My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute Episode 14
What this is about: Watching all of the anime shows so you don’t have to! — Checking back on the new episodes of shows from 2010. For more information about me and my reviews, click here.
About the series: Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, or “My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute!” was a 12-episode anime series aired between October and December 2010, about a normal high school senior who discovers his younger sister (who barely acknowledges his existence) is actually secretly an otaku. But not just any otaku, she has a fetish for adult video games, especially featuring characters with a younger-sister complex. And now, she’s approaching Kyosuke for help. Four additional DVD-only episodes released in 2011 explore an alternate ending to the story. More info about the series: Wikipedia Entry.
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ep. tl;dr review: Sena is the only character in the show that can upstage Kuroneko.
Episode Summary: The video game club decides to enter into a game-making contest, and Kyousuke makes the shocking suggestion that they make an erotic game. Kuroneko and Sena submit their proposals, and when Kuroneko wins, Sena storms out of the club. Forced to work on the game without Sena’s assistance, Kuroneko runs into problems, and ends up begging Sena for help. They cram to finish the game, which ends up winning the “Worst Game” award.
My thoughts: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Without Kirino around, this show becomes so much better. Without the very reason for the show existing, it has gone from tolerable to awesome. Not that Kirino herself was a boring or awful character, but she was played as kinda one-dimensional, and the chemistry did not work between her and the rest of the group. Maybe if had shown some sort of personal growth over the series — but no, not really, she ended up fleeing the country as a way to avoid her problems. A very realistic reaction, but not very interesting.
Take Kirino out of the picture, and we are finally able to realize the show was all about Kyousuke in the first place. Kuroneko steps up from the shadows to become a main character. At first it looked like she make end up as little more than a Kirino-replacement, but Kuroneko deftly avoids that “path” by metaphorically stepping on Kyousuke’s neck in the past episode, and he backs off. Just a little.
But turns out there is one person that can even upstage Kuroneko. Whenever Sena is on the stage, she steals the show. Running either branding-iron hot or ice-water cold, Sena is just a delight to watch. Boy, is she messed the fuck up!
Now that Ore no Imouto has shifted away from a slightly-creepy “SisCon” show into…well…Genshiken, I’m all for it. I wish they would do an entire season like this. But there’s just one episode left to go, and it comes to an end. Again.
For more information:
- My review of Episode #12 “True Route” from July 8th
- My review of Episode #13 from August 13th
- My end-of-series review from January 30th
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, and AniDB
- Episode 13 Video Opening Sequence: on Youtube
The Blog-Roll of Reviews:
- “Kirino-haters gonna hate but this episode really showcased how much of a positive influence she has been on fan favourite KuroNeko.” – Sea Slugs Team
- “In the end, Kuroneko has definitely changed up as a character; she managed to work up the confidence to confront and talk with Akagi, as well as try and get closer to Kyousuke…Underneath all the over-the-top gags and comedy in the story, Kuroneko’s arc was almost like a short coming of age story, which I ended up enjoying quite a bit. Grade: 4.4/5.” – Emory Anime Club
- “With the whole friendship problem coming to a close, I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. It had a little bit of everything while still feeling like a problem was being solved…While I’ve become a big Kirino fan after watching her tone down that bitchy side of her, I can’t help but root for Kuroneko as well.” – Random Curiosity
- “Kirino has always been the driving force of the plot. Even her absence itself sets events in motion. But I’m hoping they’ll manage to revitalize and establish Ruri as a standalone character. She certainly deserves it.” – How I Met Your Otaku