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RECENTLY, MY SISTER IS UNUSUAL -- Just How Gross Is It?

Ep. #1 -- Special Review. Sex! But is it sexy?

If we’re looking at new shows that have gotten people talking, then there’s no getting around the show that’s made so many of you lunatics uncomfortable, is there? Indeed, in the talkbacks for our Vice Pit on this very topic, there were a lot of comments about how this is just the nadir of bad taste in anime. Maybe I’d be more grossed out if I wasn’t going in expecting something so slimy that I’d need to wash my hands after viewing. As is, this is probably one of the most unintentionally funny pilots I’ve seen in a good, long while.

Don’t misunderstand me, now - - I know full well that there are plenty of intentional attempts at humor. They… just aren’t as amusing as the portions that so completely live up to the “pervy sex stuff” anime stereotype. Yes, I'm that far removed from this whole experience.

The show pretty much sets the tone from Scene One, when it skips over the very basic plot hole of how this guy wouldn’t have ever met his step-sister until breakfast one morning. Didn’t their parents date for a while before getting hitched? Wasn’t there a wedding ceremony? Asking such questions are akin to wondering how the plumber showed up so early in a porn. Not one part of the set-up matters. We all know what everybody came here to see.

There’s another unintentional punch line, though… because the show doggedly insists on not showing what everybody presumably came to see. All the naughty stuff is covered up with awkward locket icons and fuzzy black bars (I know you’ve seen the screengrabs already). Presumably, this means there’s a pricier cut that’s too hot for TV. As such, this is more-or-less on the order of porn companies sneaking Bowdlerized clips of their videos onto YouTube to lure unsuspecting surfers into Pleasure Island.

To be fair, that’s actually a sensible pushing strategy. It’s just so amusingly… transparent here. Why, it’s as blatant a ploy as having your cutesy angel/spirit/thing get immediately into pleasuring herself after she possesses her host's hot body. Pay kudos, if you must, to RECENTLY, MY SISTER IS UNUSUAL for not even bothering with foreplay as it goes about its agenda.

Watch, Mitsuki SOS” and decide for yourself, then read my write-up on this season's other hot topic show -- WITCH CRAFT WORKS

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Kino88on March 4, 2014 at 7:51 a.m.
ugh..., I never really found incest to be all that sexy, yet it seems to have spawned a Genre at this point, Incest is not Win'cest
zaldaron March 4, 2014 at 8:38 a.m.

sooo nothing then about the how the sister (at least in the pic above and pics I have seen) looks like she might as well be eight...?

Marshal Victoryon March 4, 2014 at 8:39 a.m.

Series was moved back in time slot to after complaints. So not every one there thinks this is all good. Series is not for me at all.

takashichea moderator is online on March 4, 2014 at 10:06 a.m.

I drop this show, but after hearing Bigz007's motto of never dropping a show. I went back to watching it. Plus, I wanted to see how it ends. After reading the article, I admit I was duped and caught by their "marketing strategy."

@Kino88 said:

ugh..., I never really found incest to be all that sexy, yet it seems to have spawned a Genre at this point, Incest is not Win'cest

Not technically incest. They're step siblings. Yeah, incest is bad except cousins for some cultures like mine unfortunately.

@Marshal Victory:

I remember that news. I was wondering what's wrong with them airing during family hours.

"Hey kids, this is how you should show love and affection to your siblings!"

Apparently, they want to do a live adaptation film of it. See CR article.

@zaldar:

I think she's in high school. I didn't pay attention, but Yuuya and his step sister are attending the same school. It's probably high school.

Daniel_Newton moderator on March 4, 2014 at 11:26 a.m.

Kudos for you even checking this show out, Tom. It's the kind I imagine you'd usually just avoid completely.

There’s another unintentional punch line, though… because the show doggedly insists on not showing what everybody presumably came to see. All the naughty stuff is covered up with awkward locket icons and fuzzy black bars (I know you’ve seen the screengrabs already). Presumably, this means there’s a pricier cut that’s too hot for TV. As such, this is more-or-less on the order of porn companies sneaking Bowdlerized clips of their videos onto YouTube to lure unsuspecting surfers into Pleasure Island.

Ha, this has been standard practice for years now. There are only a small handful of shows each year that air in Japan uncensored (usually on the ATX channel, I think) and the rest air censored partly because of the TV channel and/or time slot and partly to tempt viewers into buying the DVD and Blu-ray releases. For the most part it's a sensible thing to do, like you said, but sometimes they use this an excuse to overly censor the TV broadcast to the point that it hurts the viewing experience in general, and that's not cool. Most of the time the balance is about right, though.

Vapovileon March 4, 2014 at 1:14 p.m.

I'd have to admit, this show was the first one for me that became almost physically painful to watch. I mean, who on Earth finds watching someone's little sister pee herself in a nurse's office to be sexy? But yeah, I agree with @Daniel_Newton: , I didn't expect you to actually check this one out Tom.

