After six years of living separately, brother and sister Akiko and Akito Himenokouji are finally reunited. The two used to be quite close, until their parents died and they were sent to live with separate foster families. Now the two can live together and go to the same school as brother and extremely loving sister!
It doesn’t take long before it becomes abundantly clear that Akiko has a huge brother complex. Unfortunately for Akiko, her brother only sees her as a little sister he must protect. But that won’t stop her from trying to win her brother’s affections!
Things are only complicated when more girls move in with the siblings, making Akiko even more determined than ever to keep her brother’s eyes only on her. That’s tough to do with other girls flaunting their swimsuit-clad bodies at Akito, fighting over who gets to take care of him, and otherwise meddling in Akiko's plans for her brother. This is going to be one fun household…!
"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."
Guilty pleasures...things you know are bad but like them regardless. This show would have to be one of my biggest guilty pleasures of 2012. So generic, so predictable, yet funny and entertaining at the same time.
Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne, or OniAi, is yet another fan service heavy romance anime. An incestuous tale about about a high-school girl who, after six long years, finally gets to see her beloved brother. After some random unexplained developments, the story develops into a harem in just the first episode.
From there, the plot becomes extremely predictable to the point of just being plain sad.
A mere copy and paste of every other bland romantic comedy. As if having one of those every season now isn't bad enough. At least add some twists to it like Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru did.
The characters are just as predictable. You have your normal guy main character who just wants a quiet life. Then you have your cast of horny, hot, and cute girls. All of which fall into generic anime stereotypes. Examples? Well you have your brother complex little sister, childhood friend, rich blond girl, and mature/seductive girl. I can't say they were not funny though. It is always amusing to watch anime chicks do crazy things for the one they love.
There isn't much i can say for the sound, except that i think the voice actors did a good job. They portrayed the cute cast of girls very well. The opening song and its suggestive scenes were pretty good too. Not to mention it was very erotic.
I loved the artwork in OniAi. Silver Link and their bright animations always gave me a pleasant feeling inside. The backgrounds were colorful, and the characters looked very attractive.
OniAi severely lacks in originality and effort to keep the viewers interested. Fan service and cliche jokes were the only thing that kept me watching. Honestly, that was all it took. Boobs and lame jokes had me watching this all the way to episode twelve. Sometimes, that is all it takes to make an anime enjoyable.
OniAi was an OK anime overall. Like i said in the beginning, this is a guilty pleasure. There are obviously many faults with it, but that does not mean you should completely condemn this series without giving it a shot. Lower your expectations and bit, and enjoy it for what it is.
(Before you plan to absolutely downvote this review & start saying something against this anime because of 9 points I gave it,please read this review first,thank you:D)
Ecchi anime have been quite popular lately.Every season,there are 2-4 ecchi manga+novels which get an adaptation.Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai Yo Ne(Yup,this is its full name:O)is one of those highly ecchi anime which get an adaptation & become quite popular among a certain group of people.
This is a hit or miss kind of anime.Its wonderful if you watch it for its comedy & characters(Which are lovable) & overly-disgusting if you get offended by the bro-con.So watch
it if you can bear implemented FALSE bro-con & are a big comedy lover & also if u like to see harem anime.Don't watch it if you are only going to say,"How disgusting it is...there is bro-con" without even completing it first(as there is a TWIST) so with this introduction,lets begin:D
The story,huh..I guess it is about a sister wanting to marry with her brother or what if I say it is about a bunch of high-schoolers living in the same building,two of them being brother where the brother has full harem(ofcourse,including the sister).Either way,story is not this anime's strong point.
We have Akiko,who loves her brother,Akito in a romantic way.She has been separated from her brother for quite a long period of time.Now finally she is able to stay at his place for completing her high school studies & is overjoyed because of it as she may now be able to spend much more time but suddenly her plans get ruined when the student council presiden,Arashi,Vice president,Anastasia(Ana for short) & Accountant,Ginbei also come to stay there.So it is about her STRUGGLE on dealing with them & still getting her brother to love her..huh...
