Whatever posessed me to think that this show ‘probably won’t be that bad’. Oh, boy. How about I just have a seat right over there? I invite you all to join, for Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (or OreImo, for short) was a hot, flaming mess.
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy
Kirino Kousaka embodies the ideal student with equally entrancing looks. Her grades are near perfect, and to cover her personal expenses, she works as a professional model alongside her best friend Ayase Aragaki, who abhors liars and all things otaku. But what Ayase doesn’t know is that Kirino harbors a deep, entrenched secret that will soon be brought to light.
At home one day, Kyousuke, Kirino’s perfectly average brother, stumbles upon an erotic game that belongs to none other than his seemingly flawless little sister. With her reputation at stake, Kirino places a gag order on her sibling while simultaneously introducing him to the world of eroge and anime. Through Kirino, Kyousuke encounters the gothic lolita Ruri Gokou and the bespectacled otaku Saori Makishima, thus jump-starting an entirely new lifestyle. But as he becomes more and more involved in his little sister’s secret life, it becomes that much harder to keep under wraps. (taken from MyAnimeList)
Honestly, I don’t know what I was expecting. Especially since the resurgence in popularity since Eromanga Sensei aired, I already knew damn well what OreImo was going to be like. If anything, I thought, whilst I didn’t like Eromanga, at least Sagiri was cute. But oh no, no such redeeming factor here. Clearly, the author of both of these works learnt from his mistakes in character designs when creating Sagiri, because Kirino is one bland bitch. And no, crotch shots and zooms on her flat butt do not count as nice character design. I mean, just look at them.
Some of the results that came up Googling this are really going to hurt my Internet History..
It seems unfair to compare the two constantly, but when they’re almost exactly the same story, can you blame me? However, unlike EroManga, OreImo was a lot more obvious about what was going on. There was no tip toeing around the subject, no ‘oh, they’re HALF brother and sister’, oh no. OreImo took the incest bull by the balls, and happily admitted to a in your face brother and sister relationship. I mean, hell. Just look at what greeted me in episode 4 (I was on the metro watching this too, another mistake on my part).
What says brother and sister like a bit of groping?
And that’s pretty much what we have for the entire series. Neither MC is likeable. Kyousuke is unpleasant, initially rude as hell about his little sister and is only nicer when he decides that actually, he’s a siscon just like all those games Kirino showed him. Kirino isn’t much better. There’s tsunderes (that I love, much to my annoyance) and then there’s downright unlikeable characters, the latter of which Kirino fits in. I know that her being an Otaku is just a plot device for the real ~plot to occur, but come on. Try not to give all of us a bad name, after all, we are the ones BUYING the product. Then again, I assume that I am not the target market OreImo’s creator was aiming for.
But I suppose, despite bland personalities and an overall cringe-inducing plot, there were some things I did like. Despite the title suggesting otherwise, and some questionable shots, there was significantly less fanservice than I initially anticipated. Don’t get me wrong, I usually have no issue with fanservice (I rated High School of the Dead with an 8), but I’m not so enthusiastic about fanservice involving children, funnily enough. However, the show steered away from it, for which I am incredibly grateful.
I also enjoyed the opening a lot, it was very, VERY cute and suited the show perfectly. I also loved ClariS’ contribution to Eromanga Sensei, but hey. She definitely makes imouto shows slightly more worth my time.
Overall, did I like this show? Not really. I’m sure it caters to someone out there, but it definitely was not me. What do I cleanse my eyes with?