Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga. – 01
OP: 「BINKAN あてんしょん」 (BINKAN Attention) by Hashimoto Chinami , Ogura Yui, and Kanemoto Hisako
「美月SOS」 (Mitsuki Esuouesu)
Awkward censorship, weird pacing, few explanations, and barely a peep from the main character until 10+ minutes into the episode. If this is how this series intends to continue, it’s not making a great case for itself.
Mitsuki is the Main Character…Isn’t She?
Disclaimer: I have read a few chapters of the manga, which was how I previewed this show. In it Mitsuki (Hashimoto Chinami) was clearly the main character, with the manga – at least for the few chapters I read – barely-to-never taking her older (step)brother Yuuya’s (Majima Junji) point of view. Here this wasn’t the case, with the story taking Yuuya’s point of view for the first half of the episode, and employing some weird pacing to boot.
I don’t get it. The real conflict in this story is Mitsuki’s, in that she has to deal with the pushy ghost Kotobuki Hiyori (Ogura Yui), while Yuuya’s troubles with his hard-to-understand imouto are a small counter point, just something for us to chuckle about before we get back to Mitsuki’s trials. I don’t understand why they put so much focus on Yuuya this episode at the expense of explaining what the hell is going on with Hiyori! I can only guess that the producers assumed their (predominately male) audience wouldn’t be able to relate to a female protagonists as well as they would Yuuya, though perhaps that’s too uncharitable of me. If I’m right that’s just wrong though. I could related to Mitsuki just fine, if they’d give her the time she needed.
Ecchi Ogura Yui, Explain Yourself!
Censorship is a bitch, at least when it intereferes with the story like this. But no, that’s not right–while censoring the TST belt when it was on Mitsuki looked really silly, the whole Hiyori assaults Mitsuki was just unnecessary. Or rather, it was unnecessary when it was done at the expense of explaining what’s going on with the TST! If anything that’s the biggest sin of this episode, of not doing the necessary work to get us interested in the plot in favor of an extended sequence where a ghost forces a girl to masturbate. That was a ridiculous sentence.
Was That the Climax of This Episode?!
The climax of this episode was, effectively, when Mitsuki finally found some relief. Once again, to reiterate – instead of explaining what was going on, they focused the first episode on the difficulties the TST creates when Mitsuki needs to pee. Relevant, and could have been played for embarrassment or laughs, but I fail to see why the first episode was the time for this. Also any show that focuses so much on a high school girl peeing in the first episode is one that isn’t endearing itself to me. That too was a ridiculous sentence, and a regretful one as well.
I’m not going to lie, this first episode didn’t endear itself to me. I’ll probably watch an episode or two more to see if the staff can right the boat, but this was not encouraging. I hope they can though, because I found the manga far more enjoyable than this first episode illustrated. Either way I have no plans to continue blogging this series, so if you keep watching feel free to check in with me on twitter and tell me if it becomes amazing.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Odd pacing, egregious censorship, few explanations, & confusion about who the main character is. Not a great start here guys #imocho 01
- Also, I’m not sure ecchi Ogura Yui really works. In my eyes she’s more the type to be assaulted rather than do the assaulting, at least if her off-screen interactions with Hanazawa Kana are any indication. HanaKana loves that Yui-chan, lemme tell ya!
ED: 「Charming Do!」 by Ogura Yui