Anime Review: Ore No Imouto Ga Konna Ni Kawaiiwake Ga Nai
Episode Count: 25
You can watch it at: Crunchyroll
Summary: Kyousuke Kousaka finds an erotic video game his middle-school aged sister had hidden in the house. When he confronts her about it he discovers that she is a closet otaku and decides to help her embrace her inner otaku by finding other friends with similar interests. As a part of his quest, he must protect her “perfect girl” image from being slandered to either her non-otaku friends or her parents.
I highly suggest this to anyone with a taste for Rom-Com. The story is beautiful and the characters are well-developed.
Note: Implied wincest. If you are like me and are a fan of Sis-Cons, be sure to watch the OVA’s (official wincest). I am not including them in this review because they are not all canon.
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Oreimo has beautifully designed backgrounds and some of my all-time favorite character designs.
I loved almost all the characters in this show. Each one was built and fit into the story like a piece of a puzzle. My only complaint was that I didn’t like Saori very much. Her over-the-top-ness had gotten on my nerves even just a few episodes in. Her backstory didn’t help either, it really pissed me off when I found out her crazy was all just an act. That said, the rest of the characters are perfect as they are.
Kyousuke is supportive of all his friends and his sister and often puts himself in the line of fire for the sake of protecting her. As the story progresses and he realizes that he didn’t really know his sister very well before she told him he was an otaku really helps him grow and see how much his sister has grown since they were little.
Kirino is a popular middle-school girl. She has perfect grades, She is a model. She is the envy of everyone’s eyes at school. Oh yeah, and she’s a huge closet otaku. Kirino’s otaku interests include children’s anime and sis-con based adult-games. When her older brother confronts her about a game he found in the house, she reveals her secret to him and asks for his help to find otaku friends. Over time, she comes to terms with her brother just being a normal guy, though as a child she had idolized him, and develops a close relationship with him (#Wincest).
Ayase is Kirino’s best friend at school and a model she works with. Ayase hates everything in otaku culture and wishes the worst upon anyone associated with it. When she discovers Kirino’s secret, it takes her time to come to terms with her best friend’s secret life. Even as the show ends, Ayase would prefer Kirino not be associated with otaku culture, but is willing to deal with it for Kirino’s sake. Throughout the show, Kyousuke sexually harasses Ayase and inadvertently makes her fall in love with him.
“Kuroneko”, her standard username, is an otaku who spends most of her time cosplaying the “Queen of Nightmare” from her favorite anime. She meets Kirino and Kyousuke at a meeting of otaku girls set up by Saori. After getting more acquainted with Kirino the two develop a love-hate relationship. They are some of each other’s only otaku friends but have differing opinions on everything. Kuroneko falls in love with Kyousuke and eventually becomes his first girlfriend, though she acknowledges from the beginning that his true feelings are (wincestuous) not for her.
The story of a girl coming to terms with her secret side and discovering new relationships with friends who share her interests and her brother is beautiful and something I think most of us can relate to. I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets offended when society looks down on otaku culture.
Oreimo’s opening has a special place in my heart. ClariS, the group that performed the opening, is now my favorite opening group and Oreimo was my first experience with them. As for the ending, each episode had its own unique ending and (While I don’t particularly remember them) I do remember that I listened to each one in its entirety. That must count for something, right?
How well the anime fits the genre (Rom-Com): 10/10
2 enthusiastic thumbs up. This show is awesome and funny. When I was watching it I had to cover my mouth sometimes to muffle my laughter so I wouldn’t wake my neighbors.
Overall Opinion: 47/50
Oreimo is easily one of my all-time favorite shows. The story was great. The characters were beautiful (inside and out). I found it easy to identify with many of the situations every character was in. An all around solid choice.