going on hiatus until the 9th of December. If it’s on hiatus for even longer, that means I wasn’t able to get my work in on time, will fail my degree and have plenty of time to update the blog. At least, until I’m not longer able to pay for my internet connection, end up on the street with nothing but my clothes and my mupkip figure.

Isn’t she the cutest little thing of the season that’s not a miniaturised version of a personified squid? I may act like a heartless prick a lot of the time, which is largely because I am a heartless prick, but that doesn’t mean the occasional piece of cuteness breaks through my heart of stone.

Ore no Imouto episode 9 is one of those usual episodes that happen around about this time period in the anime. A true s’life episode where the characters go about a typical day by themselves. The most important part of that sentence is the last two words. Seeing them on their lonesome is the only time you really see what they’re like. But it’s only after having watched the earlier character defining episodes do these ones have any effect. The show presumes you now care about the characters enough to want to watch them do daily chores. Hence the placement around the episode 9 mark. It’s before the final plot line starts setting itself up. The calm before the dorama etc.

Kuroneko, as per usual, is the star of the episode. The way she’s portrayed in the episode uses the s’life episode 9 formula in exactly the way it’s best at: Revealing parts of her character that we didn’t know before, or perhaps only suspected before, because they’ve taken down the mask they use when interacting with the other characters. Switching on her ebul Maschera character when Kyousuke calls her is just one example. Better is the revelation that she has a little sister, because they kept the fact deliberately secret before this, which made me instantly try think back to all her previous interactions with Kirino’s siscon material to see if there was any evidence that she was turned off precisely because of this (they always say those with siblings never like the incest stuff). Kuroneko is the only good character in this show. Sure she has the best lines and hates moe, which always help generates goodwill towards her. But it’s the construction of her character that really makes me love her. I’ve said this many times before, but I don’t really care how likable a character is. Give me a complex dickhead over a one-dimensional nice guy anyday.

Moving on to Saori. Yes, this is Saori, for those of you on the slow side and didn’t make the connection. She is, surprise bloody surprise, quite a looker beneath the geek atire. Oh, and she’s a rich girl, nananananana (did I really just link my readers to a Gwen Stefani song? Ah well, I’ll delete that link before I actually post this up on the blog). Colour me unimpressed by this grand revelation. Mainly because the one thing revealed about her is that she plans to shove Kuroneko and Kirino in maid outfits. Why? Oh, she’ll just make up some stupid excuse. Great idea, Ore no Imouto, to start taking cues from K-ON for your comedy/fanservice. Since the next episode will probably be about the trio visiting Saori’s house, I’ll save my complaints for then. Besides, it might come back and reveal interesting facts about her character, you never know.

And then there’s Kirino. She’s pretty extraordinary by this stage. She’s a dirty otaku placed inside the a tsundere teenage girl. They don’t even make the effort to pretend she’s anything otherwise. They quite blatantly imply she was masturbating listening to the onii-chan on repeat (wonder why one of the clothes she was washing was her panties eh?). Then she had cries of delight when greeted with ero scenes of another teenage girl (I almost called her a pedophile before remembering she’s also 14 years old), with not a single attempt to also say she’s a teenage girl. So now she’s a lesbian instead of having various incestuous thoughts? Is that the path we’re on now? The final scene of her reacting emotionally to her brother suggested she’s also developed feelings for him, which just adds to all the previous signs the show has given us.

My problem with this show has long since passed the eww squicky incest point, which you’re probably tired of hearing me say by this stage. It’s that the show is using these various incest and lesbian points as fanservice and not as part of a potential story. It’s relentlessly fence sitting about the whole thing, which is not a good thing. It doesn’t have the balls to do such a thing. I made the point on twitter a while back that Ore no Imouto’s main aim is to be fanservice for the siscon crowd. Why would this matter if you can extract enjoyment from what it’s doing anyway? Because the ultimate aim of the show directs what it’s intentions will be, and expecting anything else will ultimately lead to disappointment. And no, a show based around pandering and fanservice is not a good thing. People were caught up in the lol Star Driver part of this post so I got no comments on the other intention I had with that post: The apparent loss of interest in a plot being important versus whether they can see nipples when it comes to certain parts of anime fandom.

