On the Narrative Structures and Splicing of Various Themes in Ore no Imouto

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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. [1] 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.

Ore no Imouto Kuroneko Kirino Comiket screenshot

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.

Ore no Imouto OreImo screenshot Kirino Kyousuke incest

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.

Ore no Imouto OreImo screenshot anime industry

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.

ore no imouto ga konnani kawaii wake ga nai tamura manami

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.

aragaki ayase gokou ruri ishida kana kousaka kirino ore no imouto

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. [2] [3]

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Gosh, Kuroneko is so cute.

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50 Responses to On the Narrative Structures and Splicing of Various Themes in Ore no Imouto

  1. FT says:

    nice review…but did you read the news about the alternate ending? this means that there are actually 6 more episodes(2 on TV and 4 extra) http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-12-05/oreimo-lists-4-unaired-episodes

    • Yi says:

      Thanks for the info. That’s good to know. ^ ^
      Well, I should probably edit some words, but the main point still remains. I kind of wished the first 10 episodes didn’t feel so disjointed.

  2. EmperorG says:

    Many thanks for this great article. I’ll be patiently awaiting your complete review of this one after the series ends. Oh, and let’s all be on the lookout for the upcoming 4 bonus episodes that will be released with the DVDs. Expect fansubs in the future.

    • Yi says:

      Thanks for reading! I’ll definitely be checking out those four extra episodes. I’m wondering if the anime will leave the conclusion of current stories to those, or if they’ll be a self-contained plot/ extra. I guess we’ll know in time.

      • EmperorG says:

        According to my “sources”, the 4 bonus episodes are supposedly an alternate path, while the TV anime’s finally is the “default” ending. Whether it’s a good one or not remains to be seen.

        • Yi says:

          Ah, I see… I’m actually not a big fan of “alternative” endings simply for the sake of pleasing fans. Let’s see how that goes. I suspect that means the romance will be concluded, and that makes me happy.

  3. Ryan A says:

    I’m far behind in this series, but I believe I understand the perspective, and think that may have been one of the attractions I initially had to the story; the potential variety in mixing Kirino’s hobby-space with that of Kyousuke’s “normal” world (it’s situational).

    It’s an interesting topic for me in general because I don’t fully identify with either world, so I figure this might be a key in realizing some middle ground where I do identify. My heart says they aren’t two “different” worlds, but that the societal view segregates them as such… and I’m yearning to unhinge this separation.

    The amusement and attraction of the characters helps move it along though, I imagine :)

    • Yi says:

      I do love all the angles this anime tries to attack Kirino’s otaku obsession, including involving normal folks like Kyousuke. What I didn’t like was that all the things just felt too disjointed.

      The anime certainly raises a very interesting topic. It’s given me lots to think about as well. I don’t consider myself a hardcore otaku, but I’m certainly a very ardent fan of anime and such… How Kirino deals with those “two” worlds can perhaps help me to reflect on how I deal with it.

      Thanks for the comment!

  4. Smithy says:

    Nice read and glad to see there’s fans like you who enjoy the series and see all the interesting themes it has to offer without being either stuck on Kirino idolatry/Siscon plot obsession or are negatively judgmental about the anime.

    Am unsure how the flow in the original novels feels, but being separate books, there transition may feel less brutal to readers if not simply because you’re physically picking up another book. The anime adaptation seems to suffer from that medium’s limitations in that it’s forced to shift focus radically, perhaps to try and cover as much as they can in each episode?

    What I do regret about Oreimo though is that Kirino’s character is herself so extremely polarized that it near forces viewers to polarize their opinion of her, one either loves or hates her. Personally I find it hard to accept how everyone just goes along with her and loves her. Sure she’s beautiful, excels at everything she does but the way she treats and abuses people… who would really put up with it to that extent?

    What may feel odd about the harem/romance is as you mentioned how the bond with one girl (e.g. Manami) is thoroughly explored to then just not have her appear at all for many episodes on.

