The true end arc of Ore no Imouto. These four episodes branch out after the 11th episode of the main TV series and present an alternative version to the end of the TV series. These episodes contrast with the good end arc of the TV series, which was an original ending written for the anime, and instead closely follows the original story from the light novels.
#1: "READY" by Ayana Taketatsu (ep 1) #2: "†Inochi Mijikashi Koi se yo Otome† (†命短し恋せよ乙女†)" by Kana Hanazawa (ep 2) #3: "Shokuzai no Serenade (贖罪のセレナーデ)" by Kana Hanazawa and Yuuichi Nakamura (ep 3) #4: "keep on runnin' " by Ayana Taketatsu (ep 4)
Nothing is worse for the adaptation of a still-publishing novel than a filler ending, especially if the anime turned out to be rather popular, as is the case with Ore no Imouto. The problem with filler endings of course, is that it's extremely difficult to make a sequel that is still faithful to the original material.
I imagine the producers at Aniplex were quite peeved and banging their heads against the wall about 6 episodes in, when they realized that their anime could be milked for at least another season. But what can they do now? There isn't enough episodes left to change the filler ending. Then one sensible producer, whom I will dub Jim, pointed out that there is this thing called the interwebz, and they could just post new episodes up there, if only for the sake of continuity. And all the studio were happy and had party that night, and Jim got a big promotion.
If you watched the original 12 episodes and liked it, then you'll probably like this, because it's more or less the exact same thing, only a slight different (and longer) ending. This arc DOES feature Kuroneko over Kirino, so if you're a fan of her then go wild. And of course to fans of the novel, this IS a faithful adaptation, so if you didn't like the filler ending then you'd probably like this one. Everything else, art, music, characters, still maintain the high level of quality as the tv series, so it is still the Ore no Imouto that we know and love.
Nothing else to say really, except with this new ending, hopes for a second season are high. *fingers crossed* =3read more
I'm critiquing this anime based solely on the present story progression without any hindsight pertaining to the light novel. It has been my experience that reading the original material before watching the animation may result in set expectations that might negatively impact one's opinion of the animation.
That being said, no I did not enjoy the specials at all. I understand this was an effort to continue the series with what little ongoing story material not covered in the televised series. However, from what was presented in the specials, I think that the overall series would've benefitted more from original televised ending. I do understand that the stories in light novels often continue even after their animated counterpart's intended ending and because of that we viewers are subjected, at many times, to sudden cliffhangers that leave the stories open ended. If a light novel series proved to be successful, the story may be revisited with a second season of animation. Animated specials, on the other hand, contain materials that were not featured in the televised series for reasons uncontrollable by the producers. They often feature side stories that provides insight into the story but not enough to further the development of the story on their own. For that reason, the animated special of Ore no Imouto failed. It was too short to be a second season on its own and contain too much development to be half-hearted animated special.
The animated special continues the story with what is considered the "true path" in line with the story development from the light novel. Kirino was removed from the main cast while Kuroneko and Kyosuke was pushed to the center stage. There were minor re-introductions of several secondary characters like Saori and the game club's president as well as the introduction of new characters like various members of the game development club and Sena Akagi. This too was another weak point of the animated specials. I never did like Kirino, however, she is the glue that ties this story together; removing her and placing Kyosuke as the story's focus was a stupid idea. Kyosuke, of course, can't function without being a hero coming to the rescue of young maidens and for that Kuroneko replaced Kirino's position. The story hinted at the romantic tension implied as the schoolmate replaced the younger sister's position but with all due intent, the romantic development between Kuroneko and Kyosuke was much anticipated. However, even that was cut short by second cliffhanger ending the animated special provided. And to further comment, nothing is more frustrating than seeing two Japanese teenagers taking such a puritanical approach to dating. Sena Akagi was hilarious and interesting for exactly 30 seconds. The gay joke dies quickly. The rest of the cast received no development. I won't comment much on the music or art as those rarely impact the value of an animation to me unless in the case that they were extraordinary; they weren't but they weren't bad either.
I do no hate animated special or the Ore no Imouto series but am just disappointed at the decision the production staff has taken. They could've just waited a while longer for the author to release more novels and created an eventful second season but instead they opted for a lackluster continuation that dragged on throughout the summer. In short, the animated specials were a story of Kyosuke and Kuroneko NOT doing anything. read more
At first I thought that I'm gonna have to accept the fact that Kirino is gonna be in this special 4 episode, but as it turns out that this 4 part special episode is an alternate of the original "Oreimo" TV. I couldn't be happier that this 4 part special turns out to be great-co'z Kirino is not in it. So the rating:
Story: Very good, number 8.
