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)
As the series reaches the halfway mark for the season, we get the introduction of another man, something that has been pretty rare overall. Having spent an episode focused on Kyosuke and Kirino play-dating in order to deal with one of her problems, things take a twist as the gang is at the comic market and Kirino discovers that another young man she knows, Kouki, is something of an otaku himself. The two had met previously on a photo shoot and she’s definitely friendly with him, but not overly so. More that she’s just surprised to see him at a place like this since it doesn’t seem like his thing, but as we watch everyone else, it becomes clear that Kouki and Kirino have a real ease with each other that you don’t often seen, particularly when it comes to her and other men.
Because of this, as time goes on, there’s a growing trend among some of the others that know the pair that understand that Kyosuke is taking a dim view of Kouki and what he represents. Even if Kyosuke isn’t really admitting it himself. But as he deals with others, including an amusing handcuffing by Ayase and a flat out admittance of love by Kuroneko when asked point blank, the reactions are pretty priceless to watch. Kyosuke’s surprise comes across a bit natural but I really liked Kuroneko simply stating it for what it is, even if she does get all shy about it. Of course, things have to get complicated since it happens just outside their house when they were all getting together for the after summer comic market party for the circle and friends.
The complications that arise from it with Kirino has her acting out in some rather expected ways as she reaffirms her interest in Kouki and makes a clear view of the differences between him and Kyosuke in order to put Kyosuke in his place. When, a few days later, Krino brings Kouki to the house to meet her parents, the way they interact is hilarious. Kyosuke gets all stern and dismissive as Kouki does his best to present a good face while their dad just hides himself in his room since he’s so protective of her in the wrong ways. Where it becomes fun, after both Kirino and Kouki make their feelings clear for each other, Kyosuke insists that Kouki has to win him over first before anything else since his dad won’t step up to the plate. It takes some quirky but not unexpected twists as it goes on and while it plays to the heart as best as it can, it has some good laughs overall.
Oreimo’s bringing Kouki into the picture for a bit is definitely welcome since the show is light on male characters in general and they should play more of an impact on things. Though Kouki comes out of left field in a lot of ways, his arrival does bring some minor change to the series at first but also potentially introduces another bigger one because of what Kuroneko does because of it. She’s still not one of my favorites in general since it’s a bit too much of a near caricature in some ways of a particular archetype, but she’s starting to win me over with this episode and it has me hopeful that we could, possibly, maybe, potentially, get another small change in things to come.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
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