So after watching 4 episodes of OreImo, I’ve come to the conclusion that Kirino is a stupid fucking bitch. That’s right I’m watching this show because I like watching anime relating to otaku crap (I should go watch that eroge god anime now right?) but I’m getting quite sick of her bitchy antics. I don’t watch this show because I want to see her brother land on top of her and grab her titties. I watch it because Kuroneko is fucking awesome, Kyosuke is moe (actually more like Nakamura Yuuichi’s voice is moe) and Saori is win de gozaru.
Let’s go back to the beginning. You got this 14 year old that somehow managed to collect a mass of eroge yet she has no fucking idea that internet otaku communities existed and she’s never been to Akihabara. How the fuck did she buy all those eroge without a credit card to prove that she is 18? And never been to Akihabara? If she’s only 14 and she collected all those games this had to have taken at least a year or two. Do 12 year olds like to play incest loli games now? And where did she even learn that these games existed in the first place, especially seeing how she is oblivious to the fact that people on the internet know about this stuff?
What else bothers me is Kyosuke. The poor guy is a NORMAL GUY. He thinks his sisters hobby is fucking weird but he’s like “whatever do what you want, I care about you as a brother etc.” Then this stupid cunt decides to beat him, kick him, force him to play poorly created loli eroge and then make him watch over her as she tries to make otaku friends? I love KuroNeko telling Kirino to stfu and how she loves all this shit targeted towards pedos. I even like Kirino’s friend, the nice girl who’s like “I know you didn’t land on your sister like that on purpose. I know you’re a good brother.” WHAT A SWEET GIRL. Can we have some scenes with her instead of the bitchy imouto for once?
I don’t mind incest if it’s done in some satirical/fantastical fashion. For example in MAZE, bro/sis incest, that leads to them becoming 1 and so the sister comes out in the day, while the perv bro comes out at night. It’s all fun and games in some fantasy universe. Then you have stuff like Yosuga no Sora where obviously the obsessive yandere sister is like the stock character type, there’s no realism about it. But what bothers me about OreImo is that they try to make it all realistic like “oh, ew my brother is so KIMO” and “I’m also a fashion model” and “perfect straight A student”…yet she somehow has time to complete all those fking eroge? Yea okay. I think I liked this show better when it was called “Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu”.
JP’s Take: Let’s take an anime that “panders” to otaku, like say, K-ON. How does K-ON pander to otaku? Well, it has “cute” girls doing “cute” things like eat cake, fall on their tushies, and in general, act in ways that most otaku would generally classify as moe. Or, we could take something like the average SHAFT show, which panders to otaku by being really esoteric and not making any kind of sense to anyone that isn’t a hardcore otaku. Or hell, you can just take cliched harem fanservice comedy #9001 that we see every season and say that it panders to otaku by elevating (heavily-censored) nudidity (that will go away once they buy the $80 Blu-Rays) over things like story or characterization.
But at the same time, those shows are what they are. Shy childhood friend that blushes a lot, oversexed teacher who humps inanimate objects, and dull main male lead are stock characters. There doesn’t need to be some kind of psychological explanation as to why said teacher is perpetually in heat, nor do we need to delve into the dull male lead’s history to find out why he is so dull. Listing last week’s minor unfunny 2ch memes on a chalkboard doesn’t derail this week’s episode of Zetsubou Sensei. And well, the fact that it just-so-happens that someone just-so-happens to walk in on every female character while they are changing is the point of completely unoriginal harem comedy. They don’t need any setup or explanation. They can just exist.
But with Oreimo, what’s so frustrating is that there are all these contrivances piled up onto this increasingly teetering plot, but for what payoff? A super duper fantasy? The payoff is the ability to be a normal guy (#1) who has a little sister (#2) who loves incest-themed (#3) eroge (#4) and is a model (#5) in order to afford them, along with a family that accepts this (#6) and a combination of friends, both normal and otaku (#7) so that one can be still be socially acceptable (#8). It’s kind of obvious how much of a blatantly absurd fantasy this is when the whole thing doesn’t even make sense. The title isn’t lying; his sister truly can’t be this cute.
There’s a limit to the number of conceits that I can accept with a story and still give it the benefit of the doubt. Usually it’s one, but sometimes I’ll allow two. Aliens crash land in the main character’s backyard. Fine. I don’t need tons of explanation as to how their navigation system failed and whatnot. I’ll just accept that at face value. Similarly, if the premise behind the show was that “my little sister secretly likes otaku stuff”, that would be one thing, but as more and more gets piled on with the payoff being nothing more than a scene of getting to go on a pseudo-date with kawaii desu wota imouto-chan, or getting to trip and fall on her with such force that all of her clothes practically get ripped off my attention wears thin. After all, these are the sort of things that most anime will simply provide without any more setup than “But you promised you’d go shopping with me this Sunday, oniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii-chan!”