For me,this is a cliche but a nice story but It is easily one of the best comedic harem anime I have ever seen.You will get some good laughs,some great laughs & some loud laughs till you get tired of having them:)
About 95 percent of this anime is spent in the building in which our main cast lives(just like in seitokai no ichizon)The remaining 5 percent is spent in school(mainly in student council) & there are some rare scenes outside plus at Akito's part time job as a incest novelist(yeah incest..)I
Regardless of this,this anime has done a great job in art department.All the girls are just beautifully drawn & are Moe-kyun worthy=).I just love Ana & Akiko's expressions.Akiko for numerous faces she makes & Ana for that...straight face.
I think it is a bit unique too in this department since I have not seen these kind of character designs before so it is different..Its colorful,vibrant plus animation is fluid which is a plus for anyone.
The opening song..............is soo soooooo goood.I just adore it.I could listen it for hours & still not be bored.I don't think so there has been a single episode in which I didn't hear it AT LEAST twice.This is one of those reasons,I love this anime.The ending song...is the opposite of opening song.I don't feel anything for it.It is just okay..Bgm is also nice.
Voice-actors have done a great job(I really mean it)Their could not be a better choice for each character's respective voice actor.Akiko's voice actor has done that cute voice which her character demands.I can't believe it is her debut,She sounds so professional.Ana's voice actor has done the same which goes well with her straight face.Ginbei's boyish voice & Arashi's aggressiveness goes well with her respective seiyuu's voice.
So,this anime is great even in sound department.Voice-acting & opening songs is a big plus.I am cutting 1 point because of its ending song as it is a disappointment:(
Oh my God,this anime has some lovable characters.Totally one of the strongest points of this series.Each character has a unique personality although some are explained more & others less which is a bit disappointing as it is a lovable series but all of them are great.
First of all,Akito is a pretty nice protagonist.I actually like him.For once,there is a good protagonist in an harem anime.
Akiko has those cute expressions & that ever-echoing laugh in my ears"Guhehehe,guhe"I don't know how much I love that.Her aggressiveness is also notable.
When it comes to aggressiveness,no one can beat Arashi.She is really a storm(Arashi means Storm:D).She wears an eye-patch which is attractive,I guess.
Ginbei has those boyish features & she is actually childhood friend of Akito due to which she believes that she will be forever in the friends zone with him..
Finally Ana,the silent queen.She is just so charming with that straight face & is usually calm but when that wall of calmness is broken,a totally new Ana appears who is so cute as well.Her name is a joke as well(see the series for more information...)
There are also some side-characters.Arisa who is fiancee(I just love this word) of Akito due to SOME circumstances.A young loli who is a genius & can do anything from cooking to ...all other things.Jinno is Akito's editor & has a misunderstanding about Akito as she thinks that he is a sis-con AND a loli-con....
This anime is just intriguing when it comes to characters.I just love each & everyone of them but my favorite is still Akiko.2nd is ofcourse Ana.
So,10/10 for this:D
This anime is amazingly done.Too bad it ended with a unexpected twist.
I just love,no...adore it.That comedy & of course Akiko's laugh,I am going to miss so much.Guhehehehe.I love how the preview is done.A really good anime for me.
So my last advice is that do not watch this anime if you can not handle..again..FALSE bro-con(as I call it) & if you are a comedy lover(like me),want some great anime with outstanding characters & don't mind lack of action,story then I strongly suggest it.So I hope you will watch this anime & my review will be able to attract you to this anime.Don't watch it if you are just going to leave it incomplete forever in your list....
So I guess this is time to....answer my own question which is in the beginning of this review.
Alright so everyone knows series are made to bring something entertaining to the table and not always something new. This is a perfect example a bunch of girls that love the main guy as well as live in the same dorm as he does and they mess with him all the time but that is because they love him. This is the point of this series is sheer ecchi harem comedy, it doesn't deliver anything else.
So while many people may not find this reassuring I found it refreshing as to how they compete against each other for the protagonist's attention.
If by any chance you are
looking for something to cheer you up and ecchi harem comedies are your type then this series is waiting for you.
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