    Reading what fans who’ve read the novels say, there’s still a lot of material in them, including a time lapse and some (surprising or not?) romantic developments.
    As far as romantic developments are concerned, many seem to wish for an incest ending but I feel that would defeat the purpose of the family plot in the series which seems centered more on how to regain a normal, caring sibling relationship.

    • Yi says:

      I haven’t read the light novels either, but there’s always going to be some roughness in adapting different media. And one season really isn’t that much, especially for how much stuff OreImo has already covered. Even though the transitions seem really awkward for me, I’m still really impressed.

      About Kirino… She’s a brat with a false sense of entitlement. I really do hate how everyone pampers her. On the other hand… I tend to be much nicer to adorable little girls. Such is the state of our society. But yea, Kirino’s personality can really get on my nerves. At the beginning, I loved her. Then after a few episodes, that quickly changed.

      Anyways, I agree about the romance. There just isn’t enough resolution. Whatever happened to Manami? What came out of that sleep over if anything? Kirino was jealous that Kyousuke slept over at Manami’s. Are they ever going to explore that further?
      None of these are ever addressed before OreImo switches back to another story. It really makes these themes feel disjointed.

      There are still six episodes to go. I hope these lose ends are tied up, and that the anime can bring all the different things together more smoothly.

      Anyways, I’m neutral toward an incest route. Incest in anime has always had that forbidden exotic allure, so I’m not surprised people want to see it. Honestly, if it does go incest… It could be kind of cute. Right? Right?

  5. Nopy says:

    If you think about it, being pulled in so many directions at once could have been what they were going for. When you consider that they’re making multiple endings in order to make the anime more like a visual novel, it’s not hard to believe that they could’ve wanted the viewer to experience all of the different arcs available.

    • Yi says:

      I don’t mind that they had parallel stories and different directions, as as they mesh together well. The transitions between each subplot are just too rough for me. It has little to do with alternative endings. Also, I actually like all he arcs… It’s just a shame that they don’t play into a cohesive whole.

  6. hisui19 says:

    maybe that’s what the anime’s charm, it’s unpredictable… you just don’t know what will happens next, I kind of like that… Surprises are fun ^_^
    thanks for this review, I haven’t watch episode 10 but I feel that it will be fun to watch!

    • Yi says:

      I think there’s a better way to be unpredictable. I’d rather see unpredictability in the plot development rather than inconsistencies/ unpleasant surprises in narrative structure.

      • hisui19 says:

        hmm… you got a point… it doesn’t bother me though, but really the quick change of the phase is a bit disoriented… I kind of expecting the continuation in the next episode but what it’s showing is Kirino’s eroge and passion… ^_^ I don’t mind it… really…

        • Yi says:

          Exactly! It’s an amazing series, but I’m just a bit thrown off by the cut-offs of themes and a lack of smooth transitions between episodes.

  7. I do believe this is the only blog post I’ve ever seen that makes use of footnotes. That’s freaking awesome right there. But anyway.

    Much as hearing that it’s somewhat disjointed annoys me, because disjointed things tend to annoy me (thus why it took me nine episodes to have appreciation for DRRR!!) I do still want to watch this series, because I’ve heard a lot more good than bad about it. Of course that includes what you’re said in this review. So it’ll be something I give a shot one of these days.

    • Yi says:

      Thanks! I tend to go on wild tangents and digressive thoughts… It’s pretty hard to fit all those into a post without disrupting the flow too much. Anyways, I started to really include footnotes a lot after seeing how nicely Ryan from aloe, dream put them to use.

      I think you should still check it out. Despite the disjointedness, this anime just has so much substance that it’s worth it. In fact, I’d take an anime that touches on a bunch of different themes but don’t exactly integrate them together over an anime that doesn’t have much to go into.

  8. ~xxx says:

    the show itself is not that bad at the first place.

    it’s just have that thing that makes me shove further away from it.
    anyways, if it has an extra episodes… I wish they don’t screw up with that one.

    • Yi says:

      No, Ore no Imouto is definitely not bad. I actually really really love it!
      This is really just splitting hairs, but there are things I wish it did a bit better.

      As for the extra episodes… I’m not too excited about them. From what some people say, it’ll show alternative endings, and those usually don’t excite me.

