Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない, literally “My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute”) or just OreImo in short, is one of the new anime in this fall season. While it can’t be the best of all time, let alone for this season, it does have what many otaku have sought for; a seemingly “forbidden” brother-sister relationship. For those who are already familiar with the original, light-novel version (which is at vol. 6 by the time of writing) this may be nothing new but for people like me who don’t normally look for light-novel/visual-novel/eroge/manga until somebody make an anime out of it, this is something worth a try. Let me elaborate further after the break.
The story is running around Kyousuke Kousaka, a hi-school boy who is living a very normal life, and Kirino Kousaka, Kyousuke’s little sister whose life is almost perfect with good grades, good at athletics, being a beauty teen model and anything you could imagine of a perfect girl. Despite living a normal life, Kyousuke actually never have good terms with Kirino. Kyousuke seems to have inferiority complex towards Kirino while Kirino always look down on him due to her superiority in many aspect of hi-schooler’s life. By the way Kyousuke is the type who’d look up for his sister while Kirino is usually very secretive or being in denial around her brother. However, with a twist of fate, it gonna change their relationship forever.
What I like:
1. The character: I like how cute Kirino is, with her blonde hair and her light blue (cyan?) eyes. She is the type of little sister that I think even a ‘little-sister-less’ otaku would want. She IS an otaku, and among the otaku community, she’s known as Kiririn. Then there’s this Ruri Gokou a.k.a. ‘Kuroneko‘ (her otaku nickname, the name which most people in the series are more comfortable to address her with). In contrast to Kirino who are into kiddy anime, Kuroneko is more into serious anime. They are often found arguing over their interests about whose interests are better, although those arguments only make them closer and start to respect each other’s interests more.
2. The story: The story is about how Kirino becoming more open about her otaku interests (particularly in little-sister-themed eroge, anime and h-manga) with the help of her brother, though the main story is about how Kyousuke wish to improve the relationship with his sister into a more brother-sister like than being strangers. Another interesting part of the story is the possibility of brother-sister complex would grow from just a small talk in the series into an actual thing to happen between Kyousuke and Kirino. While this is not really a thing to celebrate for but just like earlier, many otaku would approve this to happen.
What I hate:
1. The character: No matter how cute Kirino is, she has one major flaw; she looks down on her big brother and always shows disrespectful act towards him despite he’s older than her. She don’t hesitate to hit Kyousuke although it’s pretty uncalled for all the time. In other words she is selfish. Her secondary flaw is she is into hentai stuff, although limited to her interest in forbidden brother-sister relationship in the anime/manga/games. This is also, to me is unnecessary as she could still enjoy that kind of thing without resorting to hentai stuff. This is made clear as she keeps both hentai and non-hentai version of the same anime/manga/game titles. On the other hand, it’s Daisuke Kousaka, the father to Kyousuke and Kirino. He is a conservative-minded police officer who looks down on otaku and the otaku culture itself, clearly making negative remarks about it every now and then, though he is actually a loving and caring father who rarely shows such feeling on the outside. He seems to be over-protective on his child though, but he looks like the type who won’t hesitate to use force of them when he think it’s right to do so. Last but not least, Kyousuke himself. He is a shame of all men, for letting her sister to hit him most of the time. He doesn’t even dare to hit her when she’s doing wrong or at least fight back to defend his stance. Come on Kyousuke, you’re a 17-year-old boy while Kirino is only a 14-year old girl. You’re a couple of years older than her. It’s not about who’s strong or who’s weak but you have to stand up to yourself. My god why many leading male anime characters always defenseless with females? Even Kyon is easily being controlled by Haruhi despite making so much complain in mind like a coward. Not to mention even some “supposed-to-be-manly” characters are also being hit by the girls, as if all male characters in many recent anime are masochists. Don’t be like that Kyousuke. If not I must say you’re a failure as a big brother.
While I refuse to give this anime any real points, it passes the ‘test’ of becoming my “must follow” anime. After all there’s no way for me to resist Kirino’s cuteness.