Just finished this season today, and this was probably one of (if not) the best series this season (Autumn 2010).
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai aka Oriemo at first glance I had a few impressions; 1. Daaaaaaaaaamn that’s a long series name, 2. Very interesting storyline + art.
Anyway time to throw some thoughts down:
Summary is as follows (from MAL):
Kyousuke Kousaka, a normal seventeen-year-old high school student, hasn’t gotten along with his younger sister, Kirino, in years. For longer than he can remember, Kirino has ignored his comings and goings and looked at him with spurning eyes. It seemed as if the relationship between Kyousuke and his sister, now fourteen, would continue this way forever.
One day, however, Kyousuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime entitled Hoshikuzu Witch Merle (Stardust Witch Merle), which had fallen into the entranceway of his house. To Kyousuke’s surprise, inside the case is a hidden adult video game titled Imouto to Koishiyo! (Love with Little Sister!). Kyousuke attempts to fish out the culprit who dropped the case by bringing up the topic of magical girl anime at the family dinner table. All that comes out is a strong negative reaction from his parents, especially his anti-otaku policeman father.
That night, Kirino bursts into Kyousuke’s room and, in perhaps the first conversation she has initiated with him in years, says they “have things to talk about.” Kirino brings Kyousuke to her room and shows him an extensive collection of moe anime and lolicon bishoujo games she has been collecting in secret.
The summary itself is long like the series title, fitting.
It’s important to note that the genres are: Comedy, Slice of Life, and Seinen.
Comedy and Slice of Life are two(2) of my favourite genres for anime. However I was a bit skeptical when the third genre was Seinen, from experience animes with this genre usually don’t get anywhere (e.g. Minami-ke). But after the first episode I was pretty impressed and realised I was looking forward for more.
Oriemo has quite nice art and character design which was pretty easy on the eyes. I realised later as well that each episode’s opening and closing were different depending on what the episode was going to be able, which was a nice touch – makes you watch it through each time.
The series has a very good mix of characters, the Kousaka family has a very good mix of personalities, such as the dad who is very anti-otaku haha. Each few episode is broken down to different stories which revolve around the main characters with other supporting characters.
Generally the story is about Kyousuke helping out his younger sister, Kirino and at the same time, (re)building that lost/damaged relationship they have. It very warm and generally heart-felt rather than angst and dark haha.
But it’s a very light anime which is great for a Monday afternoon (as it is released on Monday for AUS) which as mentioned, is I reckon one of the best series this season.
Alternate endings will be released in June 2011, and I cannot wait – supposedly they are the “true endings” so perhaps it’s something not safe for TV haha.
Check it out! Will not disappoint.