「兄と妹のヨコシマな日常」 (Ani to Imouto no Yokoshima na Nichijou)
“A Brother and Sister’s Wicked Days”
The romantic comedy that plays up the incestuous angle without being incest is surprisingly more entertaining than its manga counterpart. I attribute that primarily to Kitamura Eri bringing out all the perverted silliness in Takanashi Nao, along with with relatively high production values on ZECXS’ part. With Inoue Marina as the childhood friend rival Tsuchiura Iroha, who’s slated to arrive next episode, things should get even more out of hand… in a good way. Much like I described in the Winter 2011 Preview, this premiere episode quickly reveals that Nao was adopted after her parents passed away in a car accident, and how she lost her memories prior to be taken in by the Takanashi family. Leading up to that, we’re shown the extremes of her brotherly complex and how she enjoys teasing her perverted older brother Shuusuke (Toyonaga Toshiyuki) and giving him opportunities to take advantage of her. It sounds like a pretty stupid premise, and while the rational side of me agrees with that statement, it serves its purpose for an anime that I’d watch primarily for kicks. If you’re okay with jokes of the sexual variety, then scenes with Shuusuke’s mountain of porn and Nao’s fantasies may just strike a comedic chord. Clearly, this series isn’t striving for a lot of depth much like most comedies don’t, so keeping that in mind will have a direct effect on how much enjoyment you get out of it.
As I’ve already mentioned back in the preview, I’m not a fan of the overly slender character designs with long arms and big hands. Be that as it may, it’s still not enough of a showstopper for me to rule out watching it since they aren’t that bad. After all, if I were to take such a shallow stance with anime character designs, I would’ve never watched Kanon and CLANNAD, both of which feature big wide eyes on stubby faces where their mouths almost meet their lower eyelids, and missed on some really good series. Compared to faces that get much more screen time, I can put up with some long arms without a problem. The humor on the other hand works a lot better animated, as the awkwardness is more prevalent with shaky voices and exaggerated reactions, particularly when we get inside Nao’s sex-ridden mind. That same appeal should be further exubrecated by Iroha next time, who’s just as messed up except there isn’t any sort of incestuous pretense holding her back. Nao’s request to her parents to keep the act with Shuusuke was for her personal brocon excitement, but sort of backfires against her when Iroha leverages it for her own goal of getting into Shuusuke’s pants. Again, it sounds ridiculous because it’s intended to be, which for that very reason, has me looking forward to hearing Marina voice some pretty risqué lines such as offering to help Shuusuke masturbate. Remember when she and Eri had respectable roles? Well, that’s not happening when Iroha and Nao are here to show us the extremes of female perversion. In some ways, their advances are akin to Yamada‘s in B Gata H Kei, so if you have an idea of what that entailed, then you can expect something similar here.
Judging from what I’ve seen, I’m hesitant to say that this series is anywhere remotely close to kiss x sis’ take on the non-blood-related sibling relationship, though it’s easy to see how it shares a lot of similarities. Take out the younger brother Keita and replace him with an older one named Shuusuke who sounds just like Mikado when he’s around Anri and voila, you have a male protagonist who’s trying hard to fight his desires for two girls who don’t make it easy for him. Personally, my plan is to continue following this series since I was amused by seeing the first bit of the manga I read come to life and realized how much better it is. I’d normally hop on covering it regularly since not many people (let alone bloggers) bother to delve into a show of this nature, but I’m pretty keen on cutting back my load this season, so you’ll hear my thoughts on it in the monthly posts we have planned.