And that’s the end!
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. Season 2 Episode 14-16 Review
Oreimo Episode 14-16 Review
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. Specials Review
It’s finally over. Struggle after struggle, rejection after rejection, Oreimo has gotten to the point where it can close its doors for good. It has been a rocky ride and it’ll be that way all the way to the end with its ending being extremely controversial. As usual, I’ll give my impressions and a decent-length exposition in favor of the author with regards to the ending. LET’S GET STARTED!
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. (Oreimo) Season 2 Episode 14 Impressions
I can already see the rage from those who have been hoping that Kuroneko would be the one for Kyousuke, but of course, this anime being the way it is, that’s never meant to be. To Kyousuke, his imouto will remain number one and whatever anyone else does, it only remains an obstacle for a period of time for he’s the biggest siscon out there. I admit, it’s difficult to see Kuroneko with all her pure intentions with her sticking up for his feelings all the way through and taking Kirino’s feelings into considerations being completely flat out rejected. Even so, Kuroneko’s, or should I say Yamineko, brings about her usual chuunibyou side that makes the confession perhaps a bit more bearable for her fans. To the extent with the plot in mind and how it’s inevitable for her to be rejected, this part is not badly done. At the very least, the main character is making a decision, but how good is the actual confession itself?…
Alright, so, this is the moment that many have been dreading and many have been eagerly waiting for. With yelling, chasing, screaming, and even a sound device to confirm Kyousuke’s feelings, we finally receive the moment that may actually be a bit more drastic than I had initially thought. This isn’t a plain old confession about “going out.” Ohhhhh no. This is fucking marriage. Yep, marriage. But before we get onto that, let’s talk about the confession itself. It has your typical Oreimo feel with Kyousuke’s screaming, but what surprised me is how they incorporated the muted words he said to Kuroneko. Kyousuke’s lines are creepy, embarrassing, true (with how he says that was the most popular part of his life and all that), and right where it hits the mark.
Kirino is also being herself, but some people may be already annoyed with how she has behaved during… oh, just about the whole entire anime and she acted accordingly until the very last word of the episode which undoubtedly struck hard and fast in the hearts of many people. Look, I don’t like Kirino. She needed up to straighten her feelings and she doesn’t even say how she really feels and sticks to being a tsundere all the way until the very end. The way she says “I hate hate hate hate hate x10000 you” is extremely characteristic of her but also incredibly annoying. After her brother went though all of this, can’t she just… Agh, then again, if she didn’t, it may have been out of character so it’s hard to say whether her part is “good” or not. Overall, though, having Kyousuke speak his mind like he did back in season one sure is uncomfortably awesome in its own quirky way. Remember guys, marriage.
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. (Oreimo) Season 2 Episode 15 Impressions
The interactions between Kyousuke and Kirino in the hotel are probably the best I’ve seen from the series. At long last, it’s a less tsundere Kirino that actually conveys her feelings for her precious onii-san. With the eroge that bound them together still being a factor and Kyousuke putting on the ring for Kirino, it gives off a very pleasant atmosphere that some have been waiting for and others perhaps have been dreading. Even if you’re not a fan of Kirino, you still have to admit that this is a huge improvement over the coldheartedness that we’ve seen in countless episodes.
Ah, it’s been so long since Saori, Kuroneko, Kirino, and Kyousuke have gotten together. And YES IT’S CHUUNIBYOU TIIIIIMEEEE!! Hell yeah! I was hoping for more since the last time that happened between Ayase and Kuroneko and I do get what I want. Phew, they should have gathered more often and had some more amusing moments together. Anyways, yet another person confesses to the popular Kyousuke and this time it’s Kanako. Damn, even by harem standards he’s popular because of how all of them openly confess to him. I didn’t feel anything for Kanako because, well, let’s be honest, she’s not a character that has been developed well enough for me to give a damn.
Going back in time, we hear the child Kirino talk about her feelings for Kyousuke and we explore the possibility of it not happening. We’ll talk more about how incest isn’t acceptable and so on later because that’s what Manami is there for, but this part gives the two some time together and at least gives some time to develop their feelings as an actual couple in this short hour. This part is just a recollection back in time to further ratify their feelings for each other for the final concluding episode that will close Oreimo forever. Will incest prevail? Will it be a happy ending? Will Kyousuke and Kirino’s convictions rule over what is normally accepted by society? How will it end? Let’s find out.
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. (Oreimo) Season 2Â Episode 16 Impressions
Let’s be damn honest. The first quarter of the episode is just some time dedicated to the not-as-important side characters and is not really worth talking about. What is the most fiercest and intriguing part of Oreimo is upon us as Manami and Kirino have their final fight. As you all know, Kirino has disliked Manami for pushing reality on her from a young age. At least from the looks of things throughout the series, Manami remains a kind-hearted person who understands Kyousuke well even though at times she may be harsh with the “truth.” However, when the person she loves is on the line, she’s not going to play the “nice girl” anymore. It’s time to FUCKING BRAWL.
