Ore no Imouto – Review
Ore no Imouto, fully named Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, translates as My Little Sister Can’t be This Cute. This was an anime that I was hesitant to watch. I was doing an only anime/manga craft swap and my partner had this listed as her favorite so I watched it to get an idea of what sort of things she liked and as it turns out, I loved it, too!
It’s about a teenage boy named Kyosuke who lives with his younger sister, Kirino, but they hardly talk because they are so different. In fact, she never seems to really notice he’s there. One day, Kyosuke finds a DVD in their house. The case is of a magical girl anime, but the disk inside is actually eroge (an adult PC game). After he asks, at the dinner table, if anyone knew about a magical girl anime, his sister acts a little weird, but doesn’t say anything. Later that night, she reveals to her brother that she is an otaku, a person who has an anime/manga/videogame addiction. She shows him her extensive collection of adult games that focus on a little sister theme. Kyosuke, is told to help her with life advice, and also is helping her keep her secret from their parents.
The whole series is about the relationship that the brother and sister find with each other and how Kyosuke helps Kirino find friends she can talk to and gain confidence. Kyosuke is probably my favorite character. He’s so cute and loves his sister and is willing to sacrifice his dignity to help her, which he has to do numerous times. Kirino is stubborn and continues to act like she’s taking her brother for granted. The friends that she makes, who are also otaku, are Ruri and Saori. Ruri, or Kuroneko, often wears cosplay and is an opposite personality to Kirino. She’s always insulting Kirino and getting into arguments, but they become great friends. Saori is a little crazy and very tall.
In the manga, more information is revealed about Saori, however, in the anime, you don’t get much information. There’s one episode where you see a well dressed wealthy girl, which you find out was Saori, but that’s all you get. It doesn’t go into any more detail. Manami is Kyosuke’s childhood friend and you know that she is secretly in love with him. She does make a small move in one episode, but that’s another thing that you never get anything else on.
It is a 3 volume manga, but is a 14 (including a 12.5) episode anime that features an alternative ending (just like an eroge game). You decide the ending. Both endings are good, but I do prefer one over the other. I love the fact that it has two endings. The artwork was a major surprise to me; it’s fantastic. The opening song has actually become one of my favorite songs of all time! It’s called Irony by a new Japanese girl group called ClariS. The ending song is the same as the opening. The Japanese version is the only version out right now, but the voices are good.
This anime was so cute! It may not be for everyone though. It’s not really romance, it’s not really a full comedy, but it’s also not a full drama either. There’s some near Ecchi moments, but it’s not too much. It’s just plain cute! If your into the cuter anime/manga, then you may love this!
Overall: 9 out of 10