Wow wasn't this a pleasant change of pace. I can't even remember the last great person in a strange world anime. I'd really like to see more in this genre. It's like a different play on what I like to call my world builder anime. Because not only is it a unique world that the viewer is experiencing for the 1st time, but its the same for the main character as well. Very intriguing concept. And while this is mostly SoL thru the 1st half or so of the series things really pick up in those last 5 or 6 eps and the ending is fantastic. Again, the best I've seen in a while. And some personal attachment for me as it reminded of my fav childhood movie Iron Giant.
Part 2 of the quintessential brother-sister relationship anime. Burgeoning relationships, incestral jealousy, and the ultimate conclusion of this remarkably compelling lov triangle that when it comes to Oreimo, incest is definitely wincest. While there's certainly a lot more plot development in the 2nd season as compared to the 1st, I'd probably still view it as the slight bit the lesser. A little bit of a too much going on for its own good kinda vibe here. But really Oreimo is the kinda show that you really gotta watch the whole thing. It's hard to separate the 1st and 2nd seasons cause really it all flows together, which is quite commendable when you think about it. And as a last thought, I'd hav to say the Oreimo franchise really is more than the sum of its parts, I'd recommend it to pretty much all rom com fans.
This is another one of those interesting shows that the gap in quality of one particular aspect of the show and the overall concept of the show are just on 2 different levels. The show itself based on the concept if you stripped everything else away is ehhh. I mean, its not particularly original or well-executed. However what saves it are the 2 fantastic lead characters. And particularly the male lead Hikigaya. He carries the show to be something memorable which it otherwise had no business being. From middle of the road to frankly a must watch if you're into school life anime. He is tremendously original, bold, thoughtful, and at least in my top 10 of male characters of all-time. And believe it or not his 2nd season performance may be even better (more on that to come).
Do not sleep on Valvrave. Yes this 1st season is nothing really that special. An interesting enough concept w/ really clunky execution. But stay the course because the 2nd season really does pull things together.