  9. shinra says:

    OreImo is my favorite anime this season for some reason:

    1) Kirino is my ideal Imouto. Cause I have an Imouto who is mature than me… :C

    2) KuroNeko’s seiyuu…. Heck all of their seiyuus! LOVE EM!
    (SPOILER: Kirino went to America, KuroNeko and Kyou-chan made a Eroge and are now probably couples, Ayase is a Sadist… and likes Kirino in a Yuri-ish way.)

    3) Cause the Song Creator of Irony is my DJ God!!! Kz-sama!!!!
    (look trough google and try his other songs… and u’ll most likely be the same! XD)

    4) Love their radio Show… OreImo Radio. Freaking LOLLLLL!!!!

    (Another SPOILER: there will be 4 endings: ep12 is the end of the anime…. 13, 14, 15 is extra eps for other character’s endings)

    • Yi says:

      Despite all I said in this post, OreImo is still my favorite series this season. I’m not sure I love Kirino as much you do though. I certainly don’t agree that she’s mature. On the other hand, I love Kuroneko and I like her seiyuu too.

      Anyways, thanks for reading and the comment.

      • EmperorG says:

        Might as well post my thoughts on episode 11 just for kicks. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil any important details.

        The intro was hilarious with mom imitating Kirino.
        -Manami looks adorable with the hoody and continues to be cute each time she’s on screen.
        -You know, it’s like the writers are making it harder for me to try and justify Kirino’s actions with each episode. I know I’m trying to defend her a little bit, despite how annoying she is, but this week, she went too far. For some reason, Kirino reminds me of Problem Child in this episode. Which movie was it? I think it was the 3rd one. The difference is that the lady who was invited over was a meanie, but Manami is far from being a bad person.

        WAIT! I’ve found a way to not feel so bad about her evilness. Why? Because even though she’s a prick this week, her plans to sabotage Kyosuke and Manami were brilliant. classic evil brat tactics to screw around with her older brother’s happiness and sanity. I applaud her for being so evil and an expert at old school, “Dennis the Menace” tactics 101.

        -I’ll say this much. Even though I’m not a hardcore Mitsudomoe fan because they rely TOO MUCH on misunderstandings to get laughs most of the time, I must confess that if they’re used sparingly and at the right moment like they were in this episode, they’re comedy gold. case and point, what happened when Manami and Kyosuke go to his room.

        As for the 2nd half, The harem party idea made no sense until Saori revealed its true purpose.
        Well, I suppose in the end, despite how much she upsets me, the writers have successfully continued to use it as her purpose. In the end, she’s still just a 14 year old type-A tsundere brat, who’s way too luck y for her own good. So basically what we’ve discussed about her last time is once again applied this week.

        Alrighty then, it’s time to wait for the default ending next week, while the wait for the alternate route begins soon after. Who knows, it might not be so bad.
        Hopefully not as horrible as the Dead Girls “sequel” to the awesome anime that was Red Garden. Man, that OVA sucked so hard.

        Oh yeah, and Kuroneko continues to shine week after week. Even as a flirt, she entertains me to no end.

        • Yi says:

          You could just email me this slightly off topic comment too if you wanted to. I respond to all emails eventually.

          Anyways… I’m not that into Manami. She has zero personality. Kirino is really aggressive in this episode, just like the other ones. But I thought it was justifiable if the actions stem from jealousy. That’s going down a slippery slope, but yea.

          I liked the part in Kyousuke’s room. It’s pretty funny. Haven’t seen Mitsudomoe though, and I don’t plan to.

          Hated the harem party. Not sure what was going on and kind of just tuned out…

          Loved Kuroneko though!! I’m kind of interested to see what the default ending is.

          Anyways, again, this is probably better served in an email or something… But yea.

  10. Shance says:

    First, I don’t think your first (Kirino and her introduction to the world of visual media fandom) and third (Kirino’s plights in the visual media industry) should be entirely separate, since both can be simply summarized as one event, which is Kirino’s attestations to her hobby.

