“Why does everything for so perfectly for her?”
I like Ore no Imouto more when it’s actually funny. This series has its best moments as a comedy not some sort of awkward drama. Thankfully, this episode is one of the awkward drama variety and makes the comedic episodes seem so much better by comparison. It nicely brings out Kirino’s sparkling personality. In fact, I have a song for her…
Isn’t she lovely /
This Hollywood girl /
And they say.. /
She’s so lucky /
She’s a star /
But she cry cry cries in her lonely heart /
Thinking, if there’s nothing missing in my life /
Then why do these tears come at night?
(I think Kirino’s was always designed to be an unlikeable character. My guess is that the intention for her is to be a decisive character. People will either love her or love to hate her. Basically, they created the Bill Laimbeer of high school anime anti-heroines. It’s genius if this was their plot.)
Gosh, this is major fail. This is huge, major fail. It’s 2010! We have a non-white POTUS, we have app phones that can play Angry Birds, and we have the Shake Weight. Why does this show insist on horrible fashion choices?! I haven’t been to one Japanese business meeting where the attire Team Kirino is wearing is acceptable. Sure, you might be able to dress down to khakis and a turtleneck, but shirt unstuffed with jeans and a crap jacket? No dice. Shiori’s never changing look that makes her look like a hikikomori who should be hanging out with the Air King? No dice. Kuroneko’s gothic lolita attire? Only if she’s surviving tea and or carrying a whip.
(I’m not even going to pick on the fact that everyone except Kirino has only one outfit. Gotta love the anime production team for not changing clothes over the course of two days, unless, of course, anime pre-production is such serious business that they don’t change. Gotta love Shiori’s and Kuroneko’s non-changing outfits more… I wonder if Shiori has nothing in her closet than green flannel shirts? Is her dad Al Borland?)
(Andohbytheway, I’m so disappointed AIC didn’t animate the changing of business cards, since, well, it’s damn important for Japanese businessmen. To the point that I got weird stares when I asked if I could exchange via the bump app during one meeting with some Japanese associates. What kind of card would she give them? Would she introduce herself as “Kuroneko”? And would it seem perfectly normal? I want to know these things.)
I’m pretty sure we knew where this episode was going right off the bat. Kirino gets an anime made, evil, vile producers want to augment her work. Kyousuke goes to bat for her, he wins them over, Kirino remains a little spoiled bitch. Guess what? This is such a cliched plot, it makes the typical harem collision seem normal. It’s the hallmark of almost every Western comedy– The Simpsons has done this, 30 Rock, Doogier Howser M.D., Friends, Family Guy, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, etc. etc. etc.
(Needless to say, anime is filled with 15 year old girls writing for it. Then again, maybe a 15 year old girl could avoid typical plot cliches.)
(Gotta love how desperate this studio is that they’re willing to animate a single novel volume. Has there ever been an anime made with only a single volume of source material? This studio must be a make-believe Gonzo. Has to be. Genericizing of source material? Of course, Gonzo.)
“I was basking in her misfortune… I hate Kirino.”
Best part of this episode. No, series.
(And thanks Kyousuke for confirming that you are the doormat that you’ve been.)
I think Kuroneko’s rant underscores my earlier point to… “Hey, we put this rubbish into an anime! Suck on it! I know you viewers are jealous! You’re all banging your heads, ‘A cocktease little sister who is secretly Glenn Beck’? Genius!” This show is either very straightforward and shallow or very deep and meta. I can’t think which pile it’s in. At the very least, who would have thunk that Ore no Imouto would beat out Star Driver for the confusing imagery and metaphor award?
You shouldn’t feel bad that they only ripped up your story. The producer could have easily told you that if you didn’t _____ ___ _____ and then ____ ___ _____, the anime wouldn’t get made. Because that’s how things work in Hollywood. Though at least in America, we have laws against that sort of thing for people under 18. I don’t know if that’s as enforced in Japan. Good luck.
(Yes, I’m watching the new Family Guy episode as I write this… the one where the penguin goes to the blonde, “Hey, if you want this in black and white, my black and white needs to be in you.” Ah subtlety.)
(And, yes, can we swap the lead from Koe de Oshigoto with Kirino? I feel like Kirino would be an A-list eroge actress, and the lead from Koe would be an A-list little sister.)
The anime lurking in the background of the cafe looks quite interesting, though AIC should have ran clips of Sora no Otoshimono or something in the back.
(Kirino does not take rejection or bad news well. I can only imagine what will happen if she ever discovers that her boyfriend has been cheating on her. I just hope the words “boat” and “nice” are involved.)
Her name is “Iori Fate Setsuna”? I don’t even have a joke.
Not sure what part of Kirino’s My City isn’t epic self-insertion. Even the heroine on the cover resembles her. A girl who captures little sisters? This could have been one of the greatest eroge premises of all time.
(Or at least an epic FaceBook game. Imagine CityVille crossed with My City… basically, you build a city filled with little sisters who worship you. And you can use cold, hard cash to buy virtual items that’ll help you farm little sisters like candy, cute puppies, and heroin. The once you get them into town, you can dress them up like with a fully licensed line from Juicy Couture, Urban Outfitters, meido cosplay shops, and bondage accessories. Of course, those all cost cold, hard cash. Oh gosh, this is an awesome idea! I’ll make millions with ImoutoVille. I’m going to call a VC immediately. If I knew a VC. OTL.)
As much as I enjoyed the producers ripping apart Kirino’s plot, if I were a producer, I would be ecstatic and giddy. I would probably tell turtleneck dude, “STFU. Look at Gundam Seed Destiny, Mai Otome, and Code Geass. They all have nonsensical plots that make no sense… and look at how much money they made! I’ve been waiting my whole life for a nonsensical plot, and Kirino’s is genius! We’re going to be rich! Let’s expand it to 26 episodes, add tons of hastily-written filler, and get ELISA to sing an Engrish OP for us! Look at it this way. No one, except for that dorky @blogsuki guy on Twitter, is clamoring for more Mushishi and Kino’s Travels.”