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Not even one minute in and I’m hit with such a pretty face. Oh dear, who is this person!? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH MY SAORI–said no one ever.

「俺の友達が眼鏡を外すわけがない」 (Ore no Tomodachi ga Megane o Hazusu Wake ga Nai)
“My Friend Can’t Take Off Her Glasses”

Continuing on with expanding the show’s focus to the side-characters of the show, this week features Saori…without the glasses. This is a story of how one shy and proper girl attempts to find her own place in otaku culture, to break free from being an attachment to being truly part of a group of friends. Though I wished this episode had a better segue and had been expanded on more, it does touch on a lot of issues that ring true, even outside of otaku culture. This week’s episode wasn’t one for many laughs, but it definitely pointed out a story I’m sure many of us have found ourselves in.


OP3: 「Reunion」 by ClariS

Saori’s older sister: voted most likely to be a future terrorist and kidnapper.

If there’s one obvious theme in Oreimo, it’s the interaction that little sisters have with their older counterparts. While Kirino and Kyousuke deal with reviving a once strong relationship, Saori and her sister Kaori (Kuwashima Houko) try to build a relationship from the ground up…at least initially. Though Kaori initially shows interest in bonding with Saori, that excitement soon disappears in the face of AK-47 models and other hobbies. It seems that a large part of Kaori bringing Saori was to show her off to her otaku community, “Pretty Garden” (apparently a precursor group to some influential figures in Oreimo’s anime industry)–while that may not be the entire reason, the way that Kaori introduces her sister to the group is a bit unsettling. After all, the main reason why Saori came in the first place was to look forward to spending more time with the sister who was never there.

Saori, if being seen by one guy was bad, just think of the thousands of men watching you from behind a screen!

I’d be embarrassed too if I had to face off against an ex-chuunibyou!

Thankfully there’s at least one person in that group that doesn’t view Saori as an attachment to her older sister. Ironically, it is Kanata (Rie Kugimiya), aka Kanakana-chan, who gives Saori the attention she badly deserves. It is she who introduces our cute imouto into the realm of otaku culture, and the one who also influences Saori’s mannerisms in the future. One has to think though, if Kanata is the older sister of who we think her to be, isn’t it weird that she wasn’t able to get her own little sister into otaku culture as well? I suppose not every conversion is successful. Despite that, Saori and Kanata seem to build a friendship even stronger than the ones that Kaori can form, and for awhile, everything is good. Saori can be comfortable with the group without seeking Kaori’s approval, even at the exclusion of Kaori herself.


If she passed on the otaku glasses to Saori, I wonder if she decided to give the second pair of glasses to someone else…

Holding dramatic displays sure runs in the family, doesn’t it?

At least Saori has good taste in manga, if that is the allusion I think it is.

Everything is fine, that is until one person decides to grow up. Granted, Kaori is pretty much a dick for leaving on such short notice, but the reality of the group’s structure still would sting the same, polite Kaori or not.

It’s a sad phenomenon to see how groups can fall apart or fragment because of the departure of one person. When friendships bond together due to one person bringing everyone in one place, it is highly likely that as soon as that linking friend leaves, the whole thing just melts. After all, friendship through friends–situational friendship you could call it–just doesn’t hold up to direct friendship. In the end, two of the three “friendships” Saori had formed turned into distant friendliness, while Kanata just didn’t have the time to hang out with her debut (I still wonder what manga debut she authored). While a sad case to witness, it rings all too true in the real world. Saori has every right to have a grudge against her sister, but her sister’s words do hold true–it is she who made the group, and as such she holds the power to break it away, since the bonds all centered around her after all. The chemistry that the group had without Kaori just wasn’t right, and as such, left our newly formed otaku sister alone once more.


The 3D world might be pathetic, but the 2D world can always be epic. People can laugh at you in both situations though.

So this makes for chuunibyou-in-anime case number…I’ve lost count.

Everything works well as long as everyone is in the group, until…

…someone decides to run off, marry, and live in a mansion. Then it all just goes to crap.

Woah, how’d she get so tall that quickly? Where’s the transition!? D:

Witness the propagation of otaku culture firsthand…only it usually doesn’t involve people this cute.