    Second, I wouldn’t really call Kyosuke’s events with the girls around him as “romance”, since all these events do is “ramp up the affection points” of each girl until a parameter is reached, and the true romantic events are triggered. Then again that’s just me and my visual novel mindset.

    Thirdly, I do agree that the events, plots and subplots in Oreimo are poorly spliced, to the point where it does not make sense for every plot and event the show offered. The show merely tried to make powerful events and hoped that these would speak for the characters involved, but that alone is not enough if we are to consider the capabilities of the media presented (which is anime in this case).

    All in all, the post did open some interesting points. Nice one, Yi.

    • Yi says:

      I think you’re right. The first and the third are very integrated that to consider them separate themes are a bit forced. For the sake of pointing out the rough transition though, I broke that into two distinct story arcs.

      As for Kyousuke’s events. I agree. It’s mostly just to set off flags and such. My problem is that there were two episodes (Manami and Kirino’s dates) that made it seem much more than just ramping up affection points. At that point, I expected the series to follow up on that, but OreImo didn’t. And that led to some awkward flow.

      Anyways, I think this is a very great point.
      “The show merely tried to make powerful events and hoped that these would speak for the characters involved”.
      It’s starting to feel like OreImo is relying too much on powerful individual scenes and not really putting the effort to make them whole.
      Kind of feels like Angel Beats in some ways…

  11. Reltair says:

    Good series, I just caught up on it last night. The flow does feel random at times, but I’m not sure if that’s how the light novels are or if they’re restricted by the number of episodes they have to work with.

    Too bad they didn’t show Saori’s face when she was in ojou-sama mode. :(

    • Yi says:

      Yea… Pacing and flow often seems to be a huge problem for light novel adaptations…

      I would’ve loved to see Saori without her glasses and in that dress!

  12. Zemial99 says:

    (Off topic) Hey dude, bad News: http://www.gameinformer.com/blogs/members/b/sakabato24_blog/archive/2010/12/14/is-it-the-end-of-anime-and-manga-bill-156-passed.aspx (And it’s not a spam or a troll thing, it’s the real damn thing. I read it)

  13. lovelyduckie says:

    I don’t mind a series where a brother and sister have a strong bond…but when there are subtle hints at something beyond sibling affection I get really bothered by it. I have concerns that this will be what bothers me about this series.

    • Yi says:

      Yeah… OreImo drops pretty strong hints at various points throughout the series. Even if the anime doesn’t go incest route, some scenes do feel quite suggestive.

  14. Fabienne says:

    you’ve pointed out the parts that are not so good in this show very well.
    This show could have been so much nicer with a real connected plot.
    After I watched the first 4 episodes of this show I was fired up, but
    after Kirino made up with Ayase in such a weird way I was a bit
    dissapointed with this show, and episode 7 and especially 8
    were horrible for me to watch, I really was irritated by them.
    After episode 9 and 10 I regained my love for this show
    I was so nice how they showed the freak side of Kirino
    instead of her totally bitchy side all the time :)

    • Yi says:

      Yep yep. I was really excited to see where the series is heading after four episodes of Kirino’s internal strife. The resolution of that Ayase arc came quite abruptly, and the logic behind how they made up is way too forced. Anyways, it’s still an incredible show regardless… Just a few wrinkles here and there.

  15. StayCold says:

    I love this show, and it will always be one of my faves. The plot , however, doesn’t dive too deep into some of the content it presents; such as Kyosuke and Manami’s relationship, more info on Kuroneko and Saori, and more about Ayase and Kirino’s relationship. Indeed the anime would be 50% better if there were more episodes than merely 12. But, you’ve got to admit that this is a unique and definately well thought-out idea and story. There is, however, one question that I always have when watching oreimo; just what type of character is Kirino (well I know for sure that she’s a little sister chara)? Is she a tsundere, yandere, or just a plain bitch? :P

    • Yi says:

      Agreed. I feel the same way. OreImo will forever be a memorable anime for all the things it touches on, all the complexities it revealed about being an otaku, and all the adorable characters. Still, it is once again limited by the half-season format. OreImo just couldn’t delve one step deeper into some of the stuff like the ones you mentioned.

