Anime Review: My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute Episode 1

(Originally published on Livejournal on 10/19/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute Episode 1

(aka Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai)

Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about. — Watching all the anime shows so you don’t HAVE to!

tl;dr review: Older brother learns little sister is secretly an otaku; Agrees to help her come to terms with little sister complex.

The Skinny: Kyousuke Kousaka is just your average high school senior, who is practically invisible to his younger sister, Kirino. Then one day he discovers that she has been hiding an adults-only video game called “Let’s Fall in Love with Little Sister!”. After confronting her about it, Kirino confesses to Kyousuke that she’s been hiding a personal secret for years: She’s a closet otaku. Specifically, she has a fetish for “little sister” anime and manga, and implores Kyousuke to keep the secret from everyone. Kyousuke agrees, and offers to help understand her hobby, despite his misgivings.

My Thoughts: Surprisingly cute! Kyousuke seems to represent a new character stereotype that is popular in anime these days: the average-guy/loser high school student, perfectly typified by Kyon in Haruhi Suzumiya. In fact, it is *very* easy to map the personalities of Kyon over Kyousuke, and Haruhi over tsundere Kirino, and you pretty much get an idea of what they are about. Given the subject matter, this anime could turn very squirmy-uncomfortable *very* fast — the entire concept of a “little sister complex” makes me leery. But Kirino insists that she just loves the idea of a cute little sister, and when confronted by Kyon…er, I mean Kyousuke she completely denies the complimentary concept of the “older brother complex” (much to his relief but with lingering doubt).

A fairly light-hearted comedy, well written (so far), well animated (so far). The subject matter still has a caution flag raised in my head, but for now I give it the thumbs-up.

For more info:

Random Curiosity Review:
Wikipedia Entry:
Opening video sequence:

The Verdict:

The tally for Fall 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru

Failing grade: MM!, STar Driver

Up Next (not necessarily in this order): To Aru Majutsu no Index 2, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Bakuman, Yosuga no Sora, The World God Only Knows, Iron Man, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Psychic Detective Yakumo, Arakawa Under the Bridge x2, Motto To Love-ru, Fortune Arterial, Shinryaku Ika Musume, Sora No Otoshimono Forte, Tegami Bachi Reverse, Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, Yumeiro Patisseire Professional, Otome Yokai Zakuro, Kuragehime

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