*WARNING! Super long article ahead! Well initially due to the lengthy “episode analysis” it was decided that this article will be divided into 2 parts, but then I canceled the plan because who cares if it’s long or short? Don’t hate it just because it’s longer than your dick.
In the previous episode, we’ve seen how Kirino wasn’t thankful that Kyousuke agreed to give her life counseling, instead she forced Kyousuke into playing some eroge. For that sole purpose Kirino agreed to lend him her laptop in order to make him understand the joy of playing them. Actually Kyousuke was uneasy with the fact that his sister are into adult games (the reason he agreed to play them probably is that he could distract Kirino from it for a while) although Kirino did mentioned that her interest is only in the story. To Kyousuke, even if it’s only the story, it doesn’t have to be eroge when the all-age version is available. To Kirino, true fans wouldn’t care about that as long as they get everything about it (which in this case both eroge and all-age version).
In episode 02 you’ll see:
1. Kirino unreasonably bitching about how Kyousuke failed to clear the games within the expected time. Well, she is complaining how slow a first timer doing the first time thing, that’s why I call her unreasonable.
2. Kirino is in dilemma that she doesn’t have any real people, especially people who share the same interest to talk with. Understanding this Kyousuke suggested Kirino to use the social networking services to make friends with online otaku communities, and immediately invited to an IRL meetup, which would be Kirino’s first meetup in her life (the meetup didn’t turn out well at first though). This is where Kirino’s online identity known as “Kiririn” started. Well the idea to utilize this social networking service was originally from Manami, whose Kirino referred to as the Neighbor Girl.
3. We’ll be introduced to Ruri Gokou (pictured above), or better known as Kuroneko during the meetup at Akihabara (I think she’s more fond of being called “Kuroneko” than “Ruri-chan”). For me, she’s the only one that really stands out from the rest of the participants, other than Kirino though. One remarkable thing about her is her black, dark gothic lolita dressing. Well I could say because of this Kuroneko looks more striking than the rest of the participants in the meetup, even more than Kirino herself. Due to the difference of personal preferences in anime, Kuroneko and Kirino ended up engaged in an argument with Kirino over which anime genre/theme is superior, though those arguments eventually makes both of them understand each other more. (FANBOY NOTE: Kuroneko is voiced by Kana Hanazawa)
4. Last but not least, maids (pictured below) and a bunch of otaku.
Not much to see in this episode though. However one footage worth noting is the argument between Kuroneko and Kirino about whose interest is superior than another. It all started when Kirino claimed that Kuroneko’s favorite anime, “Maschera: Lament of a Fallen Beast” as “fancy-dress ten-complex anime”. Kuroneko took this as an insult, well I really think Kirino was indeed insulting that anime. Let’s follow the awesome argument below (from the point when Kuroneko recommend the Maschera anime until Kyousuke interrupted them):
Kuroneko: Yes, the full name is “Maschera: Lament of a Fallen Beast”. An anime with superior story and art. It runs at 5.30 pm on Thursdays. I recommend you watch it.
Kirino: Oh, that’s the show on at the same time as Meruru. That fancy-dress teen-complex anime.
Kuroneko: Huh?! You’ve just said something unforgivable. Meruru? You mean “Stardust Witch Meruru”? That piece of crap that only kids and childish men and maniacs and unemployed and NEET watch?
Kuroneko: Battle-type magical girl stuff is out of style. And any kids anime not on a weekend morning is blasphemy. In terms of rating, that is what’s on at the same time. I ask you stop spouting ignorant nonsense.
Kirino: Ratings? Let me tell you what people in the real world think, you post-Evangelion biter. The shows I watch are what’s “on”. Anything else is “at the same time”. And the way you say it, you haven’t even watched Meruru before! Oh, how pitiful. During the last battle, you could die from the moe of the insert song along with the fluid animation! Don’t look down on kid’s anime!
Kuroneko: The same to you. Don’t give it a good rating just because it’s a kid’s anime. Your moe and whatnot is just a trick to detract your attention from the plot holes and what your show really is.
