Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2012 to Dec 21, 2012
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 6.911 (scored by 23870 users)
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SynopsisHimenokouji twins Akito and Akiko have finally reunited with each other after separation due to the death of their parents. After six years of living apart they suddenly began to live under the same roof due to Akito's desire to live as a family unit once more. Things were fine at first until Akiko began to express her incestuous love for her older brother, who only sees her as a little sister.
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I used to enjoy the ecchi genre. Discovering it was like finding a treasure hidden from me for many years. What happened to my fondness for the genre? It magically disappeared one day. OniAi is one of those shows I probably would've loved if I was younger. At my current age though, I can see the ecchi genre for what it really is.
In Kanokon, the very first ecchi anime I viewed, we have an adolescent called Kouta. There are 2 girls in his life who constantly force themselves on him. In OniAi, we have an adolescent called Akito. There are 4 girls in his life who constantly force themselves on him. There's one thing I don't understand about his situation. How the hell is he able to control himself? I find it unrealistic that Kouta could keep his lust at bay with 2 girls, and here we have a guy who can do that with 4 girls.
If you're an avid fan of mythology, try to think of the biggest cause of problems in Greek mythology. Sometimes the cause is arrogance. Other times the cause is the Fates. Most of the time the cause is this: Zeus' failure to keep his meat-stick under control. Who's running around raping nymphs? Zeus. Who made love to his sister to get married? Zeus. Who's committing adultery with countless women and trying to hide it from his wife? Zeus. If the king of the gods couldn't contain his lust, how could a mere mortal achieve such a feat?
That's a pretty damn good question if you ask me. There are several anime that feature a character who somehow suppresses all of his desire. None, however, try to explain the source of this characteristic. Sure, there's Heaven's Lost Property which basically said, "f*ck that," and had a protagonist who wasn't afraid to get his hands sticky. I like perverted characters though, and this is because it allows a work to acknowledge man's susceptibility to lust. Being perverted is a very human characteristic; it's only when one has too much of it that it becomes a bad thing.
Now, allow me to offer up an explanation behind Akito's ability to suppress his lust. One possible explanation is impotence. Perhaps he just can't... *Takes off sunglasses* Get it on. Is this high school student impotent though? Probably not.
It's more than likely that the explanation lies in the genre. If Akito decided to stop holding back and satiated his carnal desire, what do you think would happen? It would stop being ecchi and become full-blown pornography. I have nothing against hentai though. It's in the nature of porn to arouse the viewer; that's what its purpose has always been. Ecchi isn't porn, yet it's trying to accomplish what only porn should do; ecchi is trying to be something it's not. This, in my opinion, is the biggest problem the genre possesses.
The entire ecchi genre should just be obliterated. 50 years from now, porn will be completely different from what it's like today; it'll have evolved into something indescribable. People from that time will stumble upon the ecchi genre, and you know what they'll do? They'll laugh at the crap we had.
But alas, we are not in the future. We're trapped in a world where porn is dominated by a site commonly referred to as "the hub." Considering the crap the anime industry has been producing over the past decade, it should hurry up and sign a contract with said site already. I'm sure there are plenty of people outside of Japan who'd like to get their cold, possibly sticky fingers on anime like OniAi. And the people who'd benefit the most from this are neither at "the hub" nor in Japan. The one that would benefit the most is Kleenex. After the skyrocket in sales, those bastards behind Kleenex would probably be swimming in money.
Putting my opinion of the ecchi genre aside, let's get back to the subject at hand. Most readers should already be aware of this, but OniAi features an incestuous relationship. Fortunately, it's one lacking in sex. As much as I disliked this anime's depictions of incest, I can't say incest (or any other controversial subject matter) alone is enough to make a work terrible. Koi Kaze and even Yosuga no Sora showed how society's view of incest impacted the two siblings (i.e. the ramifications of such an act). Actually, these two titles went further than that. They showed the inner struggle the protagonists faced; they had to choose between fulfilling society's desires or their own. Where are the consequences and intense internal struggles in OniAi?
