This post isn’t nearly as uncomfortable as this party.
THIS is what we’ve been waiting for! Yes, you’ve all been waiting for my post on OreImo Episode 6! Wait, no… it was actually for this episode of Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai. So let’s see what happened and what it means.
The guy we met at the end of last week’s episode is Mikagami Koki, a designer who works for Misaki, the talent agent who was the cause of last week’s date. He makes accessories for the photo shoots and is a secret otaku as well. And while he and Kirino talk, we see the reactions of Kyousuke, Saori, and Kuroneko, who is her usual guarded self, thinking about what this other guy means for Kyousuke.
Ahh, just like a normal brother and sister… if only for a second.
What it means is that the next time we see him, Koki is over at the Kousaka house for dinner to meet Kirino’s parents! And Kyousuke reacts pretty badly. The show continues to ride this fine line between Kyousuke being an outright siscon and a loving older brother. I certainly don’t think it’s out of character for an older brother to be distrusting of his younger sister’s boyfriend. Especially since Kirino put a wrench in their after-party by announcing that she was dating Koki and that they’d kissed earlier. But Kyousuke’s attitude with Koki is pretty horrendous. Not as bad as their father’s, who gets drunk and wants to go pound him. But Kyousuke manages to defuse him by offering to go pound Koki himself… and then apologizes for his bad attitude, but challenges him to prove that he deserves Kirino. And that finally breaks Kirino’s facade, as she’s set the whole thing up to get back at Kyousuke for his ‘indiscretions': flirting with Manami and Kuroneko (and I’m guessing things like being friends with Ayase as well). And thus we see that Kirino’s just as much of a brocon as Kyousuke is a siscon. I still don’t think they like each other ‘like that’, but they’re definitely fighting for the other’s attention.
Parade of Characters
Saori wishes she’d thought of handcuffs
Another thing that made this episode great was that we had multiple character interactions, primarily with Kyousuke. Ayase calls him over to find out what that picture from the photo booth was about, employing handcuffs and her yandere face on the way to finding out it was just a fake date. But she’s no happier about the idea of Kirino having a boyfriend than Kyousuke is. We also get time with Saori, who while cleaning up after the failed party encourages Kyousuke to make things right with his sister.
But the real interest was with Kuroneko. First we have another conversation between the two of them, on the way to the soon to be aborted party, where first she pegs Kyousuke’s melancholy about Koki, and then when asked directly, confesses that she loves Kyousuke, but again confusing him with the “as much as your sister loves you” addition. And at the end of the episode, we revisit the behind the school scene, where a blushing Shironeko finally asks Kyousuke to date her! Yes! Finally! I think fully half of the people watching the show have been waiting for this moment. But how it will turn out is still to be seen.
Good things come to those who wait.
With these past two episodes, I think we can be pretty confident that OreImo has gotten back into stride with the overall plot. Using small scenes strung together, the show does a good job of moving the plot forward, and it does it in a way that really helps keep interest, something that the more single-character focused episodes tend not to do. And of course with Kuroneko’s confession at the end of this episode, we’re going to have to see where her and Kyousuke’s relationship goes. I’m personally kind of spoiled on it, but hopefully it will be something interesting!