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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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Oreimo episode 7, mainly just screenshots

Sorry guys, I’ve had quite a lot going on recently so I haven’t been able to write up several posts. Also, I’m afraid I will be dropping episode by episode blogging on Bakuman. Mainly because I don’t really have the time for it, but also because out of the three I find it the most disappointing. That’s a personal opinion and I’m sure many of you love it (especially those who haven’t read the manga).

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Okay, back to Oreimo episode 7. From the rest of the series and what’s happened so far, we can notice a pattern going on: the series is damn good. Each episode manages to provide character development (or at least hints of it) and hilarious situations. Crossing the halfway point for the series, this episode has Kyousuke in for a little surprise at the beginning.

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We get all the joy of watching arguments between Kirino and her good friend ‘Kuroneko’. Always good to watch the two otaku fight XD.

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Also quite refreshing to reflect back on your own past heated otaku discussions!

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Oreimo Episode 6

Opening straight away, the latest episode of Oreimo indicates to us what this episode is about: Tamura Manami, Kyousuke’s close childhood glasses friend. More specifically, after a short discussion with a classmate, we can see this episode deals with the relationship between the two close friends. The subject has always seemed quite interesting to me, moreso after the pointers in a previous episode regarding Manami’s feelings. After seeing Kirino’s friend Ayase appeared, I thought for a second that she could have developed into a love interest for Kyousuke, as unlikely as that would be. An intriguing prospect, but nonetheless shot down after Kyousuke managed to make her think he was some sort of ‘sister’s love’ pervert.

We see Kirino for the first time (I think?) in her school uniform!

Dakimukura from ‘amozon’!

This episode gives us a break from some of the intensity given in some of the previous episodes, with some really funny stuff. The grandparents are perverted, yet amazing (though I personally wouldn’t want grandparents like that…), allowing for some pretty hilarious scenarios, which I would imagine would be INCREDIBLY awkward for the characters.

The episode provided some nice insight into Kyousuke and Manami’s past as childhood friends, which is rather sweet and really supports a development of something happening between them as the series progresses.

We are introduced to Manami’s little brother, also known as ‘Rock’ who sports a ‘monk-like’ hairdo, which he thought would make him a complete badass. *cough* Funny kid, hopefully he’ll appear more than once in the series! Speaking of which, I hope Ayase returns…some series tend to accomplish something with a secondary character and then just throw them away. That’s totally understandable in some instances (The World God Only Knows for example, yet I do feel some might return later??) but generally, I feel that characters that have spent considerable screen time to develop character could be of more use.

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Oreimo Episode 5

Ore no Imouto is back this week with another episode of almost perfect blend of humour, serious themes, tsundere and sweetness, which helps keep it deeply grounded as the best surprise in anime for me this season, and possibly even this year. For the first one or two episodes, I was not fully convinced that Oreimo would step beyond the boundaries that most tsundere type anime reach. As we can see though, it really does shine through with the help of its confronting absurdity.

I was going to write a six or eight hundred word passage on all the themes this episode deals with and the questions it raises to the viewer, but I honestly feel that will take away from some of the magic this series holds.

Look forward to the most amazing and reliable brother showing unconditional love and self sacrifice for his little (and still quite rude) sister. We know most of us wouldn’t ever be this caring and considerate to a sister who kicks you right in the manhood!

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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.

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