      Kirino’s personality… She’s a fairly realistic spoiled little sister. I read somewhere someone calling her bitch-dere. That made me laugh, although calling her a bitch might be a bit excessive.
      She’s definitely not yandere, but maybe an overly aggressive tsundere at times.

  16. Johnny says:

    I’ve finished the anime… Well, this was a rather good anime, sometimes funny, who can talk to the otaku who sleeps in each one of us (for me it’s a yuri otaku !), with nice characters (particulary Kuroneko whose seiyuu is great (a female Droopy ?), even though i hope OVAs can make some things clearer (Kyô & Kirino relation, even though i think there’s some incest subtext for our imouto’s fan)… but it was funny !

    • Yi says:

      I’ve just finished it. OMG, the ending was so beautiful. I think any flaws I saw with this anime is so minor compared to all the things it does right. Just such a lovely show!!
      I wish the extra episodes aren’t alternative endings but further story.

  17. Solaris says:

    I didn’t read comments above, so i don’t know if i’m going to spoiler or duplicate something.
    You know how i harshly criticized Oreimo’s own premise before, but I also noticed not everithing was done bad in that, and that too many things were left unclear. So i searched and found more info about the source, and found summaries from the novels in another blog.
    It really cleared up my mind. It turned out how differently different arcs were handled down when they were adapted into anime. Expecially the part of the novel/anime is completely butchered and, it makes no sense in the anime. Pity cause it’s quite an important story arc that’s meant to deepen Kyosuke’s relation with respect to other girls more than with Kirino, and to show them in comparison to the relation with Kirino. This is maybe where you catch glimpses about “harem”. But beware that Kirino has always and exclusive focus in there. That is expecially made clear in the anime, where they choose only to develop the relation with her and cancel out any other girl. This brought plot holes as you notice how, despite any attempt of toning it down, Kyosuke and Kuroneko are far more intmate than how they’d be, with obvious Kirino’s concern.

    I’d say, i went never past that bad impression i wrote about earlier, but i’m able now to sort it out as a failed attempt at portraying social themes. Luckily, after that bad arc ended pretty quickly, Oreimo changed focus from social portrayal to a general comedy about siscon, and it really went better there. Social portraying went in the background and, thanks to that it was also rendered much better, and without that horrible otaku-pamperism attitude the show had in it’s first 5 episodes (2 novels).

    The only bad remaining at the end is Kiririn’s horrible attitude. Man, i can undestand she’s uncomfortable with people discovering her bad habits at start, but after she found aid in his brother, cleared stuff with family and friends, found out new friends and all (thak mostly to said big brother), just how does she greet big good brother? Head knock out. Man, you’re the worst, Kiririn: Just fuck off!

    • Yi says:

      I’ve seen the summaries of the light novel around, but I decided not to read them because I wanted to enjoy/ evaluate OreImo as an independent work. With that said, I think we still came to a similar opinion.

      The light novel/ anime arc was really done way too hastily. The anime didn’t transition into and out of that plot well, and ultimately, it felt awkward and out of place with respect to the rest of the series. I think it would’ve made more sense if it immediately followed the “coming-out-closet” episodes as a meta exploration of the otaku world. Instead, they spliced it after the two dates. I guess, as you said, it’s supposed to be part of the story dealing with the harem, but that wasn’t the direction the anime took at all.

      I actually really enjoyed the first five episodes (social portraying/ otaku pampering) as well as the later siscon comedy. Both worked for me. I just didn’t like the transition between the first and the latter.

      Kirino can be a brat. I got really frustrated with her as well, especially during the later episodes. I loved her in the last episode though when her “dere” side finally shows. One thing I do very appreciate is that OreImo didn’t turn her into another typical tsundere or doting imouto. Rather, OreImo gave us a bratty younger sister, who’s probably a lot closer to real life little sisters.

      Thanks for the comment! Haven’t seen you around in a while. It’s always lovely to hear your opinions. ^ ^

      • Solaris says:

        Thank you very much. I always come and lurk around, but latest themes about yuri and stuff are not really my cup of tea, so i just didn’t comment.

