「俺の妹がウエディングドレスを着るわけがない」 (Ore no Imouto ga Uedingu Doresu o Kiru Wake ga Nai)
“My Little Sister Can’t Wear a Wedding Dress”
Today’s episode served two main purposes today. One was to keep Ayase alive as a main character and apparent love interest, while the other was to maintain the feelings of renewed siblingship that Kirino and Kyousuke share. I don’t know where they were going with the first, but the second part definitely gives the show a sense of stability, calming the worries of those who thought Kirino and Kyosuke’s relationship would falter.
As the final light novel has been released, no tolerance will be made for anyone who attempts to spoil the ending. I will not tolerate such offense and such comments will be deleted on sight.
Ranking highly on the initial character poll from the first episode’s post, Ayase is indeed one of the more, if not the most popular side-character in the show. She’s beautiful, yandere, and above all else knows how to put her onii-san in place. Any other time would’ve been a welcome addition to her flirtatious moods, but having an episode coming right off of what was such a resolute ending is…a bit distasteful in my opinion.
I mean, I love Ayase as much as the next fan, but man, it’s been less than a month, possibly less than a week. I get that the joke is supposed to be that Ayase is finally starting to believe in onii-san’s joking around, but such jokes dilute and take away from the inherently good feelings and messages that the last episode presented. If there was any other time for the anime producers to take action in reshuffling arcs, this would be the time (if this already wasn’t a product of shuffling itself). Kuroneko, Kirino, and Ayase would benefit well from well-grouped arcs, despite how cute all of them can be.
I do have to give the episode some credit though–it did point out the blaring problems associated with Kyousuke constantly harassing Ayase–eventually such behavior would’ve bit him in the butt School Days style if left without address. Even Kyousuke has his limits on how much he can mindlessly make fun of his angel without repercussions. Normally such resolutions don’t ever occur in the romantic comedy, especially when it comes to side characters. The harassment plays more a role as a gag joke to give energy to the character interactions, rather than anything to actually be explored. I give the show props for doing this, even if it was a bit of a rushed and slightly tacked-on development. After all, there was no indication that Ayase would actually take these words seriously until this episode. Now that it’s become a trigger for displaying Ayase’s attraction to Kyousuke, one can’t help but ask…why now?
Placing that part of the episode aside though, I was very much pleased that Kyousuke and Kirino have retained their good-natured bond past the last episode. Reversions at this point would be a waste, and it’s about darn time that the two of them start to go soft on one another. Despite the continual trouble the seem to get one another in, the embarrassment generated is just another form of kinship for them. After all, did you see the look in Kirino’s eyes when she saw that godly bike? Kyousuke sure does know how to make an entrance, and Kirino knows it would be a shame to turn him away after all that effort. Heck, she even gives him a nice little unheard thank you at the end, though in the end she’s still too embarrassed to be TOO open about that.
There are some weird vibes that came along with seeing them dressed in a fitting bride and groom dress, but overall the sentiment was preserved fairly well. Kirino is still a likable character and Kyousuke still goes out of his way to help everyone around him. It’s a bit repetitive of a nature from last episode, but it’s a repetition I welcome gladly, especially since it avoids a relapse we all wish to dodge. I hope this isn’t foreshadowing anything too explicit in the future though–that’d be too easy, and I hope that Kyousuke actually does have to battle out who he chooses to be with, if anyone. Then again, if the next title seems to indicate anything, a harem ending might just be in the works, even if it is an extra episode…
But then that confession comes, and now…wow. After a brief moment of shock, I recollected myself and muttered, “there’s no way that this show can progress this quickly!”