Suzuka Nagami is a beautiful third-year middle school student who has excellent grades and is the student council president. She wrote a novel about a little sister who dotes on her older brother, and the novel wins a light novel award. After they discuss the matter, Yuu is the one who debuts as a proxy light novel author instead of Suzuka, under the pen name Chikai Towano.
Japan and their flow of ideas makes me wonder how many more "imouto" theme anime we’ll get in this generation. To begin with, I think light novel adaptations in today’s world about imoutos can hardly be an eye-catcher except for some specific audiences. What draws people to this type of show…that’s none of my business. But to be honest, why did this abysmal show get made in the first place?
In perhaps one of the most catastrophic launch of the year, the show already started with intolerable quality issues. The first few episodes won’t be hard to judge as you can see easily see the inconsistent
character models. You don’t really need to be a genius to also realize the amount of inconsistency with the character expressions either. Every character behaves in one dimensional and lifeless ways that can’t really be compared to real humans. They look like plastic dolls that came to life. It’s fake. And by that, characters in this show are seemingly created with the purpose of wish-fulfillment. They are essentially characters that exist to satisfy the desires of a main protagonist, and in this case, that would be Yuu Nagami.
Now I don’t want to jump the gun too far ahead but anyone who has seen a show in 2017 known as “Eromanga sensei” may make some comparisons to this anime. Both shows involves light novel writing and has pseudo-incest tendencies. From the beginning, it’s pretty obvious that Suzuka is infatuated with Yuu. It becomes a running gag with her showing the most emotions whenever other girls are around him. The most obvious feeling she shows is jealousy and it appears in almost every episode. Sometimes, it gets in the way of the main story as this running gag becomes a major distraction. Even when female characters interacts with Yuu in a non-romantic nature, she still shows jealousy. It’s pretty pathetic.
But hey, that’s not the only distraction right? Well, look again. For the majority of the series, it seems almost every female character with a name is interested in Yuu in some way. For instance, there’s Mai who literally stalks Yuu to find out about his personal life. Sakura enters the show as an ideal woman but it doesn’t take long for her to get into a love angle with him. Let’s not forget Ahegao W Peace-sensei who adheres to adult jokes with her personality. The bottom line is that these characters are made with little creativity in mind. They exist to fulfill wish-fulfillment roles and Yuu often finds himself in awkward/lustful situations with them. However, the main selling context of the character relationship is still Yuu and Suzuka. The two makes the heart of the show and that’s not a good thing when you get pseudo-incest context.
Hey, what about the main story? Actually, you can probably watch this show without a direct goal in mind. This series is like a playful toy that enjoys fooling around with its characters than telling a story. Even before finishing the show, I had little expectations of how it would end. Every episode jumps back and forth with no real direction in mind. It's like a bloody loop with the same things happening every episode. At times, I wonder if this anime was made as a satire to make fun of itself. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case because a satire would have to be clever enough to sell its humor. It would have to mock fun of itself but this show was hardly creative enough to do that. What I did laugh at though is the shockingly production qualities. At one point, there was even one episode with a hidden message by an animator in the credits who pleads for help. From what I’ve read on the web, the show itself involved animators that weren’t even paid for their work. It’s a sad reality to realize that the anime was a project with little planning in mind and in fact, made just this year. From one of the tweets from an animator, they questioned why they are making this show. And honestly, I wondered why too. So I return to my original question, why did this abysmal show get made?
In a sane world, a show like this would have been scrapped from the start with such poor planning and execution. It has such a forgettable story and uncharismatic character cast that I can’t help but recommend people to avoid this like the plague. This show could have probably even worked better as an OVA rather than 10 episodes. What came out instead is hot garbage that gave a distasteful smell. And sadly, there's no cure.
About 18 months ago when Eromanga-sensei finished, I was one of the few people that actually bothered to speak up in its defense. While the show was far from perfect, I found that a great deal of the criticisms it received stemmed more from public peer pressure, people simply disliking the genre to begin with and/or disagreement with the more morally questionable elements of the show, neither of which are particularly good arguments in my opinion as the issue primarily lies on the viewer's own end in that case. I remember someone asking me back then what I thought a genuinely bad incest anime would
look like then if not even Eromanga-sensei fit the bill. I don't recall what I answered at the time, but I can at least say that if someone were to ask me the same thing today, then they need not look any further than this. What you have right here is a prime example of almost everything you can possibly do wrong with an imouto-centric anime.
Ore ga Suki nano wa Imouto dakedo Imouto ja Nai—or "The One I Love Is a Little Sister, but She's Not My Little Sister" in English—is a stupidly long title which as far as I know doesn't have a proper acronym so me and my friends have simply referred to it as "the imouto show" throughout the season, but for the purpose of this review I'll just refer to it by its official English title to make things easier, namely My Sister, My Writer. In short the anime is about yet another high schooler (Yuu) who is a wannabe light novel author, except this time it's his little sister (Suzuka) who ends up going pro first—by writing a novel about her love to her Onii-chan and publishing it online. Of course she's too shy to actually tell him the book is based on her own genuine feelings, and since her school doesn't allow students to have part-time jobs combined with her father probably not approving of it, Suzuka decides to tell the world that Yuu is the real author of her novel. And thus begins the story of a brocon imouto continuously putting her incestuous fantasies on paper and letting her brother deal with the public reception.
Now this all sounds quite cliché and not particularly original, but nevertheless a show like this doesn't really need to be any more complicated than this to be successful. It's been proven in the past after all; as long as the girls are cute and the show focuses on enhancing that element, that can be all it takes to be enjoyable. In theory that is. But in practice that is not the case here as My Sister, My Writer is unfortunately a never-ending train wreck in multiple aspects, and this is but the tip of the iceberg.
First and foremost, the girls in this show could have been cute, but the simple truth is they're not. Mostly because they don't make any damn sense. Girls throwing themselves at the protagonist without much motivation is nothing new for harems, but this anime really pushes the limits. At the very least I have never seen a completely random girl show up one day and ask if she could be the MC's little sister and if she could call him Onii-chan before. That's not just something you can swallow because it's not just weird but it doesn't even make any logical sense! Or how about the ero-doujin writer girl obsessed with drawing hardcore rape porn and going under the pen name Ahegao Double Peace-sensei. I mean really now. Like the girls in this show really don't have much reason to associate with Yuu in the first place, let alone act like his family from day one. It's just so unnatural to watch. And as far as Suzuka goes, well she definitely had the potential to be cute and likable, but it seems like her personality just flip-flops at complete random in order to suit whatever context the current scene in play seems to demand. I still have no idea how I'm supposed to describe her. Sometimes she's a tsundere, sometimes a deredere, sometimes an airhead, sometimes a total pervert and sometimes just a normal, kindhearted and wholesome girl. Being two-faced is one thing but this is just too much. It only makes any attempts at comedy fall flat instead since everything feels so incredibly forced and unnatural.
But okay then, this is just a simple ecchi comedy in the end, so surely we don't need to think so much about all of this stuff as long as the girls are hot and put it appropriately sexual situations, right? Well that is usually the last resort for an anime like this, the one thing they can always fall back on as a proper reason to watch and hopefully enjoy the show. However, that to me is the real nail in the coffin as to why My Sister, My Writer simply doesn't work as an anime. Quite simply, it looks absolutely miserable.
About halfway through the show there was a subtle SOS sent out from one of the show's animators in the ending credits, basically saying that they were in trouble and needed help. And it's clear as day that this anime has suffered from major production issues. We've had some delays but above all the episodes themselves just don't even look finished. There are numerous shots throughout the series with blatant animation errors, like a torso being cut off in mid-air and similar; the kind of stuff that would never go past a proper quality control, but evidentially they haven't had the time for that here. As a result, the whole anime looks ridiculous. Character designs are all over the place, wearing derp faces more often than not and perhaps most importantly different ones all the time. Suzuka's face might look disfigured in one frame, and then in the next one equally so but in a totally different way, as if you were looking at a different character altogether. It is incredibly distracting, disorienting and not pleasing to the eyes whatsoever. And keeping in mind that the main selling point of an ecchi anime is pretty much always the attractiveness of its female characters, having them look this hideous on top of their already non-sensical behavior means that there really isn't much left to cheer for. And no, it's not like the art in KonoSuba which is intentionally crude in order to enhance comedic effect. This is just plain sloppy and distracting like handing in a painting that's only half-finished.
I try to stay open-minded when it comes to anime and normally it's mostly a matter of personal preference regarding what I might recommend an anime for and to who, but in this case I'm really reaching at straws. An anime like Eromanga-sensei is easy to recommend people that just want to see a bunch of cute girls in light-hearted sexual situations, but the same certainly can't be said for My Sister, My Writer. It fails at trying to have an interesting plot, it fails at trying to be funny, and above all it fails at even having cute, sexy or likable characters. So really, what is the point of this show? Why would anyone want to watch it? If it wasn't for the production issues there might have been at least some merit to it, but in its current state there really isn't. The only somewhat positive thing I could say is that at least it isn't boring per se, but it's so awkward and annoying that it doesn't help much. As a result this is easily one of the worst incest anime I have ever seen in my life. They're going to have to do some miracle work with the BDs to turn this sinking ship around, but I wouldn't get my hopes up too high.