But we know that Saori no longer has to live in that sort of loneliness anymore. Though she isn’t at the core of Kuroneko and Kirino’s friendship, the trio (including Kyousuke) definitely form a friendship with one another that they can individually value. While it’s slightly unsettling that Saori is inspired to one-up her sister by collecting her own group of friends, in the end her intentions are not that malicious–after all, she puts her heart into the group as much as she can, because these are her friends, and not auxiliary friends that she just happens to interact with. It was touching at the end when the two groups of friends met face to face, signifying a closure between the sisters. Saori has found the group of friends who will be hard-pressed to leave her, while Kaori finds solace that her sister has found friends for herself, instead of struggling to fit with an already complete group. All in all, it was a touching way to give a face to the person behind the glasses, as well as continue to weave the characters closer together.

From a purely isolated standpoint, the episode did itself justice, yet it could’ve done a better job spreading out the story. After all, what was the relationship between Saori and Kaori before this episode started? How did they manage to skip Saori’s growth spurt so quickly? What was Saori’s life like at school, or more generally outside of the otaku community? Although it was a well-executed story with a good message on auxiliary friendships, the emotional investment it could’ve had was limited by its isolated one episode format. In the interests of time it’s understandable, but perhaps previous episodes should’ve hinted more at Saori’s backstory rather than laying it all out in one fell swoop.

Ah well, all is good due to cosplay and a beautiful Saori. Next up, the focus returns back onto Kirino and the rivalry that she left behind in America, which caused everyone so much emotional tension and confusion. Will we see a fierce Kirino fight to keep her win? Will we see tan lolis? Probably. Until next week, until next Saturday!


In one room lies a manga author, a light novel author, a popular voice actor, two rich heiresses, and then…the rest of them. That sure is one influential circle.


Once you see Saori behind those glasses, you can’t go back. She’s still pretty cute with the glasses on, since it’s her tied hair that usually hides her charm.

ED2: 「ずっと… 」 (Zutto…) by 生天目仁美、 竹達彩奈、花澤香菜 (Nabatame Hitomi, Taketasu Ayana, and Hanazawa Kana)


Those of you who rejoiced at tan loli characters in Tamako Market, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this next episode.

End Card

“I’ll let you guys cosplay while I just show off my natural beauty!”

April 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm
  • April 21, 2013 at 2:03 pmFelipito

    Good episode but apparently its a combination of two different chapters. I dont know how i feel about that.

  • April 21, 2013 at 2:09 pmMasterDragonKnight

    Saori is adorable when she was little, and as an adult she is quite the beauty.

    I wonder, is this girl the same girl that Kyousuke met here?

    Lastly, Ozzy Osbourne would like to have a word with the self-proclaimed Princess of Darkness. ^^

  • April 21, 2013 at 2:13 pmBlackStealth1989

    At first, I honestly didn’t know that was Saori. she’s really cute without the glasses

  • April 21, 2013 at 2:19 pmedo

    IIRC there were hints of romance between some members of Pretty garden in the novel.

  • April 21, 2013 at 2:20 pmalp

    “‘Don’t you think Saori looks better without her glasses?’ said no one ever.”
    Think that’s a typo?

    • April 21, 2013 at 2:26 pmZanibas

      That’s for you to decide, and for people to downvote me to hell for!

      …I can’t be unbiased ALL the time! :P

      • April 21, 2013 at 2:45 pmMasterDragonKnight

        By the way, Zanibas, you did have a small typo.

        ED2: 「ずっと… 」 (Zutto…) by 生天目仁美、 竹達彩奈、花澤香菜 (Nabatame Hitomi, Taketasu Ayano, and Hanazawa Kana)

        It’s Ayana, not Ayano.

      • April 21, 2013 at 4:03 pmZanibas


  • April 21, 2013 at 2:24 pmquikbeam

    For quite a while i have been wondering what Saori would look like without her glasses, so i was very excited about this episode. Saori was always very intriguing for me, but after this episode, she might have just jumped to my favorite character. I am hoping soon she will be able to stop using the glasses and just be herself in front of Kyosuke, Kirino and Ruri.

    • April 21, 2013 at 3:52 pmBear

      Actually, we’ve seen her without them before in an episode leading up to the episode where she throws a party for Kyousuke. It’s the one where she approves the maid costumes.

      • April 21, 2013 at 7:43 pmowq

        If I remember correctly, they didn’t show her face though

      • April 21, 2013 at 11:40 pmZanibas

        They have shown her face briefly before in the TRUE ROUTE episodes though, if I recall correctly. It was from the reflection of a mirror? Nowhere close to this episode’s level of detail though.

