Let’s go on a date with Kyousuke and Kirino!
Welcome back for more discussion of Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai! This season’s been kind of up and down, with a good episode about Saori, but also a couple of episodes I didn’t really think fit in the overall narrative well with Ayase and Ria. So does this week get back on track, or continue jumping around?
Return to form
I certainly thought the episode this week went back to the successful style that we saw so much in the first series. While last week I thought that a lot of time was wasted on not much happening, this week got a lot done. First, we saw the reason for Kirino’s question at the end of last episode about Kyousuke being her boyfriend: she needs to get a talent agent off her back. Trying to come up with a reason not to go overseas again, Kirino bluffed that she had a boyfriend. But now she needs to prove it, and going a little overboard in their meeting, Kyousuke ends up having to take Kirino out on a date the next day.
Of course, everyone is out to see them together, and they have to keep acting like they’re on a date to make sure they keep fooling the talent agent. That doesn’t stop Kirino from delighting in seeing Manami’s shock at her on Kyousuke’s arm, although she gets her comeuppance when they run into Kanako. Meanwhile, Kuroneko’s shocked into silence, but Kirino just blusters past and explains later.
Circle of Success
I cannot figure out why she’s got a handkerchief on her head. Probably some horrible reason.
I’d say that the second part of the episode was the best part of the season so far. Bringing the camaraderie back, we get to see the Summer Comiket sale of our group’s first doujinshi: Kirino’s story, Kuroneko’s manga, Saori’s illustrations, and Kyousuke’s modeling as one of the characters from Maschera. The first surprise is a white dress for Ruri, who immediately gets dubbed “Shironeko” by Kyousuke, but she’s obviously pleased that he likes the way she looks. The second surprise is that they sell out their entire run of books, as opposed to Winter when Kuroneko only sold 10% of her stock. The power of collaboration and friendship!
Who’s the real boyfriend?
The “Do Kirino and Kyousuke love each other like that?” question got quite the workout this week. From the times on their date where they described the things they liked about each other, which were probably the most honest parts of their fake date, to the question of whether Kirino has a real boyfriend, this episode just further muddied the waters about their relationship. The way I see it, they don’t want to be ‘like that’ with each other, yet there is an attention-seeking that is probably too large for a usual sibling relationship. I mean, we’ve seen what turns on Kirino, and it’s not her older brother.
More of this, please
But there’s that jealousy. In his talk with Kuroneko, Kyousuke agrees with her belief that Kirino would probably be obsessive about a real boyfriend, but he’s fairly stunned to hear her say that she’d be happy if Kirino did have a real boyfriend. Of course, he still doesn’t get the real reason why (even though all of us do). And his confrontation with Kirino about it turns more serious and desperate than he wants it to be, causing Kirino to mock him about it.
I was really pleased at this episode. The dynamic between Kirino and Kyousuke seemed really good, with Kyousuke being much more of his ‘older brother’ persona, and Kirino seeking his approval. Their ‘fake’ date went pretty well, with some interesting honesty about how they view the other person. But there was still that tension that makes you wonder just how much they’re truly interested in each other. Or is it more the normal human tendency to not want to let others get ahead of you? It’s hard to tell, and I’m sure the show will keep playing both sides to further the suspense. I know I’m in a really small minority, but the incest angle doesn’t bother me at all, and I really would have no problem with such a relationship. I just don’t think we’re going to get that far along in the story to have any sort of resolution to it. So the next question is how ‘real’ is the boyfriend that showed up at the end of the show?
Is this her real boyfriend?
Bonus Shironeko Time!