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「俺の妹がこんなにコスプレなわけがない」 (Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kosupure na Wake ga Nai)
“There’s No Way My Sister’s This Into Cosplaying”
I felt a bit shortchanged by an episode title that clearly suggested a certain younger sister would be doing some cosplaying, but where Kirino didn’t dress up as Meruru (or Rinko, lol), Kanako of all people made up for it. Things would have never gotten there if it wasn’t thanks to Ayase, whom I’m surprised Kyousuke will still meet up with and help out after that… incident. I would’ve thought that he’d learn his lesson from mingling with Kirino’s “normal” friends after that, but it turns out he’s tough enough to be take a beating and come back willing to help more. Really now Kyousuke? Not a masochist are we?
It was a retort that some viewers were probably begging to see (myself included), so it was music to my ears when Kyousuke used the “you’re not my girlfriend” line in response to Kirino getting upset about how he’s hanging out with her friends. The slap that followed suit along with the serious look on Kirino’s face spoke volumes about how sensitive of a subject he hit. The only thing missing was a tear in Kirino’s eye when she looked him straight in the eye to seal the deal on how her actions doesn’t agree with her words. Tsuntsun brotherly complex or not, I’m actually grateful they didn’t make it any more obvious than they already did, or I’d be wary of this series joing the ranks of Aki Sora before long. Hurray for the tease and not actually doing the deed!
Given the way that Kyousuke wouldn’t settle on just any old Meruru-related gift for Kirino, I’m starting to think that he doesn’t have a sister complex, but rather an obsession compulsive-like desire to act like an older brother. Judging by his recent actions, I’m somewhat inclined to believe that he’s always wanted to be a dependable big brother but never had a younger sibling to do so with. He kind of reminds me of the way I’ll go to some lengths just for a sign of appreciation, except I’d draw the line somewhere before everyone thought I was a pervert. However, I do enjoy seeing what crazy things an anime character will get into if he didn’t do, which includes the way that Kuroneko will tarnish his image even more if it means saving her own. I would’ve thought that Kyousuke would be used to it now — having his image lowered to that of a perverted scum bug — but he still wants to be treated like a normal human being from time to time. Now he’s clearly asking for too much.
Kuroneko on the other hand doesn’t look like she’s always bound by reason either, after seeing her pay her tribute to Maschera by buying a DVD that she probably already has just because it was in the bargain bin. While I can’t say I’d ever be that much of a fan for anything, I did enjoy seeing an unreasonable side of Kuroneko for a change. What can I say? It was cute.
I may have spoken prematurely about being fine with less screen time for Ayase, because her reaction to Thanatos Eros’ naked transformation scene was pretty priceless after Kyousuke dug his own grave by suggesting that she cosplay as her. I think it’s about time he invested in a Magic Hand, or something that will keep himself out of her forward roundhouse’s reach when he’s showing her a magazine. I’m a bit disappointed that a “professional” model like her wouldn’t put up with showing a little butt crack, but I guess that’s why we have doujinshi. Err, I mean, that’s why we had Kanako substituting in to provide the cuter Meruru cosplay. Yeah, that’s what I meant to say…
If anime has taught me anything (and it surprisingly does at times), it’s that to make it in showbiz you need to be able to hide your true colors with a flip of a switch. In Kanako’s case, she’s only an aspiring idol yet able to change from a friendly “Please call me Kanakana” attitude to an arrogant “Don’t call me Kanakana you freak” one in a heartbeat. Well aware that seiyuu are voicing these characters, I’m starting to feel a bit disillusioned; I really am. Granted, I’ve already suspected as much before they go professing their love life on a television program *cough*Hirano Aya*cough*, but I do have difficulty picturing ones like Hayami Saori being a two-faced individual who secretly hates her fans behind closed doors. Tamura Yukari sure makes a case for herself after this “lovely” performance of Kanako though. I kid (…or do I!?)
While it probably wouldn’t be fair to criticize Kirino on how much of a Meruru fan she is if she doesn’t even realize that her friend’s voice sounds just like Hoshino Kurara’s, something can probably be said about how she didn’t even recognize Kanako on stage. If Kyousuke had known that she’d be that blind, he probably could have saved himself a toe or two from being crushed. Incidentally, why am I not surprised Kirino didn’t like the slicked back hair and suit look on Kyousuke? I gather it might have something to do with how she prefers the young look.
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It’s probably safe to say that Yukarin had no problem getting into the whole magical gear swing of things, seeing as she’s Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha herself. I’m going to go out on a limb and conclude that’s the reason why she was cast for Kanako’s role.
I guess my “joke” from above continues. If seiyuu or idols actually thought so poorly about their fans behind closed doors, they could still easily rise to stardom as long as they manage to keep it under wraps. I gather this might be why some hardcore fans aren’t very understanding of ones that let their pure, ideal, and innocent image slip in public, because even the smallest indication that their favorite seiyuu, singer, or idol thinks poorly of them probably means there’s a lot more dirt that’s yet to be uncovered. Funny how that works, because over in Hollywood, dirt actually seems to make stars more popular. Talk about some messed up fans.
I should probably mention that the official website has just confirmed that there will be eight DVD/BD volumes released for this series, with the 7th and 8th ones containing four episodes (two each) that won’t be aired. The television broadcast is slated to end on episode 12 with a “Good End”, whereas these four episodes will lead to a “True End”. Interpret that however you will, but we won’t find out for sure until those two volumes are released next year on June 22 and July 27 respectively. It’s going to be one long wait, but it looks like I’ll have more Oreimo to talk about next year.
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