I like Oreimo. I’ll make no defense about the writing, which had its fair share of overblown drama and contrived situations. After all, this is originally a light novel (as wah would point out in a derisive tone), but this not-quite little sister fetishism cartoon had a surprising amount of food for thought.
I’m glad to have started the show a year after the hype had died down. How do I put it, reading irate blog posts about Kirino and the fanservice colored my opinion of Oreimo, without even watching a single episode! I was put off by the thought that it was one of those shows. You know, those shows. The only sleazy thing I remember from the show was an accidental boob grab, which was never mentioned again.
But instead of Kirino fanservice, there’s tons of good stuff to chew on. The production values are pretty damn good, for the OP to have multiple variations, and a different ED for every episode. Even the anime within the anime look amazing on their own. As for themes, Oreimo is about: how a teenage guy wants to be a reliable brother to his younger sister, how enjoying a hobby secretively makes one miserable, and how people who hardly know each other become the best of friends due to said hobbies. All of these things I can strongly relate to, which accounts for 90% of the enjoyment I derived from the show. It’s not because it’s good (even though it is), but because it’s a show that hits close to home.
(Disclaimer: I don’t have actually have a little sister. But I have a little brother, and we get along reasonably well.)
I suppose there was shipping, but my late viewing of the show allowed me to dodge the crazy shippers. I didn’t ship anyone, because I didn’t think any pairing would work. That said, Kyousuke and Ayase would make for a most interesting couple if they hit it off.
There is no “correct” for a work of literature. However it’s written, it can’t be “wrong”. That’s what I think. Everyone has a different reason for writing, so that’s just naturally how it is. There can be no absolute correct way to write. My complaints just now simply mean that it was not something I could enjoy.
–Ruri Gokou, aka “Kuroneko”
The novel-anime arc was silly, contrived, and exactly something you’d expect from a light novel. But I didn’t expect Oreimo to point out a few truths about the nature of creative works, which put a huge grin on my face. Kirino and Kuroneko’s works aren’t anything good, but the difference in their philosophies was what mattered. It also bears of note that Kirino does get beat down in this arc, which is extremely satisfying and not just because of schadenfreude.
And FWIW, I liked both endings. I actually prefer the first one (episode 12 of the TV series), because it entirely gets rid of the whole ridiculous Kirino-in-America thing. But then again, we’d never have seen Sena Akagi and her incredible ability to construct lewd pairings out of anything… which is a skill that I also have.
Raging because I honestly like Kirino more than Kuroneko? Angry because I like this show more than the other people (and their so-called standards) prescribe? Ready to pounce on me in the comments section for being more than a year too late? I’d rather not, if it can be helped, but please tell me what you think! I also have two more posts lined up, so please look forward to them!
The Oreimo Post Series:
- My Oreimo Can’t Be This Thoughtful
- Kirino, the Misery of Lonely Fans, and the Importance of Making Friends
- Saori, Owner of a Lonely Heart (Still the Best Kind of Fan)