This shouldn't need to be said, but incest isn't anything new. The pursuit of immortality goes back to ancient Mesopotamian times. The journey through the sorrows and regrets of one's past goes back to ancient Roman times. And incestuous love goes back to ancient Grecian times. I am of course referring to the tragedy of Oedipus, a man who committed two incredible misdeeds. The first was patricide. The second was incest. Considering his actions, why is it that Oedipus Rex doesn't fall in the same vain as this anime? Simple: It's a tragedy that has something to say about the human condition. This anime doesn't have any profound message to share though.
OniAi does have one thing that Yosuga no Sora, Koi Kaze, and Oedipus Rex don't have to offer: Humor. Does this humor provide laughs though? It sure does. The opening theme is a compilation of innuendos. The logic of characters such as Akiko is nothing short of absurd. There's the editor who randomly joins in on the shenanigans. And Akito constantly gets himself into all sorts of quagmires, the most notable of which involve the tomboy. The most memorable scene is the one where everyone tries to ride Akito. Was it an innuendo? Definitely.
OniAi also has its share of allusions and references. In fact, my favorite line is an allusion. "I think of my sister, therefore I am who I am." This alludes to a quote from Descartes. And when you think of Descartes, you're more likely to think of that guy from PornHub. Unfortunately, I doubt many people got allusions such as the one previously mentioned. It doesn't matter though; the humor is overshadowed by the excessive amount of fan-service. And frankly, I'm disgusted by the fact this show is even in my list.
Why is that? Because pleasing the viewer is what this non-pornographic anime aims to do. Just look at the archetypes. There's an obsessive sister, a worried adult, a kuudere, an innocent tomboy, a dickmonger, and even a twelve year old. It's like this show is trying to provide something for everyone. It kind of reminds me of eroge. The people behind this anime clearly wanted to make the fantasies of some young high school students come true. Hooray for them, I suppose.
This anime didn't have to be a completely hedonistic experience. Like many other anime, parents don't make an appearance. There's an excuse here and it's not the old, "Oh, my parents are away on a trip." The parents of Akiko and Akito are dead. Since they're dead, wouldn't you expect the siblings to visit their graves? This scene, which has the potential to be a sentimental one, doesn't occur though. Instead the main sibling interaction we witness is Akiko trying her hardest to seduce her brother. Her parents are dead, and all she can think about is having her brother make love to her!? Morals don't seem to matter when it comes to shows like this one; pleasing the viewer is all that matters. I can only hope viewers keep their pants on at all times.
This might sound random, but there's one question that's been lingering in my mind for the longest time. I know the girls fought over Akito, but why didn't they literally fight over him? They could've built a coliseum and reenacted the gladiatorial battles. TWO WOMEN ENTER! ONE WOMAN LEAVES! Adolescent girls killing each other in the name of "love" might be a little controversial, and the fact the redhead might rape everyone doesn't help. Here's the one bright side to this: It's a hell of a lot more original than the anime's current depictions of romance.
Originality is something anime has been lacking in lately, and this anime is proof of that. OniAi is a show that does the following: It doesn't bring anything new to the table, it doesn't make the viewer feel anything meaningful, and it only clogs up the medium with more fan-service garbage. It's undeniably trash, but it's trash that people actually want to see.
I put all the blame for this show on the male reproductive organ. read more
"At the end of the day, at the end of the day when all was for naught, I can at least take pleasure in knowing that my little sister is waiting at home with open arms and a warm bosom." — Sophocles
Since the Armory Show of 1913, the state of Western Civilization has been one of decline. Though the rise of Modernist Art might not seem terribly significant to the average uneducated reader, the paradigm shift from Representational Art to Abstract Art planted the Seeds of Degeneracy that sprouted into the base and rotten Popular "Culture" that we are all so familiar with today. Indeed, with shameless and vile works like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey standing proudly at the vanguard of a modern Literary Movement that panders and coddles its audience, Western Literature has never been in more dire a state. What happened to authors who challenged their readers like real writers do? Where is the bravery? What happened to Subversive Literature like Great Expectations, a veritable seven-part Landmark Masterwork by David Copperfield about an orphan who goes to a secluded school that straddles the edge between "magic" and "reality"? And this horrible trend of dumbed-down throw-away culture is not limited to the realm of Literature (if horrible books like Twilight can even be called as such). We no longer have true artists like Fragonard whose shockingly honest and realistic depictions of the harsh reality of daily life were barred from the Paris Salon of 1863. But where the West has fallen, the East will rise, and today I am going to talk about the work that will undoubtedly serve as the herald of the most important Literary Movement of the new millennium: the Japanese animated television series "As Long as There's Love, It Doesn't Matter If He is My Brother, Right?"
