After the first 2 episodes of the first season, I remarked at how surprised I was that this show was trying to do an honest depiction of sibling relationships and otaku insecurities. In retrospect that seems pretty dumb, but in my defence OreImo was the trend-setter in this regard. Maybe the name was a bait-and-switch rather than just an honest plot description. It showed its true colours pretty soon, but at least it was still witty. There are some people out there who, even at the end, convinced themselves that it was still an honest depiction of sibling relationships and not otaku pandering imout-fetish bullshit at all. Not sure how they managed that, because that’s self-delusion on a scale that would make orthodox religious organisations look like they operate with calm rationale. But the only way they could still think that after watching the second season is if they watched it with their eyes shut and fingers in their ears and screamed the entire way through.
OreImo always had a rotten core to it that ultimately undermined anything else it did, but the writing was usually quite witty and had some clever ways of phrasing things that made it enjoyable to watch. This season has none of that. Zero. Let’s take for example this episode’s running ‘joke’ that Kyousuke is a paedophile The joke everytime is that the little girl jumps or looks at Kyousuke, Kirino sees him and calls him a pedo. Every single time, without variation. Is that the joke? The accusation of paedophilia is the joke in itself? As much as I dislike the pedo side to the -monogatari series, at least it has variety in how it phrases the accusatory remarks that makes it funny.
The character motivations for their actions are no longer making much sense, what with Saori’s sisters’ bafflingly incomprehensible actions. The generation of a harem is ramping up quite quickly as Kyousuke gets all these imouto characters swarming him. The one from this episode follows the standard lazy pattern of introducing a character who instantly likes the main character for no reason so the established love interest has to fight with her for his affections, furiously clawing away at each other as they both try caress his cock. While I know we’re telling sidestories at the moment, the ‘plot’ isn’t going to go anywhere from here on anyway because we’ve got to keep the status quo intact.
I know the show wasn’t ‘good’ before, but at least it was a something. Now it’s nothing.