New Year’s Anime Countdown: #4 Ore no Imouto

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai

I-I’m not doing this for you, you know! Anyways, what’s with that look of yours? So gross! You’re fantasizing about your own imouto, aren’t you? You freak! Pervert! Don’t you dare speak at me again. Ehhhhh? W-What are you grinning for?! Huh? What?! Are you stupid?! … Hmmph, life counseling. You’re going to play this game with me. Right away. Get it, you dimwit? … Heeeeh?! What arrangements?! … With that plain girl?! Then cancel it! … What do you mean you can’t?! Is that girl so important to you?! G-Go and marry her then! Arrgh, you’re pissing me off! Do what you want, you, you, dumbass! Blockhead!

Alright, this is one factor why I like Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai and it’s also the factor why many people hate it. Kirino is a very specific character, mainly due to her fierce personality, and you can either love her or hate her. But those are the only options you have. I think there is no middle option like I don’t mind her but I don’t particularly like her. If there’s anyone like that please say so.

A lot of people complained about casting Taketatsu Ayana as Kirino; however, I think she did her job perfectly. According to a survey from 2ch, most people would rather see Tomatsu Haruka voice Kirino. Sorry but, Tomatsu Haruka? Are you kidding me?! I can’t even imagine that! I think those people didn’t realize that Kirino isn’t Nagi from Kannagi. Other mentioned seiyuu were Kitamura Eri (I could imagine that), Kugimiya Rie (that would be one of the worst miscasts in history imho), and Hirano Aya (well…). As regards Kuroneko, most people answered Tanaka Rie (imaginable), then Sawashiro Miyuki, Tamura Yukari, and Kugimiya Rie (still better than Kugyuu as Kirino). I’m a bit digressing from the point, though. My conclusion regarding seiyuu: If someone was miscast in this anime, it was Satou Satomi as Manami. Shuga (Satou Satomi) can’t voice someone worthy of the title Queen of Average. Roles like a high-spirited girl (e.g. Ritsu) or a lady-like character (e.g. Shichijou Aria, Tsuzuki Otome) suit her much better.

OreImo gave me what I expected and even a bit more. Unfortunately, I felt as if it lost some of its momentum in the second half of the series. Mind you, I still loved it but there was that something which was missing for me, yet I’m not able to say what it was. I also might have expected a bit more original, ingenious conclusion of the final episode. Nonetheless, I loved OreImo and I can’t wait for the alternative story extra episodes.

Who was my favorite character? Kirino or Kuroneko, it’s hard to decide between these two. Spare me this question please or else my head will explode like the volleyball in the final episode of Ika Musume, and believe me I don’t wish for such intense sensations.