Everyone’s back and chasing Kyousuke!
OreImo was a big hit when it aired in Fall 2010, and is probably the most successful of the vanguard of Light Novels (with or without ridiculously long names) that have been taking anime by storm over the past few years. How will season 2 fare? Let’s find out!
Getting Back into the Swing of Things
Kirino’s way more interested in ignoring Kyousuke.
Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, or “There’s no way my little sister is this cute,” is back after just over two years. The end of the first series had a bit of a twist, with the final episode that aired on TV being called the “Good End” where Kirino (Taketatsu Ayana) decided not to go to the US for track training, but the four ONA / DVD episodes distributed after that retconned that ending into the “True Route” where Kirino does go to the US, and the story shifts focus a little more toward her brother Kyousuke (Nakamura Yuuichi) and Kuroneko (Hanazawa Kana), who’s now a student at Kyousuke’s high school. At the end of that arc, Kyousuke traveled to the US to bring Kirino back to Japan, setting up this second season in continuity.
So Kirino is back in Japan, and everything goes on from that happening. But a lot of this first episode wasn’t about going on from that point, it was setting up that they were going to go on from that point. Unlike Haganai last season, which just acted like there wasn’t even a separation between the first and second series, we spend a lot of time in this show reintroducing characters and reestablishing relationships: Kirino and Kyousuke have a sibling+ relationship, Manami and Kyousuke have a childhood friend relationship, Kirino reconnects with her modeling friends Ayase and Kanako, and Saori and Kuroneko are waiting for Kirino to catch up on her fandom.
Hey Kyousuke, I think you can actually get a Kuroneko Dakimakura.
The only progress the show appears to be trying to make from where it was at the end of the previous season is in the relationship between Kuroneko and Kyousuke. He pushes her for her feelings after her kiss that sent him around the world to retrieve Kirino, but before she can say what her feelings are they’re interrupted by Sena to talk about their video game. So Kyousuke has to go off what she said before – “I like (love) you as much as your sister likes you” – which leads to him stupidly calling Kirino to ask how much she likes him, with predictably tsun results. Will Kyousuke ever figure out what Kuroneko means? I think all the rest of us already know.
Mixing up the ED’s again?
There’s a lot more material available for this second series in released LN’s. The first series famously had very little material pre-development, and the LN’s barely kept up with the end of the first anime. But I’d imagine that there’s plenty of material for this series, with 11 of the confirmed 12 LN’s released already and the final to be released on June 7, 2013 (right at the end of this spring anime season), and this series will get to the end of those 12 LN’s.
Finally, what is presumably the OP sequence was used at the end of this episode, featuring a new song “Reunion” by ClariS. One of the interesting things about the first series was its willingness to switch things up with both the OP animation featuring fresh sequences and introductions, and a different ED song and animation for each episode. I’m hoping they’ll do the same thing this series, because even if not all of the songs were great (some I really liked and still listen to, others I try not to), it really made the show interesting.
OreImo picks up where it left off the second time, and starts to get back into the flow of the series. I’m hoping for a lot more romantic developments, since I know a few spoilers about who confesses and who does what, having looked into the LN’s after watching the first season. Who is Kyousuke going to end up with in the end? And will they pull some ultra annoying ‘adopted first cousin’ thing again, like we’ve seen too much of lately? I think that would likely send half the world off the deep end, especially because I think nobody likes Kirino. So who’s your favorite?
We could definitely use more of these two next week.