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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 5

Day 5: Anime I’m Ashamed I Enjoyed

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Throughout my viewing experience in anime, the one series that I’m ashamed that I enjoyed so much was Oreimo. Not because of the obvious reasons that it portrays incest and taboo relations but that it wasn’t that good of a series.

I praise Oreimo way too much than what it’s worth. I even go to lengths such as suggesting them or forcing friends to watch this anime series when in fact, it is not worth it.

Granted, Oreimo is not all bad if you’re positive about it but the thing is the negatives outweigh the positives for this anime series. The flow of the story was confusing, the characters were not well developed except for a few of them, the ending was not well executed – overall, it was not the great series as I acclaim it to be.

It is probably because of my bias when it comes to unusual premises which are used in anime. Like the incest taboo is very much unusual to the general public and to have an anime series use it in its story is kind of weird and off.

But despite all of that, I could say that enjoy Oreimo so much that I go on and think about what went wrong and how to resolve these issues that happens within the series.

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Things like what if Kyousuke did not see anything at all in Kirino. Because seriously, in the first place, Kyousuke’s admiration of his own little sister was kind of forced and out of place. He just broke up with Kuroneko, a cute and amazing female love interest just for his brat of a little sister.

This is where I lose my enjoyment for the series.

But overall, I pretty much had fun and was entertained while watching Oreimo and I am quite confused at myself why is that the case for someone like me.

Do I have some sort of weird liking in relation to things that are taboo? Do I want to be hurt? Am I a masochist? Honestly, I can’t answer that properly since I, myself, have no clue why I liked this anime series so much than what it actually is.

Oreimo was definitely a controversial series which is why I’m regularly judged by people who hear me say that it was probably one of the most entertaining anime I’ve watched thus far.

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Where Oreimo went wrong

DISCUSSION – With the release of the new anime series, Eromanga-sensei, it made me draw comparisons between this series and Oreimo. The same format – we’ve got an unreasonably nice big brother who has a brat of a sister that doesn’t appreciate what he does for her.

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However, I would like to believe that Eromanga-sensei is doing it better (so far) than Oreimo.

In Oreimo, the little sister Kirino is depicted as this brat, otaku little sister who has a really good social standing that doesn’t really appreciate his out-of-this-world nice older brother. Throughout the run of the anime series, Kirino gets slowly brushed aside.

The main character Kyousuke ends up with one of Kirino’s friends, Ruri or more commonly known by the community as Kuroneko. It was a great relationship in anime series. It made sense, it worked and was adorable to witness.

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However, the series makes a hard turn for the worse as it decides to just destroy the Kuroneko x Kyousuke ship and makes the older brother go for his little sister. Now I have no strong feelings when it comes to taboo depicted in anime with the the reasoning that if it makes the plot better, then I’m all for it.

Oreimo just doesn’t do that, at all.

We have the wincest ship – a poorly-made ship. If the relationship had a reason for existing and it worked, I would’ve ignored any sort of moral taboo going on in an anime series. But no, it just doesn’t work that way.

Oreimo went bad because of several reasons.

  1. The Kyousuke x Kirino pairing was sudden and had no logical reason to exist.
  2. Suddenly they’re all lovey-dovey, like what the hell.
  3. They don’t go through it to the end.

If the anime series did not commit these mistakes, it would’ve panned out better. It would not have been the best anime series but at least, it would make some sort of sense.

I understand that the author was warned that he could not portray incestuous relationships since the company adapting the source material felt it was too sensitive. But if that were the case, then at least, the writer could not have chosen this ending.

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In the Playstation Portable game adaptation of the series, Kirino and Kyousuke were not blood-related siblings which was… kind of okay? I guess? But the difference between an anime adaptation from a game adaptation is that the PSP version was visual novel. In visual novels, you can choose any heroine you want.

In the anime adaptation, we are forced to witness this one single route that we are not aware of its end nor the events that happen along it.

Some people have avoided Oreimo because of the incest aspect of it when we can watch Game of Thrones that portrays some sort of incestuous relationship or some other television or movie film.

Oreimo had something but it didn’t know what to do with it.

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I hope that Eromanga-sensei tries something that makes sense, is not sudden and at the end of it all, entertaining for its viewers.

What about you? What do you think about anime series like Oreimo and Eromanga-sensei?

Leave a comment below.

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