HOOOOOOOLLLLLLYYYY SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT. They’re actually fucking smacking and punching each other in the face! Woooooo that’s pretty awesome. Alright, alright, I’ve calmed down a bit. Anyways, it’s true that Kirino is being a huge asshole before being punched right in the stomach. Seeing the two of them fight it out must have made Kyousuke feel extremely awkward and perhaps slightly honored at the same time. I mean, how is one supposed to react? Though the fight itself may just be about their feelings and how they both love Kyousuke, the inevitable ethical questions begin to arise and Kyousuke mans up once again.
Incest is a huge topic. I mean, yes, there are lots of eroge, hentai, and things like that surrounding it, but of course, we’re talking about a more serious approach. Indeed, from Manami’s perspective, and from many others, incest is “wrong.” They’ll be under social pressure for the rest of their lives as society itself doesn’t accept this way of thinking. In the long run, it’s extremely, extremely difficult to bear the pressure and may even lead to depression or even suicide. However, African Americans were once disparaged and so were homosexuals. Nowadays, people are more lenient towards the subject even though there are people who still cannot accept certain ideas.
Will incest be the same? Who knows? Perhaps people will still feel uncomfortable of incest for hundreds of years to come. Yes, there’s problems with inbreeding among other things, but in the end, it’s all about how much they love each other. If their love is strong enough and they have each other, then perhaps they can endure the hardship that comes their way. Personally, I’m lenient towards incest as long as they understand the consequences. That is, it is socially shunned, causes birth problems, and so on. If they know that, and they are still willing to undertake it, then by all means go ahead. But as I’ve said, I could write a whole alternate post on incest so, let’s not get too deep in the argument here. The point is that they’re willing to stick through thick and thin for each other with each other and that’s what’s going to overpower the idea of incest.
Alright. Alright. Alright. This is the most controversial scene in the entire anime that literally has caused an uproar among viewers. I’ll explain my view on how it ended below so let’s just talk about the actual “marriage.” Somehow, someway, Kyousuke gets things done and sets up a mock marriage that binds the two of them together. Or so I thought. A kiss that is so characteristic of these types of final episodes is overshadowed by what’s to come which is a shame considering Kirino is finally considerate for once. The words that we didn’t hear are probably going to be the ones that will change the opinion of many people on how they would rate the ending of Oreimo. In the end, they decided to be normal brothers and sisters after enjoying some time together. Yes, they fucking ended their romantic relationship. My first thought was “WHAT THE FUCKING SHIT ARE THEY FUCKING DOING?! THIS IS THE MOST RETARDED SHIT EVER. ALL THE CRAP HAS GONE TO WASTE WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?!?!??!?!?!” Then, I calmed down and thought it through some more. So, here’s my take on it.
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. (Oreimo) Ending
First of all, here is a link to what the author thinks of the ending. Here is another link about some more of his other thoughts. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to it. Initially, I thought this was completely bullshit. Seriously, after all that time, all that work, all those rejections, all that drama, it just ended with them separated?!?! Afterwards, I actually calmed down and I viewed the ending in a different light. Firstly, let’s put the author’s viewpoint on how it’s supposed to be a “Kirino ending” aside but understand that it’s his intention. Why? Because even if an author intended it to be “route A,” but instead misleads people into thinking that it’s “route B,” the story is still going the “route B” path because that’s how the story is made. It’s not “route A” just because the author says it is. However, if the author says it’s “route A” and people saw “route B” because they didn’t understand implicit meanings, then people must re-evaluate and see if the hinting is strong enough for it to be actually “route A.”
Let me get this straight. If they actually “broke up” and became normal siblings, that would be utter bullshit. All the build up, all the shit, would be ruined. So, this part is arguing for the fact that maybe the author implied that they didn’t actually “break up.” As I said before, incest is not something to be taken lightly. As a result, it’s hard for him to publish a light novel that has “wincest” as the conclusion. What is the only way he can make this work? To imply and to not explicitly state. Remember, we’re pushing the author’s opinion on the ending aside; all that matters is whether he wrote it well enough and hinted well enough to indicate that their romantic relationship is continuing and not cut off.
Manami was talking to Kirino and Kyousuke about the problem of incest. Kyousuke clearly defends his case and admits that while itâ€™s wrong, he doesnâ€™t care because heâ€™ll break those rules. Heâ€™s completely adamant about his stance and how he loves his sister. Why then, would he be willing to â€śbreak upâ€ť with her? After saying all of that to Manami, heâ€™s not going to stick through with it? That doesnâ€™t seem very likely. Moreover, he breaks up with every girl and forces himself into a situation where he canâ€™t be with anyone else. Would he do that just for a few days with his sister? Really? Heâ€™s going to break the hearts of all these girls and say, â€śWell, sorry, I went out with my sister for a few days but itâ€™s okay now!â€ť If he really wanted to be with his sister for such a short period of time, he wouldnâ€™t have had to go through all of that mess with the other girls. They can admit that this is a short fling or keep it a secret because itâ€™s really only for a short period of time. Either way, thereâ€™s no reason to conclusively cut off relationships withÂ everyone. You could say that he wanted to remain loyal to Kirino and not be with other girls, but then that poses yet another problem as I indicate below.
