This is the story about the daily life of a young siscon novelist, Itsuki Hashima with his perfect little sister Chihiro, the genius illustrator Nayuta Kani, his best friend Miyako Shirakawa and some insane partners from his publishers.
Someone had to do it. Ever since this show has debuted it has got ragged on by everyone who only watched a minute of it. If you're going to review a show and or rate. Watch at least three episodes. If you don't wanna read what I have to say: 8/10. One of the best currently airing. Hilarious and worth to watch more than a minute and thirty seconds of the first bloody episode.
Now, let's begin.
Characters(8/10): The only reason I'm starting with characters and not plot is because the selling point, the charm, the grandeur of this show all lies in the characters. They're
good. Itsuki and Haruto's moments of being gay so Haruto can get more appeal. Sadistic tax-lady who belittles the people she works with. Nayu who's has unwavering love for Itsuki and their spurs of moment. The little sister who's actually a guy. Itsuki's editor and his moments of hunting down Itsuki. All of the characters just moments is what makes this show so good and just chill. It's nothing spectacular. But it's definitely better than the norm. They mesh together so well and just create a warm environment for viewers. Every episode always just further adds on this and overall creates just a compelling cast. Definitely what makes this show for me.
Story/Plot/Setting(7/10): I mean the story is just about following a Novelist and his daily life. It's quite hard to make that interesting and thought-provoking so take my low rating as a grain of salt. But again, what makes up for a rather weak plot is the characters which make up the plot itself. I don't wanna reiterate myself but the charm of this show lies within the characters that make it up. Thier funny moments is what drives the show forward as we watch Itsuki fail to meet deadlines. Tries to dodge meeting his editor and having to explain his Little Sister obsession to his sadistic tax-collector.
Art(8/10): Something about the artstyle I just like. I'm not a reviewer who really looks to further touch on this subject simply because I just don't know a lot about art. But It just feels..smooth and refined. Everything just feels right to me. Clean is probably the proper word. The art feels clean and nothing rigid and off-putting.
Opening(8/10): This OP is on par with Net-juu for me. Something about it I just like and can always listen to. Nothing much more to say other than its a very good OP.
Imouto unfortunately is a show that, like Twintails, will forever have a low rating and thus the general populace will avoid it simply because of its normie barrier at the start. But for those who past it, like me, most likely understand that it is a good show that makes fun of standard quirks found in the atypical anime. With a great cast of characters and good artstyle. Nothing more needs to be said other than it has a completely unjustified rating.
"Now If i could just have your dick for dessert, Senpai"
--Ochinchin Girl 2017--
See, there is a difference between ‘premise’ and ‘aim’. The premise of an imouto story – that is, that a little sister develops a crush on her brother – is, like anything, open to interpretation. The writer then takes that premise and develops an aim with it. For most imouto incest writers, it would be to show how cute the imouto character is. But you can really do anything you want with that. Good writers can make a great but a plain and predictable story out of a decent-sounding premise, but great writers
can make something brilliant out of something that seems also a huge pile of crap.
Why are imouto stories generally failures in this point of view? It’s because the question of incest is never dealt with in a meaningful way. In choosing to fetishise the little sister, the story portrays incest as a positive thing, but it doesn’t go far enough with the theme to actively subvert society expectations or to make a statement out of this. Instead, we’re left with a confusing message and a clashing tone, because the “imouto character” is a static archetype borrowed from countless other anime series, who is inserted into the story without any regard for context. It lacks individuality; it lacks expression. Note that this is exactly what the imouto series wants to achieve.
The aim of the imouto story directly opposes the aim of good and bad quality art.
There is no such thing as a bad premise. There is only bad execution.
The constant refresh of imouto-based shows are unfortunately becoming a troupe of ever-present formulas, just recycled and used as if it's something new, and Imouto sae Ireba Ii. is another one of these types of shows.
Itsuki Hashima is your typical shounen who's a young siscon novelist; his life revolves around young sisters and his line of friends who are novelists or artists in their own right. And...that's the backstory, kinda boring but as always with imouto-based shows, expect kinda a reverse harem in some form or another, but this show just falls flat out in its storyline.
What sets this apart are the characters who act
Itsuki Hashima is a chore, whose only focus is on young siscons, but always never had a grasp for the ways that he intends to view to other people. His sister, Chihiro, is always quite concerned for him (from a sister POV) and is always kind, but the fact never changes that he also sees his own sister as an inspirational point sometimes will turn heads as to why, beyond the point of understanding.
His novelist friends, Miyako and Nayuta, are also generic and uninteresting, EXCEPT that Nayuta IS sorta the Eromanga-sensei kind through both action and words, and isn't afraid to show it to our main protagonist.
The art kinda is here and there in places, but it's not all bad honestly. The animation is also kinda good at spots and a whole lot decent at other places. Nothing much to say about it either, or the fact that like Two Car, Silver Link just barely gets along with production values.
This is one area that I thought it was good, and it doesn't disappoint. OST and BGM are fairly listenable and sound good in places where you expect, especially with a lot of ecchi involved.
Verdict (after Ep 4):
The show's boring in every single way, but for some goddamn reason, I feel like I really enjoyed the series for now. Most people will bash this show as another imouto-troupe show, and for the endless ecchi troupes, but that's my reason for not dropping this show, knowing that it depends on how good the show is as the series goes.
First, if you haven't watched ... skip to 1:42 of the first episode, you will probably thank me.
the story isn't something out of this world, we have our average harem protagonist "in college" (well...), at least that is something more new. He's a novelist (works in light novels, *cough eromanga-sensei *cough) and has a big ass fetish on imoutos (little sisters), but he doesn't have one, instead he has a trap little bro that really cares for him.
the series goes for the slice of life with a tint of gags each chapter that makes you think it's a 4-koma (seitokai yakuindomo), but the series is
based on a LN, it has a manga adaption in neither of them have that style, so it tends to feel really flat when overused each chapter.
art isn't bad, music isn't bad, OP is fine, ED is great, and they have a little music to announce each chapter that is pretty nice, and appears from time to time each episode (the same as with the gags, it can be easily overused, and probably will).
characters are pretty much stereotypical, but ochinchin girl is cute and except for the boxers scene, she's charming.
this series is pretty much binary, or you like it or you don't ... I don't know how I found me in the middle, but if you support the innecesary fanservice and want to know more about the characters in another LN adaptation of the creator of Haganai, do it, it's on your own risk.