There is a genre of writing called Allegorical Fiction. Considered by the vast majority of Rational and Moral Enlightenment thinkers to be the Highest form of Literature, the great Dutch librettist Voltaire famously said, "Give me not a story about a man who does deeds, but one where the man becomes the deeds." However, it is not nearly as accessible as a conventional linear narrative with wish-fulfillment elements like Fifty Shades of Grey and as it is very rare to find a work of Allegorical Fiction these days, it is an exceptionally rare treat to be fortunate enough to experience one. As such, we should be very thankful that the underground Japanese Literary Movement known as "Imoutocore" is giving us the opportunity to once again experience works from this all-but-forgotten genre.
The heart of Imoutocore is Family Values. Yes, these are the same Family Values that have been so savaged abandoned by the vulgar abomination that is Western Popular Culture, and it is a miracle that a small group of Japanese writers were somehow able to remember these vaunted Family Values after almost an entire century of Western Degeneracy. As Saint Thomas Aquinas so eloquently proclaimed on his deathbed, "As men there is much for which we should be thankful, but above all things, it is not the opportunity to know God for which I am most thankful, but the opportunity to know the bosom of my little sister." Thus, as Aquinas was one of the discoverers of Western Morality, we can infer that the central tenet of Family Values is the ability for one to love one's little sister.
Though the seminal Japanese light novel ("light" is short for "en-light-enment") "My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute" (Oreimo for short) is arguably the founding work of the Imoutocore Movement, the animated television adaptation of the light novel "As Long as There's Love, It Doesn't Matter If He is My Brother, Right?" (OniAi for short) will undoubtedly be remembered as the most important for both its deep and meaningful narrative and the sublime art and animation that was wrought from the hands of the maestros of Studio FUNimation. The crux of the story is what the early 20th century (aka. Pre-Degeneracy) Russian philosopher Edsger Dijkstra called "The Teapot of False Choice." Although Akito is living in the same house as his rightfully beloved little sister, he is surrounded by temptation in the form of other women. However, as this a work of Allegorical Fiction, the reader is not to think of them as "real" women. Instead, one is best served to think of each as a False Choice that together compose the metaphysical structure that Dijkstra termed "The Spout of Deontology." As for Akito, although it is tempting to think of him as some sort of Reader Avatar of sorts, he is what translators have varying called "The Cap of Moral Righteousness" or just "The Cap of Justice." When the Cap of Justice is in place, the only way for tea to escape the teapot is by following the Path of False Choices on the Spout of Deontology. Or in layman's terms, Akiko is best girl and a perfect miracle of the universe and MC is an ignoble gentleman for ignoring her and consorting with other females.
Although Visual Art is the most corrupted aspect of contemporary Western Civilization—recall that the Seeds of Degeneracy were planted by Modernist Artists in the first place—the Japanese arthouse film collective Studio FUNimation was able to shed the weight of one hundred years of Degenerate Art and produce what can objectively be called nothing less than a feast for the eyes. Drawn in the style of Socialist Realism that was favoured by Russian masters like Lu Xun and Ai Weiwei, a complete mastery of the female anatomical form is not only demonstrated in the art of "As Long as There's Love, It Doesn't Matter If He is My Brother, Right?" but employed as a key element of its unique style of visual storytelling. Indeed, even the Greeks were not fully confident in their mastery of the human form and frequently used lewd distractions like exposed genitalia in order to distract viewers from anatomical imperfections. Furthermore, they, nor any culture that followed were skillful enough to use the female form in such a bold way as the Siscons (the term that Imoutocore artists use to refer to themselves) do in this work. Boldly bringing new meaning to the term "False Choice," Akito's temptation is profoundly palatable in each and every scene where the talented artists of Studio FUNimation grace the screen with their powerful depictions of the components of The Spout of Deontology.
