32 CommentsWHO IS IMOUTO? / By Shinmaru /

WHO IS IMOUTO? 2 – Have You Ever Danced with an Imouto in the Pale Moonlight?

A quick shower and a good sleep after a long day. That’s all it was supposed to be.

And then the phone rang.

Shougo dashed to it, suddenly delirious. He answered the call almost afraid of who was on the other end. His heart raced. Would her voice be on the other end?

“Gokigenyou, Onii-chan,” said the voice on the other end.

It was her. That voice could not belong to anyone else. IMOUTO.

Shougo was skeptical about the dangers of this stalker after his first few days at this new academy, but now he could feel the heat down his neck and along his spine. It was supposed to be easy work: just get in, uncover the identity of the girl who wants to marry into the family business and get out. This would be nothing for Shougo Mikadono, heir to a business empire, professional dancer, baked goods connoisseur, and secret agent.

It was increasingly clear, however, that IMOUTO was not someone to be trifled with thoughtlessly. She planned this out meticulously, deliberately baiting Shougo into a school filled with young women possessing outward traits that Shougo would find appealing. The soft-spoken girl with the delicious cream puffs; the short, angry girl with the twintail drills; the haughty, refined princess; the shy girl who becomes inexplicably energized at important events; the entrepreneur who capitalized upon the desire for men to pat younger girls on the head, and who also wears glasses; the fellow secret agent, cool, assured and most definitely female, so it’s not weird or anything to feel any attraction; and who knows which others may appear along the way.

IMOUTO was good. She was smart. Misdirection and deception; hide yourself among your mark’s friends so that you may get close. Her voice on the phone was distinctive enough to be identifiable, but IMOUTO was too clever to address Shougo with her normal voice when they were in public. She could be anyone, anywhere, at any time. Shougo knew that one trait of the perfect imouto is mastery of the art of camouflage; clearly, IMOUTO may as well have invented the art herself.

Shougo suspected everyone in equal measure, but he could not let any of the women he met become privy to that fact. Even Mister X was not above suspicion. Arriving at the perfect time to lend aid to the investigation and coming up with a convenient story to get close to Shougo? IMOUTO would certainly be brazen enough to employ such a tactic. Would she be aware that Shougo would be cognizant of this and use Mister X to heighten Shougo’s paranoia? Most certainly. Would she also predict that Shougo would see through that and assume the guise of Mister X, confident that he would never look right under his nose for IMOUTO? Most certainly.

She had all the pieces, making her impossible to predict. No matter. The only way to move forward would be to chip away at each girl and trip as many flags as possible. Shougo was at his smoothest and most assured at the dance. He made moves on three prime suspects and caught the eye of at least one other. He was so suave and debonair that not even the fear of IMOUTO watching him from parts unknown in the back of his mind. The small one never even noticed how deftly he unwrapped the ribbon on her dress and created an embarrassing situation. Shougo felt bad for her, but it had to be done. The well being of his company depended on it.

“The dance party was fun,” IMOUTO said on the phone. “I was right beside you the whole time.”

“Who are you?!” Shougo said. “What do you want?!”

“What … do I want?” IMOUTO asked. “There’s someone I like. It’s you!”

Shougo tried his best to quell the hot rage burning through him. He could scarcely bear IMOUTO‘s taunting calls. His investigation moved forward by mere inches that evening, but even the greatest cases had to start somewhere. Shougo would not stop working until he answered the most pressing question of his time …




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  1. Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Who is she? I need to know!

    • Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

      We can only hope Shougo’s investigative skills are up to the task!

  2. Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I’m clearly only going to be watching “Who is IMOUTO” to follow these posts……..and also because it’s the most pressing question of our time.

    • Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

      “I’m clearly only going to be watching “Who is IMOUTO” to follow these posts…”

      This must be what it feels like to be God.

  3. overlyanimated
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    We still have all our top agents and scientist trying to figure out this question.. we are at a dead end! We need to know whom this Imouto is! This question is killing me and all of mankind!

    • Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

      We will use all the knowledge we have gleaned from three episodes of CSI: Miami!

  4. Click
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    The title is a lie. The writers have been leading us on the entire time. The answer is there. It has been in front of our faces the entire time. But it isn’t the answer which we expected. The answer to the question which we were to afraid to ask. The mask behind the mask. The question behind the question. The real question which we were to afraid to ask:


    • Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

      My god … you have just turned this investigation upside down, my friend!

  5. Lanf
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    What if there is more than one? What if there is a doppelimouto? I’m waiting on the inevitable fake imouto arc. That guy who questioned the second transfer student – thats her, thats imouto. Who else would be so cautious that other wolves are stalking their deer?

    • Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

      This is why Shougo’s investigation will be tricky. IMOUTO has all the cards and many unknown tools at her disposal. Shougo will need Batman-like intelligence to get through this.

  6. Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Usually, blogging bad shows is all like “I watch it so you don’t have to.” but you guys make me actually CARE about this damn thing. Uhh… good job, I guess?

    Also, I can’t wait for some twat on MAL to compare this to Desu Noto with something of the likes of “Both shows are about a student trying to expose someone’s identity.”. Now that I think about it, I should do it before somebody else does.

    Anyway, the second episode was unfortunetaly not as brilliant as the first one due to the lack of cream puffs. Come on, you can’t do an episode wihout delicious cream puffs!

    • Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

      I find that the “YO, GUYS, THIS SHOW IS BAD” approach works well only for reviews or first impressions. Thirteen (or more!) weeks of that wears thin, unless you have a special gift with bile and venom. I prefer to have a bit more fun!

      Personally, I enjoyed this episode more than the first. No cream puffs, yes, but there’s the imouto cafe (does such a thing exist??), the dance of the dolphin, the requisite accidental breast grope, the dress ribbon undoing itself because of harem plot, Mister X, etc.

      • Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

        Heh, then you guys better keep blogging this for the next ten weeks or so. I don’t want to miss any of this.

        I dunno about the Imouto cafe but it doesn’t seem all too unlikely to me. I’d rather see an Onee-san cafe in this show but Japan doesn’t support my fetishes in any way whatsoever which is why Japan is stupid.

        Anyway, you don’t have to worry about the MAL recommendation anymore – I’ve done the deed.

      • Nazarielle
        Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

        there’s the imouto cafe (does such a thing exist??)

        Trust me… you don’t want to know the answer to that question.

    • fathomlessblue
      Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

      If samurai-maid cafe’s exist then you can bet your ass there’s a few imouto ones knocking about.

  7. Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Who Is Imouto is clearly an homage to Perfect Blue and other high-minded Satoshi Kon affairs. Imouto is a figment of Protag’s imagination, created with a little help from his head injury to help him cope with his father’s death and to give him an excuse not to pursue marriage with the girls around him. Also, Mister X is the secretly bitter mentor figure that wants to wear Shougo’s skin.

    In short, shit’s deep yo.

  8. fathomlessblue
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Fine vapors escape from whatever is doing the living.
    The night is cold and delicate and full of angels
    Pounding down the living. The factories are all lit up,
    The chime goes unheard.
    We are together at last, though far apart.
    — Extract from John Ashbury’s “The Ecclesaist”

    Obviously about an IMOUTO! Next week: why T.S. Elliot’s “The Wasteland” is about the barren emptiness a soul has to endure, when bereft of a younger sister.

    • Posted July 14, 2012 at 7:18 am | Permalink

      This had me laughing so hard at work. Well done.

  9. Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    Since only one is Imouto, we have to question the older females’ minds.

    What do they want him for? What do they lust after?

    Think about it.


    • Posted July 14, 2012 at 7:19 am | Permalink

      I think they all want a piece of the Dance of the Dolphin.

  10. Chipp
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    Well, good luck to you, guys. There are already freakin’ 7 volumes of the original light novels (which are published for almost 2 years now) and I’m sure that they still don’t now the answer.
    Next season, maybe… or next after next after next…
    They should’ve done at least 100 episodes to know for sure.

    “A person, have a sister in this!”

    • Posted July 14, 2012 at 7:20 am | Permalink

      Someone will crack the code eventually.

  11. halfadeckshort
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    I’m with Rinka-chan, he so grabbed her boob on porpoise. And you totally had to be flashing back to that time when Asa lost her top at the beach when tsunpotentialmouto’s dress malfunctioned, but the soft piano music as her top came off really made that scene for me. Wow. This show.

    • Posted July 14, 2012 at 7:22 am | Permalink

      Don’t you dare try to make me acknowledge Shuffle.

  12. Gunslinger
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Sister princess and now this .. I see a pattern here :P

    • Posted July 16, 2012 at 5:10 am | Permalink

      These will (probably) be much less violent than my Sister Princess posts.

  13. Posted July 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Damn, your usage of IMOUTO to prove your point has driven me up the wall. You’re torturing me dude!!!

    • Posted July 16, 2012 at 5:17 am | Permalink

      Well, it’s IMOUTO‘s name, after all. I can’t refer to IMOUTO any differently, can I?

  14. Posted July 16, 2012 at 4:00 am | Permalink


    • Posted July 16, 2012 at 5:17 am | Permalink

      Everyone is imouto, God is in His Heaven and all is right with the world.

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