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OreImo season 2 episode 3 – Incomprehensible Sister

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I was going to give this episode a pass because of Maths. The Maths for OreImo is pretty simple. Take the amount of time Kuroneko appears. Deduct the amount of time Kirino appears. If the number is positive then it’s a good episode. If negative, it’s a bad episode. For this episode is was about zero, so I was cool with it. That is until I started to actually think about what happened in the episode and realised how little sense it made.

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If someone could explain the older sister’s actions in this episode, it would be much appreciated. She brings her younger sister to her anime club. The younger sister finally gets out of her shell and interacts with people, but this somehow makes the older sister jealous/angry? Anyway, she then gets married and leaves with no warning. But this is the world of OreImo, so that means the abandoned sibling must chase after their sisters who have gone abroad to pursue what they love because the abandoned sibling is a selfish twat who must drag their sibling back because they’re lonely without them. But hey, at least Saori is the younger of the two siblings in this case, rather than being the asshole older brother who really should know better.

Now here’s where I get the most lost. Saori has travelled halfway around the world to talk to her older sister. From the architecture it looks like the Mediterranean. So what does the older sister do? Call her a big fat loser apparently. Get pissed that her sister has made friends and feels accomplished in her ability to break apart her circle of friends out of some sort of cynical hatred. So instead of Saori actually growing out of her shell as she had done within the circle, she instead is made adopt a false personality in Saori Bajeena and wear those glasses, which had no friggen relevance on anything else that was happening to her character. And then the older sister comes back and still acts like an asshole, but she gave her a birthday present so apparently that means they’re cool now?

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I guess if I try piece things together, you could say that the older sister did all this to get her Saori to form her own friends instead of leeching off the ones older sister already had. Which doesn’t connect to why she had to form a new identity, nor why she seemed so dickish towards her sister throughout the episode when she was already making friends. Plus the episode was also just badly made anyway. The exposition was largely done through narration. The episode completely lacked humour beyond a bit of chuunibyou, and it all ended up both boring and inconsequential. Writing is the one thing OreImo is actually good at, but this season so far has been woeful in this category. It has kept all its bad qualities while dropping the things that made it good. This isn’t what I signed up for guys. I’m giving it one more episode. If it’s going to stay like this, I’d prefer to have just blogged Valvrave. At least that’s bad in a way that’s fun to write about.

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  1. Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    And that doesn’t get into how hilariously improbable it is that Saori’s mentor is Kanako’s older sister who is also the original creator of Kuroneko’s favorite anime. AND that another member of the circle either is or is the older sister of (somewhat vague on this point) the seiyuu of Kirino’s favorite anime.

    And why Saori is only 15 but manages to be approximately seven feet tall.

    I liked the episode, but goddamn it made no sense whatsoever.

    • Yutaniuac
      Posted April 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      I always thought Saori was supposed to be a few years older then the others. At least in her early twenties.

      • Posted April 26, 2013 at 1:43 am | Permalink

        I always felt she should be a year older than Kyousuke.

  2. Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I think I’m bailing from this show too. It’s woefully shallow and just isn’t fun to get mad at because it feels like the first season expended all of its tricks and now we’re left with the usual LN problem of “prolonging time b/c the author did not plan further more than the first volume”. Guess that means I should think twice when that inevitable second season of SAO comes out.

    Don’t know how much longer I can last through Valvrave either though to be honest. I’ve got a few plans for future episodes, but like Valvrave’s train wreck appeal, it won’t last for 12 episodes, let alone all the way to the end of that second season coming in Fall. Plus watching that feels like getting smacked in the face with a bag full of concentrated fanboy wanking. I could barely get thru those first two episodes and the overhype from others isn’t helping in the least.

    • Posted April 25, 2013 at 2:51 am | Permalink

      “the author did not plan further more than the first volume”
      This. It’s obvious that ‘my little sister can’t be this tight’ is a series which should have ended. The author is forcing himself because he wants to make money. Likewise, SAO should have ended when Kirito and Asoona made a dramatic parting and died. He shouldn’t have revived, like a Jesus he is.

    • Kurama
      Posted April 25, 2013 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      Actually, Oreimo has 12 light novels. I don’t know what they’re doing…

  3. Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    We talked about this on FAPcast, but yeah this episode was just so boring. I’m less charitable than you though, OreImo is dropped harder than a Taku Iwasaki bassline.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

      You left a comment just to make that joke, didn’t you

  4. Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Sequel slump has officially happened. For the show, and for our cocks.

