Anime review: ‘My Little Sister Can’t Be that Cute’ leaves a markPosted 3:24 pm on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 by Chris Del Castillo
Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (Oreimo for short) translates to My Little Sister Can’t Be that Cute and was released back in October 2011 as a limited edition box set. It’s barely been a year but the Limited Edition has already been sold out almost instantly with prices going pretty high online. Now Aniplex is re-releasing the title in a regular edition on July 10th featuring the complete series, plus 4 OVA episodes, in one set.
Kyosuke Kosaka is an average 17-year-old high school student. His problem is he doesn’t have a good relationship with his younger sister, Kirino, who is very cold to him. One morning they bump into each other, causing her to drop a bag. As he goes to pick it up, she immediately slaps his hand away, believing she hates him. Soon after, Kyouske finds an anime DVD case from an anime called “Stardust Witch Meruru.” Inside is an eroge (erotic video game) and Kyosuke finds it odd, since the only person he could imagine it belonging to is himself. His mother enters and he does whatever he can to hide it. During dinner, he tries to find out who it could belong to. It can’t be his mother, since she’s very polite. His father is strict and believes in raising his kids on a righteous path. And then we have Kyosuke’s sister.
After dinner Kyosuke pretends to go outside. He goes back into his room, only to see his sister Kirino there too. He confronts her about it, and she denies it until she finally puts her guard down, afraid of being judged. She finally reveals that anime isn’t the only thing she likes, but also eroge games. Not any eroge game will do, she’ll only like the ones that feature little sisters in the story. The plot thickens when she tries to convince Kyosuke to play the games also, this way she has someone else to talk to about the story in the game. Since no one other than Kyosuke knows her true secret, and now he is pulled into her world.
Kyosuke does all this to make Kirino happy and to see a side of her that she has locked away do to her work. At one point Kyosuke’s childhood friend, Manami Tamura, gives Kyosuke advice on maybe having Kirino go to online sites to find a meet up with other who have similar interests. It only makes matters worse when Kyosuke meets Saori Makishima and Kuroneko, who help Kirino delve deeper into fandom.
Kyosuke also finds himself in some awkward situations that could seem perverted, but he intended to do good.
I remember watching this when it originally released on Crunchyroll. I watched new episodes every week. Overall Oreimo is a hilarious series to watch. Seeing how Kyosuke and Kirino interact together and later adding Kirino’s friends as well as her ”Otaku” group just makes things more hilarious. To me Kuroneko easily becomes one of my favorite characters, but you never stop feeling sorry for Kyosuke getting stuck in all of this just because of his sisters obsession.
While the series follows Kyosuke and all the problems of supporting Kirino’s obsession or as she likes to call it hobby, it leads to a lot of awkward moments, especially since she argues many times instead of thanking him. This leads to a lot of misunderstandings. Towards the end of the Oreimo anime series, it gets pretty interesting with Kirino trying to finally show Kyosuke some gratitude. Let me warn you there are quite a few “ecchi” scenes, which are all accidental, and they just lead to hilarious consequences, mostly for Kyosuke.
Video Quality: A+
Very detailed artwork, I love the character design especially heavily focused on cosplay and gaming. Studio AIC Build did a great job over all on the anime from start to finish. What can I say a picture says a thousand words while it would take me a few words to say wow. That headlock.
Kirino has it all, she is smart, looks that got her a job as a model at 14, a promising career but she is afraid of everyone finding out she like eroge games and anime since its considered a bad thing especially by her father. Kyosuke never had a great relationship with Kirino, but he shows his brotherly love by supporting her and leads into both of them meeting new friends and experiences. Plus its hilarious seeing Kirino play her little sister themed perverted games, because in game she loves being the older brother aka onii-chan to the younger sisters but when it comes to Kyosuke she does a complete 180. Great supporting characters put together a great anime.
Japanese audio only with English subtitles, honestly I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing Kirino, Kyosuke or Kuroneko. There are very few anime series I like listening to in English and its very cost efficient to companies to do so, so Aniplex did a great job bringing this series out.
The original version came with plenty of goodies, but Aniplex didn’t want to disappoint. Inside the re-release set comes a reversible slip cover, a fold out poster which also has the episode guide, a poster promoting the upcoming manga release and on each disc is a very cool designs. Inside the third disc you will also find trailers for Blue Exorcist, and Madoka Magica two other must watch anime series.
My favorite episode is right after Kirino finally meets people with a similar interests and starts hanging out with Kuroneko and Saori, she still drags along Kyosuke to a Comiket-like convention (Japan’s largest Anime Convention for Doushinji’s and other anime related goods) where Kirino falls in love with the convention. To this day I still want to go to a Comiket, which now has about half a million attendees.
My biggest problem was that the series was pretty short (only 12 episodes). It aired in Japan along with 4 OVA episodes including an alternate version of episode 12. It’s not really a complaint, but the series was just that good when it came to story, comedy, and animation. It’s been speculated there could be another season coming, yay! Hopefully
Also found inside the set is a poster announcing the Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai manga that will be coming out in September 2012 from Dark Horse Comics! Plenty of scenes not in the anime so worth reading.
Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.