April 12, 2012

Anime Review: Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai

What if you accidentally found out a secret about your sister? What would you do? Here is the dilemma that Kyousuke faces as he finds out a totally different side to his sister. Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai focuses on the comedy side of sibling rivalry.

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga NaiSynopsis:
Kyousuke Kousaka, a normal seventeen-year-old high school student, hasn't gotten along with his younger sister, Kirino, in years. For longer than he can remember, Kirino has ignored his comings and goings and looked at him with spurning eyes. It seemed as if the relationship between Kyousuke and his sister, now fourteen, would continue this way forever.

One day, however, Kyousuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime entitled Hoshikuzu Witch Merle (Stardust Witch Merle), which had fallen into the entrance way of his house to Kyousuke's surprise. Kyousuke attempts to fish out the culprit who dropped the case by bringing up the topic of magical girl anime at the family dinner table. All that comes out is a strong negative reaction from his parents, especially his anti-otaku policeman father.

That night, Kirino bursts into Kyousuke's room and, in perhaps the first conversation she has initiated with him in years, says they "have things to talk about." Hence, the whole adventure starts with Kyousuke being Kirino's life consultant.

An interesting concept for this anime that no other anime have really touched on his the rivalry between siblings. Here, the anime totally focuses on that aspect of life. Hence, to make things interesting, a secret is thrown in that the main character discovers. And so, you can pretty much guess what happens after that. Kyousuke will have to bear the burden of keeping that secret whilst helping Kirino with her problems. All this includes funny and surprising moments, tragic truths and emotional goodbyes. This anime is a totally typical heavy otaku based anime.

The art was above average with some nice backgrounds. The characters did not have that much detail so I could not say they were really illustrated well. However, the art style was heavily slanted towards the 'moe' type character and hence the overly emphasis on 'cuteness' was portrayed throughout the anime.

Voice acting was perfect for the characters. You can sense the feeling and emotion shown through as you watch the anime play out. The theme songs were pretty catchy and also were appropriate for the anime. It was a well compiled soundtrack that suited every mood perfectly.

Let me talk about the characters. Kyousuke is definitely your typical average guy. He doesn't care about his sister at all. So basically they have a love-hate relationship that is probably only one-sided. Kirino on the other hand can be considered the more 'tsundere' type girl who is nice to everyone else but mean to her brother. Thus, when her secret is found out, Kyousuke has to go through so  much trouble for himself as well as protecting Kirino's secret from their parents. My favourite character is probably Ruri since she is also 'tsundere' and mysterious but does have a cute side that doesn't often show. In the end, there are many characters there but they are all pretty generic.

Overall, the anime series was great. The story was decently interesting but the jokes and mishaps were pretty amusing to watch. The characters were cute but were all a bit generic. Voice acting was perfect and the theme songs were appropriate. This anime is probably more suited for the 'male otaku' group than any other target audience.

It was interesting to watch the characters interact with each other.

ART: 7
Above average art with some nice visual effects in the anime.

Good voice acting that shows cuteness and emotions from the characters.

A bit generic but still well presented.

Could have been better both story and character-wise.

Not bad for a 'otaku' anime. Best suited for the 'male otaku' target audience.