Ore no Imouto has 3 episodes left to prove otherwise. To prove that is has the balls to actually tackle any sort of plot of romance or whatever beyond just fanservice. It won’t though. It doesn’t have the balls. I guarantee you the final episode will have Kyousuke doing a dramatic speech, followed by some sort of tease shot ‘for the fans’ and then the series goes back to what it always was. Nothing will change.

Go no Ore no Imouto. I challenge you. I dare you. Prove me wrong. Do something worthwhile with your story.

You won’t though, will you. No courage with your story. No balls to tackle any potentially dangerous plot lines that might change the relationship pattern between the characters.

You’re just a crappy fanservice show. That’s all you wanted to be and all you’ll ever be.

Go on then. Prove me wrong.

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29 Comments

  1. Posted December 3, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Mindless eroge consumerist otaku + screechy spoiled teenaged brat = most unlikeable character in the history of forever. Creating the character of Kirino is almost a feat worth commending. Almost.

    So I said this on Twitter before, but worth repeating: If BiriBiri and LOLfang-tan can get their own spinoffs, why not Kuroneko?!!

    • Scamp
      Posted December 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

      She’s certainly up there with my least favourites. Probably even beats my old least favourite, Aldo Naris

  2. ocswing
    Posted December 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed the first half of this series despite its blatant pandering, but since then it’s lost steam. The last few episodes seem like time-wasting almost compared to the over-the-top drama stuffed into the first few. Hopefully they’ll finish with something strong, but from what I’ve read the light novels have a fair amount of story and aren’t concluded yet so chances are this adaptation will just kind of end. Disappointing.

    Also, they did make mention of Kuroneko’s sister once before. She mentioned she had to give her little sister a bath while on the phone with Kirino, but I don’t remember which episode.

    • Tenchi ryu
      Posted December 4, 2010 at 12:04 am | Permalink

      Well its official guys. At this point Kirino’s sexuality is in SERIOUS What the hell is going on mode. With the having to take showers before “enjoying” the hentai scene, washing the panties, and truly having orgasmic screams if pleasure while rolling around on the bed, super squick moments for me. Like in the boondocks, I found myself going “pause” numerous times. I thought it was a otaku-ish fanfic that Kirino and Ayase could actually be a couple, but it for damn sure seems VERY possible. Not that I have a problem with lesbians, its just that Kirino should officially have no use to this show if she’s lesbian. Leave Kyou for Manami and Kuroneko. Hell but to be honest, Saori is looking pretty damn hot/wife material right now. Rich, Beautiful, Nice body(did you see those boobs:) and she loves anime and video games?! Thats wifey right there….

    • Scamp
      Posted December 5, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

      As I said, I can’t see them ending on anything strong, even in the novels. It’s almost a given that they’ll leave an open end for a possible second season. Heck, this show does strike me as pretty darn popular in Japan from what I’ve heard, but the multiple cases of contreversy it’s managed to get itself involved in might put that point off.

      @Tenchi ryu

      The show will never say she’s a lesbian.It’s almost like it’s not clever enough to make the connection. They just want to make it so she’s exactly like otaku, even in their sexual preferences

      • John Walters
        Posted December 6, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

        Allegedly, female sexuality is more fluid than male sexuality – I don’t know whether that is true or not.

        I have, on the other hand, had intimate knowledge of some very sexually confused women.

        There are (sadly) a lot of frustrated women out there who can’t commit to being lesbians and who also can’t have functional hetero relationships. However, most of them are not beautiful photo models, top students, and track-team athletes.

        Sexual dysfunction is the *most* realistic part of this show. In fact, I might persuade some of my real-life tsundra friends to watch it and see if they recognize themselves…

  3. anon
    Posted December 4, 2010 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    >they always say those with sib lings never like the incest stuff
    People who do have siblings and can’t imagine liking incest stuff do always say this. But it’s obviously not true. How the fuck could incest even happen if no one likes it?