Kirino: What it really is? Your thing just lines up difficult kanji together so only you teen-complex freaks can keep up.
Kuroneko: That term is what I hate second-most in the world. And what I hate most are the ignorant pigs that abuse the word in criticism. Are you one of them? Then please oink like one.
Kirino: Getting mad because you know I’m right? You’re a complex among teen-complexes. Maybe I should call you the Teeny Complex Queen?
I’m not denying that Kuroneko was a bit bragging about her favorite anime (note the word ‘superior’ in her dialog), and that is probably the reason Kirino insulted the anime out of reflex, which is not really her fault though. However, unlike Kirino, Kuroneko at least didn’t start it with an insult. Kirino maybe insulted innocently but she’s clearly stereotyping the anime that she doesn’t like.It’s weird though despite being a otaku herself Kirino never really hang out online with other otakus, which makes me wonder how did she came up with the term “teen-complex” if not from online discussions. Ironically though in Romaji, the name “Kuroneko” and “Kirino” are both started with the letter “K” and ended with the letter “O”.
In the argument, Kuroneko is more calm while Kirino is a bit more emotional, and most of the time Kirino tend to be at lost of word, thus resorting to ad hominem, sarcasm and personal attack when she was at the brink of defeat. Not to mention she’s the first one to stand up as if she’s desperate to win the argument. She even showed the generic characteristics of a bitter (or butthurt?) moe fan like using the cliche offensive (abusive?) terms such as ’emo’ and ‘pretentious’ against Kuroneko. It’s also undeniable that Kuroneko was also a bit insulting as the argument goes on, but I don’t think it’s worse than Kirino. On Kirino’s side, it seems like the more she defend her interest, the more she reveal the flaws of her interests. I must say Kuroneko is right in almost every point she said and I could have sided with her until the end, if not because she suddenly became emotional at the finishing break. And if we analyze the argument closer, it only proves that this anime is more to the neutral side between moe and serious anime, because if this is really a moe anime that argument would not have mocked itself by mentioning negative remarks about moe anime. There’s not much moe about OreImo to begin with, when only Kirino and her friends are cute while the rest of important characters are just normal. After all it’s heavier to a serious story of relationship (seinen). That being said calling OreImo as moe anime is just a wishful thinking, well it’s more like people who said that are in denial, they want to extend their belief or force the way of their one-sided definition of moe into this anime since they have no new target after keion is over.
Actually Kuroneko and Kirino are extremely similar in their attitude, most notably when both of them were somewhat unable to communicate normally with other otaku girls during the meetup, though those two are actually very opposite in their interests. For me Kuroneko seems to have really deep interest in the anime she likes, to the point to dress like her favorite character as if it’s her normal clothing, as well as being able to ignore what other people would say about her interests. Not to mention she’s also the type who highly value the true meaning of being an otaku which is clearly shown when she think Kirino’s dressing is ‘inappropriate’ to wear in Akihabara. However, to Kirino’s defense, she has her own reason to be be in fashionable appearance, for she has to keep her good reputation in order not to be rejected by the society, and it’s her identity. Still, in any ways, Kuroneko’s “don’t care” attitude and the will to be open about her interests makes her look better.
What I can expect in the next episode:
Since Kyousuke is the type who won’t speak up to gain attention from her parents who seem to be ignoring him (oh poor Kyousuke, nobody cares about where you go), and I can’t expect him to have the balls to scold Kirino for not respecting him, I think the next episode would be a half-an-hour show with Kyousuke being like a masochist, getting hit by Kirino, which would make half of the show itself. I mean there’s not much to see in this episode and probably the next episode too.
If I were Kirino’s big brother, my plan would be something evil, to make her to rely more on me at all costs, to the point that she can’t live without me. Up to this point it seems like I still hate Kirino as I still can’t find any of her good points. Well, at least she looks cute here, and I can feel that in her heart she’s being thankful to her brother and saying “Good night, aniki.”
See you in episode 03 review.