First Impressions: Boku Wa Imouto Ni Koi Wo Suru OVA
Yori and Iku are twins. Yori’s the smart one and Iku’s not. But Yori has a secret: he likes his sister (yes in that way). However, in all his lust, he first sleeps with Iku’s best friend Tomoka. A few nights later, Yori and Iku get into a fight. Iku is lying on her bed crying when Yori kisses her. Iku’s unsure of her feelings though. But whenever Iku sees Yori with Tomoka, she gets jealous. Then Iku learns that Yori is planning on going to a different school far away. She gets all worked up and begins to realize that she does have feelings for her brother. They finally sleep together after Iku takes Yori to a love hotel after learning that he slept with Tomoka. After graduation, Yori is about to leave and Iku gets all worked up, so he gets her a dog, which she names Yori. The final parting scene is bittersweet at best. Yori and Iku long for each other after they separate and the OVA ends.
Ok, so I originally wasn’t going to blog this. But a combination of boredom and finally getting the codecs working and watching the OVA, here I am. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I had read the manga up to what ShoujoMagic has put out (midway through Volume 3), which is what the OVA pretty much covers (though the order is switched around a bit). Thus the “shock” content wasn’t very shocking for me. The summary sounds rather soap operaish, but this is shoujo, so there’s angst abounds. Yori starts out a pretty manipulative bastard (just like in the manga), but you do start to sympathize after a while. I did rather enjoy the parting scene at the train station, especially with the stills. The ending seemed a bit open-ended, but maybe they’re make another OVA if enough demand is there. The soft piano/violin music throughout was rather fitting, reminded me a lot of the OST to Sen to Chihiro (Spirited Away). It made the ED song feel out of place though, since it was guitar and rock. The animation started out kind of wierd; it took some getting used to the faces. However, unless you only watch shoujo series, the art styles always take some getting used to (in anime form anyway), as was the case for me in Aishiteruze Baby. This is definately worth a watch if you’ve read the manga, or if you just want to see a series about incest.