As with life, there comes a time in every siblings life where they have that awkward phase of being close to their sibling. Or at least a phase where they are deathly important to you no matter what and while this anime may blur the lines between a sister complex or brother complex, this anime also highlights a trend that many of us fans face when having to hide a hobby that we love in order to fit in with societies picture for us. Oreimo attempts to show a bonding story and struggle to fit in, all while running a cozy 25 episode spread, over two seasons. Whether or not this is something that is achieved or floundered will be analyzed and talked over in detail in this OGZ review.
Oreimo is the story about a brother and sister, Kyosuke & Kirino, trying to amend tears in their relationship as siblings and to also better understand themselves. It is a touching story that almost makes you feel uncomfortable to watch this with a sibling yourself. While it has some rather awkward moments, Oreimo stresses the importance of family and the hand they can lend in helping you stand up and to conquer your worries and fears that may be stressing you. What this anime also stresses is that no matter what your hobby is, there is always someone who will understand you for it and will help you feel comfortable with it. Kirino struggles with keeping her anime hobby under safe raps from her family and friends who massively and openly criticize those who like anime and view this hobby as a destructive force of nature. This was the side of the anime that latched onto me as a viewer. We all have struggles with this form of critiscm and have tried to make amends to our friends and to help show them that this passion is not wrong. It is often viewed from misinformation provided by the media and is focused on small sections of the otaku culture. This is what Oreimo attempts to show and talk about. The character Kirino, having to hide her hobby, confides in her brother upon his finding of a rather girly anime case holding a rather adult game.
This finding then leads to the two beginning a journey of amending the bond that they once had as kids. This has a spin of a few romantic moments, which was slightly odd however this is coming from a culture stigma. The themes that are explored in this anime are themes that anyone can relate to frankly. It is comforting to see someone else who struggles with similar situations and how they are able to cope or work out the differences that are present. While there are moments where the story drifts in a different direction, it does little to interrupt the flow of the story over all. The anime presents the story very nicely and plays it out in a quick run that can be finished fairly easily in two days to a week, depending on how long you want to spread out your viewing session. While we ran it out in a matter of days, it is an anime that will suck you in and keep whispering into to your ear, just one more episode. The story, thankfully, does not feel rushed as most anime adaptions of manga often do. You will not get lost and each episode carries fairly well after the other, however I was a bit lost when it came to the whole Kirino isn’t going to America but in second season she came back from America… I’m sure I just over looked something there but, this is the only point for which I can nit-pick the story on.
The animation quality is superb and feels very similar to other anime, like Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions. The characters all feel unique and varied and the fact that they are female otaku, it presents the female demographic with some characters to relate with but maybe not entirely. While there personalities all vary, they all share a loving passion for anime and the games that they spawn. While it may only be eroge games (Eroge being 18+), it still shows a feverish passion. I think that the hobby and the experience in dealing with that hobby is something that is of a personal nature to each character in the series. I mean, if you look at them, they still function in society but they each have a different mask or persona that they wear when out and about. Take Kirino trying to keep a modeling career alive and well, while trying to hide the fact that she herself loves the otaku culture that many of her modeling friends hate. She lives with two faces at all times. Through to the efforts of her brother, Kyosuke, she is able to find friends who share similar interests, as well as her current best friend, taking a slight understanding and acceptance of her particular hobby.
The musical composition of Oreimo is touching. It has a more emotional strength but as with my previous review, it just was never there for me. It had it’s presence with the particularly tense parts in this anime however, it wasn’t exactly crucial. For Oreimo’s case this is fine. The acting and art is enough to convey the needed emotions and this is a first for me in saying this. I often talk about how important music is to conveying emotion but, not everything needs it. Not every pizza needs ranch, it just is sometimes a very nice compliment to the flavors. That being said if you are a fan of ClariS’s work, then you are treated to more of their music in the form of the anime’s openings. ClariS previously did the first opening to Nisekoi, which is still a solid favorite of mine and this anime will be no different for those of you who really enjoy their work.
Now, in terms of longevity, the anime is based on the manga of the same name. While the manga series did have another section that just ended printing in this past July, there is plenty of time to still catch up on the manga series itself. If there will be more copies that always remains to be seen. Barnes and Noble should carry Oreimo here in the United States and of course there is always amazon to fall back to when trying to obtain a hard copy of your favorite manga’s. The anime itself has great rewatch value for others, however this is an anime that I may only just watch, the one time. I loved its story and the messages it helps to convey but it did put me off a quite a few parts. As far as saying, should you watch this or not? I would say a yes. Watch this anime, fall in love with the characters, Kuroneko being a fan favorite for obvious reasons. Not ‘plot’ reasons mind you. If you are interested in watching this anime, I watched the first and second seasons through Crunchyroll! It is still available for streaming at this time.
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