The two of them really do love each other. Why, after going through so much, would they simply quit it at that? Their love is not that weak. One could even say that itâ€™s a bit too strong. Kirino even says that â€śonce itâ€™s over, youâ€™ll have nothing leftâ€ť after Kyousukeâ€™s talk with Manami. She realizes this and sheâ€™s just going to cut off the relationship with him to cause him even more trouble? Hell no. Theyâ€™re not even sad after they supposedly â€śbroke upâ€ť so itâ€™s highly unlikely that they returned to be completely normal brothers and sisters. When they promised each other, they also didnâ€™t have anything but a smile on their faces. To add to that, a kiss on the cheek is not something normal brothers and sisters do in Japan. Also, thereâ€™s more life advice (demanded by Kirino at the end even though the translation says talk, she really says jinsei sodan which means â€ślife adviceâ€ť) this means that they are still continuing their â€ślife counseling.â€ť Yes, itâ€™s not the last one so we can assume that the author is hinting that their relationship is still continuing except this time, they are keeping their romantic relationship a secret just like how Kirino asked Kyousukeâ€™s advice on past ordeals that she couldnâ€™t ask anyone else.
Now, on the other hand, you could say that their promise to be normal siblings overrules a lot of the other points. Then again, it’s extremely weird as to why they would be so happy about it which makes me go back to the other point about them keeping it a secret between the both of them and making it seem like they are “normal brothers and sisters” on the outside. I honestly don’t believe that Kyousuke “gained nothing” from this or that they really broke up. If I had to narrow it down to one reason it would be because they fucking love each other and dammit, I may not like the pairing, but Kyousuke sacrificed so many things for her. With how he has pursued Kirino all this way, do you really think he’d settle for just being “a normal brother and sister?”
Personally, I think the evidence of them still being together outweighs the precautions the author had to take to be able to be accepted byÂ Dengeki BunkoÂ which makes me say that, at the very least, it didn’t take away too much from the specials. You could even argue that it added another layer by not going the typical happy ending path and hinted more about how they’re continuing their relationship in secret, life advice style. Also, in some weird way, it kind of reminds me of how I deduced some scenes in Yahari Ore no Seishun as I had to look a bit deeper. Regardless, I’ll give the author the benefit of the doubt on this ending and say that it’s not as bad as many think it is. Though, I wouldn’t exactly say it’s great either.
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. (Oreimo) Specials Review
Let’s just put aside the controversial ending for a bit and review the rest of the parts. I’m not a Kirino fan, I’m not a Kuroneko fan, I’m not an Ayase fan, I’m no one’s fan. I’m not shipping any two people in particular which is why I could accept whatever is coming in my way. You know what, if Kyousuke loves his sister, fuck it, he does and there’s nothing you can do about it. It can’t be helped that some of you may be sad about the “best girl” not winning, but love is weird that way and it’s not as if you can argue the show is bad purely because he didn’t choose the girl you wanted him to choose. Besides, you can look at it and think that maybe the other girls deserve someone better.
That aside, I have to say that I do enjoy the specials a lot more than I enjoyed the second season. It feels much more like the first in how it’s portrayed and has a clear direction instead of the messy pacing in the second season. The dramatic parts themselves were well done even though the part where Kyousuke confesses is extremely awkward. They hit right where they needed to and didn’t feel too melodramatic which actually kind of surprised me. When the diary is torn apart and… Jesus… Kuroneko even toughens up with her chuunibyou side. Man, that’s awesomely depressing. Manami’s fight with Kirino should be a “HELL YEAH!” for some and I can say that it’s damn awesome.
If we take the ending aside, it’s a surprisingly good special in its execution of the various dramatic moments and character interactions. Many people just have a huge problem with the ending. I was cussing and denying that the ending ever existed before I thought about it a bit more. The more I thought about it, the more unlikely it felt for them to have actually broken up. It may even have been a good thing once people calmed down and looked at it from a different perspective. Though, I’m a bit all over the place after writing 3,000 words so I may actually end up disagreeing with what I’m writing here later on.
I’m always a bit sad to see a series go unless if it’s utter shit. In this case, I’m slightly sad as it’s brought me a little bit of everything. Frustration, anger, wonder, fascination, excitement, disappointment, and so on. It’s been an interesting ride with the first season still being something that I thought I wouldn’t enjoy but did. I was happy with how that turned out and the second season certainly didn’t match up to my expectations. Yet again, it goes through a roller-coaster ride and the specials end up being superior to the second season much like the first. I can’t say I’m in awe of how it has ended, but I am still satisfied. I’ll miss the eroge moments, the random yelling, the antics, and the characters. Having the main character yell out some sister-loving comments sure is something else…