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Eromanga Sensei – 01

「妹と開かずの間」 (Imouto to Akazu no Ma)
“My Little Sister and The Sealed Room”

Man, everything I’ve been covering thus far has just been getting better and better and I think I’ve hit the peak with Eromanga-sensei. Erm, I mean I don’t know anyone by that name.

General Impressions

I 100% absolutely loved everything about Eromanga-sensei. Having previewed this show for the Season Preview, I had some pretty high hopes since the manga was just oozing with charm. Starting with the obvious duo of Masamune and Sagiri, or Izumi-sensei and Egomanga-sensei, there are so many good things to talk about that I could probably fill this entire post with a detailed analysis of the pair’s personalities as well as their interactions with one another (probably). But lieu of that, let me talk about a few things that I really enjoyed watching.

Starting with the former, I was so happy to see that Masamune wasn’t your typical dense male lead that doesn’t have the courage to do anything and lets the younger sister get away with everything. Sure, you could make an argument that letting anyone be a hikikomori for over a year might be letting someone get away literally everything, but based on the unique set of circumstances around why Masamune would let Sagiri be like that, I think we can let it slide. Brushing that one aside, I for one can appreciate Masamune wanting to do his best for his only remaining family member. As the “man” of the house and more importantly the Older Brother, how can you not be rooting for a guy that’s been trying so hard to make things work with his little sister? Also, I really enjoy knowing that Masamune isn’t the type of guy who’ll let little setbacks screw up his confidence. Using the scene where Sagiri was questioning whether or not they were actually family or not, I nearly broke out in tears of manliness watching Masamune handle it like a boss. Last but not least, I LOVE how animated this guy gets when his emotions are showing.

Jumping over to Sagiri, I’m glad she isn’t the bratty little girl I was afraid she was going to be. Seeing how we have a bit more information about why she’s stuck in her room all the time and the fact that she’s probably been making pretty good money between streaming her art online as well as producing art for actual publishing companies, it’s tough to really criticize her. If anything, I suppose me calling her a hikikomori may be a bit harsh and instead I should be saying she’s someone who just prefers to be alone. Getting back on topic, I think what I found the most appealing about Sagiri is probably just how conflicted I was thinking about whether or not I actually found her character appealing. Which might sound kind of weird, but I think is actually a good thing when it comes to what the story can do with her character. I guess if I were to try to concisely describe it, it was like we actually got to see her as our little sister who you wouldn’t have any type of concrete feelings for.

Overall, I think that Eromanga-sensei has a lot going for it and has more than proven itself with this first episode. With tons of other things to build on from here ranging from both the home life side as well as the professional working side, I can’t see there being any shortage of material for the story to work with. Anyways, I’ll cut things off here and see what you guys have to say in the comments.

OP Sequence

OP: 「ヒトリゴト」 (Hitorigoto) by ClariS

End Card

April 8, 2017 at 10:23 pm
31 comments »
  • April 8, 2017 at 10:55 pmOlghag

    Don’t let the fact that the author of this series is the author of Oreimo discourages you. This series has similar elements with Oreimo, but it does enough things different to differentiate, and the things that are similar, it does them much better, both in term of characters and plot wise. Like TAKAII said, this shows is oozing with charm and people should check it out XDD

    P/s: Not sure how the ending of this series will be, but since the parents are dead, we can reassure that the b/s ending of Oreimo will not resurface. I have never been more glad for the protagonists of a series to be orphans more than in this series (that sounds a bit mean, now that I think about it) XDD

    • April 8, 2017 at 11:42 pmTakaii

      Oh, LOL. I totally forgot the author of Oreimo was the author of this one.

      But I liked Oreimo.

      And I’m sure I’ll like this one too :D

      • April 9, 2017 at 4:47 amCroos

        Here we go again takaii.

    • April 9, 2017 at 4:16 amShirocat

      b/s ending? I watched oreimo long time ago ( or maybe you mean ending from novels? ), so I dont remember much how it ended. Heard that they Show Spoiler ▼

    • April 9, 2017 at 4:31 pmAndreas Hvang

      I liked what I saw.

      But I did remember Oreimo. Which I also liked…up until the last arc and ending.

      I’m afeared, just a bit.

    • April 10, 2017 at 2:38 amSerRompalot

      I’ve read a bit of the manga, but I felt the characters were moving along in their relationships a bit too quickly (Especially a certain genki girl), and to begin with I’m not a big fan of incest at all, fictional or otherwise, which was why I dropped oreimo fairly early.

  • April 8, 2017 at 11:07 pmIshkander

    I did not like this for one reason. The sister(and probably the brother) need professional mental help.
    The fact that anything going on in this show is considered ok is just another example of how badly japan handles mental health issues. Your parents die and you are left with someone who isnt even an adult and you dont leave your room for a year. That is serious neglect and in most of the world would require government intervention. I know I just said like a pedantic fun ruiner. But a child losing there parents and not getting adult help is not ok.

    • April 8, 2017 at 11:41 pmTakaii

      Yeah, if you actually think about the situation it starts to hurt your head.

    • April 9, 2017 at 12:43 amHalfDemonInuyasha

      While I’m willing to overlook it in general this time, I do see and understand what you mean.

      I felt similarly towards Ako in “Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?” and one moment, from what I recall others talking about anyway, really showed that Ako was just not right in the head and needed such professional help.

      Show Spoiler ▼

    • April 10, 2017 at 9:11 pmRedRocket

      Probably way better than the US foster system where abuse is rampant and siblings often separated.
      Or the Orphanages of other countries.
      Love to hear about a country that does it right. Right now I think giving the kids funds and leaving them alone is better than a lot of governments do.

