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.
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?
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.