::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.