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There’s no way my little sister could be this cute (>_<)

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.

Final verdict:

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.


Why I watch anime more than I read manga?

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While it’s true that I watch more anime and read less manga, it’s not that I like anime more than manga. In fact I love both anime and manga (and games, and visual novels and light novels too if it’s necessary to mention them here).

However being outside of Japan, or to be specific being in a country where anime and manga are considered as 2nd class entertainment material, the only way to catch up with current anime/manga is the internet. Yes, we have to download it since streaming is not an option here with the crappy internet service (it’s almost impossible to watch youtube videos without buffering to begin with), not to mention the bloody-hell of anime streaming sites tend to charge their users for every streaming content they delivered, although most of the things are actually aired for free in Japan (minus those aired on cable subscriptions though).

Speaking of internet as the only source for currently airing anime, I could say anime is easier to follow since they are scheduled or planned on seasonal basis. If it’s manga most people would be confused given that there are hundreds, if not thousands of currently serialized manga titles. Besides most current manga are serialized in Japan-only manga magazines, where the only way to enjoy this is once again via the internet in the form of scanlated manga. However with the recent crusade against scanlation sites launched by Japanese manga industry, it would be just a matter of time before this one is wiped out and left people like me in despair.

Well, although there are English-licensed manga here, they’re always overpriced, often by multiple folds due to the licensing fee (which includes the translation fee) plus the tax. Alright, licensed anime DVDs are also subject to tax but with manga it’s a different case. Annoyingly, more than enough they’re the edited version, either for international or western market; as opposed to the original version in Japan. Sometimes the editing are ridiculous and I think unnecessary. There’s still another issue though, local censorship law. Because of this, things that are perfectly legal in Japan (not necessarily adult material) may be banned or subject to heavy censorship here. Once again we have no choice but to rely on internet.

Back to where I left, anime has better distribution on the net. They appear to be more managed and properly administrated compared to scanlated manga. Besides manga usually span too long, often up to several years, making them a little hard for me to follow or to be a loyal reader, especially with new titles pop up almost every single day. Not to mention manga and light novels are always translated at slower pace than manga. From my observation people are mostly dedicated to translate anime than manga perhaps because anime are released at a more steady pace than manga or light novels, usually by weekly interval than manga’s usual monthly interval. Well, not just me because I’ve seen many times how scanlation group gave up certain manga titles because they took so much time to finish, resulting the manga series being translated only halfway. After all, when manga (and so does eroge, galge and light novels) turned into anime, the anime will be like “the chosen ones” to me. And I prefer it that way because I’m always unable to make a choice or decision over the vast manga libraries. For your information, I feel the same too for anime/games theme musics.

Yeah, manga is supposed to be easier to follow if we consider the download size, compared to the sheer volume a downloaded anime episode would occupy in the hard drive. However, for me who can’t even tolerate anime with episode counts more than 50, I think following one manga title (where its new chapter only out once a month) for more than a year is quite a wait. Of course I could stay loyal but only by ignoring other awesome titles. Sometimes I think it’s better to compromise or even sacrifice all other great titles for the sake of sticking to a few manga titles. Not that I’m happy doing that but I have to, as a human. I don’t have a superpower that would allow me to enjoy all current anime and manga titles at the same time. And if I’m given the chance to have a superpower, I might want to consider getting that kind of superpower.

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Strike Witches 2
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Honestly I’m not really sure why I watch Strike Witches regardless how *cough* bad the series is. My best guess is it’s the similar reason of why I watch K-ON. People always said my hate towards any series is ‘illegitimate’ unless I watch them beforehand. Alright now that I’ve watched those series and still think they’re bad then that would make my hate towards them ‘legitimate’ right?

Actually I wonder why to certain people for whatever things that I do I need to make my reasons clear to them, regardless it’s about love or hate. I used to claim that I am a fan of certain series but then some people started to compare themselves with me by using sentences like “at least I did do this/that but you didn’t” as if they’re trying to say “I am better than you when it comes to the level of interest” and consequently ‘accused’ me of making invalid claim because to them I am no better to them. Oh come on what kind of logic is that to say that I’m an illegitimate fan just because I was deemed to have “lack of interest” when the comparison is totally biased and made merely based on their judgment alone? Not to mention such ‘accusation’ is a fallacy because “not doing what they’re doing” is totally irrelevant here. When I love or hate something my reason should not matter to anybody because what matters is those reasons are valid to myself, even if there’s no reason at all.

Anyways do we really need a reason for everything? I remember people making inconsistent and contradicting accusations towards me. They used to claim that we don’t need a reason for love but then when I claimed myself as a fan of certain thing they’ll refuse to accept because of trivial things like “I never played the game” or “never read the manga” or “never watch the anime“. Wow! Who are they, I wonder? Some kind of authority representing the so-called “legitimate fans” to decide which claim is true and which claim is false? Somebody please tell me this is a joke goddamnit.

For haters regardless how you’re going to judge my interest I’ll continue to do things as how I’ve been doing them all this time. I know you’re gonna hate this but I don’t care because I think you shouldn’t care about how I do things here either.