Life on your own isn’t easy when so many girls keep coming to visit. What a life…
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 Kyosuke now out on his own, at least for awhile, it’s certainly changed things a little bit since the dynamic has to adjust for the separation between him and Kirino but also the way he’s a bit more accessible to others now. Having all of this come off of the events with Kuroneko only accentuates that since it gives him more time to himself, but also changes how things feel when the girls do come and visit him as there is no parental supervision there. Not that there was a lot when he was at his parents house, but that kind of sense in the background was always there and it was fairly rare that people came over. Yet now that he’s on his own, it’s making others feel a bit freer in coming to his place and spending time with him.
What makes it comical here is that everyone is getting together at his place at the same time for a bit of a party and fun time, but people start showing up that are unexpected. A truce has largely been called at this point, but when Kanako shows up, it just seems like all bets are off for a bit as Saori and Kirino definitely don’t like her there. There’s some acceptance of the others and the truce that comes up, but the way the two of them bond together over Kanako is comical Of course, as it goes on, Kanako doesn’t make it any easier with the way she gets possessive about other girls feeding him and it’s pretty public, making it something that others can get involved with easily. And they do, since they all have varying relationships with him and definitely a wide range of emotions and feelings.
As the show progresses, it definitely has some fun with the household situation and we even get some cute moments where Ayase has taken over taking care of Kyosuke, which has a comical salaryman moment that just hits beautifully. But the real fun comes when Hinata comes to visit at the same time that Ayase comes out of the shower, which leads to hilarious accusations on all sides. Though that situation is obviously quickly resolved, what I like about the episode as it goes on and really focuses on Ayase and Kyosuke is that she makes it clear that they’re all trying to help him in their own way because he’s done so well by them over time. Though Kyosuke has his bad moments, he’s often been there for others and really does what’s needed to help them. Of course, that draws them closer to him and the problem becomes that he is so focused on who he’s interested in that it just creates more pain.
While Oreimo looks to be moving towards an expected ending when it comes to who Kyosuke’s interest really is, there’s some good fun here overall. I really like the change in the dynamic when it comes to Kyosuke being forcefully moved out because it’s made all the girls more aggressive as he’s now more accessible. It’s not necessarily more desirable, but he’s someone that they can go after without quite as much being said by others. That, of course, leads to some confusingly fun moments when they all get together for a party and the knives come out, but that’s about to be expected with this group based on what they do. This episode shows that things are most assuredly moving in a direction and there’s going to be some hearts broken along the way, which is good, because I’d rather at least have some sort of closure in the end rather than just a whole lot of more of the same. Though I suspect we’ll still get a lot of that.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
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