How have you been? Hopefully well, with some anime action mixed in! I’m not sure how many people are still in school right now (I’m assuming quite a few but I could be wrong) but considering it’s August already and that time of year again, I’m trying to cram in as much anime as I can before I have to take a break.
I’m already at my 4 week mark and it’s kind of scary how a month ago I wanted to go back to school and now I don’t…
Anyways, so on August 1st there was this #801Day celebration on Twitter where we were posting all things yaoi and I randomly remembered these doujin I’d read a while back. I posted up the pictures of the character who I knew were named Akagi and Kousaka, and even mentioned I shipped them even though I had no clue who they were.
And then I found out they were characters from this show called Oreimo. Since I didn’t really have anything to watch these last few days I thought I’d check it out only to not want to anymore when I saw the orange-haired girl. I have no idea why but just seeing her was like a red sign saying STOP. So I did. But then I got curious…and curiouser…and I watched the first episode.
Summary (from MAL):
Kyousuke Kousaka, a normal seventeen-year-old high school student, hasn’t gotten along with his younger sister, Kirino, in years. For longer than he can remember, Kirino has ignored his comings and goings and looked at him with spurning eyes. It seemed as if the relationship between Kyousuke and his sister, now fourteen, would continue this way forever.
One day, however, Kyousuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime entitled Hoshikuzu Witch Meruru (Stardust Witch Meruru), which had fallen into the entranceway of his house. To Kyousuke’s surprise, inside the case is a hidden adult video game titled Imouto to Koishiyo! (Love with Little Sister!). Kyousuke attempts to fish out the culprit who dropped the case by bringing up the topic of magical girl anime at the family dinner table. All that comes out is a strong negative reaction from his parents, especially his anti-otaku policeman father.
That night, Kirino bursts into Kyousuke’s room and, in perhaps the first conversation she has initiated with him in years, says they “have things to talk about.” Kirino brings Kyousuke to her room and shows him an extensive collection of moe anime and lolicon bishoujo games she has been collecting in secret.
First off, I’d like to say that I totally thought that Kirino was the potential love interest because of this very entertaining video (but then I thought about the lyrics and was like, oh so it’s like that and now I’m kind of in Limbo, like, should I watch it or no?)
And even if it isn’t like that I can’t help but have that present in my mind (if you’ve watched this, please, is this an incest anime?) There’s just that feel to them and why does she look so different from all the others in her family? Type thing going on. I think the girl in Kyousuke’s dream would have fit better as his sister (at least she’d look like him).
But anyways, I thought the beginning song was really catchy, there’s something about it that really pulls me in, playful but kind of sad too. The characters look so nice, I have no complaints with anyone! The animation is smooth and it looks like there’s no ending theme? The credits kind of roll at the bottom of the screen and we get this song playing but I haven’t really paid much attention to it (too busy trying to read the subtitles with text behind it).
My favorite voice so far is Kyousuke’s (Yuuichi Nakamura), there’s just something about it that makes me go Oooooo~
I also like that Kirino is this major closet otaku who is trying to find a place to belong. There’s the image that she keeps at school, where she can’t let her friends know that she’s really into anime and 18+ little sister games, and how she’s afraid her friends will react if they find out about her hobbies. Then there’s this tension at home where her dad is a mega anti-otaku and also seems to be against her modeling job/doesn’t like the way she dresses (it was kind of funny how she even stood out among otaku, like is there a secret dress code or something). Just seeing that interaction at the table where her parents question her whereabouts but don’t say anything to Kyousuke (ugh, I hate this treatment) when they’ve both been gone all day.
Like, this girl is 14, she holds a job, apparently she’s good at sports and academics, and she can buy herself multiple copies of the same stuff. What more do they want?
But even though I’m admiring her from over here there’s also a part of her that just annoys me. Basically, it’s the way she treats her brother. It was easy to feel the whole don’t like you vibe, like when she slaps his hand away at the very beginning and glares at him. I actually didn’t think much of it because a lot of sibling relationships are like that (at least mine was).
However, when she tells Kyousuke about her hobbies and even pushes them onto him for his opinions (ha, yeah right you converter) but then still treats him like crap…Not only has he agreed to help her with life counseling and even started to play her games, but he also volunteered to accompanied her to an IRL meeting for her new anime community (where she’s supposed to make friends), and you’d think she’d treat him just an itty bit different (but no).
I mean it’s only the second episode so maybe that’ll change (p.s. this is the first time I really dislike a tsundere character, I usually think they’re adorable I wonder why)
There are also some other characters introduced, like this plain girl that Kyousuke is rather protective about (won’t tolerate bad talk towards her even from his sister who seems to push him around a lot), Kirino’s school friends (I’m not sure how important they’re actually going to be, they just feel like they’re there to show you the anti-otaku views of society), and the two members from the IRL meeting Saori (this tall girl with swirling glasses) and Kuroneko (believe that’s just her username, she turns out to be a mega-otaku who bumps heads with Kirino instantly, I think she’s into BL). Oh and Kuroneko is also a cosplayer.
End result: I’m going to continue this. For how long I’m not sure. I saw that there are 2 seasons out on Crunchyroll, making it 25 episodes long. The first two episodes were really entertaining and I like the premise of having one of the main characters being an otaku and infecting her brother (I’m currently trying to do this with my 10-year old brother and it’s actually working out okay).
Then there’s the whole wanting to have at least one person who shares your same hobbies so you can fangirl together like crazy (in Kirino’s case). And having anti-otaku people surrounding you, questioning your every move, mmmhm.