When Kyosuke takes charge, it certainly does change one’s opinion of him.
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)
Having dealt with some good emotions and feelings in the previous episode with the confrontation between Kirino and Kuroneko with an oblivious Kyosuke in tow, it’s not a surprise for the show to move more towards laughs and comedy for this episode. The show has generally balanced the different sides of its production well over the course of the first season and this one and that helps to keep it from being too filled with teenage angst and drama. And as much as I do like the relationship stuff, I also know that like most shows it will only go so far until it’s all brought to a firm conclusion elsewhere. Until then, it’s best to just enjoy the show and the fun along the way until then. And the show definitely allows you to do that.
Kyosuke’s initial harassment of Ayase definitely is comical to watch and the way she beats up on him back at her room later on is just as much fun, particularly when she throws him in some hot handcuffs and lets him stew a bit. As is the case, Kyosuke is just oblivious to things and can’t understand other people in general. Of course, when she later finds out that Kyosuke isn’t going out with Kuroneko anymore, it leads her to thinking that there’s a way she can keep using him now since he’ll likely get closer to Kirino again, which is what was useful and frustrating for her. Thankfully, that doesn’t become the focus for too long and it shifts to Kyosuke taking on the role of her manager from work for a bit in order to settle out some other issues..
Seeing Kyosuke cosplay and take on this role is pretty fun since he gets into it easily enough, though he ends up giving his real name along the way when dealing with some of Ayase’s frieds at the Meru-Fest event. There’s some cuteness with this, and as much as I enjoy Ayase, I’m glad when it finishes out and shifts back to Kirino who is now supremely embarrassed that her brother has shown up for the photo shoot, one where she’s wearing a wedding dress for it which lead to some confusion. Of course, with the way he looks – and riding in on a Meru-Fest bicycle – doesn’t exactly help him much either. What does help is the real reason he came, picking her up for the concert that she wasn’t able to get tickets for initially, definitely is a positive for her. But having her brother do this just makes it all kinds of awkward, which is definitely fun since it continues to throw their relationship into a weird state.
Oreimo has an episode that’s kind of all over the map in a lot of ways and that brings it down a bit. But it was also expected to be a little spastic and unsure of itself after what came previous with the confrontation and semi-expression of feelings and uncertainties. Still, what we get from this episode is something that has been a constant throughout the series in both of its seasons. While Kyosuke may have his odd sides and regularly fall under the pervert name, he is in the end a pretty decent guy and one that cares for his friends and family. His putting them first is what makes him one of the good guys in this regard and it helps in the end to thaw things a bit more between him and Kirino, which is unfortunately something that always seems like it has to be done.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
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