It’s the summer of Kyosuke and Kuroneko!
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)
Oreimo hit some really good material in the previous episode when it comes to the relationship between Kyosuke and Kuroneko and the progress that was made there. So many romantic comedy type series rarely have any kinds of serious progress in them and even when they end, they’re more often likely than not to leave things up in the air in order to leave fans hopeful for their own ideal pairing they decided on. That makes a certain amount of sense in not trying to alienate fans, but at the same time it feels cheap and like a copout. Not that I expect things to be firm and final here by any stretch, but with Kyosuke going out with Kuroneko now, and admitting it to Kirino after she has her own personal freakout, you just have to love it.
Of course, Kuroneko is a bit of an odd girl to begin with and when the two do go out, she’s all over the top in her own way by taking on a new name and personality with Kamineko, a heavenly angel that is no gracing the world. With wings and a partial mask as part of her getup, which kind of leaves Kyosuke unsure about whether he made the right decision. While I really liked what Kuroneko brought to the table these last couple of episodes, it’s moments like this that make me want to write off the whole cast once again because they lack that seeming connection to reality in order to make things work. Still, as the two go on their date and spend time together, there’s a lot of cute moments as the Kuroneko we’ve known all along is there, though a bit friendlier and more accessible to her true self which makes for some good fun.
The episode spends some good time with them together, with Kyosuke being a better than average date while Kuroneko introduces him to more of the things she likes. Amusingly, while at her place watching a show, she goes to take a bath which freaks him out, but the arrival of her younger sisters almost unnerves him even more because of how cute they are and the things they bring to the table with what they say. There’s some silliness to be had throughout the episode, but I also like the heart that comes from it, especially when we see how Kuroneko is just so happy to be a part of Kyosuke’s life and is infatuated with him. Between this and just the nicer moments between the two, it’s enjoyable watching what appears to be two people, happy with each other and enjoying each other, going through a brief bit of life, even if it does have its quirks. And even if it’s set to go in a bad direction, which the final frame teases in a horrible way.
While most anime shows tend to just be about the wanting of a relationship and not getting it, I always have a greater interest in shows that really do deal with relationships, even superficially, since there’s just a very different dynamic to them. Getting the summer of Kyosuke and Kuroneko here works very well and both of them feel like they’ve grown and become more accessible here with who they are, though Kuroneko is still very much of an off type of character in some ways with how she views things. But the show here does a good job in really making me like her a lot more, even with the seeming game she may be playing along the way. With a good mix of humor, seriousness and romance in its tightly controlled way, Oreimo does a lot of good stuff here and left me happy. Well, at least till that last expected frame.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
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