OniAi (also known as Onii-chan Dakedo Ai sae
Areba Kankeinai yo ne!) was a 12-episode ecchi/ harem comedy TV anime series
that aired from October 5 to December 21 of last year. It is based on an
ongoing light novel series written by Daisuke Suzuki and illustrated by Gekka
Uru, which has been published since December 31, 2010. Funimation currently has
rights to stream the series online via their streaming site.
It's funny, because they want it to happen!
After six years of separation, twin siblings
Akito and Akiko Himenokoji reunite and live together in the dormitories of
Saint Liliana High School. Akiko has developed an incestuous interest in her
brother due to their time apart and wishes to act upon those feelings on him.
However, she finds this difficult as the siblings share their dormitory with
three other girls who each have differing forms of romantic interest in Akito.
Characters (from left to right)
- Akito Himenokoji- The male lead of the
series. He wishes to live his life normally, yet finds himself being hassled by
the girls living with him in the dormitory. Akito secretly writes erotic novels
to earn income that involve brother-sister incest under the pen name Koichiro
Shindo, who is ironically his sister’s favorite author.
- Akiko Himenokoji- Akito’s twin sister who
has a serious case of brother complex in wanting to seduce her brother and
isn’t afraid to make her feelings known of him to others, even in public.
- Anatasia Nasuhara- A half-American,
half-Russian girl who is wealthy thanks to being the daughter of a worldwide
industry owner. She’s a sharp-tongued girl with a cold personality and has the
habit of asking strange and sometimes crass questions. While being well-rounded
in knowledge, she is horrible with doing house chores due to her upbringing and
has an interest in cute things, keeping a large number of plush animals in her
- Ginbei Haruomi Sawatari- Akito’s childhood
friend with an androgynous appearance and masculine personality that lead
others to mistake her for a boy. Because of coming from a merchant family, she
was raised as a boy and forbidden from finding a job as she is living through
her family’s income. Often gets into the habit of mumbling over Akito’s
ignorance of her feelings for him.
- Arashi Nikaido- A third-year student with
heterochromia who is often seen wearing an eye patch on her right eye. She is a
bisexual who acts sexually aggressive towards anyone who interests her,
particularly Akito whom she wants to make into her underground lover or sex
- Alisa Takanomiya- A 12-year old girl whose
family adopted Akito and became his fiancée. She moves into the dormitory with
Akito and the other girls in the second half of the show to become the dorm’s
- Kaoruko Jinno- Personal editor of Akito when
writing as Koichiro Shindo. Because of the subject matter in his erotic novels,
she fears that Akito is in an incestuous relationship with Akiko.
OniAi is an ecchi title that milks the
typical elements you would find from the genre and harem comedy titles. Our
male lead Akito mostly serves as a doormat to the antics that he has to put up
with from his unwanted harem, with the girls mostly having stock archetypes for
their characters that you would likely see at one point or another from other
ecchi or high school themed anime.
Guess someone found out your secret!
While the ecchi behavior in OniAi is not of
the gross-out variety, it still can push things quite a bit at points with its
content having crass humor, innuendo, suggestive predicaments and fan service
shots of the female cast. Outside of the incest element being milked for the
title’s ecchi antics with Akiko, things do get a bit uncomfortable in some of
OniAi’s later episodes when Alisa’s character becomes part of the household and
is milked for some of the title’s ecchi scenes.
Outside of the anime’s failed efforts to milk
comedy off the antics of Akito’s unwanted harem, OniAi is mostly a dull affair
as there isn’t an ongoing plot to follow and the characters don’t have much in
the way of dimension or depth to them beyond whatever archetypes they are