Ore no Imouto will soon come to an end. Deservedly one of the more discussed anime of this season, it touches on several different themes: sibling complex, closet hobby, otaku culture, and even a bit of harem.  Ore no Imouto put these together to create a wonderfully substantial anime centered around our most loved/ hated little sister, Kirino. However, at times, the anime seems to fly in too many directions.
With two episodes to go, let us gather the main stories so far.
In episode one, we discover Kirino’s secret obsession with anime and imouto-themed eroge. Kirino is the perfect girl with the unlikely “filthy” hobby. At the end of the episode, she is able to bring her true passion out of her closet as Kyousuke validates that part of her. In the next episode, Kirino truly embraces her otaku side as other hardcore fans, Soari and Kuroneko, befriend her. After that, she confronts her father and her best friend Ayase, who both have extreme prejudices toward anime. They eventually come to some understanding. In these first five episodes, we have a very complete narrative. Ore no Imouto sets up a premise, develops the characters, and finally presents them with a conflict that eventually becomes resolved.
Parallel to that arc is another plot centering on a different theme – Kyousuke’s romance. We meet all the girls in the first few episodes. Then in the following character arc, the relationships between Kyousuke and each girl grow. On one hand, Ore no Imouto drops more hints of Kirino’s developing feelings. On the other, the neighbor Manami gets considerable screen time with Kyousuke. This is a lovely story in progress.
Interwoven into these two stories is Kirino’s exploration of otaku culture. She delves into its various aspects: eroge, real-life meet-ups, themed Cafés, doujinshi, Comiket, light novels, and the anime industry. Along the tour of the otaku world, Kirino brings together all the necessary things to eventually brute force her ideas into an anime production. This is yet another complete arc.
Although all these plots follow a nice narrative structure, they are poorly spliced together. For example, for the first five episodes, Kyousuke’s romance takes a back seat to Kirino’s issues. Once Kirino and Ayase make up, Ore no Imouto changes its focus entirely and abruptly. The anime now dedicates an entire episode six and most of seven to Kyousuke’s dates. However, as the love story begins to blossom, the romance is quickly shoved behind another emerging subplot, Kirino’s light novel and anime. This subplot will end just as suddenly and without much dénouement. To make the flow even worse, Ore no Imouto shifts awkwardly in its portrayal of the otaku culture. The anime jumps between day-to-day looks at an individual to meta statements on the anime industry and popular opinions. Ultimately, these make Ore no Imouto seem disjointed and even aimless.
Despite that, I still love and appreciate the amount of depth Ore no Imouto has. This series has touched on so many themes and created solid stories with relatively little space. I am in love with it. Hopefully in these last two episodes (and the four additional unaired episodes), Ore no Imouto will not only finish all its narratives, but also find a way to make the rest more cohesive.  
- I think we can at least entertain the idea that Ore no Imouto has a harem vibe. The anime certainly plays around with an incest relationship on top of Manami’s clear interest in Kyousuke. And if we were to stretch our imaginations much further, Ayase, Kuroneko, Saori, and Kanako can be included too.
- I have not read the light novels nor do I know what will happen. I am not even sure what direction this anime wants to go in for the last two episodes.
- Gosh, Kuroneko is so cute.
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