If Kirino joined the discussion of her geeky classmates, I’m sure they would welcome her with open arms. VERY open arms.
「俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない」 (Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai)
“There’s No Way My Little Sister is That Cute”
A mix of heartfelt drama and the usual comedic flair makes this week’s episode of Oreimo one to remember. I still found it a bit cheesy with the way Kyousuke “put his life on the line” to defend Kirino’s unusual hobby in the face of their no-nonsense father, but the end result that shows exactly where the title of this series comes from was so sweet. It was quite possibly the ultimate “dere to the tsundere” moment of the year. Leading up to their father stumbling on Kirino’s secret, most of this episode was just peachy as far as her relationship with Kuroneko and Saori was concerned. While she continues to argue with Kuroneko about Meruru and Maschera, the fact that Kirino finally has friends to talk to about about anime and eroge, and to hang out with at Akihabara undoubtedly means a lot more to her than even she realizes. She’s just one of those girls who can never be to honest with themselves yet extremely talkative, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, it is surprising that Kuroneko puts up with her, seeing as she has more of an elitist attitude towards anime and “unrefined” fans like Kirino. I can’t imagine it being a whole lot of fun listening to Kirino bash Maschera over the phone with a “what I say is right” kind of approach, so I’m starting to wonder if Kuroneko lacks otaku friends just as much as Kirino does.
As for Kyousuke, I find it pretty admirable of him to go out of his way to help his little sister this much, given how they’ve been pretty distant for several years now and how she treats him like complete crap even now. The life counseling is one thing, but going up against their father to make him acknowledge his daughter’s strange interest is something else altogether. Still, I loved it when he had to pull out his last resort to cover for her interest in ages 18+ eroge, simply because claiming them to be his own was the only thought that came to my mind. Watching Kyousuke sacrifice his own dignity to protect Kirino was pretty slick, and I found it especially funny how he used her words to feign his love for them. Except in his case, it came off a lot more like, “I’m a healthy high school teenager who’s into incestuous porn! What are you going to do about it! I’m not giving them up!” Let’s not forget this is in the face of a law-enforcing policeman, which added to the hilarity when Kyousuke forced his hand (or more correctly, his fist into his face). From start to finish, this episode was fairly alluring with the model photo shoot, super geeky in the middle, and overly dramatic and somewhat cheesy near the end, but absolutely awesome once Kirino said, “Thanks, big bro.” I wouldn’t hesitate to take a punch in the face for her either if it meant drawing out that type of reluctant sign of appreciation.
I wasn’t aware that Ayase’s a model as well, but I must say that’s quite a tight butt Kirino has. Remember what I was saying about subliminal brainwashing? Prime example right here!
If Ayase actually knew about Kirino’s secret hobby, I’m sure she’d be thinking that she just got blown off for her geeky friends. *sniff*
Watching Kirino chatting away on the phone with Kuroneko and playing games at the same time reminds me of high school. More specifically, the girl on the other end gets mad at you for not giving her your full attention.
Kirino may be cute as a button, but this is definitely the face of a pervert. A pedophile at that.
Ah, the days of being a 100% completionist. I actually fall into that category.
I don’t know how many people have been to Akihabara, but those display cases full of anime goods are quite the spectacle. It’s like being a kid in a toy store all over again.
Come to momma Kyousuke~ Manami has a lap pillow with your name on it!
It’s just too bad he doesn’t see Manami as anything remotely close to girlfriend material.
For a cute expression like this, I’d buy Kirino all the eroge she wants.
Again, no offline meetings! I’d be reacting like Saori if someone were to get on my case about not watching a certain series yet.
Kirino is almost a pet project of Kyousuke’s, seeing as Saori sends him picture updates on how things are going.
Their father is a strict yet surprisingly reasonable person, but this still warranted the obligatory “oh shit” reaction.
Venting one’s frustration on a Taiko no Tatsujin game isn’t a bad way of going about it. There’s that pissed off, staring you down look again too.
At least we know she can take care of herself. “Oh my god you broke my nose!”
The tears of frustration were one thing, but the fact that it was in a public place actually added to the effect in my eyes.
At least Kyousuke was smart enough to test Kirino’s resolve before putting his neck on the line for her. “If I’m going to die, it better be worth it!”
Confronting their father about Kirino’s hobby probably wasn’t too bad with the support of their mother…
… until you start threatening him to accept it.
Luckily, he’s reasonable enough to accept her hobby except for the eroge, which is something that Kyousuke had to make a pretty quick decision over. There’s no reloading here!
I seriously can’t say that I would be able to do the same and warrant being disowned, but kudos to Kyousuke for pulling it off.
At least we know he can get heated enough to take a good punch to the face.
Everyone’s probably thinking it, so I’ll just say it. “Moeeeeee~”
I absolutely loved Kyousuke’s reaction when Kirino blew his mind with cuteness. It’s like he had heard the most ridiculous thing in the world — his sister thanking him and calling him big brother.
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ED: 「irony」 by ClariS
With no opening sequence, the main theme of the series was featured as an ending one.
Preview & End Card
Next time is the summer comiket? Kirino’s moving up in the otaku world.