Hey guys it’s me again this time with an odd one, Oreimo also known as “My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute”. As a cardinal rule I don’t dive into incest stories at all. I find them generally, the words not repulsive, but in that direction. I grew up with a brother and sister so the illusion is shattered, as was perfectly said in Bakemonogatari “Only people without sisters have sister complexes.” I made an exception for Nise being a sequel to the sisterless Bakemonogatari and now again I’ll make an exception for Oreimo. However this exception is for podcast duties, as seen in this video, Pyro_Blue selected Oreimo for my anime, promising the title is incredibly misleading. So is Oreimo worth my assistant’s word?
A 2010 anime produced by AIC, Oreimo follows the story of a brother and his sister (shocker). When they were younger the pair had been close, but of late his sister treats his average brother with disdain. That all changes when the brother, named Kyousuke, discovered his sister Kirino, though beloved, popular, a model, athlete, and great at studies, has one “blemish”; She is a complete “Otaku” with a deep obsession with adult content filled, little sister focused Visual Novels. Being the only one that knows her secret Kyousuke quickly becomes his little sister’s ally in keeping it that way.
Turns out Pyro_Blue was right. The show’s title is both perfect and incredibly misleading. It deals with a lot of Kirino’s fetishistic love for little sisters, but does not actually reflect on the relationship between the brother and sister…much. Well I can say this with confidence, Kyousuke clearly wants nothing to do with Kirino’s naughty bits and that goes a fair mile for the show. Instead the series ends up a Comedy mostly designed around poking fun at the anime/manga/VN industry at large, the fan base, and the skewed societal view of them.
Now that that was covered a greater discussion of whether the show is any good. First and for most is the series funny? Oh yes it is, it’s funnier than pretty much any anime I’ve seen in the last year. The parody humor towards the fan-base and industry is particularly funny especially when you start hearing small bites of yourself being placed on the firing line. The Characters are universally strong especially the main character Kyousuke. I can not stretch enough how bro Kyousuke is. He pretty much is the reason to watch the show, highly sympathetic and incredibly likeable, not since fate zero’s Rider have I wanted to just give a guy a “you did good” pat on the back quite as hard. How far he’s willing to go to help out his sister out of trouble for the sake of family is simply admirable. Art wise it’s got a simple and stylish look along with nice musical and artistic opening and endings which have everything between subtle to complete changes ever episode.
Oreimo inherently successes because it is a comedy and it’s funny, but fails to live up to its full potential. Kirino while often times she is likeable and funny, more than once filled me with fury that only a sister can. The level of insolence she has is actively painful, but very accurate to most brother sister relationships, so honestly I don’t know if it’s fair to knock off points for family realism. The weird incest stuff does begin to pop up a little at the end, only a barely, but you can smell it and that’s more than enough to make me raise an eye. I feel that having the best two side characters (grandpa and grandma) show up only in one episode is such a waste of potential. Plenty of character treads are teased, but never expounded upon. That’s what really irritates me the most, so many fantastic characters get short shifted to make room for Kirino who by herself is probably the worst character, if just because the others are so pleasant to see on screen.
Oreimo is an incredibly pleasant surprise. I earnestly thought this was going to be a very very creepy and uncomfortable anime for me, and while a few moments later on began to knock on that door, as a whole Oreimo is funny, charming, and pleasant. Though I’m going easy on it because it’s a comedy I still feel not too bad about giving Oreimo a 4 Onii-chans out of 5. I look forward to seeing how Pyro feels about my assignment for him, Revolutionary Girl Utena.