  • April 21, 2013 at 2:25 pmP Ko

    Hnnnnng… my heart~

  • April 21, 2013 at 2:27 pmHakumeiJin

    So Saori is an imouto and the new girl Kanata has an imouto as well. I finally get it. Everyone in the anime is either an imouto or has an imouto so the title represents the secret thought of not only Kyousuke but all those older siblings as well.

    • April 21, 2013 at 2:40 pmMasterDragonKnight

      In that case, the little sister Saori definitely can be this cute!

      Hmm, does Ayase have siblings?

    • April 21, 2013 at 3:18 pmKanoja

      Manami has an otouto.
      C-c-combo breakerrr!

      • April 21, 2013 at 5:36 pmVsin

        And that’s why she’s forever alone.

        *gets shot*

  • April 21, 2013 at 2:31 pmBanana Furikake



  • April 21, 2013 at 2:46 pmvirox

    The best and cutest moment.
    I’m glad we are finally back on track next episode.
    Get it? Get it?! Huehue.

    • April 21, 2013 at 4:03 pmZanibas

      I sure hope they don’t spend too much time on these episodes and “run” out of time!


  • April 21, 2013 at 2:56 pmTorami

    As Kyousuke said:

    • April 21, 2013 at 3:07 pmTorami

      Wut..just submitted my comment without thinking, I’m a baka o.o

      As Kyousuke said: WHO ARE YOU?, was what I was thinking.
      I think saori just became my second favorite <3 her ojousama-ness is irresistible <3

  • April 21, 2013 at 2:56 pmAnonymous

    Behold! The Dark Flame Master…… sorry, the Prince of Darkness!

    This episode’s a combination of Saori’s chapters in volume 5 (or was it 6?) and another flashback chapter in volume 8.

    Kugimiya Rie’s cameo has now made this anime complete. Kugyuu FTW

    Who would have though Kanako’s big sis (as Kanata shares the same surname Kuruse, she’s either Kanako’s sister or cousin, not to mention they look alike) is such an otaku? And one that inspired Saori’s persona at that.

    Speaking of Meruru, isn’t that Meruru’s seiyuu Hoshino Kurara amongst Kanata’s friends? Funny how Kirino didn’t stop to ask for her autograph.

    • April 21, 2013 at 3:02 pmAnonymous

      Nevermind, my mistake. Seems like the girl is Hoshino Kirara, Kurara’s sister as well as the maid that served Kyousuke in the maid cafe he visited back in episode 2 of season 1.

    • April 22, 2013 at 12:25 ammianghuei

      Definitely Kanako’s sister! Kanata says that she has a sister….

    • April 22, 2013 at 12:41 ammianghuei

      They are both short and got hit almost the same way:

      Episode 1: 8:40 (Kanako)
      Episode 3: 8:57 (Kanata)

  • April 21, 2013 at 3:13 pmKanoja

    “Granted, Kaori is pretty much a dick for leaving on such short notice, but the reality of the group’s structure still would sting the same, polite Kaori or not.”

    Pretty sure there was a scene where Kaori was trying to speak to Saori and everyone else, at 12:27/23:50, but gets drowned out by Kanata. She could have just wanted to say something random or join the conversation, but by the end of the episode I was heavily leaning towards wanting to mention her marriage.

  • April 21, 2013 at 3:24 pmChubbyChaser

    This sucked big time….although, bonus points for no incest. sickos

  • April 21, 2013 at 3:34 pmCircles


    Does anyone else think it’s unlikely that a crazy fan like Kuroneko wouldn’t recognize the original author of her beloved series? And they mention Kanata having met Kyousuke and Kirino before, but I don’t think she appeared in the anime, even in passing, before this.

  • April 21, 2013 at 3:40 pmewok40k

    The girl behind the Glasses.
    Also, DAT COSPLAY!

  • April 21, 2013 at 3:44 pmBear

    Finally. I’ve been waiting for the gang (especially Kyousuke) to see Saori in all of her glory. She has been royally underutilized in the story and I’ve missed her.

  • April 21, 2013 at 3:49 pmspike

    Liked the backstory, but was there really no way to work this into the flow of the show as a whole? Saori’s reveal could have had so much more impact if this episode had any sort of link to a cohesive storyline. Maybe it happened that way in the novels, but this episode just really came out of left field. At least Ayase’s episode last week had the Love Touch connection to episode 1. Saori’s development just could have been so much better if it had happened organically in the story instead of seeming like it was forced in almost side story-like.

