So, here we are, at the end of what feels like the first of 752 planned endings to Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai... and what's this, a scene of normal, everyday family interaction, with Kirino at the head of it all? Something is clearly amiss with this picture...
Needless to say, Kirino's friendly demeanour towards Kyousuke has him rather worried, to the point that he even asks Ayase about it when he bumps into her, but even that conversation leaves him none the wiser as to what's going on. What should perhaps have been obvious from the very start is that Kirino is buttering up her brother for a favour - to attend the midnight launch of a new eroge and buy it for her. Good brother that he is, Kyousuke duly agrees to this favour, lining up for the midnight launch and bumping into a surprising familiar face in the process - it seems that he isn't the only one with his particular set of problems.
Upon returning with this new game, Kirino forces him to stay up with her half the night playing it, which brings us to the big climax of this particular ending - Kirino has one last, big secret that she's kept from Kyousuke, and it's revelation leads to a violent row and thus a strange cementing of the relationship between big brother and little sister that has grown throughout the series. So, all's well that ends well, and they all live happily every after... or something.
As endings go, I'll be the first to say that said revelation was a bit contrived and borderline nonsensical in places (would an entire family really not think to let Kyousuke into the loop on such a major decision, even if he is viewed as a black sheep?) but its sentiments were in the right place without veering into uncomfortable territory, which was a relief if nothing else. While we now have to sit and wait to see what other "alternate" endings the series brings (hopefully with much more Kuroneko), this was a decent finale to what has been a thoroughly entertaining series - yes, it's had a couple of major missteps along the way and it's female lead is, let's face it, a bitch, but the series as a whole has been a success despite those issues. It's been laugh out loud funny on numerous occasions with some sharp comedy and observations on otaku culture that rival Genshiken at their peak, and it was mostly delivered in a spirit of fun and with a dose of polish to make it an eminently watchable series. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who picked up Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai in the expectation that it would give me something to mock and poke fun at for a few months, but it turns out that the only think I can really mock come the end of it all is my own unfounded prejudice for being stupid enough to judge a book by its cover. I should have known better, and that lesson is duly learned - for now, anyway.