What's your brother like? To Miao, her brother Fen is someone who would tease her and make her explode 100 times a day; not a peaceful day as the two are fighting every single minute. However, when troubles come, Fen will become a caring, loving brother who protects his little sister at all cost.
Please Take my Brother Away is a classic sibling war between an annoying older brother and violent little sister - a simple concept well executed in the form of top notch comedic timing, funny character interactions and relatable humor that any sibling themselves can enjoy. To me at least, this is the best comedy of the Spring season and is worth checking out for the concept and low time commitment alone.
"Hidden gem" is a term thrown around too loosely these days, but with less than 10k total members for the funniest anime of the season, it certainly applies here. My only real issue is the
lack of additional episodes to explore the concept even further, but if more people watch the anime and support the source material then that problem should take care of itself.
If you are getting away from those comedies with boobs and asses then this's for you.
Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! (My brother is incurable) is a adaption of "Please take my brother away" - a 4-koma chinese short comic. The story is the "normal" daily life of Shi Fen, a protective but weak and coward brother and his tyrant younger sister named Shi Miao. Shi Fen means "minute time" and Shi Miao means "second time", sometimes Miao is called "cat" because "Miao" is pronounced similar to "Mao" - cat. So basically, we have a kawaii kuro neko right here >.<
As this series originated
from a 4-koma short comic, its art remains simplistic and cheerful. It's hard to say this is an anime, for me, it's a cartoon with voiced japanese. While there's no plot at all and having just below average score, it focuses on enjoyment brought to the audience. Giving this show a score of 6 doesn't mean I don't enjoy it. A good score is not a goal for this anime, it is meant to be that simple, that mediocre, that short, that entertaining.
Some comedies are boring. Others try too hard. Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai, also known as Please Take My Brother Away, does neither and manages to continuously entertain its audience without falling flat on its face.
I know what you're probably thinking. "Wait, I thought you just said this anime is good. Why is your rating for the story so low?"
With each episode being only about 3-4 minutes long, it puts a constraint on how much of the story they can tell. That being said, the charm in this series lies more in the characters themselves than in the plot.
Primarily, Secondra (Shi Miao)
gets a crush on her older brother, Minuto (Shi Fen)'s best friend, Joy (due to funny circumstances that involve a strange cycle of borrowing money for lunch). However, Joy is unaware of her feelings and Minuto misinterprets the feelings as a crush on one of his other friends, Agery. Minuto tries to be a cool, protective older brother (despite knowing that he is lazy and has no physical strength) which annoys Secondra, who proceeds to physically fight him when he's being particularly intrusive or stupid.
It's not the most original plot, but it's still pretty funny to watch.
Additionally, my reasoning for a lower story score comes from me having read the manhwa and knowing that Secondra and Minuto actually have a rather sad past. It tugged on my heartstrings and could have been presented in the show, but the anime completely ignores it, which would have added a bit more depth to both the story and the characters.
Again, the lack of backstory from the source material contributes to this score not being higher, but that doesn't mean the characters suck.
Though some may pin Secondra as abusive, I feel like this is how most siblings would act-- fighting coupled with awkward attempts at caring for each other's well-being. Minuto provides main comedic relief, and he does so pretty well-- by trying and failing to be cool. Although I have personal gripes about Minuto's more serious side not being shown, his character is still enjoyable. Agery is hilariously delusional in thinking that nobody will realize that he's a good-looking rich kid, and Joy is honestly a sweetheart.
Overall, it's a good cast. They're all a likeable bunch.
I just. The art is amazing. The art is what attracted me to this series originally. It reminded me of American cartoons that I used to watch when I was little, and I was intrigued to see it in a Japanese/Chinese anime. It's unconventional and makes it stand out a bit more. The animation is also really good.
The opening theme by Brian the Sun is primarily what made me give a 7 for sound. It's a catchy tune. Otherwise, I don't notice the music.
It didn't make me burst out laughing uncontrollably, but it did make me chuckle and snicker from time to time. It's a good way to revive yourself if you've ever need a five minute breather from work or life in general.
Though it's not the biggest or the best thing, this show is pretty good, and you probably wouldn't want to miss it.