  • April 21, 2013 at 3:58 pmKyosuke


  • April 21, 2013 at 4:18 pmKioku from Laptop

    While I was expecting a revelation soon, I wasn’t expecting one quite so in-your-face. Kyosuke’s response is priceless towards the unknown woman who knows everyones (nick)name.
    And for some reason I feel like the red rimmed glasses went to the fujoshi. *looks at MAL and sees black glasses. doesn’t care.*

  • April 21, 2013 at 4:21 pmEntrav

    Nice to get a backstory, but it didn’t really have the “Oreimo” feel in this episode.

  • April 21, 2013 at 4:37 pmJustin

    WHO ARE YOU!!!!!!

  • April 21, 2013 at 5:35 pmMormegil

    Saori’s sister sure was a massive bitch.

  • April 21, 2013 at 5:36 pmRaso

    Someone really has to edit the credits together to form a large image…. those would be epic.

  • April 21, 2013 at 7:01 pmstarss

    Saori ….. is……. SO. BEAUTIFUL!! “WHO ARE YOU?!?!” :D

    I feel more for her now than ever before. I hate having to please an older sibling only to have it backfire on you. I also identify with losing a circle of friends you made because they were all actually tied together by someone else.

  • April 21, 2013 at 7:07 pmIncognito

    At least Kuroneko’s forced cosplay isn’t as embarrassing as Kobato’s forced cosplay

  • April 21, 2013 at 7:12 pmKeith

    I guess the sisters are similar in a way….Saori’s group consists of 3 girls (including her) and 1 guy…and so does Kaori.

    • April 21, 2013 at 9:13 pmstarss

      I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who noticed!

  • April 21, 2013 at 7:36 pmAnonymouse

    How is it that Hisashi Hirai gets called out for his samefaces and these samefaces get praised?

    • April 21, 2013 at 8:42 pmvic

      Because these same faces are related. All these new girls are sisters to the existing characters.

  • April 21, 2013 at 8:22 pmKairoru

    Finally get to see Saori’s face up close and personal. She’s quite a beauty behind that thick glasses of her’s.

  • April 21, 2013 at 9:22 pmOwaranai

    Love the ojou-sama look and speech. Saori is really inheriting her master’s will, and I’m glad for the light-hearted introspective into her character at this point, seeing her transform (not completely) from a shy and sheltered girl into the wacky megane otaku we see.

  • April 21, 2013 at 9:28 pmtendo

    Has any beautiful girl ever looked better with glasses? The answer is NO. Glasses will make a beautiful girl less pretty (from 100% to 0.000001% less pretty).

  • April 21, 2013 at 9:36 pmtendo

    I am reading Prince of nightmares and Queen of nightmare from the comments. And the thing that comes to my minds is the Lord of nightmares from Slayers Next. Is Prince more or is Prince less than a Lord in hierarchy? in power obviously the lord of nightmares is the BOSS.

  • April 21, 2013 at 9:41 pmYourIdeas

    Where the hell did Saori get her height from? Good god, she like doubled in size over 20 minutes.

    • April 21, 2013 at 9:43 pmYourIdeas

      Also, Kugimiya needs to use her type-cast voice in more non-tsundere characters like this. It’s less controversial than her cookie cutter tsunderes and it matches so well on such an upbeat character like Kanata.

    • April 21, 2013 at 10:15 pmKaiKen

      It’s called puberty.

  • April 22, 2013 at 12:07 amcruiser2710

    Saori Saori Saori….. She’s so cute without those glasses….




  • April 22, 2013 at 12:21 amflap

    Her sister’s a total jerk but at the same time she’s responsible for everything that Saori cherishes. Also,

    While Kirino and Kyousuke deal with reviving a once strong relationship

    If you’re talking about the intro to the first ep of this season, I’m pretty sure that dream didn’t happen in real life. It was a mirror of the start of the dream he had in the first season, where at the end he proclaimed that there’s no way that his sister could be that cute. Right after the dream in this season, he looked at an eroge box, which I assumed meant that he had been playing it, and it was responsible for the dream.

