Oreimo Episode 4

We open with a important lesson for online safety, remember: people are ‘totally different person[s] online’! Remember that kids! After this battle sequence from some rather perverted fighting game, this episode begins…and it sure has a lot worth talking about. New characters, thrilling chase-type-thing,

There are still considerable occurrences of Kirino’s selfish and rude behaviour, which is kinda annoying. Though that’s clearly the intended effect. On top of that, she continues to deliver violent attacks on her very tolerant brother, who shrugs it off and laughs at his sister worrying about her appearances and correcting the way she acts in order to avoid looking ‘lower’ than her teen girl model status.  On the other hand, it’s good to see that she hasn’t completely changed after that one powerful glimpse of sincerity we saw in the previous episode. If we look at it this way, they’ve done quite well in following up the serious tone of the previous episode. It shall be rather enjoyable to see this tsundere grow into a better person!

For ecchi fans out there, we get our ‘hands’ on’ panty shots and falloveroopsimviolatingyou type thing after a very funny scene involving brother, sister, slow motion and a box. Leading up to that, we saw what you could call fanservice teasers, with panning of Kirino’s legs, almost-pantyshots and the such. But yeah, if Kirino is your cup of tea, you get a good taste this time around.

We also get a taste of girly gossip with Kirino inviting her friends (the pretty omgiloveyourshoes type) for…some girly gossip I guess :P Kyousuke, who is demanded by his sister to remain hidden from sight, manages to hear it all through his walls, which gets on his nerves. Speaking of which, I was in the library today after all my friends had left following our exam, just reading some manga (decided to start Naruto, cos they didn’t have volume 2 of some shoujo I was reading) when two girls in my grade decided to sit in within hearing range. I decided to respect privacy like the good man I am and not listen in, but I couldn’t help picking up things like “boys are sooo horrible”, “boys like, don’t understand” and even “Maybe I should just go lesbian, at least we can understand each other”. Then I coughed and made my presence clear again…

Girls :P haha

Back to Kirino and her friends gossiping. Actually, let’s move on to Kirino’s friends. I try not to spoil anything, but it is basically 100% certain that one of them will become a more important character soon. Should be good!

The latter half of the episode deals with the otaku group’s journey to Summer Comiket, which I thought was rather cool. The sheer enormity of that convention astounded me, an Australian who has been to Animania and Smash!. The long lines, blazing heat and excitement upon entering all brought back that familiar feeling that every otaku holds dear. What I didn’t have in my experiences, and would certainly not hold dear is a little rude girl complaining relentlessly. Gosh!

Before the new ED, we get an ending which managed to get a few hearty chuckles out of me. Can’t wait till the next ep! After last episode of Oreimo which is indeed a hard act to follow, I am glad to say that this episode continues to deliver the goods!


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