@takashichea said:

Apparently, they want to do a live adaptation film of it. See CR article.

Wait, the anime was successful enough to warrant a live action version? That's...not something I am going to watch myself. I feel like the creepiness factor of all of these scenarios would be multiplied if it were real people.

I kind of feel like the show is trying so hard to have this "shock" value, between the chastity belt and her being forced to get close to "onii-chan" or both her and the ghost will die. Though personally, I feel this this entire scenario could have been at least less awkward if the ghost girl pointed Mitsuki to her own brother, and perhaps tried to get close to him instead of Mitsuki's. But I feel like I am reading way too much into this, so I think I will just leave it at that.

takashichea moderator is online on March 5, 2014 at 2:53 p.m.

@Daniel_Newton:

You probably say I'm wrong, but you should try this show. It's like Oreimo. Yes, I was wrong to compared Pupa to Oreimo. This time, I'm right.

@Vapovile:

Weird, I didn't get your PM. I would have respond that day. Were you trying to avoid me and my weird influences? Well, the gang and I did a good job in influencing folks to watch this dirty show.

who on Earth finds watching someone's little sister pee herself in a nurse's office to be sexy

Ending credits allude to how our ghost girl may had died
Ending credits allude to how our ghost girl may had died

Sometimes, I wonder what is going on with the staff and the mangaka's minds.

Vapovileon March 5, 2014 at 6:03 p.m.

@takashichea: Haha I wasn't trying to avoid you at all, I was just commenting on your link about the live action version of this show. And yeah, you have all influenced us forum guys and even Tom into watching this show xD. Though I must say, going from this show to Zvezda Plot is pretty profound, as it changes from a main protagonist who isn't in charge of anything, being Mitsuki, to a little girl who is in charge of everything, being Kate.

Acura_Max moderator on March 5, 2014 at 6:22 p.m.

@Vapovile:

who on Earth finds watching someone's little sister pee herself in a nurse's office to be sexy

Apparently the same people who watch this series,

takashichea moderator is online on March 6, 2014 at 6:58 p.m.

@Acura_Max said:

@Vapovile:

who on Earth finds watching someone's little sister pee herself in a nurse's office to be sexy

Apparently the same people who watch this series,

Hey, I watched Severing Crime Edge. The little girl wet herself because a psycho maniac was scaring her. Compared to Mitsuki, she had to go real bad and when her big step brother came by with the nurse, you probably know what happens afterwards.

Vapo:

That's a nice comparison between Kate's show and Mitsuki's show.

I had an idea that compares Little Brother and Little Sister centered shows this season: Oneechan ga Kita and Recently, My Sister is Unusual once I get the Screened and other blogs finished, I'll post that blog for you guys. I'll show my findings and how little bro and sister love is so different and how it's perceived by Americans and Japanese.

Vapovileon March 6, 2014 at 9:16 p.m.

@Acura_Max: That's gross as well. Though imo, that instance is less bad, since it was in response to a fear and not just a contrived situation to show a girl peeing with her brother watching.

@takashichea said:

@Acura_Max said:

@Vapovile:

who on Earth finds watching someone's little sister pee herself in a nurse's office to be sexy

Apparently the same people who watch this series,

Hey, I watched Severing Crime Edge. The little girl wet herself because a psycho maniac was scaring her. Compared to Mitsuki, she had to go real bad and when her big step brother came by with the nurse, you probably know what happens afterwards.

...basically what Taka just said xD.

Vapo:

That's a nice comparison between Kate's show and Mitsuki's show.

I had an idea that compares Little Brother and Little Sister centered shows this season: Oneechan ga Kita and Recently, My Sister is Unusual once I get the Screened and other blogs finished, I'll post that blog for you guys. I'll show my findings and how little bro and sister love is so different and how it's perceived by Americans and Japanese.

That would be a really interesting blog Taka. I am especially interested, since I think I have made myself apparent to my thoughts on this matter xD. It would be good to see it from a different perspective.

takashichea moderator is online on April 4, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.

Crap, I lost my train of thought. Okay, this is what we discussed. Awesome, thanks Vapo and Acura for jogging my memory.

Dream moderator on April 4, 2014 at 4:43 p.m.

And to think I may be watching this next weekend for Ani-Crap. XD

Vapovileon April 4, 2014 at 4:47 p.m.

@takashichea: @Dream: Don't forget our lengthy discussion in this topic as well :D. http://www.animevice.com/anime-vice-discussion-threads/22-2380/recently-my-sister-is-unusual-discussion/97-343771/#43

takashichea moderator is online on April 4, 2014 at 5:09 p.m.

@Vapovile:

Yeah, stress makes me really forgetful. All I remember you had a good answer, but I couldn't find it. It wasn't in the discussion. I read through it two times.

@Dream:

No, I'm voting for Dog & Scissor.

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