I am not sure what is supposed to be so awfully wrong about incest among siblings. It's just people who have known each others all their life loving each others and having some sex. In many ways, it makes much more sense to bang your own sister than go after some tinder hoes who have sucked more... candy bars than I have seen anime. I used to be against siblings having a child together, but seeing how the world is already filled with idiots no matter how diverse the genepool, I don't even care about that any longer. Make a child with your sister and
then another with your own child for all I care. The outcome can't be much worse than average person today.
These siblings are really into each others, but some moral questions are in the way because having 700 different genders, identifying oneself as elephant's dick and having threesome with a person of the same sex and a roadkill is completely normal in 2018/whatever year it is now, but banging your own family member is really fucked up and a criminal act even in countries where raping 9 years-old kids is legal as long as you marry them later. "That's where I draw the line." Good thing these anime kids don't give a fuck about that nonsense and are just being happy and doing lewd things like any reasonable person would because the world surely is not. I love it. Be yourself and do whatever the fuck you want. These kids know it and I greatly respect the story for that.
The story is also (well, mainly) hilarious because there is at least one sexual remark every 3 seconds and the entire thing has clearly been made as a joke. Example:
Girl with the body of a 5 years-old: You can sexually assault me and it's not a crime because I am over 20!
Me: Well, I am pretty sure that's not an age exclusive crim...
This anime: *flashy shot of LOLI PANTIES*
Me: Okay, I will take my arguments elsewhere..
Simply put; this show is hilarious as hell. The timings of gags, be it in forms of dialogue or ecchi shots, is masterful. Comedy is the main genre and that's why this show is so entertaining to watch. There is even a whole arc about rubbing sunlotion on half-naked girls.. during a day when the sun barely shines. To be exact, the sun isn't shown even once during this scene and that's a perfect example of the level of self-awareness that comes with this series.
Suzuka - the loli little sister - is smart and hot unlike most women [in this series universe I mean, I would never say such things about real women I swear], so it is only natural that our main bro wants her. Nagami "The Horny Demon" Yuu - our bro dude - is nice bro dude and the self-insert of this series because I am a male. The characters are most likely the polar opposite for female audience. Anyway sister is like ridiculously loli and petite and that smile is a killer, so clearly the series has achieved everything it wanted with its casting. I would go for her were she my sister. No flaws. The relationship development is also great not because it is impressively done/written/whatever but because it just makes so much sense. These two are like writers and they make lewd siscon stuff together on paper and then to each others. Or alternatively the same thing but in different order.
To speak more about other women in this series, half of them are basically nymfos and the rest just mentally ill. I am not exaggerating, I swear few of them can't even form a sentence unless someone is fondling their boobs, and practically all of them want to be the main bro's "little sisters". The mentally ill bring some great dialogue in the mix like "your siscon porn is so well-written I am planning to murder you for it and then die of jealousy." My type of comedy right there. This is advanced funny, man! The best part is how all of this harem nonsense just adds to the main siscon romance. Let me repeat: it makes sense.
There are two versions of this anime available and they are called: The uncensored version and the one I would personally never recommend watching because nipples > no nipples. I saw the uncensored version and it is hot. The animation is really mediocre and the art quite lackclustery, but for a series that could be vanilla hentai, it is most definitely doing its job and, especially during the embarrassing ecchi stuff, compromises are rarely made. The art is otherwise hardly worth of complaining about tho because what the art really is is a comedic masterpiece. There are quite few animation errors and faults in the still art pieces. Great many viewers seems to think these were implemented here as a joke. I, for one, was laughing often and consistently at these scenes. Good stuff and, indeed, these can't be made by accident. The ecchi scenes, boob touchings, blushy blushes and UNDIES are meeting all the standards I, as a long term hentai connoisseur, have developed upon my study regarding this art form. Great stuff.
The main bro is voice by the dude who did the main bro role in Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism, and once again he is sounding like a real man and not the usual teenage anime garbage dude who typically appear in series such as these and are voiced by female seiyuus because it is really important that they sound like angry little boys. He sounds like a swagnator who can pick any girl just with his alpha voice. "You, mine." No choice. The girl is voiced by a no name who did Momoka Suzuki in 'Just Because' and she truly has the perfect "canon pairing voice". The seiyuu work makes her character sound really cute and embarrassed, too, which is pretty much all that is required here. Especially scenes where she browses thru porn and makes weird weeping sounds are almost too good to be true. There is also music here, but it's pretty meaningless to talk about it.
This show really is not for everyone it seems, but I have a terrific sense of humor so I liked it. I honestly don't know why everyone seems to hate it (this show I mean, not my sense of humor;it's flawless). Pretty much the funniest ecchi comedy there is. Oreimo and Ireba Ii can't even be compared to this greatness. I laughed like half of the entire run time, so much that I skipped my daily abs train because marathoning this did the same.