      Of course after reading Peter the Great’s history and learning from 7 on he had complete freedom to do almost anything he wanted, a huge number of noble and rich sons to be his followers, and a massive budget. He could have just goofed off but ended up arranging a good education for himself, except subjects like writing he did not like. Peter’s playing at military training with his friends ended up creating the first two guard regiments. HIs enemy the King of Sweden somewhat similar, kids can be a lot more mature than you think they are.

  • April 8, 2017 at 11:27 pmPrinny

    Good summary. I went into this series blind, pretty much with a vague plot summary given to me by a friend who wholeheartedly recommended me this with intent that I’d trash it. Pretty unfair start in my eyes, but it’s a charming little show with standard gag/slapstick humor and a way out there plot synopsis. I did a little write up as well about Eromanga-Sensei where I pretty much ragged on it for the reasons Ishkander gave (well not exactly, but I did provide a different insight on what the show actually seems like!), but I’m not one to just prematurely drop an anime because it’s a bit schlocky. That would make me a hypocrite because I suffered through 26 episodes of the Devil Survivor anime.

    A big ol’ thumbsup emoji for you, my man.

    • April 8, 2017 at 11:43 pmTakaii

      Thanks for reading the post!

      Yeah, I didn’t want to dive into that since I don’t think I’m all that qualified to speak about it as well as it would be a big downer.

      That said, it looks like things are on the up-and-up from here!

      • April 8, 2017 at 11:48 pmPrinny

        Hey man, no problem. Though I don’t see much social media to follow you on, so I’ll just check animenano for your next post.

      • April 9, 2017 at 12:05 amTakaii

        I’m trying to be active on my twitter -> rctakaii

        I didn’t know animenano was a thing ahaha

    • April 9, 2017 at 12:23 amIshkander

      Ya I wont be dropping the show, atleast not yet. I can suspend disbelief if I try hard enough. So I hope episode 2 establishes a little more story driven plot.

  • April 8, 2017 at 11:35 pmJeffers

    I said Hinako Note is my 50% partial replacement for kanna kamui weekly dose… This anime is the another 50%… Damn Sagiri is quite a kawaii imouto. I wouldnt mind someone cute as her whispering to my ears everyday

    • April 8, 2017 at 11:44 pmTakaii

      HINAKO NOTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • April 9, 2017 at 12:00 amKaineng

    Yeah Takaii I’m also worried about shortage of source material. Even though I totally won’t mind multiple seasons to reach any ending. I liked Oreimo so I hope this one will be better.

    This show’s got #toomanytsukkomis to get into me at this point, as I also reacted greatly to how close-in Sagiri is and how much reaction Masamune is giving up till this point. Can’t wait to see what happens or if Sagiri ever gets out of the house or whatever haha

    (Damn if I’m an illustrator and I can use a selfie of my butt to draw my own work. And you bet I’ve been pausing the show and reading all the comments on that livestream haha)

    • April 9, 2017 at 12:07 amTakaii

      I love how the show tackles the idea that we’re all a little narcissistic.

      I wish I could draw :’)

      • April 9, 2017 at 2:48 amKaineng

        I wish I could hire Eromanga-sensei to draw herself. My novel doesn’t feature erotic themes so she may be disappointed? lol

  • April 9, 2017 at 12:33 amCrook

    I didn’t like this for the same reason that I didn’t like Oreimo (at least from the episodes I saw):
    These two characters, their situation and their interactions all feel very fake to me. Between the brother just being the most tolerant high schooler I’ve seen in my life to the sister still looking like a porcelain doll in a well-kept room, despite having been a shut-in for a year. I’ll try until episode three, regardless.

  • April 9, 2017 at 3:08 amMater

    • April 10, 2017 at 4:38 pmLord Nayrael

      Actually, their author is even more over the top XD

  • April 9, 2017 at 4:32 amCroos

    my heart was not ready for this.

  • April 9, 2017 at 6:07 amCroos

    Time to count how many times will Sagiri say

    “その名前の人知らない。”
    Sono namae no hito shiranai.
    “I don’t know anyone by that name.”

  • April 9, 2017 at 1:39 pmSeorori

    In my opinion, Eromanga Sensei is an upgrade from Oreimo. The characters are decent, interesting Oreimo-style writing, and no incest worries since they’re not blood related.
    I’ll probably keep this on my weekly watch-list for now. :)

  • April 10, 2017 at 7:14 pminfo600

    Damnit Takaii, forcing me to watch a new series because of your first impression.


    /jk

    …The room layout in the Izumi residence in Eromanga-sensei is humoringly identical to the Kousaka household in Oreimo…

    Also, their parents not being here should be Sagiri’s reason for not wanting to leave her room (guilty conscience?) as well as a plot point…

    Still, this anime got me good. Sticky-ed.

    ps. It looks like several of Kirino’s plushes migrated over…
    http://randomc.net/image/Eromanga%20Sensei/Eromanga%20Sensei%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2035.jpg

    • April 10, 2017 at 9:04 pmTakaii

      :^)

      My goal in life is to convince at least one person per season to watch a show they wouldn’t have watched originally.

      • April 10, 2017 at 9:35 pmhaseo0408

        Congratulations, you have convince me. I was fairly interested in this siries but ever since oreimo broke my heart years I swore to never watch an adaptation of the work of same author but this first episode was amazing and your review convince me of giving this series a shot ans watch the whole thing.

    • April 10, 2017 at 9:24 pmCroos

      It’s like being trap into a contract with ta-kii then realizing the suffering end of the series.
      ψ(`∇´)ψ

      • April 10, 2017 at 11:23 pminfo600

        I’m pretty sure we’re WAY past Kyubey Madoka-style suffering.

        ps. suffering from Eromanga-Sensei-manga-withdraw >.>

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