    • Scamp
      Posted December 5, 2010 at 12:15 am | Permalink

      heh, fair point.

      Although I disagree when it comes to anime. The incest for most fans doesn’t come from genuine incestous thoughts or forbidden romance. It stems from the childhood friend type thing. Someone you don’t have to spend the effort to get to know and spends all their time around you. It’s those without siblings that find this idea attractive because they don’t understand the squickyness of incest

    • Posted December 10, 2010 at 12:34 am | Permalink

      It’s called the Westermarck Effect. It’s very real, and having three sisters of my own, my life is in thrall to it.

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted December 4, 2010 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    In the time it took Kirino to finish one route, KEIMA KATSURAGI, THE GOD OF CAPTURE FINISHED 6 GAMES!!!

    • Posted December 4, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

      Is The World god only knows better now? Then I may give it a try again. ( I already read the first 10 chapters, which covered probably all the captures presented until now, but I booooored me. If it got better, then I give it a try again.)

    • Scamp
      Posted December 5, 2010 at 12:16 am | Permalink

      No. TWGOK is a terrible anime. I recently redid my anime list and it ranks as my 12th least favourite anime of all time, and I’ve seen quite a lot of bad anime

      • luffyluffy
        Posted December 5, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink

        Better than this shit

      • Posted December 5, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

        Good.
        Then I’m gonna try Milky Holmes.

  5. CS
    Posted December 4, 2010 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    Saori was always so diplomatic throughout the show. Figured there was always more to her.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 5, 2010 at 12:18 am | Permalink

      Still, to make her into a Sawako dressing up friends in maid outfits is an awfully boring revalation. We’ll wait and see though

  6. Cesare
    Posted December 4, 2010 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    KIRINO FOREVER!

    • Scamp
      Posted December 5, 2010 at 12:18 am | Permalink

      lol whatever you’re into

  7. ~xxx
    Posted December 4, 2010 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    well, Indeed I was really disappointed with the series.

    But, at least I get a consolation with kuroneko.
    Hope for a more ‘Saori screen time’ next episode.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 5, 2010 at 12:19 am | Permalink

      Oddly, I’ve been pleasently surprised with the series. However my expectations were pretty goddarn low so yeah

  8. Posted December 4, 2010 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    This has become the show I hate watching, much like Highschool of the Dead last season. But alas, it won’t criticize itself!

    • Scamp
      Posted December 5, 2010 at 12:20 am | Permalink

      I liked HOTD for what it was worth…

  9. akani
    Posted December 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Romance? Oreimo is NOT an incest show, and it never will be. There is no incest in the light novels, so why should there be in the anime?

    • Scamp
      Posted December 5, 2010 at 12:21 am | Permalink

      But aint that exactly the problem. It throws out all these on-the-fence possible incest scenes but doesn’t have the balls to go there. In the end, it’s all just fanservice and no actual plot

  10. Posted December 5, 2010 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    I was really tired when I watched this episode, so I think my brain blanked out during the scene with Saori, so when I saw people referencing it, I was like, “Wait, what the fuck??” I honestly don’t remember that scene at all.

  11. mcm38
    Posted December 5, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Remember the episode about Kirino’s novel getting animated. It makes me wonder if the makers of Oreimo were hinting us? Maybe this is also an anime that was made by some unknown selfish and bratty 14 year old girl. (-.- For the ones who are thinking *Does he realy believe that?!*, it’s sarcasm ppl.)

    • mcm38
      Posted December 5, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

      Whoops forgot to type some part down.

      *Maybe this is also an anime that was made by some unkown selfish and bratty 14 year old girl, which got animated just as a filler.

  12. Posted December 8, 2010 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    so i herd u liek mudkipz

  13. Posted December 9, 2010 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    I’ve been seeing so much about this anime lately that even though I usually take forever to watch things, I believe this one is going to be flying up my “To Watch” list.

    Anyway, this is my first tiem actually commenting on your blog since I decided to enter the anime blog scene, but I think I will be commenting from now on once you actually come off of hiatus.

    Love your posts–

    Arianna S.

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