Kirino’s getting caught up in a game again and Ayase is starting to feel jealous.
What They Say:
Kyosuke Kosaka, a normal 17-year-old high school student living in Chiba, has not gotten along with his younger sister Kirino in years. For longer than he can remember, Kirino has ignored his comings and goings and looked at him with spurning eyes. It seemed as if the relationship between Kyōsuke and his sister, now fourteen, would continue this way forever. One day however, Kyosuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime which had fallen in his house’s entrance way.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the second season of Oreimo working backwards a bit as it connects to the OVAs rather than the TV ending we got before, the show definitely opened in a slightly awkward way for some as Kirino has come back and she’s not all that pleased about it in a lot of ways. And she took it out on him with a lot of silent treatment and just general indifference, which was a world of difference compared to how she was with him before. Things did manage to get back on track towards the end though when Kirino reconnected with Akihabara and caught up on all the things she missed, which was one hell of a haul of goodies, games and more for our young lady. It was only then that Kirino really started to feel like Kirino again, which was a big plus.
With her having made that trip, she’s started to fall back into some of her familiar routines and even her friends are taking notice of it as they’re finding themselves on the outside. Amusingly, it seems like Kirino is more interested in confiding in the game rather than her friends, which has Kyosuke approached to try and find out what’s going on. She’s gotten hooked on Love Touch and his asking has her reconnecting with Kirino a bit more as she’s quite interested in sharing the game with him. It’s adorable with the way she interacts with the dating game as it involves girls and she is just completely into it, which kind of unnerves Kyosuke a bit. But that’s part of her charm with how she gets into a game and just runs with it in a pretty natural way.
Of course, it ends up blowing up in Kyosuke’s face a bit as he gets into the game and Manami catches him, and she promptly rats him out to Ayase, who is none too pleased about any of this. Amusingly though, he tries to get Ayase to understand the game since the character in it looks like her and how she can use the game to try and get closer to Kirino. It doesn’t help that Kyosuke touches the game character inappropriately though, but she’s wanting to get back in touch with Kirino in a meaningful way and is willing to go the distance by playing the game a bit herself with him, though he’s just so into it at times and says so many things that are confusing and uncertain to her that it just makes things worse and worse in a very cute way since she can go from utterly full of blushes to full of violence in a heartbeat.
Spending some quality time with Ayase this time around is rather welcome since she is a fun character and because she has a decent story to work with. As we see Kirino getting into her new game and kind of forgetting about her friends a bit, Ayase’s attempt to figure it out through Kyosuke makes sense, but is admittedly misguided in some ways as well. The game itself is certainly cute and you can see how both Kirino and Kyosuke would have fun with it, but also why Ayase would get so frustrated and upset about it. Kirino doesn’t get a ton of time here but she has some fun moments and the group dynamic is dealt with from different perspectives in a cute way as we see how the game impacts so many of them.
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