Here we have an alternate of 'Oreimo' unlike in the original 12 episode, she canceled here plans to go to the US, but here, she pursued it leaving her masochistic brother alone in here room, but not for long, co'z he found a replacement form her crazy primadonna and sadistic sister in Kuroneko, but unlike his sister, she's more reserve, restricted but still a mighty handful for the muchacho (Kyousuke). well it is what it is from MAL's info.
Art: fair number 6.
The way the characters were drawn are still the same, so not much to say here.
Sound: Fair 6.
Character: Good 7.
Well, the usual characters from the original 12 episode anime, were now reduced to cameo roles, so this special features new bunch of supporting characters, but, as usual there is still the main lead and one former supporting lead who is now the main lead, so who are they?
Kosaka Kyosuke: He one hell of a patient brother who would be willing to put up with his sister's demands and nasty rebuffs, now she gone (spoiler, it is said that the muchacho is gonna be fetching her from the US on the last special episode), he sees Ruri Goku as his sister's replacement despite his denials.
Ruri Goku: She also goes by the name "Kuroneko," she a member of the "Anime Girls Unite " were the muchacho's hermana is part of. But, unlike the muchacho's hermana, she doesn't treat the muchacho like a pierro (dog), but she does give him a lot of cold looks and nasty comments. according to MAL info she has develop feelings for the muchacho as seen in the special episode 3.
Genosuke Miura: He's the president of the so called "The Video game Research Club," were the muchacho and Ruri joined with, co'z the muchacho suggest it and the Ruri reluctantly tried it. According to info, he's the oldest senior student who hasn't graduate since he enters the school were both the main characters were attending. Oh and there were also 2 fatso twins and another gringo who were also part of the viejo gringo's (Miura) club and not to mentioned another otaku by the name of Akagi Sena who's not only a proficient game player and designer but also a BL otaku as well, she's also a tsundere like Ruri and also gives the muchacho the same cold treatment as Ruri does.
Overall they make the special episode great.
Enjoyment: Good 7.
Frankly, the reason for such rating is simple, because Kirino is not in it and the relationship between the muchacho and the lead chica makes it enjoyable to wish if they are to be in a more serious relationship.
Overall: Good 7.
Definitely it is something which anybody could enjoy, I mean the fact here is that the kind heated muchacho does have a silver lining in his life with the lead chica in it. But, then again I really do want his childhood friend Manami Tamaru to be his love interest........then again, like that's gonna happen. read more
I’m not going to use arbitrary numbers since that’s not going to help you understand what I just watched. These episodes are the true ending of Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (or Oreimo [or My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute]), so it goes without saying that you need to watch the first season of the show in order to understand them. Now it’s hard for me to quantify this series on a scale of whether I like it or don’t like it (I really like it), because it’s just so damn charming and I get the feeling it shouldn’t be. This 4 episode ending carries on the endearing nature of the show, but adds a little more spice to a few of the side characters (mainly Kuroneko) since this is the alternate route where Kirino actually leaves Japan for track and field training. There’s also a bunch of new characters (some you may be more familiar with than you realize) which opens up a whole new dialogue. I can’t help but be oddly smitten by this strange grouping of characters and story points and I feel like anyone would be too provided you’re not here for incestuous diddling. Spoilers.
I’m simple and I like my romances much the same (I’m not here for romance, I promise). These episodes that make up the “True Route” are very characteristic of your high school romance, but they still capture that spirit of comradery and rivalry that remained constant throughout all of Oreimo. It’s just a continuation of the series so anything that I said regarding art, sound and any other technical aspects remains the same. It’s still colorful and has a great soundtrack, moving on. This isn’t like the first ending to the series which was really sweet (because the siblings finally got along). Instead it’s a little more bitter which is alright, because a series like this can’t be too sweet for too long. They’re worth the watch since it’s a totally different ending to the series and it’s cool to see this story about visual novels (most of the eroge presented are VNs as far as I can tell) be treated like one.
ALSO, make sure you watch these if you’re continuing on to season 2. OTHERWISE the beginning will spoil all the new characters/events that take place. read more