Since the beginning of time, there have been some questions that have remained unanswered. Why are we here? Are we alone in this universe? And the most asked question of all time is how can an anime studio adapt such an abomination of a Light Novel? The author behind Ore ga Suki nano wa Imouto dakedo Imouto ja Nai (My Sister, My Writer) in Seiji Ebisu is one of the many reasons why Light Novels and their adaptations have such a bad reputation. Not only is most of the writing from Light Novel authors amateurish but they all tend to have some sort of divorce
from reality and when it is put on to the big screens, you can clearly see it. A poor decision from a newly found studio in Magia Doraglier to make this their first title while collaborating with studio NAZ, hoping that the sexual incestuous factor would pull in some coin from some horny teens, but instead, it backfired, leading to some of the most horrendous visuals I have seen in a very, very long time.
If you think that you’re going to get some sort of quality story, interesting characters or comedy then you have come to the wrong place. Yuu Nagami is your typical beta male loser in high school. He is an inspiring light novelist, in fact, it’s his one dream in life to become a published author. He enters various competitions in order to get his work acknowledged. Each day brings a new rejection from an aforementioned contest, but, from out of nowhere, his sister shocks him with the news that she’s won the very novel writing contest that he failed miserably to qualify for—and not just that but the novel in question is a ‘forbidden love’ tale between a younger sister and an older brother. And to complicate matters more, his sister wants him to be the one to take credit for the novel, as she can’t risk being the one responsible for its creation. In contrast to his sister, Suzuka Nagami, who probably has all the tropes her character allows, is your typical doting but controlling young sister-type-of-character. The setting and our main protagonists are pretty much a mirrored version of Eromanga Sensei with the main difference being that Yuu and Suzuka are blood-related. They have it easy you know because, with incest, Yuu never has to worry about taking his ‘girl’ to meet the parents. The rest of the characters are just there to fill the ever-growing harem whom all happen to be cute or have big breasts and an artificial desire in wanting to bone Yuu.
A teenage girl asks her dad if she can borrow the car. Dad says “Ok, but you know what you’ll have to do for it.” So, she starts to give him head but stops quickly and says “your dick tastes like shit!” Dad says “oh, that’s right; your brother has the car!” After you have that mental image stuck in your head, do you still like incest? Do you think this ‘taboo’ is still hot? If so, then this show is still not for you! The art and animation are pretty much like that incest joke, it’s repulsive and ugly, sometimes, unintentionally hilarious that it enters meme territory. When you have fans from Japan literally crying, “sakuga houkai,” which translates to, “animation collapse,” in a series such as this, it’s very telling on how bad it really is. Not only is the character designs dull and have this early-2000s look where they have those ‘weirdly-overly-sized’ eyes that seem to float aimlessly on a disproportionate face, but, everything else from the characters anatomy, backgrounds and objects seem to change size and form from shot to shot. It's like it encourages viewers to play a game every 2 minutes of “spot the mistake.” The production of My Sister, My Writer got insanely bad that the animators sent out an SOS type of code message in the ED of its 6th episode.
Not a good start for Magia Doraglier and for studio NAZ, it’s a permanent stain on their record. When the hideous art is in motion, it’s probably comparable to literally seeing blood siblings banging each other, you know, all kinds of wrong. The score is not memorable either, and both OP and ED aren’t even worth watching through. Although this show consists of all the fetishes that people like to get off on from incest, feet, phone sex and dominatrix, fans of these things are better off looking elsewhere for a similar setting. It’s pretty much safe to say that this is one of the worst anime I have ever seen, and a great example of the state of Light Novel stories and characters. I understand that lowly paid creators have to hustle, write a bit of sex and hook the readers in, of course, not every media you consume has to be some solidly written piece of literature, so this story will fit perfectly next to novels such as "Flirting with Beast Girls! Doing nothing but Copulation!” and "My Little Sister got Hemorrhoids, So I helped her Insert the Suppository,” so let’s not even pretend we are seeing anything phenomenal shall we?
There is an unspoken rule in the anime fandom that we all need to remember from here on out, if an ecchi anime has a really long name, odds are, it’s not going to be good. It just doesn’t offer anything to be enjoyed, especially when the dialogue is abysmal and predictable with key phrases that have been recycled through many similar shows. When you combine all of these things with a one-dimensional cast, the flaws are extremely glaring and impossible to ignore, and it’s pretty much the result of a smutty theme crashing against a wall with all the clichés that could ever exist. My Sister, My Writer looks and sounds like a deformed child from an incestuous relationship, its ‘romance’ and ‘comedy’ is third-rate and its fanservice is basically, “sakuga houkai!” Avoid at all costs!