October 12, 2010
We tend to not get a long with our siblings for some reasons and treat them as annoyances but knowing and keeping each other’s secret, sometimes, can get you closer to your siblings just like in this particular anime: Ore no Imouto ga konnani kawaii wake ga nai
Kyosuke and Kirino are siblings to each other, however, all these past years, they are not that close and cold toward each. Kyosuke envies his sister accomplishment at school and many other things, on the other hand, Kirino does not even think that her brother even exists. One incident brings them closer together. One day, Kyousuke finds an anime DVD near the entrance of his house inside and becomes even more confused as he cannot figure it out who it belongs to since in his mind, no one in his house fits the description and has a potential of being on otaku. To make matter even worse is that the content of the DVD case is an eroge instead of just your normal anime DVD. It cannot be his parent and he cannot imagine his dad and mom are into anime at all, meanwhile, he cannot fit Kirino’s image to be an otaku.
During dinner, Kyosuke brings up anime related topic on purpose to find out to whom the DVD belongs to. His parents have no reaction at all, however, his effort is not all for nothing as Kirino acts very strangely and finishes her dinner early. Pretending to go to convenience store, Kyosuke purposely says out loud that he’s going to the store. As he just steps outside, he sees his room light being turned. He runs back upstairs as soon as possible and fins that his sister butt sticking out while Kirini’s looking for something behind underneath of his bed.
Kirino, who’s busted by her brother, still tries to deny that DVD does not belong to her at all, although, her reaction and word are totally opposite of each other. She says no and tries to grab the DVD from Kyousuke’s hand at the same time. Being a nice brother, he finally gives the DVD back to Kirino saying that he does not need it and wants her to throw it away for him in order to keep it a secret.
Later that night, Kirino wakes Kyosuke up by slapping him. She tells him that she needs a life consulting and needs him to go to her room. Inside her room, Kirino reveals her secret hobby that no one ever knows because she’s afraid of being called weird and being grouped in the same group as those otakus (even though she is an otaku ^^;).
Kyosuke is so shock to see her collection piling up high and wonders how she can afford all of this. Since Kirino works as a model, she has more than enough money to buy all those anime/eroge merchandise. It’s useless trying to understand why she buys all of those since it’s pretty normal to buy things that you like/adore without any other reasons.
Just when Kyosuke thought that it’s over and gets ready to sleep, he gets slapped again for the second time by Kirino. Poor Kyosuke is too late to back down now since Kirino is forcing him to play those eroge games and unfortunately for him, the obvious option for him to pick is not so correct in the eye of Kirino. A wrong answer is enough to earn Kyosuke a kick ^^;;. Regardless, Kirino looks happy now that she has someone to share her hobbies with …. forcefully ^^;.
Oreimo is an interesting twist between imouto and otaku genre/theme of an anime in which you rarely find those two themes in a single anime. Being a guy myself, it always piques my interest what girl otakus think, although, from this episode, I learned that girl otakus are not much different than guys. Endless spending spree on otaku good is common in both gender I guess ^^;;. I didn’t have any WTF moment like when I was watching Yosuga no Sora but Kirino is indeed adorable and cute and she is the main reason why I am planning to watch the series. The title of this anime truly speaks for itself.
OP song is pretty standard and nothing amazing or spectacular in term of animation and tune. It’s your generic Opening. The tune is always a fast beat one, happy and cheerful. Correct if I am wrong but there is no ending song in the first episode.
Two main protagonists are voiced by experienced seiyuu. Ayana Taketatsu who voices Kirino, is a rising star in the seiyuu world. Her voice acting recently involves more and more main characters. In this fall season alone, she has four or five on going anime series. Her career starts climbing up really fast after her role as Azusa Nakano in K-ON!. On the other hand, Kyosuke is voiced by Yuuichi Nakamura. For all Clannad fans, his voice is no stranger since he is the one who voiced Tomoya.
“irony” by ClariS
#01: “Imouto Plea~se! (妹プリ〜ズ!)” by Ayana Taketatsu
#02: “Shine!” by Ayana Taketatsu
|Notable Seiyuus||Yuuichi Nakamura (Tomoya in Clannad, Alto in Macross Frontier) as Kyousuke Kousaka
Ayana Taketatsu (Azusa Nakano in K-ON!, Vanilla in Yumeiro Patissiere, Ako in Kiss x Sis, Miharu in Baka to Test, Mio in MM!) as Kirino Kousaka
Hitomi Nabatame (Feena in Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na -Crescent Love-, Kanade in Candy Boy, Kan’u in Ikkitousen) as Saori Bajiina
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