This isn’t a series written poorly enough that I can write entire essays on why miniscule details or single lines are the greatest affront to creative thought like I did with SAO. With that out of the way, I figured I’d at least enjoy myself by writing my comments as I watch this anime.
That isn’t to say this anime doesn’t have moments that utterly enrage me. Foreword done.
This is Kyousuke, the protagonist of the story. He’s your typical unassuming dude just trying to get by in life. Fortunately for all of us, he’s not some closet otaku or pervert or anything of the sort. In fact, as we go along on this series, you’ll see that he’s actually the most normal, level-headed character in this universe. Well, him and the girl who’s got the hots for him.
This is Manami, said girl who has the hots for Kyousuke. She’s cute, she wears glasses, and she’s about as normal as Kyousuke. You’d be forgiven for thinking this anime will focus on their budding relationship as they grow even closer throughout the rest of their high school career. Sadly, this isn’t the case. I wish it were, but it isn’t. Because OreImo isn’t about Kyousuke or Manami. It’s about another character, one I don’t want to bring up quite yet, because once I do, she will be the focal point of nearly EVERYTHING wrong with this series.
So in a rather lazy exposition dump, we are informed of Kyousuke’s sister, her accomplishments and what poor Kyousuke has to suffer because of it. All he wants is a simple, quiet life. And he shares this while simultaneously hitting on Manami. This is why I like Kyousuke; he just does his thing, coyly casually complimenting the girl he secretly has the hots for just as much as she does. It would help if he just asked her out, but we cannot have a protagonist in a relationship. No sir; he must be single so the fandom can ship him with anyone they want.
It’s contrived but funny how all the topics in class turned out to be about little sisters given the subject matter. It’s like if you didn’t realize what trash you were watching, this will hammer it home. The fact that even Kyousuke points it out highlights how self-aware the anime can be, but rarely does much with it.
Enter Kirino, the little sister of Kyousuke and bane of my existence. Yes, more than my hatred of SAO, this character is a personification of everything wrong with both anime and this series and EVERYTHING in general. She may look unassuming now, but trust me, it will only go downhill from here.
Kyousuke politely announces he’s home, but the girl doesn’t even have the common courtesy to say hello. She just continues talking on the phone. Rude little bitch. But whatever, as long as she doesn’t disturb our protagonist, all is well. Kyousuke gets a drink and then leaves for his room. Half way up the stairs he realizes he left the (coffee?) out of the fridge and heads back to the kitchen to put it away.
This is where all the problems of the anime begin. Kyousuke bumps into the girl, knocking them both to the floor. Kyousuke, being an educated young man with proper manners, apologizes to his sister and offers to help her up.
Kirino the little cunt slaps his hand away! Fuck you then, bitch. This is but a taste of the kind of person this little brat is. Angered for no real reason, Kirino leaves in a huff. After she does, Kyousuke picks up a DVD of some cheesy kids anime from the floor, realizing it must’ve dropped from Kirino’s bag.
At that moment his mother comes home and somehow Kyousuke ends up in this position. To hide the fact he had that DVD on him. What cracks me up is that his mother just shrugs off this bit of weirdness and leaves him on the floor. Does Kyousuke normally do stuff this outlandish?
Kyousuke comments that his social life was nearly killed by being seen with that DVD. How? It’s clearly not yours, so there’s no guilt attached to it. If his mom had seen it, he could’ve told the truth and said “I found it under the table”. What’s so bad about that? If it’s not his, and it’s not hers, it has to belong to one of two other residents in the house.
Got to love his mother’s ability to walk in on him like this though. Again, he should just admit he found the thing and be done with it, but I guess it would look bad on his part no matter what. Even if his folks checked the rest of his room and found nothing else like it. Whatever, contrivances to get the plot rolling.
Mentioning the anime at the table was a good move. Love how Kirino just froze on the spot. I know that feeling, let me tell you. But Kyousuke knows now that it belongs to Kirino, so mystery solved. Not that it was a hard mystery to solve in the first place; it’s obvious his own folks wouldn’t be hiding a fucking children’s anime in their living room.
Kyousuke leaves the house to go to the store, when on his way out he notices his bedroom light turn on. This was expected, as going out was just an excuse to bait Kirino into his room to catch her looking for the DVD in question.
Because this is what we needed to see as soon as Kyousuke walked into his room. This shot is way too pandering considering Kirino is like… 13?
