Oreimo Ep 12: Final Thoughts on the anime

Topic started by AURON570 on Dec. 19, 2010. Last post by AURON570 4 years, 3 months ago.
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Good episode. A part that stuck out to me was when Kyou meets his friend at the eroge midnight launch. This was really funny because of the coincidental factor, very old comedic trick. I guess it was nice because it explained the concept of "fujoshi" for those that don't know what it is. In general the series does an interesting double-take by showing the series mostly from the perspective of a person who is outside of the anime circle (Kyou, who enters the world on anime through her sister). However, it's not like Kyou starts liking anime himself, and it's not really clear whether his attitude toward otaku has changed either.  

It seems that Kyou only really goes along with it because he's being whipped by his sister, even though he says he "cares about and loves" her. I guess I've found it strange from the very beginning why Kyou acts the way he does to his sister. Similarly I've found it weird that Kirino acts the way she does. The anime doesn't really focus on the origins of their behaviour, instead it tries to convey a comedic story about a girl trying to get what she wants (keep her hobby, her friends, her money...). You know having said that Kirino actually seems really selfish. Haha. Another reason I don't really like her that much and would probably hate her if she were my sister. 

The credits are worth staying for. The comparison has probably already been made, but Ruri looks alot like Azusa from K-ON. It becomes even more obvious when Ruri puts on her cat cosplay. The parallel between the eroge and Kirino leaving for America was a nice self-reflexive moment, but it didn't last and it was predictable. Yep, the ending pretty much brings it back to the beginning of the anime, and keeps it open-ended by saying the "life-counseling hasn't ended yet". Anyways if I had to rate the series... somewhere between 7 and 9. So an 8/10 I guess.
P.S. About comedy in general: When I started studying comedy plays in drama, my professor told the class, "when reading Lysistrata [an ancient greek comedy], ask yourself 'what is the problem here? what is so funny here and what does it say about our own ideas about the topic?'" You can probably apply this to anything, to take a step back and ask why you feel/think a certain way. 
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