Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga. follows a family just starting to rebuild. When they marry, Mr. and Mrs. Kanzaki bring a teenage son and daughter along for the ride. But high school freshman Mitsuki Kanzaki is less than thrilled. Stinging from a history of absent and abusive father figures, she is slow to accept her stepfather and stepbrother.
But after an accident lands Mitsuki in the hospital, she finds herself possessed by the ghost of Hiyori Kotobuki, a girl her age who was deeply in love with Mitsuki's stepbrother Yuuya. Hiyori cannot pass on to her final reward because of her unrequited love for Yuuya, meaning she's got to consummate it... in Mitsuki's body?!
Now, Mitsuki's life depends on getting Hiyori to Heaven. But will she get used to sharing herself with a pushy, amorous ghost? Can she overcome her distrust of her new family? Can she bring herself to fulfill Hiyori's feelings for Yuuya? And might she be hiding some feelings of her own?
Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga (or the shorter English title "Recently, My Sister is Unusual") follows the story of a young girl and an older boy who become step-siblings due to their parents marrying each other. The setup is pretty standard, but the catch is that the younger stepsister gets possessed by a ghost who's in love with the older brother, is forced to make moves on the brother to send her new poltergeist companion to the next life, and ends up falling in love with him in the process. Mysterious missing parents and ecchi, incesty hijinks involving a chastity belt then ensue.
The thing about this series is that it does not break any new ground whatsoever. The premise has potential, but the series never builds upon it, instead relying on tired tropes: dense/stupid main character (the brother), tsundere (the little sister), a childhood friend whose main features are her big breasts, a perverted best friend, an annoying ghost, a silent book-reading girl, etc., etc. It's all been done before. The aspect that could have been unique and set the series apart - the part about the ghost - is never fully explored. Instead, it's used simply as a device to make sure the "fanservice quota" for each episode is fulfilled. What results is a bland, tired, and frankly boring-to-watch incest fanservice show that is entirely forgettable.
The weak point of the series. All the plot points that get brought up along the way - why the ghost had to possess the sister, why the ghost loves the older brother, why the childhood friend came back and is hinted to be able to see the ghost, why the silent girl seems to know everything that's going on, etc. - are never really answered. This is second season baiting in its finest. Overall, nothing too interesting about the story.
The animation and character designs do their job. The characters look cute and appealing, the backgrounds are nice and detailed. It's not an action series, so there weren't any impressive feats either. The animation is simple but is sufficient in a fanservice show such as this.
One caveat, though: this is another one of those shows that censored its contents for the TV broadcast to bait gullible otaku into buying Blu-rays to see naughty bits, so keep that in mind. IF CENSORSHIP TURNS YOU OFF, THEN AVOID THIS SERIES ALTOGETHER unless you can get your hands on the Blu-ray version.
The music is the high point of this series. The OP and ED are both very catchy and memorable, especially the ED, which coupled with the trippy/WTF/LOL animation makes for a pretty enjoyable closing segment to each episode. The sad thing is it was probably better than the actual show itself.
Like I said earlier, all of the characters follow archetypes and act according to tropes. Standard ecchi stuff: dense/clueless male MC protagonist, tsundere little sister who secretly likes her brother but abuses him because she doesn't accept that fact, the pervert best friend who wants to get into every girl's pants (even if they're a decade older), etc. Bland and forgettable characters that failed to leave an impression even after a fairly dramatic ending, especially since we were supposed to feel for the ghost near the end.
I'll admit the fanservice comedy got a few laughs out of me. Some episodes made me smile, mostly due to the characters' stupidity or the ludicrous plot. But mostly I watched this because I had time on my hands, but this show was not really something I looked forward to every week, in contrast to some of the other series that came out the same season.
If you're looking for a mindless RomCom with incest undertones or an over-the-top and unnecessary fanservice series that allows you to turn off your brain and kill a few hours, then this series does fine. If you were hoping for a deeper story and good characters with fanservice only as cherry on top, then look elsewhere, because this is a completely standard, overdone ecchi anime that is a prime example of lazy fanservice-based series that seem to have burgeoned in numbers in recent years.
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"Recently, My Younger Sister Is a Little Strange" is what you get when people try too hard to make an ecchi show. First of all, why would you even make a show revolving around a high school girl wearing a chastity belt if the chastity belt has to be blatantly censored almost every time?
This is one of those shows that you know is going to be horrible right from the premise. An extremely generic and oblivious guy, Yuuya, gets a new sister, Mitsuki, after his father remarries. Mitsuki soon runs into a ghost, Hiyori, who has amnesia and can only remember that she loves Yuuya. In order for Hiyori to go to heaven, she has to get Mitsuki and Yuuya to fall in love (or at least have Mitsuki get turned on by him enough times to fill up the "special" meter in the chastity belt). I have no idea what bizarre religion only lets spirits into heaven after making step-siblings fall in love... To top it all off, Mitsuki can only "open" up the chastity belt for three minutes at a time every hour. Hiyori's final goal is for Mitsuki and Yuuya to have sex so that she can go to heaven..... considering the chastity belt only opens for three minutes, they better make it fast. So the premise is absolutely stupid and I only watched it for the laughs. The plot is actually hilariously bad at times, but most times it'll just leave you shaking your head at how dumb everything is.
Speaking of dumb, the characters are horrible and stupid on top of that. Yuuya is oblivious to everything, Mitsuki is your generic tsundere, and Hiyori just causes trouble every episode. The minor characters are completely forgettable and only help to cause friction between Mitsuki and Yuuya and be even more generic than the main characters. There's not much to say about the characters other than that.
