俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない Episode 3

I tend to be a bit more critical of some series are hyped a lot but appear fairly typical on a first-look. For me, Oreimo sat nicely in that category. Firstly the premise is reaaaaaaaaally strange, plus I had said that some of the characters seemed a bit ordinary. My fellow otaku had been excited about this series whilst I was still a bit doubtful. This episode turned my opinion right around.

Starting off with just another day in the lives of the characters, we see Kirino once again listening in to the otaku boys and smiling. Soon after, we learn that she has quickly become bestfriendsforlife with Ruri (the girl wearing some black cosplay dress). They comfortably chatter along on their phones, which shows us that Kirino has found what she was looking for and is able to express herself with somebody, in an area that she had kept hidden for a long time. Expressing herself in a way that is a perfect representation of an otaku’s rambling. Another nice touch is that we are shown for the first time Kirino at work as a model. We see her posing with her colleagues and smiling, like some annoying teen model. And yes, fans are…blessed (for the lack of a better word) with a quick panty shot. Some would consider that a bonus, whereas others would feel it’s unnecessary.

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After a series of events in Akihabara, we come to a turning point when Kirino discovers that her fellow otakus need not hide their hobbies from everybody. They were comfortable with it all, and don’t feel the need to be afraid of what others think. This seems to be quick reflective of what some otakus go through in real life, which gives this series added value with its connection to reality.

It would be a bit of a stretch to say that this has changed me just yet, like the magical life-altering effects that Clannad, NHK!, Geass and even Ouran had on me. Episode 3, despite being so early in the series, gave me exactly what I had looked for: character development and change. And it was also nawwhowsweetsmileandtear. The father who had so much potential as a more pivotal character, did in fact become a pivotal character. The climax of the episode showed the most emotionally intense scene in an anime this season, and it took me completely by surprise. It also manages to balance such a scene with light hearted humour blending in smoothly. We also get a hint of Manami’s (glasses friend of Kyousuke) love interest, which was a bit obvious anyway. If Oreimo continues to deliver the goods it might just find a solid place in my heart.

Moving on from one of the cheesiest lines I’ve ever said T__T Oreimo gets a significant push up in ratings from me. :)

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