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Ore no Imouto finish

…or at least the ‘good end’. Episode 12 of the hands-down best anime of the season and maybe even the year almost had me in tears again after an absolutely beautiful ending. It was a heavy dose of cuteness and sweetness, but it was the right dose. Not too much; just right. Now, we all saw it coming for this good happy ending, but my expectations were met and exceeded furthermore. I just wonder how the ‘bad end’ will be, which I think comes out later :S from what my friends have told me at least.

Now that Oreimo is ‘over’, and because I’m also a few days into my end of year school holidays, I can comfortably blog in the quiet of my dark room with k-pop blaring in the background. Here’s my song of the day, which is a bit different from my norm of metal, and probably a song that many of you know all too well:

Anyway, back on track with a short summary review of Oreimo before I sleep! Have work tomorrow!

story

You’ve probably read some of my other articles on this anime, and almost definitely would have heard enough about it from the general anime community. Based on looks alone, this anime isn’t really anything special: what makes it stand out so far in front and away from most mainstream anime out there is the story and what it deals with.

Oreimo as you should know by now is an anime about a brother and sister, and a whole lot of erotic stuff. To clear up misconceptions and weird implications of that previous sentence, it’s about a middle school girl who is secretly addicted to erotic video games whose nature is frowned upon by general society. Personally speaking here (as a blog is supposed to do), in this situation I belong in the ‘general society’ frowning upon what this young girl enjoys doing in her spare time. If you’re like me, as you watch this anime you will find that it does deal with relevant issues. You see, the brother, parents and the friends also frown upon her nasty habit.

As a student, I find myself here forcing myself to stop this from becoming an essay on the story. That itself should explain the depth that can be found in this series, beneath the giggles and ridiculous situations, there is more than enough to challenge us to think about regarding the themes. Very similar to Arakawa in this aspect if you’ve seen that. The characters here are mostly strong, obviously emphasis given on the two siblings, but many other parts of the cast are well set within the 12 episode frame. I would have liked some more on certain characters, but that’s unrealistic to ask for in a short series.

Before the series even ended, I found myself very attached to Kyousuke who the story is told from (third person). We understand what he feels in each situation. We laugh when he laughs, we laugh when he’s in crazy awkward situations, our hearts are shattered as he deals with some things that I imagine would destroy such a caring brother. And finally we can’t help but smile by the end.

One of the key messages behind this tsundere is simple; the little sister might be a pervert who is also one massive and inconsiderate bitch at times, but it’s well worth the effort to forgive and accept her for who she is. I know I can’t really say anything because I don’t have pretty, yet perverted bitch of a sister (I’m stuck as the younger sibling myself :P ) but we can all learn from the admirable Kyousuke. It’s worth fighting for. When she can be damn cute xD

art

As mentioned awhile earlier, the aesthetics of this anime aren’t anything to get excited over. Animation is acceptable, and designs aren’t anything new. If anything, when I first started this series, Kirino didn’t seem to be such a spectacular female lead.

Speaking on my behalf, by the end of the series I found myself eventually liking Kirino and most of the other cast, despite the underwhelming art. The rest of the anime also grows on you too.

Kuroneko meido!

overall

This anime has some of the most memorable moments in any series I have ever seen. I will definitely watch it again, and most likely I will end up in tears. The ending hits the spot, and provides the perfect mix of conclusion, more surprises, intensity, sweetness and room for the series to grow. The ending credits was also one of the better ones I’ve seen, with a montage of short clips that are absolutely hilarious. Yes, the series has room to grow and it most definitely will (at least with the aforementioned ‘bad end’ I do believe)…but I really hope they won’t ruin such a masterpiece with lifeless sequels. However, I have faith. The series was fresh and brought surprises and a perfect blend of comedy, character development and depth for a 12 episode series. I’m sure that whatever is branched out from this series will be another good surprise!

9/10 (that’s being harsh and taking a mark off for the art)

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