Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute) is one of the few anime I will follow weekly this season. With such a title, this series clearly aims to glorify the little sister fetish. Kirino Kosaka is the perfect little sister. She is fourteen, smart, athletic, and beautiful. She models for a popular teen magazine. Furthermore, she is even a closet otaku. On the other hand, her brother, Kyousuke, is not into anime at all. When he discovers his sister’s obsession with anime and imouto-themed eroge, things turn interesting.
Of course, OreImo’s premise screams wish fulfillment. Most male otaku want their potential girlfriends to share their interests. When we combine that with the hot younger sister identity and a tsundere personality, we have Kirino, the culmination of ideal girlfriend materials (for some). She represents the goal of fans’ desires through imagination or role-play. This is fairly apparent. However, perhaps Kyousuke and his reactions also offer wish fulfillment for many.
Most people are inherently social. We want to share our lives and our interests with others. For someone as perfect as Kirino, her image must be quite important to her. Considering her father’s disdain for anime, it is understandable she would hide her hobby.
Moreover, I found Kirino’s reactions upon being discovered to be very believable: the initial fear to the threat of her reputation, then the plea for acceptance, and finally the sharing of her obsession. It must have been extremely lonely for her to host such an impressive eroge collection, but have no one else to show it to. Thus, when the secret is out, Kirino forces Kyousuke to play through an eroge. This scene not only furthers the ideal younger sister theme and provides a comedic plot device, it also displays a very real human instinct: our desire to have our passions recognized.
I sympathize with Kirino a lot. My attitude toward my fandom has always been one of discretion in real life. After all, bias toward anime does exist, and reactions such as those of Kirino’s parents are not uncommon. Still, I do crave some real life, face-to-face contact with others who share my interest for the casual conversations over anime, the feeling of camaraderie, or something else. Like Kirino, I would often force my siblings to watch anime with me, but this almost always fails. It would certainly be nice if they could be easily convinced… I would get them to play all the Hanabira games.
This is exactly what happens in OreImo. Kirino has little trouble getting Kyousuke to accept her hobbies and even her unlikely fetish for imouto-themed eroge. She also effortlessly gets Kyousuke to try out an eroge. This interaction presents a subtler but a more compelling wish fulfillment in having our passion affirmed and shared. Together, the two levels make this interesting start truly satisfying.
Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai review