「俺が妹の彼氏なわけがないし、俺の妹に彼氏がいるわけがない」 (Ore ga Imouto no Kareshi na Wake ga Naishi, Ore no Imouto ni Kareshi ga Iru Wake ga Nai)
“I Can’t Be My Little Sister’s Boyfriend and My Little Sister Can’t Have a Boyfriend”
Shironeko has appeared! All is satisfied! Kirino fans rejoice at the increased amount of affection, but Kuroneko fans also cheer as numerous amounts of hint-bombs satisfy their need for more cute sophistication! However, this episode was flawed by the sudden drop in animation quality, where face were badly proportioned and the overall crispness of the show was dented. Let’s dive in and look at these issues, shall we?
Hopefully last episode didn’t leave people in too much of a rush–it’s been clear that Kirino was asking Kyousuke a favor to avoid another awkward encounter. This time it happens to be her modelling agent who’s bent on making Kirino into a supermodel of models, where even 500 thousand yen is not an issue in convincing Kirino. As such, the process of Oreimo’s story repeats once more–Kyousuke has to deal with Kirino’s grateful yet biting personality as he sticks up for her, while Kirino herself has to find the strength not to be completely mean to her caring brother. Everything is pretty standard, except this time…a subtle difference permeates the air of this specific situation.
Though just as physically violent as she’s always been as well as releasing sporadic amounts of affection before quickly covering it up, a different side of Kirino is beginning to show itself. If you notice throughout the episode, we actually don’t see much of Kirino’s manager on their date. Even though there is a possibility that their manager was stalking them, the show hints that this wasn’t the case. While both of them were probably fueled by overt paranoia, I suspect that one of them had deeper intentions going into this opportunity. After all, if Kyousuke realized that the coast was clear, what incentive would there be for him to continue putting up this act?
Kirino wanted this date to go nicely, specifically because it was a chance, or rather an excuse to be closer to Kyousuke. It was a chance to have a comfortable upper hand over Manami who she perceives as having stolen Kyousuke away from her (or so I guess). It was a chance for her to catch up to Kuroneko, making up for all the lost time she had in America. There are so many other ways that Kirino could’ve gone about resolving this situation, but she chose this one above all others, because, as with every other request she’s made, it acted with double purpose, allowing her to force herself to be close to the brother she cares about.
And as such, that’s exactly why we’re seeing these reactions out of Kirino in the later half. She truly enjoyed being with her brother, and as such was deeply hurt when Kyousuke proclaimed he wouldn’t have wanted to do it again. Hell, I’d be hurt in that situation too if I looked up to my brother like that. Thus, it is clear as day why Kirino is backlashing like this towards Kyousuke, though at this point she probably knows just how much she’s emotionally hurt him by teasing him like this about a “boyfriend”. While Kirino can indeed be a super-bitch towards Kyosuke, such moments come from the gut reactions she produces rather than any actual feelings she has towards him. She knows just how kind and caring her brother is, but the attachment she generates because of that can cross the line. For all the pleasures we derive in seeing Kuroneko and Kyousuke casually flirt/friend with one another, it causes an equal amount of sadness and loneliness in Kirino.
I apologize if I’ve expanded much about Kirino and not much about the beloved Shironeko, but admittedly much of this episode focused on Kirino’s evergrowing jealousy. You guys can compensate for me in the comments ^^. I do hope that Kuroneko receives even more attention in the next following episodes, especially considering how she’s still waiting for a proper answer back, but the flirtatious stills provided to us serve as tribute enough for this week. Hopefully Kirino’s “boyfriend” will inspire Kyousuke and Kuroneko to resolve their own elephants in the room, finally satisfying what many a fan have been waiting for. Again, the show hints that we need only see one step below the surface to see the truth–that Kirino’s boyfriend is anything but the real deal, most likely as a way to guilt Kyousuke into all sorts of feelings. Alas, that won’t be enough to place a wedge between her brother and her friend–the side characters have finally given way for the main plot, both in terms of Kirino’s masterful plot to jelly up Kyousuke, as well as Kuroneko’s ever-strong patience for Kyousuke to finally man up and face their relationship head-on.