Kirino gains a mischievous imouto this week.
Welcome back for another epsiode of OreImo. We had a great episode last week with the history of Saori, so can can we keep the momentum going for another week? Read on to find out!
A Past Rival Visits.
In the finale of the “True End” from the first season, Kirino revealed that she’d never beaten her roommate, so because of a personal condition she set, she never called or emailed anyone. She did beat her that day, when Kyousuke visited and eventually convinced her to come back to Japan. Now her roommate, 12-year old Ria Hagry, is coming to visit Japan and staying with Kirino.
Having a girl 3 years younger than she is to treat like an imouto is Kirino’s dream come true, and she is making the most of it, but Ria’s more interested in Kyousuke (of course). We get another trip to Akihabara, which is Kirino showing off a part of her life that she didn’t have in LA. And we get the real reason for Ria’s visit: a rematch race to find out why Kirino beat her that one time before leaving. While watching the longest 100-meter dash between two supposedly fast people ever, Kyousuke realizes that he loves his sister (again) and cheers for her, spurring her on to lose by an inch, rather than a few steps.
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Just what Kyousuke doesn’t need, another imouto
This is another completely out of continuity episode, and I have to be honest that it’s really not helping keep the interest in the show. We basically had Kyousuke, Kirino, and Ria for the whole episode, and no other characters. And despite Kirino talking about how her life consists of hobbies, friends, school, modeling, and family, we don’t see any of that other stuff, just Kyousuke. As a consequence, we get another episode without Kuroneko, Saori, Manami, school, clubs, or really anything. And while last week we got to feel a lot of what the ‘heart’ of this show is, what people like about it so much, this episode really didn’t do anything similar, instead putting distance between Kirino and Kyousuke and the rest of everyone. While some episodes of anime feel like a lot of stuff gets done and a lot happens, this episode really felt like almost nothing happened. The episode feels like it should have taken about 12 minutes, based on the amount of things happening. And it wasn’t like it took a lot of time setting moods or anything like that. It really just seemed like wasted time.
I didn’t mind the Ayase episode (too much), and I really liked the Saori episode, but when you add this episode in, the cumulative effect has really been to put a huge roadblock in the middle of any overall narrative OreImo could have carried from the previous series. This ep didn’t feel like building Kirino’s character, it felt like a Kirino fanservice ep, less useful than the average beach episode. Not bad in itself, but really pointless. I didn’t really get any character building for either Kyousuke or Kirino out of this: We already knew that Kirino has a slightly more than brotherly love for Kyousuke, and that he has a slightly more than imouto love for Kirino. I don’t know if we really needed Ria showing up to tell us the same thing again.
Ria Tries to Move OreImo into MetaFap! (Maybe NSFW)