  5. Matthew
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    “If someone could explain the older sister’s actions in this episode, it would be much appreciated.”

    Okay, I’ll give it a shot. The older sister was just not that interested in being friends with her younger sister. She brought her younger sister to the otaku circle for the sole purpose of showing her off. “Hey look, I’ve got a cute younger sister!” Saori was nothing more than an ornament, just like one of those figurines on the shelf.

    Older sister was not jealous/angry. She didn’t care. She left and got married because that was her deal and she didn’t feel like she owed anyone any explanation. It turns out none of her friends were actually Saori’s friend except the one glasses manga girl. And she’s an adult, busy living her own life.

    See, your mistake is thinking that Saori’s sister gave a shit about Saori at any point whatsoever. She did not. She doesn’t hate her sister, but they are not friends and not that close. When she came back and saw Saori had made her own friends she was like, “Oh hey, good for you. Kid.”

    • Posted April 25, 2013 at 2:37 am | Permalink

      But that would require believing anime characters aren’t always idealized nice guys who deeply in their hearts really want to be friends with everybody and instead could actually be selfish, self-centered, and only out to amuse themselves, others be damned. But then again, this is OreImo, where the titular character is exactly that, so… ??????

      Or we can continue inventing hypothetical what-ifs out of thin air to reason out motivations for superficially designed characters in a show not beholden to human logic. Yeah, let’s do that. We can call it “anime blogging”.

  6. Posted April 25, 2013 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    No, blog it because Kuroneko’s episodes are about to come (apparently). And then drop it when we all get butthurt because they’re apparently gonna do a lot of terrible shit to Kuroneko.

  7. Shadow
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    the main problem with this episode is that, this episode is an entire volume of the Light Novel. Everything felt rushed, you didn’t knew who the hell were all this characters and finally the relationship between Saori and her sister is left ambiguous at best.

    The relationship with the Kugimiya voice character with Kirino’s friend Kanako is just hinted, while the light novel clearly states that they are sisters.

    The prince of darkness guy, resembles Kyosuke in many ways, but the staff decided to make him a secondary character. Also during the light novel he is the guy that helps Saori get rid of her fear of men, but in the episode is just left out.

    The other girl, that barely appeared in the episode, although she doesn’t has a big role in the light novel itself is the first person to actually make Saori join the activities of the group, but the staff decided not to animate that.

    This is what happens when you try to put an entire light novel in one episode *thats 150 pages…well technically 95 if you take out all the useless stuff like drawings, Q&A and publicity BS*

    Also the fact that Saori’s Arc was all mixed up into a filler episode goes to show you, that she will not be important for the future Arcs.

    In the end all that matters are the 3 girls left with possibilities for Volume 3 *i won’t name them, but you can easily guess which are the 3 girls.*

    PLOT HOLES! and also….MEDIOCRE ADAPTATION! I prefer season 1 to this. Also how the hell is the studio going to animate 8 volumes in 13 episodes. Well, this episode tells you how…terrible…

    • Scamp
      Posted April 26, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

      A lot of that sounds rather useless information anyway, but I can see how it some of that could have gone to explaining the episode more clearly

  8. Ryu
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    No you see, this is actually a brilliant meta-commentary on how anime plots are incomprehensible to regular people, it’s GENIUS! You’ve done it again OREIIIMOOOOOOOOOO

  9. R1CK_D0M
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    So from what I saw, Saori’s older sister’s motives of bringing her to the anime club were selfish. She wanted to be closer to her sister, and being as how her sister was a very indoor type, somehow bringing her to the anime club or whatever made sense to her.

    However, because they were never that close, the older sister found it hard to actively do things with saori, and instead she made friends with the other members rather than her, thus the jealousy.

    At this point she goes off and gets married. Not sure why, but maybe it had something to do with her plan with saori not working and so instead of staying in japan she goes off to do cool abroad type things? (although getting married doesn’t make sense)

    So saori goes over because her sister just kind of up and left when she had friends and commitments etc to yell and shit. The sister, still being butthurt about Saori and the anime club finds out that without her it fell apart, she get some sort of enjoyment about seeing that she was instrumental to its existence, and says bad things.

    Time passes, and the older sister gets over it or something, so she comes back to apologize/try again, thus the birthday present? Pleasantly surprised about friends maybe?

    I have no fucking idea.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 26, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

      Something like that. Basically the older daughter is a massive dick, but we’re somehow supposed to believe deep down she cares and that makes us respect her? I dunno, stooopid episode

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