Leave it to Kyousuke!
Welcome back! The TV airing of Ore no Imouto ga konna ni kawaii wake ga nai Season 2 is now over, and what did we learn? Was there any resolution to the question of who Kyousuke has picked to be in love with? Let’s find out.
So did Kyousuke Pick Anyone?
In a word? No. This episode was entirely a flashback from Kirino’s point of view, from a time when they were both much younger to just a few years ago. As such, it mostly focused on the relationship that Kyousuke and Kirino had when they were elementary school kids. And that was a relationship where Kirino thought Kyousuke was the coolest older brother ever, and always wanted to be like him. And more importantly, have his attention. So when he grows up some, and decides that he doesn’t really want his younger sister hanging around anymore, he says that she can only go with him if she can keep up, which of course she can’t. But the humiliation of being left behind makes her determined to work hard to never lose to him again.
She wasn’t going to lose in the bath either…
A change in Kyousuke
Time for a lecture
But while Kirino is working hard to get up to Kyousuke’s level, for some reason Kyousuke stops being so amazing. Finally confronting him for being a lazy bum, Kirino decides that it’s Manami’s fault, and indeed part of it is. And Manami says that Kirino shouldn’t expect him to change back, because he never was really like that in the first place. And she’s right. It’s not surprising that grade school girls aren’t the best at judging people, but Kirino thinks she’s lost the person she looks up to, and starts to loathe Kyousuke, leading us to about where the series began.
Actually, she’s just jealous of Manami the whole time.
So where are they now?
Kirino realizes that maybe he’s not that bad
Throughout the series, a lot of things have happened to Kyousuke, and he’s mostly gotten through them fine. And that’s made Kirino realize that no matter who she thought he was before, he really wasn’t. But who he is now works to do his best for her, and really for everyone. So where does this leave the series? Is Kirino really in love with Kyousuke like that? Even knowing his limitations and his faults and that he’s not awesome? It’s really hard for me to say that she could love him ‘like that’. She obviously is back to admiring him as a person, even if her love of siscon eroge seems kind of off. I couldn’t tell if the show was trying to say that she was placing herself in the little sister role, which would be odd given the way those games work (as Yozora opined “…your games that are about nothing but sticking it into girls…”). Does she really get hot and bothered over Kyousuke? Is her animosity towards him based only on what Manami said?
If she was fine with them, would she have to dress up like this? Although this wouldn’t fool Ayase for a second…
Well, there really wasn’t any conclusion, so I guess we wait until mid-August for the three additional episodes of the series to finish up. I thought this episode did give a lot of background (not as much as I might have thought given the spoilers I knew), but ultimately it didn’t really point one way or another. It seemed more like Kirino had resigned herself to the brother she had, and realized that he wasn’t that bad. But I just can’t get past that it would seem to be a lot of self-deception if she really does have the hots for him.