Reviews of yesteryear: Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai is an anime from AIC BUILD based on a light novel by Fushimi Tsukasa. I’ve heard a bit about it and it could potentially be… Actually, no. I may be putting my foot in my mouth here, since I write the opening paragraphs before watching the actual anime, but there’s no conceivable way this is going to be good. It’s a harem series with a title that roughly translates to “My Little Sister can’t be this cute.” That just reeks of incest and sleaze. I’m really not looking forward to this one, but when one of my lovely fans asks me to review something, I do try to do so. Let’s just get this over with.

The story follows a teenager with a sister complex named Kyousuke. I will be simply referring to him as Creeper. One afternoon Creeper finds an anime DVD case with an ero game about little sisters inside and, being dumber than a potted plant, he can’t figure out which of his family members it belongs to and there are only three of them besides him. After dropping some really obvious hints and laying a really obvious trap he’s able to figure out that it belongs to his sister. The anime, naturally, never explains how a middle school kid managed to buy pornographic games. Creeper gets recruited to help his sister reconcile her hidden hobby with her personal life through a series of idiotic tasks. There’s supposedly humour in this, but good luck finding a funny joke. Most of the jokes are based around either Creeper’s sister complex or Kirino’s hobby. Oreimo, just because you draw attention to the fact that your premise is gross and tell people to laugh, that does not diminish the repulsiveness nor make it an actual joke. There’s a smattering of other humour types, including an incredibly homophobic scene towards the end, but none of it is funny at all. On the plus side, the physical humour in this is quite cathartic since all the characters are annoying and horrible. It isn’t funny, but it’s cathartic. The finale in this is horrendous. The contrived final conflict comes out of and goes absolutely nowhere. Making it one of the most pointless finales in the history of anime. Then you have the incestuous undertones which serve to make the whole thing thoroughly unpleasant.

The characters in this are incredibly flat tropes. About the only thing that makes Creeper unique as a harem protagonist is his sister complex, which is not a positive change. At least most harem protagonists are just bland nobodies and come across as relatively harmless albeit indecisive. For Kirino they just took the tsundere archetype, except that she’s into her brother. Again, not a positive alteration.

The art is nothing special. It’s kind of a typical moe style. What makes it worse than it could have been is the fan-service. Prepare for panty and bra shots of a fourteen year old. Then count yourself as fortunate that your name isn’t on some type of registry just by virtue of you having watched this series. The backgrounds are pretty plain.

The voice acting in this sounds pretty bad. A lot of the emotion is portrayed by yelling instead of… what’s the word? Oh yes, emoting. It’s sad since the actors in this can act, when they have roles that actually require them to. I feel kind of sorry for Taketatsu Ayana. Just about every time her name gets mentioned in my reviews it’s because she was in a role that demanded a terrible performance. There’s this, Baka to Test, Highschool of the Dead, and Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou. In contrast the only review I’ve done where she gave a truly good performance in the anime was K-on. She also gave a good performance in Psycho Pass, in spite of having a minor role, but I reviewed that after this. She was also quite good in Zettai Bouei Leviathan, also reviewed after this. The music is the best part of the anime. It’s not good, but it’s okay.

The yuri factor is a 5/10. Kirino’s reaction to cute girls and her dynamics with both Kuroneko and Ayase come off as pretty homo-erotic. You know, this anime would have been greatly improved if they’d removed Creeper completely and focused on that. It would still be pretty stupid and unfunny, but at least it wouldn’t be gross.

This anime is not quite as bad as I thought it was going to be. The incestuous under-tones are much more downplayed and far less prominent than I thought they would be. It’s still a stupid, stupid anime with not a moment of laughter to be found and obnoxious tropes of characters. I do not suggest watching it or even thinking about its existence. My final rating is a 2/10.

Next week, I’ll be looking at Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited- Hyoubu Kyousuke, unless something unexpected comes up. For you guys, that’ll be up tomorrow, since nothing unexpected happened to delay it. 

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