        Wanted just to point out how Kirino is everything but close to a real sister. She and the others were introduced as substitute for otaku stereotypes in the first place:
        Kirino is the replacement for moe and lolistuff.
        Kuroneko is the replacement for those otakus who are rather cerebral for their own stuff, and that is the most wide demographics among otakus, so that’s why she was so successful.
        Manami, on the other hand, represents normality, and as representative of such she’s portrayed rather plain and boring with respect to the otaku-side, as seen from that side.
        The family and friends are representative of how others view otakuism from the inside of Otaku world, and that’s rather harsh portrayal. The world, seen from inside an Otaku closet is rather a harsh place full of enemies. Useless to say this view is rather delusional and far from reality.This is another side effect of aforementioned otaku pamperism. Normality and society are seen as bad and enemies to the stronghold of Otaku subculture.
        Back to Kirino and friends, you can also see how Kirino herself is portrayed in a dual way: She’s a closet otaku, but also has an well extablished healthy double face in the society. It looks like a split personality. Kirino is the most unstable char always pending from one side of her personality to the other. No surprisde she’s been portrayed so emotionally unstable.
        Kuroneko and Saori are rather more stable. They konow how to deal honestly with their otaku side of themselves.
        If you just notice Saori is the balanced version of Kirino’s as she’s having a double faces side too, but can deal erfectly with her own dual life, when Kirino can’t.
        Kuroneko, has accepted her otakuism and she’s fused it in her everyday life without shame. She can be a great oneesan to her little sisters and wear her gothic lolita style with nekomomi without shame at home and in public. Moreover, also if she represented what’s less moe nut cerebral in Otakiosm, she turned out to be much more moe than Kirino herself.
        Finally, Kyosuke is the representation for the person who changed side from normal to otaku life. If course he’s attracted by normality, as that’s his canon lifestyle, but it’s not immediate he loved it, rather than finding it just “safe”. Now think about this looking at the relation between Kyosuke and Manami. Kyosuke doesn’t love her, but she’s the one Kyosuke knows since forever and with whom he feels at ease. It’s very methaphorical!
        One more reading key between the fight between Manami and Kirino (and later with Kuroneko too) is they represent two different lifestyles that are totally opposite each other. Bot want to “win over” Kyosuke. This is also metaphorical.
        More to say about Ayase, Kanako and others but i think i said too much as for now, bie bie.

        • Yi says:

          Ah I see. I’m afraid you’re going to be disappointed much since I’m a big fan of yuri and such genres. :(

          When I said Kirino is like a real little sister, I don’t mean her hobbies. That part I have no comment on. Some little sisters can be otakus; others may not be. (btw. Just because she likes moe stuff doesn’t mean she’s an unreal character. I can’t say much about genre and taste stereotypes.)

          Either way, what I was more focused on is her relationship and her attitude toward Kyousuke. These are two separate things: she is a little sister and she is an otaku.

          For her part as a little sister, I think she is a very authentic personality. From the bickering to the annoyance to the family bond/ love, all of those emotions and interactions these siblings have seem real to me. I can almost see myself in that situation. So yea… I think she feels extremely real as a younger sibling.

          Anyways, I agree with the breakdown of the roles of what each character does in the series and how they help Kirino’s story to progress.

  18. Janette says:

    One thing I’ve been thinking and wondering is about is if My Little Sister was based on an idea, but if the author truly has no idea what he or she wants to do with the series. There’s ideas, but I don’t think he or she knows what direction he or she wants it to take, or how to end it, and the anime make it’s painfully obvious.

    I want the PSP game though, so I can get the end I want. Maybe I’m a bit of a control freak.

    • Yi says:

      Yea… The anime definitely feels like it started as one thing and ended up as another. However, I don’t know if that reflects on the author of the light novels it was based on as much as it reflects on the limitations of working with anime productions. Those episodes with Kirino’s light novel/ anime are especially interesting particularly because it makes the audience think a bit about whether OreImo went through a similar fate.

      “I want the PSP game though, so I can get the end I want. Maybe I’m a bit of a control freak.”
      Haha. I kind of understand that feeling. ^ ^

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