「妹と開かずの間」 (Imouto to Akazu no Ma)
“My Little Sister and The Sealed Room”
Man, everything I’ve been covering thus far has just been getting better and better and I think I’ve hit the peak with Eromanga-sensei. Erm, I mean I don’t know anyone by that name.
I 100% absolutely loved everything about Eromanga-sensei. Having previewed this show for the Season Preview, I had some pretty high hopes since the manga was just oozing with charm. Starting with the obvious duo of Masamune and Sagiri, or Izumi-sensei and Egomanga-sensei, there are so many good things to talk about that I could probably fill this entire post with a detailed analysis of the pair’s personalities as well as their interactions with one another (probably). But lieu of that, let me talk about a few things that I really enjoyed watching.
Starting with the former, I was so happy to see that Masamune wasn’t your typical dense male lead that doesn’t have the courage to do anything and lets the younger sister get away with everything. Sure, you could make an argument that letting anyone be a hikikomori for over a year might be letting someone get away literally everything, but based on the unique set of circumstances around why Masamune would let Sagiri be like that, I think we can let it slide. Brushing that one aside, I for one can appreciate Masamune wanting to do his best for his only remaining family member. As the “man” of the house and more importantly the Older Brother, how can you not be rooting for a guy that’s been trying so hard to make things work with his little sister? Also, I really enjoy knowing that Masamune isn’t the type of guy who’ll let little setbacks screw up his confidence. Using the scene where Sagiri was questioning whether or not they were actually family or not, I nearly broke out in tears of manliness watching Masamune handle it like a boss. Last but not least, I LOVE how animated this guy gets when his emotions are showing.
Jumping over to Sagiri, I’m glad she isn’t the bratty little girl I was afraid she was going to be. Seeing how we have a bit more information about why she’s stuck in her room all the time and the fact that she’s probably been making pretty good money between streaming her art online as well as producing art for actual publishing companies, it’s tough to really criticize her. If anything, I suppose me calling her a hikikomori may be a bit harsh and instead I should be saying she’s someone who just prefers to be alone. Getting back on topic, I think what I found the most appealing about Sagiri is probably just how conflicted I was thinking about whether or not I actually found her character appealing. Which might sound kind of weird, but I think is actually a good thing when it comes to what the story can do with her character. I guess if I were to try to concisely describe it, it was like we actually got to see her as our little sister who you wouldn’t have any type of concrete feelings for.
Overall, I think that Eromanga-sensei has a lot going for it and has more than proven itself with this first episode. With tons of other things to build on from here ranging from both the home life side as well as the professional working side, I can’t see there being any shortage of material for the story to work with. Anyways, I’ll cut things off here and see what you guys have to say in the comments.
OP: 「ヒトリゴト」 (Hitorigoto) by ClariS