After essentially getting Kirino to confess the DVD was hers, Kyousuke gives up on torturing the girl and hands her the DVD. He doesn’t care anymore at this point, so whether she continues to deny it and “tosses it” or keeps it is entirely moot. And that’s really the best way to go about this mess.
But unable to let this just be a one time thing, Kirino asks this question on her way out. And of course this was to be expected, because this anime isn’t about Kyousuke getting with Manami, but about cockteasing him with his younger sister. There’s a million disgusting, wrong things about OreImo, and this ranks high, and while it might be something of a spoiler to say this is where the anime is going, but I don’t care. This is an old series way past its prime and everyone knows why they watch this garbage.
Kyousuke’s answer was the correct one and the incorrect one at the same time. Who is he to judge what his sister is into? But it’s also the way to allow someone to teach you all about their perversions. And that’s essentially what we’re building up to.
And then out of no where in the middle of the night, Kyousuke is slapped awake by Kirino. Why the fuck? You couldn’t do this during the evening before he was sleeping? Kirino takes Kyousuke to his room just so she can talk about her disgusting hobby. I don’t know what it is yet “technically”, but I know what it is. She’s into perverted shit. Of course, she opens with her needing “counseling” to not make it immediately awkward that she’s about to share her porn collection with her elder brother.
So it turns out Kirino has a massive collection of eroge (that’s porn games for the uninitiated) and merchandise of Meruru (the children’s anime she was trying to hide earlier). Immediately she goes into gush mode about all this stuff she owns. It’s how everyone is given the opening to be honest about what they love. Of course I understand Kyousuke’s hesitation given what she’s into is eroge. To the show’s credit they handle Kirino’s hesitation about it all quite well. At least Kyousuke isn’t an ass about it all. You like porn? Cool, so long as you pay for it. And since Kirino happens to be a middle school model, she’s apparently got money to burn. It’s a wonder her parents don’t keep an eye on her income and expenditures. But whatever, apparently in Japan you’re independent as soon as you’re out of diapers.
The fact Kyousuke didn’t know about Kirino being a model is also outlandish to me, who grew up in a family where information about every member was essentially public knowledge. I guess we can chalk it up to Kirino being so estranged from her brother that she kept even this a secret from him. And he just didn’t care, which is also fair given how much of a cunt she is. Don’t take my soft approach right now to mean anything else, Kirino is still a bitch.
Kyousuke finally asks about the porn, and why Kirino is into specifically the objectification and sexualization of “little sisters”. Which is sick when you sit and think about it.
Though her reasoning for liking is weird but hey no one really gets why people like things sometimes. How she started is also lazily glazed over. She HAD to have started liking them after trying one out at SOME point. Don’t see why they didn’t just say “it was because I saw it on this one site this one time”. It’s still a creepy thing to be into, sorry. And she has to be into them sexually, too. She’s old enough, no matter how much she claims she likes how “cute” they are.
In the end, Kirino asks if she should share this secret hobby with her parents, to which Kyousuke says no. Which again makes sense, never mind the fact she’s a middle schooler buying and consuming porn, her parents wouldn’t understand (as we’ll see later on with how utterly retarded their father is).
And like the good brother he is, Kyousuke offers to keep her secret (not like he has much of a choice) and help her however he can. Though I don’t see why Kirino would need his help with anything given she’s kept it under wraps all this time. But fine, whatever. We need a set-up, right? Otherwise the narrative goes no where.
But it doesn’t end there for today. Oh no, not minutes after Kyousuke says good night and goes back to his room, Kirino comes back to slap him awake again. This time? To get the boy to play some eroge in the middle of the night while she watches. Umm… disgusting?
I like how Kyousuke’s answer to the question is to kick the little girl out of bed without question. It’s a prick move, sure, but it’s just a video game. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t do it in real life… or would he?
The look on the little girl’s face in the game following the event is a bit heart-wrenching though. Kyousuke I hate to agree with Kirino but that was a heartless thing to do.
Their parents are heavy sleepers though. I’m pretty sure I’d notice if someone was kicked out of a chair and crashed onto the floor, especially on the second floor of a house. The noise is insane. And they’re practically screaming at each other. Are the walls soundproof? Apparently not given they were worried about the parents overhearing. Consistency is all I’m asking for.
Thankfully Kyousuke finally told her to piss off because it was 3 in the morning. This seriously couldn’t wait? We’re in for another long series of angry Browny…