ANIME, REVIEW – There are some shows that people would highly regard as the most morally wrong settings but get entertained by it. You can call these shows everyone’s “guilty pleasure” – they know that the show is complete garbage and yet can’t help but get entertained.
Ladies and gentlemen, one of those shows is Eromanga-sensei.
The story centers around high school student Masamune Izumi who loves writing light novels. Having no artistic skill himself, Masamune always got his novels illustrated by an anonymous partner using the pen name “Eromanga Sensei”, who is known for drawing questionably perverted images despite being extremely reliable. In addition to balancing his passion and school, Masamune is also stuck with taking care of his only family member—his younger sister Sagiri Izumi. A hikikomori by nature, Sagiri shut herself in her room for over a year and constantly bosses Masamune around despite his attempts to get her to leave her room. However, when Masamune inadvertently discovers that his anonymous partner had been Sagiri all along, their sibling relationship quickly leaps to new levels of excitement, especially when a beautiful, female, best-selling shōjomanga author enters the fray.
Eromanga-sensei is an adaptation of a light novel with the same name spanning twelve-episodes directed by Ryohei Takeshita and written by Tatsuya Takahashi.
Before we get to the nit and grit of this review, I think it’s rather important to note that the light novel’s author, Tsukasa Fushimi, was also the creator of another similar title called Oreimo or Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai which showed similar themes of suggested romantic relationship between siblings.
It’s also worthy to note that his previous work, Oreimo, was heavily criticized for its heavy leaning into the incest theme between the two main characters which resulted in the story being changed in different mediums.
Eromanga-sensei’s plot is more definitive with its endgoal and entertaining unlike its familiar, Oreimo.
First off, we have Izumi Masamune who is an upstart light novel author specializing in battle-themed stories. The illustrations for his characters are done by someone called Eromanga-sensei which turns out to be his shut-in sister.
Now, unlike the original creator’s previous work, the sister is tolerable and reasonable. She does not throw fits and scream “B-b-baka!” every ten seconds – she could be worse.
The plot balances out of three main plots which is: firstly, the siblings’ goal to make a really interesting light novel and get an anime adaptation for it. Secondly, we have the different romantic interests being *actually* focused on. Thirdly, the little sister’s main romantic plot towards the main character.
The anime was entertaining and better than its usually compared show, Oreimo, because it didn’t dwell too much on the incest but rather it showed how these two non-blood related siblings, after losing their parents (both by and not by blood), licked each other wounds and hoped for a better future.
That and combined with pretty hilarious characters like the little sister, Sagiri, the rival authors such as Elf Yamada, Muramasa, and others – it did a pretty good job in showing off the incest without it being the main driving force of the whole plot.
The suggestive incest is easily ignored when you’re laughing really hard at Sagiri’s lewd-ness despite having the appearance of a twelve-year old cute little sister.
In regards to the ending however, it did not actually give any form of closure to the three main plots I mentioned earlier but if it did, it would’ve been a hella’ controversial thing to talk about depending on how it went.
I’m glad they did this filler-ish ending finale with all of the key characters meeting up and having some sort of in-house festival which you will not know the details unless you watch this series.
The ending felt rushed and seemed like the writer was cramming every possible new thing he could. Overall, pretty entertaining plot but has its downs.
The characters are way more tolerable and entertaining to watch compared to the usually compared show, Oreimo.
We have our main guy, Izumi Masamune, a high school student who has a passion for writing light novels since he started web novels back in his childhood. He is another example of bland characters that all the girls like because “I am the main character and I should get this unnecessary harem because this is a romance-comedy.”
Next up, we have the little sister, Izumi Sagiri, who became a shut-in after their parents died and was later discovered by his older brother to be his anonymous illustrator with the pen-name, Eromanga-sensei.
The great thing about Sagiri is that she is a very hilarious character to watch. There’s that distinction between innocence and slight lewdness whenever she interacts with people and works on her illustrations.
She is not an annoying tsundere who wishes to constantly kill you nor is she too bold to make a move and commit incest. Sagiri is basically a chill female character who loves her older brother to the death but knows her limits.
We got Elf Yamada, a rival light novel author who (not surprised) is in love with Izumi Masamune. Then we have Muramasa Senju which should be called a lowkey-Ayase (Oreimo character with a yandere personality) for her deep love on Masamune and his work.
We have this try-hard-lewd-but-not-really-lewd middle school student named Megumi Jinno who serves as a comedic character for a time in the series. Then we have Tomoe Takasago who works part-time in a local bookstore and annoyingly is revealed to have a romantic interest in Masamune at the last episode because “hey, who’s gives a shit.”
All I can say is that every character in this show is basically the better version of those similar characters in the Oreimo anime series.
Eromanga-sensei was animated by A-1 Pictures and basically maintained its animation style used in Oreimo.
There’s not much to note about the animation other than the wonderful detailing of female lips and the lively, bright colors.
The character designs looked somewhat overused and felt repetitive in an A-1 Pictures work. Other than that, not much to praise about.
Well, I guess I could that there were some brands shown throughout the show. Also the appearance of the Oreimo characters which was both annoying, frustrating yet hilarious for me. Felt like a Stan Lee cameo.
Eromanga-sensei is basically what Oreimo could’ve done better when it came to handling the incest subject. It was not the main focus of the show and felt like a source of romantic comedy which added to the show’s entertainment value.
According to most descriptions, it’s not a harem but I would say otherwise due to the fact that almost every woman in this show is romantically attracted to the main character despite being the most bland person you could ever encounter.
The Oreimo references and cameos were a treat for someone who watched the show like me. Especially when I saw Kuroneko on the television: bless her, best grill.
Eromanga-sensei has pretty much mixed by opinions about it and thinking really hard about it, it’s not really that great of a show unless you enjoyed Oreimo.
If you watched Oreimo and totally enjoyed it, then you are the trash that needs to watch this show. Otherwise, look away, innocent one.