Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Na. (Thoughts and Impressions)

Mata ne!

Let me begin by say­ing this: Oreimo isn’t the same series I liked back in Fall 2010. It’s changed… I still enjoy it here and there, but there’s no deny­ing that the direc­tion this series took was a bad one.

Best voice

British DFC

What I liked about this series dur­ing the first sea­son was the dynam­ic between Kyousuke and Kiri­no. Essen­tial­ly, the series felt like a great sto­ry about a broth­er who learns to appre­ci­ate and under­stand his sis­ter, and vice-ver­sa. There’s a rea­son why I liked to call Kyosuke “Bro­suke”, after all. His self-sac­ri­fi­cial meth­ods of pro­tect­ing his sis­ter and devel­op­ing into a great big broth­er all-around was one of the aspects that was touched upon nice­ly and a qual­i­ty I could iden­ti­fy with, personally.

You could say this sea­son began great, with more focus on the side-char­ac­ters as opposed to just Kiri­no. At first, I liked it when they intro­duced the thought of Kiri­no and Kyosuke hav­ing boyfriends and girl­friends. How do two close fam­i­ly mem­bers deal with their emo­tions when the oth­er finds them­selves in a rela­tion­ship? As a big broth­er and maybe a future par­ent, I can admit that I would have issues with it. How­ev­er, it starts get­ting awk­ward when they start imply­ing incest. It seemed nor­mal enough at first, but the inces­tu­ous impli­ca­tions get even loud­er as the sea­son progressed.

Kamineko!

Kamineko!

I wish they did some­thing else here. I wish the whole Kyosuke/Ruri thing became a real­i­ty, not because I ship them or any­thing, but mere­ly because it’d keep true to why I liked Oreimo and my expec­ta­tions from the first sea­son. Maybe they could have explored deal­ing with your best friend and your broth­er get­ting togeth­er and still man­ag­ing to be good friends. I don’t know, I feel like that would have been more mean­ing­ful. Instead, they choose to go the incest route… with the best friend drop­ping the rela­tion­ship because she accepts the sis­ter being drill­dozed by her broth­er “because she’s a true friend.” Huh.

As I said in my post about Oreimo in 2010, I went into the series expect­ing actu­al incest, but gave it a try because peo­ple seemed to like it. I end­ed up lik­ing it too, because it threw away those expec­ta­tions and appeared to be more along the lines of focus­ing on the devel­op­ment of sib­ling love in a whole­some man­ner, rather than going the “broth­er wants to stick it in his sis­ter” route. I just love it how the sec­ond sea­son did a full-on U‑Turn and went on to become what my expec­ta­tion of the series orig­i­nal­ly was.

You could say “Sil­ly Miko­to, the series trans­lates to My Lit­tle Sis­ter Can’t Be This Cute!… How could it pos­si­bly not take an inces­tu­ous turn?” I’ve seen this said a cou­ple of times, and to be frank, I think that you’re all a bunch of idiots. Just because a big broth­er thinks their lit­tle sib­ling is adorable, does­n’t mean he wants to make love to her. I’m not one to be a prude when it comes to incest in fic­tion, but I feel like incest was the last thing this series need­ed. At least out­side of the erogame hobby.

Yandere god tier

Now I know why peo­ple like Yan­dere girls

Aside from the build-up to the even­tu­al incest end­ing (which is con­firmed by the light nov­el author), I still enjoyed oth­er aspects of the sec­ond sea­son. The humor is still gen­uine­ly fun­ny, the music is still good, and I liked the focus giv­en to Ruri and Ayase. I thought the con­clu­sion of the lat­ter felt rushed, though I hear they skipped an entire sub­plot from the light nov­els. Ruri is great, no doubt about that, but I gained a new appre­ci­a­tion for Ayase. I would­n’t mind being stepped on by her. How­ev­er, they were both inte­gral in the sec­ond aspect that both­ered me about the sea­son — it turns into yet anoth­er harem towards the end, with anoth­er one of Kiri­no’s young friends join­ing in the fray (Kanako). Is it awe­some if you self-insert? Hell yes. Are god­ly and per­verse self-inserts good for an ani­me that was­n’t estab­lished as a harem? Hell no.

Apart from that, I liked Saori’s back­sto­ry. It felt much more in the spir­it of what I liked about the first sea­son. How­ev­er, none of that real­ly saved the over­all down­spi­ral for me. In the end, the sec­ond sea­son was a disappointment.

They should have an angry threesome

It’s bet­ter when she’s angry.

2 thoughts on “Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Na. (Thoughts and Impressions)

  1. Final­ly, I found a NORMAL per­son that dis­liked incest thing in this ani­me. Even more, my thoughts are exact­ly the same: this ani­me would be WAY bet­ter if the author kept relash­ion­ships between sib­lings in “sib­ling-love” area not the “lovers-love” area. Because then it would be a good fam­i­ly sto­ry and a good fam­i­ly sto­ry is a rare thing these days. And I don‘t under­stand why hav­ing such a poten­tial this ani­me was f@#!ed up.
    So I total­ly agree with you.

    P.S. Sor­ry for weird Eng­lish, it is not my native lan­guage so I‘m not good at exs­press­ing my thoughts in it. Well, I hope my mes­sage is more or less understandable.

    1. @The_P6: While I am def­i­nite­ly not one to be qual­i­fy to clas­si­fy what’s nor­mal and what’s not, I do agree that Oreimo was not a series that need­ed incest.
      Also, your Eng­lish is fine. 🙂 Bet­ter than a lot of native speakers.

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