A year has passed since the day Kyousuke discovered his little sister’s eroge stash and was forced to enter her deviant, secretive world against his wishes! Now, Kirino has just returned from America and is treating her brother as poorly as ever, but old habits don’t die easily and soon, Kirino once more decides to make Kyousuke an essential part of her life. Whether it's helping her buy a mountain of anime and dating sims, trying to convince Kirino to prioritize her friend over a dating sim character or helping with getting a persistent modeling agent off her back, if it's for his little sister, Kyousuke will give his all!
My Little Sister Can't Come Back Home Again
The Onii-san I Trusted and Sent Off Can't Get This Hooked on Portable Bishoujo Games and Start Sexually Harassing Me
My Friend Can't Take Off Her Glasses
My Little Sister's Rival Can't Come to Japan
I Can't Be My Little Sister's Boyfriend, and My Little Sister Can't Have a Boyfriend
My Little Sister Can't Be Bringing Her Boyfriend Home
I Can't Become a Couple with My Underclassman
I Can't Create a Summer Memory with My Underclassman
My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute!
My Little Sister Can't Wear a Wedding Dress
Little Sisters Can't Barge In On Their Brother Who Lives Alone
Total Angel Ayase-tan Can't Descend Upon My Place While I Live Alone
I liked the first season of this show. I intensely disliked the second. Story: I felt this season lacked a strong central theme/story thread. Last season, the central theme was "finding acceptance for Kirino's weird hobby." And it worked well. This season's theme seemed to be fanservice. The stories were lame, disjointed/unrelated to each other, cobbled together, and lacked coherency. Characters: Annoying/10. Didn't really develop any further, except Saori, but she turned out to be boring. Too many tsundere chars, and way too much arguing over Kousaka. Lamesauce all around. Overall: Too fluffy, lacked substance.
(This review is also written with knowledge of episodes 14-16) As a casual otaku, there are plot holes and things that I tend to miss so bear with me. OreImo's first season was one that took me by surprise. It had the looks of a simple romance/comedy, but was deeper than that. The second season, however, took a turn in a direction I wasn't expecting. To be honest they never portrayed the show as harem-like, but in this season all the female sub-characters came to the forfront with their love for Kyousuke. And due to my love of harem shows, this was appealing to my eye. On the other hand I knew this wouldn't be as light-hearted of a harem as most. The second did a good all around job of developing characters with the time alotted, with the exception of Manami and Kanako. He had the dates with Ruri, the bickering and life-advice with Kirino, the handcuffed house visits with Ayase and Saori's sister issue backstory. Saori became a well developed character, especially considering how she was the only one out the main 6 who didn't go after Kyousuke. To me, the anime was well delivered in almost all aspects. The sound track was great and very fitting to the emotions contained therein. The animation fit perfectly into the style that I like. Character development was well done for the most part. And the story, with exception to the very last minutes of the final episode was intriguing and well told. In regards to episode 16... where to begin? (SPOILERS) The previous two episodes had taken the route I was most anticipating, the sister route. I honestly didn't think the director had the balls to go down the incestuous sister route. But they did and the confession was well done. If they wanted they could've ended the story after ep. 14 but that wouldn't satisfy many people. With episodes 15 and 16 they took the heart-warming tale of forbidden love and brought it back to reality. Those episodes include hesitant blessings from friends, the fight with Manami and keeping it away from their parents. Manami's fight with Kirino was sudden due to lack of character development for Manami, but their hostility towards one another was always hinted at, though we never knew why. 16 had all the pre-requisites to making a great ending to a great anime, but it was ruined. For some unforseen reason, they decided to have them just stop being lovers all together and return to their normal brother/sister relationship. I find it hard to believe that a guy like Kyousuke, who turned down 4 other cute girls way out of his reach just to be with his sister, would be okay with returning to normal and dropping his feelings. It simply doesn't make sense to me. I was loving how they were pushing boundaries and such by going down the sister route with a serious tone, but then they crawled back inside the conformity shell within the last 5 minutes of the last episode. Needless to say, that pissed me off. Overall, the anime gets a 9/10. I would still watch it again. Well done throughout. Minor slip ups in character development and a shoddy ending to say the least, but perfect otherwise.
The first season of Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai had a lovely premise because of the complexity of relationship between characters. The second season just drops all the ambiguity and complexity in favor of giving us some brother/sister loving. Where in the first season it may have been some attraction that both sides didn't acknowledge or let interfere with their lives, here it is the driving force behind everything. It is a shame that Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai ended up as a harem with a felling of impending incest all the way through as the main theme. The first season was about a brother helping his sister work her way through some issues of growing up, from budding sexuality to balancing hobbies outside the norm with her friends, and the people they met on the journey through it all. The second season has all that finished except for the unresolved sexual tension between people. That in itself is not the problem, as a different direction could have helped the show grow... but instead, it feels more self-congratulatory than anything else. As much as incest creeps me out, I can't say that the undertones didn't work in the first season. And I'm not saying that the second season is terrible. Actually, from a plot perspective it is somewhat better than the first. The characters get more depth to them as well. And yet, the new characters are more or less meaningless, there are no new issues, and therefore Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai loses a lot of its strength in favor of giving us a retread of the familiar from a different angle. Like any Harem, there are other girls and boys that get in the way. It is the source of all drama. But sadly, this heavy handed approach goes against the light hearted nature of Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, and the vision that made the first season so memorable cannot exist in these circumstances. Perhaps the real tragedy is that the first season struck such a clever balance. The second season trying to mix things up was a brave choice... which unfortunately backfired. Writing (Story and Characters): Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai in its second season takes a very different approach to the writing than the first. Gone is the light hearted innuendo and replaced with outright interpersonal romantic drama. The surprisingly fun character interactions don't hold up as the center of the plot anymore as they take the back seat for the central theme of little sister loving. Not that the theme didn't exist in the first season (after all, the little sister is addicted to h-games centered around relationships with little sisters), but it is shoved down the throat of the viewer. Plotwise, Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai has a stronger second season than the first. This is not because it does anything well, but rather because it does things badly. While in many ways, it is terrible, heavy handed, obvious, unsubtle and so on... it is structured like the games which the sister creates and the gothic loli writes. It's actually quite brilliant that way, that the series eventually becomes the trigger for everything that happens in it. Of course, that is more of a meta thing, rather than an actual story, and doesn't make up for it being subpar. Characters in the second season get a lot more development. It just isn't interesting and loses the a lot of the unique charm of the interactions of the first season. The gothic loli steps out of kuundere shell and becomes more well rounded, and becomes yet another quirky middle-school girl in a show where the majority of the cast are quirky middle-school girls. Seriously, I get that humanizing characters is important, but it loses that basic outrageousness that made the cast so unique. Well, Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai ends in what is the ultimate conclussion of the first episode of the first season. Unfortunately, the second season forces that. The writing ends up forcing the point rather than an organic continuation of the feel that made the first season so special. Trying too hard to get a conclusion when the show was at its best without one proved to be too detrimental. The story is better, the characters more fleshed out and human, but the writing just less special. Art (Animation and Sound): Just see the notes on the first season. Nothing has changed, except for more of a relliance on musical sequences to help skip through a plot faster. Overall: I can't help but think that the second season ruins a lot of the good things from the first. Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai ends up on a sour note after a strong first season. Unfortunately the conclusion ends up a sour note for a series that had all the makings of something truly special. My recommendation is that you just watch the first season and leave it at that.
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