    • April 22, 2013 at 2:50 amZanibas

      Although I’m pretty sure those dreams are not exactly what happened, it’s a safe bet to assume that Kirino and Kyousuke used to share a stronger relationship when they were younger.

  • April 22, 2013 at 12:33 amflap

    Also, from watching this I thought that Kanata was responsible for Meruru and Maschera under two different pen names. Yamanashi Ganma at least was the one who made the Meruru book that Kirino apparently met at Comiket (see season 1 ep 4).

    • April 22, 2013 at 2:19 amcyprinious

      I would love to know if that is true or not. That would be great if it was, as it would give all of their relationships additional layers of win! :D

    • April 22, 2013 at 5:29 amLacia

      I thought it was meant to be obvious, but not so sure now, but yeah I agree. She at least wrote Maschera given her first set of drawings.

      If she really is Kanako’s older sister as we suspect (I thought they looked similar but it never clicked when watching), that would explain why Kanako knew how to sing the Meruru song in season 1. She was either exposed to her sister’s otakuness or because her sister is the author herself. I really like that though. All this time Kirino and Kuroneko argue over which one has superior tastes when they’re both most likely from the same source. I really like this layering of relationships as well.

      • April 22, 2013 at 5:31 amLacia

        oh yeah the *prince of darkness* in Maschera makes it even more obvious. If only Kuroneko knew what Kanata was talking about when she recognized her haha.

      • April 22, 2013 at 5:35 amLacia

        Oh no wait it’s obvious now that she wrote Meruru too. Hoshino is the main VA…Also no wonder Kanako looks so much like Meruru lol. I am so slow.

  • April 22, 2013 at 3:18 amTingster013

    Since season 1 is like 2 years ago, I raged a little when they have people saying hi to each other and I cannot remember who they are. I have to go back to season 1 and watch through from episode 1 searching for them. Well, I should have re-watch before watching season 2.

  • April 22, 2013 at 6:18 amThe Moondoggie

    >In one room lies a manga author, a light novel author, a popular voice actor, two rich heiresses, and then…the rest of them. That sure is one influential circle.

    Nothing like overkill eh?

    • April 22, 2013 at 10:11 pmtart

      WAH-WAIT?! Sorry I’m kinda slow, but who was the light novel author and where did you get that from?

      • April 23, 2013 at 6:34 amThe Moondoggie

        Watch S1 again and stay focus on the main heroine…

    • April 24, 2013 at 12:13 pmtart

      Mind letting me know which episode to look out for then?

  • April 22, 2013 at 8:04 amal

    Just because the leader go overseas doesn’t mean that the circle has to disappear, I mean aren’t they all friends?

    • April 22, 2013 at 10:29 amRoguespirit

      If you think about it it’s not that strange, sad, tragic even, but not unusual. Bands brake up, or simply fade from existance becaus of the loss of one member.

  • April 22, 2013 at 10:50 amAngryKoala

    And so, Saori goes from ugliest to prettiest girl.

  • April 22, 2013 at 12:50 pmInsodp

    The only one who doesn´t have a sister now is Kuroneko, could be a future episode :p

    • April 22, 2013 at 1:33 pmRamen

      did you even watch the first season? lols

      • April 22, 2013 at 3:31 pmInsodp

        Really don´t remember well to be honest lol

      • April 22, 2013 at 10:09 pmtart

        I don’t remember either. Link or info please?

    • April 23, 2013 at 11:28 amstarss

  • April 22, 2013 at 1:46 pmMagoiichi

    It seems that beyond the horizon lies a new Dark Flame Master!

    Good episode, lots of laughs, and lots of references that I failed to recognize >.<

  • April 22, 2013 at 2:03 pmdrzero7

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  • April 22, 2013 at 8:21 pmflCer

    lieutenant bajeena

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  • April 22, 2013 at 8:52 pmVaan

    We finally see what’s hiding behind that glasses…and she’s quite a beauty.

    If Kyo would have her he’ll be lucky.

  • April 22, 2013 at 10:14 pmtart


    If I didn’t bother to read the comments here, everything would’ve gone flying past my head.

    Firstly, when did Kanata meet Kirino? How do know the Meruru VA girl wasn’t the same as that maid at the cafe (and how did you know she had a sister)?

    Who is the light novel author guy and where did you get that idea from?

    Wait, I always thought Kyousuke was the only one with a little sister. Kuroneko has a sibling too? What about Minami?

    If possible, pictures would be greatly appreciated.