The reason why I started this review with a quote from the great Roman tragedian Sophocles is simple: "As Long as There's Love, It Doesn't Matter If He is My Brother, Right?" is a tragedy. In the end, Akito is unable to make the right choice, is unable to love his little sister, and is unable to uphold Family Values within his household. The ending of this story is perhaps the very saddest in Literature, as the heart of any viewer should wrench during the highly emotional climax and somber aftermath. And after everything, when we realize that his little sister will never truly know the love of her older brother, we also realize that just as Akito is doomed, Western Civilization is as well. But as the Korean sociologist Watari Wataru added to the end of one of his treatises recently, "My wife might have left me and I didn't get tenure, but goddamn am I glad that OniAi is getting a second season." read more
Both involves brocon.
Both have a the same harem, comedy and school genre.
Both involves the harem who wants to pop the guy's cherries.
In one anime the guy has to find out who among his harem is his sister, while in the other anime the guy knows who his sister is.
The guy in one anime is filthy rich, while the guy in the other anime has to run the dormitory to earn a living.
The harem in one anime lives with the guy, while the harem in the other anime lives away from the guy.
Same sibling comedy ecchi loveness
These two anime have very similar themes- romance/comedy, harem. The male lead tries to avoid sibling love, ends up meeting a bunch of girls who become romantically interested in him. Very similar.
If you liked one you may like another one.
both harem and romance
both suddenly get a younger sister
These two series are both about love between a brother and a sister.
In NakaImo, the main guy must find a marriage partner at his new school in order to claim his huge inheritance. The catch? His sister also attends that school.
In OniAi, the main guy is reunited with his little sister after six years apart, only for said sister to repeatedly express her incestuous love towards him.
NakaImo has a little more mystery (nothing complex at all) and OniAi is maybe more comedic, but essentially, if you liked one, you will enjoy the other.
OniAi and NakaImo the younger sister is DEEPLY inlove with their older brother
OniAi and NakaImo is a School, Romance, Harem, and Comedy Genres
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- Both a story about a brother and sister where one wants an incestuous relationship
- It's not as blatant, but the art is similar as is the storyline
- Incest relationship without harem
Brother-sister incest is the topic of both titles, although OreImo takes a more calm and quasi-serious approach while OniAi is almost exclusively comedy and fanservice. Both involve the pressing question of whether fiction is indeed separate from reality (Kirino's eroge and Akito's novels). Both also feature other girls who, together with the younger sister, form some degree of a harem. Kirino and Akiko are also similar in their iconic perverted-ness.
Both animes follow the concept of little sisters. Though the little sister's personality is flipped in Onii.
Many people may find Onii to be less enjoying compared to the mass favourited Oreimo. You can sense some kind of weird incest sh*t goin on in the title already.
BUT some others can find incest enjoying in anime, therefore you may find the romance you want between the sibling leads that you did not find in Oreimo.
Instead of a conflict and tension between siblings , Oniai is the opposite, the little sister is in love with her brother. while in Ore no Imouto ; the little sister pretty much hates her brother I think. Anyways I think if you like Ore no Imouto you're gunna like this anime.
The story follows two of the main characters (a brother and a sister) who usually have a brother/sister complex throughout the series. It can be either love, hate, or usually annoying when it comes to these complexes. However, deep down, they still care for each other, no matter what they do or wherever they go. Situation arises, when another person (Mostly a girl) got his attention instead of his sister.
Oniai is basically a fan service show where the sister has a brother complex, while Ore no Imouto, the sister is usually a tsundere towards her brother and mostly an otaku girl.
Opening Theme"SELF PRODUCER" by Minori Chihara (eps 2-12)
Ending Theme#1: "SELF PRODUCER" by Minori Chihara (ep 1)
#2: "Life-Ru is LOVE-Ru!! (Lifeる is LOVEる!!)" by Liliana Sisters (Ibuki Kido, Minori Chihara, Eri Kitamura and Asami Shimoda) (eps 2-12)
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