Well, except that the character designs are also terrible. The area in between the characters' foreheads and cheekbones is depressed so much it just looks strange, kind of like if they all slept with their heads on their hands when they were babies and caused a permanent skull deformation around their eyes. The backgrounds and the rest of the characters are cheaply designed, but the worst part is when it comes to the fanservice.
There are two things that are both problematic with this:
1. The censorship is over-the-top as I already mentioned (and it's not just bright light covering things, it's a giant lock).
2. Those weird eroge-style text boxes whenever Hiyori sexually assaults Mitsuki off-screen. That is the worst part of the show. It seems like they just decided to throw in a little yuri fanservice, but then told the audience to just imagine it themselves like they were reading a book and not watching a show.
The soundtrack is also boring and forgettable, and the opening and ending are typical j-pop songs for an ecchi show.
My recommendation is to not watch this show. The characters are generic and helpless, the animation is just bad especially for the character designs and fanservice, I have no idea why anyone would come up with such a bizarre story that defies any existing religious belief to create it's own stupid one, and it's really only enjoyable if you're going in expecting to laugh at it or if you really, really enjoy ecchi shows for the fanservice alone.read more
Recently this anime is sooooo unusual, why? co'z it simply doesn't amount to anything. Let's see, there is no story, its plot was sooooooooo lame, fanservice were poor, comedy was too corny, so overall this anime was just tooooo pathetic to say the least, now, I really don't dig as to why this story creator, Mari, Matsuzawa was thinking, but frankly she isn't doing a good job in anyways, and only her "Inukami" was the best thing she ever created. Also, I don't dig as to why studio "Project No 9" would ever think about making this into an anime when there are other mangas out there whose story line was far better than this one. Ok so lets get into this anime's character one by one:
Mistuki Kanzaki- Her character being this man hating girl kinda conflicts the part where she hates men but seems to have reserve feelings for Yuuya. At one point I kinda pity her that she has to be this stupid ghost's, Hiyori, love juice bearer just for her to construct a stair way to heaven. However, what I hate about her is how much of a bitch she is towards Yuuya that he has to get a lotta bitch slap from her. Frankly, to be this anime's fanservice object was just too lame to say the least.
Yuuya Kanzaki- Pretty much your generic harem boy, as usual his character was very boring to say the least.
Hiyori Kotobuki - If this anime would have a antagonist then she fits right in, though she doesn't act like one, the fact that she was the one who put Mitsuki in such predicament qualifies her to be one, also her character was very annoying since her role was full of dichotomy where at one point she doesn't remember anything as to how she died and yet she was able to describe details of her dead. Also, her role was to be this ghost who was suppose to posse Mitsuki and make lovey dovey with Yuuya so that the gauge in Mitsuki's chastity belt would be filled with love juice and yet she can achieve it by sexually pleasuring Mitsuki, what makes her qualify as an antagonist was that she more of a sexual predator rather than an loose soul.
Kiritani Yukina- Ok she suppose to complete this anime's harem genre, but unfortunately, her character was a disappointment as well. Let's face for someone who can see dead people, I really wonder why her role doesn't allow her to tell the male character or let alone help Mitsuki. The only consolation about her was her fanservice and that's as good as she gets.
Neko - Another disappointing character, like Yukina she can also sense Hiyori's presences and just like the latter her character doesn't allow her to tell the male character and just be a fence sitter.
So with the main character's mentioned, it was difficult to say as to what author Mari, Matsuzawa was on about as to there roles which for me the character part of this anime can be classified as pathetic.
So, without further adieu and I've already state my case with this anime, here are my ratings.
Story- pathetic 1
Since, it was base on a weak plot.
Art - poor 3.
Co'z Mitsuki's fanservce sucks.
Sound- Good 7.
The rating is for the opening theme.
No need for me to mentioned.
Enjoyment - fair 6.
That's for Yukina's hotness.
Overall - pathetic 1.
Co'z Mari, Matsuzawa's didn't do a good job on it and frankly there's no point of going through the manga co'z this anime alone has already given the spoiler as how it will end. read more
For an ecchi anime, the story is really interesting, simple, but I liked it a lot, and even for a comedy anime, they made you feel bad for Hiyori.
The art style was great, it was really nice, great animation, and it wasnt exaggerated, just like the fanservice.
Pretty normal and stereotypical soundtrack
Of course, some characters are really simple, but the ones like our protagonist and yuuya, avoid the cliche, in my opinion.
I love how the show wasnt so much about a love triangle, or a harem-like kind of anime, because the chars werent so cliche, the childhood friendship actually was in love with the protagonist, but you could feel her love, and she didnt wanted to ruin the relationship between yuuya and mitsuki, and i think that was something nice.
Is like, the characters where realistic, I loved that a lot.
I loved it, not many people liked it as much i do, im kinda surprised, because im not a big fan of ecchi/incest genre, and this is the first one that I actually like. The humor, the fanservice, the story, I loved it
Overall Score: (9/10)
of course this show has its flaws, but I liked it a lot, it was actually funny, and realistic in some aspects, like the characters and their reactions.
Good story, nice art, lame soundtrack, great characters, and funny.read more
High school girl Mitsuki Kanzaki's mother has remarried, and now Mitsuki has a new big brother. But a mysterious ghost girl has plans for these new siblings...and they involve romance! Find out if Recently, My Sister Is Unusual (Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga) is for you!
There's more to Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga (Recently, My Sister Is Unusual) than just sibling romance. Mitsuki and Yuuya are just two of a wonderful cast of characters in this unique comedy. Find out who's alive, who's dead, who's in love—and who's all of the above!