Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne! – 01
So after a long time apart, little sister Himenokouji Akiko (Kido Ibuki) moves into the dorm where her older brother Himenokouji Akito (Ohsaka Ryota) is living. She’s cute, kind, well-mannered, great at cooking…and a total brocon. Great set up for some hilarity, right? (Or a hentai, but we’re not going down that route.)
Just because I feel like it, I’m going to use a little different format for this post. I’m going to use two bulleted lists, the first of which will list out things I liked about this episode, while the second will be of things I did not. Hopefully somewhere in there you’ll figure out whether this show is for you!
- The imouto Akiko is totally shameless. I’ll admit, I have a fondness for shameless characters…if you’re going to be a brocon (Akiko is), or a siscon (Akito is not), or have a thing for tsunderes (I do), twintails (me again), thigh-highs (that one’s mine too), or lolis (I plead the fifth), then you might as well just admit it! It’s much more fun that way, and as such, most of the fun in this episode came from Akiko going after her older brother…who then swiftly shoots her down. Nice.
- Speaking of, I like how quickly and definitely Akito shuts Akiko down. Like I mentioned in my first chu2koi post, I like seeing a girl be the ridiculous one while a guy gets to tsukkomi once in a while, since the situation is so often the reverse. It was also pretty funny seeing the other characters abuse Akiko as well. Poor imouto!
- Speaking of, it’s refreshing that an imouto-love show actually had the balls to make them blood related. None of that step-siblings or really-close-childhood-friends crap, this one is 100% verifiable! That also means that we have a main male protagonist who has a reeeeeally good reason for turning down the main female protagonist. After so many shows where that happens just because he’s thick or spineless, that’s refreshing.
- The seiyuu cast is pretty good. Strangely enough, most of the star power is in the secondary characters of Nikaidou Arashi (Kitamura Eri), Nasuhara Anastasia (Chihara Minori, and a bit in Sawatari Ginbee Haruomi (Shimoda Asami), whereas the main characters are voiced by comparative nobodies. Still, they all did pretty good, and Akiko was especially cute, so it works. Since I’m not going to mention seiyuu again, I will say that I felt like KitaEri was kind of phoning it in on this performance, though I enjoyed her “Nyahaha!” and her predator mode. Overall pretty good.
- Fanservice! It’s not the most artfully done service I’ve ever seen (mostly they just focus the camera on different parts of the female characters’ bodies), but the girls are cute, so I’m a fan.
So a good episode, right? Well, not so fast, because there’s another list to go through.
- The plot is so thin you can see through it. Really, there isn’t so much a plot as a setup for the jokes and fanservice, but even that’s barely there. Why were Akiko and Akito separated for so long? No idea. Is there a reason Akiko is suddenly on the student council after just transferring in? Search me. I know those kind of details aren’t important to this kind of story, but I would have liked a little effort paid. I don’t blame Silver Link, though…the source material was the same way.
- The other girls all just randomly like Akito. Or maybe they’re just flirting with him because they like messing with him (that’s probably the case for at least Arashi), but seriously, what’s the point? I can accept a brocon lil sister if that’s the setup, but giving the guy a random harem just isn’t necessary. My suspension of disbelief, it’s straining!
- Speaking of, while Akito has good reason to turn down Akiko, he has no such reason with the others. Now he’s back to being a spineless harem lead. Damn.
- The jokes are pretty amusing, but the pacing was kind of slow. I think they could have made much better use of the material with a higher energy level and more rapid-fire jokes, but I suspect that’s just a stylistic preference of mine. What can I say, I like em ridiculous!
- The fanservice is a bit too blatant for my taste. Yes, I said that! I just prefer shows like Sora no Otoshimono or Ben-to, where the male gaze (trope!) is justified by a male character who is a bit pervy. Not so much the case here. Someone needs to rein that camera guy in!
So that means it’s a terrible episode then? Once again, not so fast! This show isn’t exactly innovating the genre, but it’s still enjoyable if you take it for what it is. A little bit of funny, a little bit of ecchi, and a sort of casual, low-calorie snack to enjoy between meatier fare. I shant be covering this one, but I will be watching. Yes, the guy who tells people to call himself “onii-chan” is going to watch the imouto-love show. Gasp!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Some good imouto rabu-comedy. Not innovative, but a low-calorie snack to enjoy between meatier fare. Also, fanservice! #OniAi
- Yet again another post that will destroy my future political career. Worth it? Absolutely. Imoutos banzai!
OP: 「SELF PRODUCER」by 茅原実里 (Chihara Minori)