Saturday, 15 June 2013

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai 2 - Episode 11

Having suddenly grown close in such a short time frame, Kyosuke and Kirino's parents are understandably worried about this sudden shift in the way the two siblings interact with one another - a concern not helped by that lovey-dovey sticker on the fridge.

With exams coming up for Kyousuke, his father has decided there's only one thing for it - to force him to move out.  This is, however, merely a temporary arrangement, provided that Kyousuke can score an A on this forthcoming test - something which may be easier said than done.  Nonetheless, off trots Kyosuke to his new apartment...

...not that he spends much time alone, naturally, as he finds himself visiting by most of the usual suspects - Kirino of course, but also Ayase, Kuroneko and Kanako.  While Kirino buys her brother a fridge (yes, you did read that right) and Kanako almost stumbles across the truth about Kirino's hobbies, it's the rivalry between Ayase and Kuroneko that really dominates as the two of them bitch, catfight and wage war over the attention and affections of the hapless Kyosuke.  With Manami planning a housewarming party for Kyosuke, it looks like there'll be no need to provide any fireworks for that event with all of these characters set to attend.

While there are some notably enjoyable aspects to this episode - Kirino becoming something approaching a decent human being is pleasing, and Kyousuke's interactions with Kanako in particular were some of the best this second season of Oreimo has managed in terms of comedy - the show is still missing too much in terms of its overall quality, as it continues to tread a path that feels more like fan fiction than what you'd otherwise expect of the series.  In other words, it just isn't as fun without its more otaku-centric focus - a complaint that I know I keep making, but it's something which is increasingly true (for me at least) as the series goes on.

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