Subtlety has never been a particular strong point of comedy manga which is usually filled with over the top reactions, ludicrous scenarios and hyperbole one-dimensional characters to such an extent as to even make ‘The Hangover’ in contrast seem like a deep and sophisticated parody of 21st century party culture and the excesses of modern man. The perpetuation of tropes and stock characters combined with the short length and self-preserving need to give the audience what they want often results in a very slap-stick style which whilst not preventing manga from being witty at least lends itself more to larger-than-life comedy.
But just because it isn't
sophisticated and witty, doesn't mean it can’t be funny and no series typifies this sentiment more than ‘Kyoudai hodo Chikaku Tooimono wa Nai’ (aka I’m Obsessed with My Little Bro! (hereafter Ane-Chika)). Ane-Chika belongs to the ‘football in the groin’ school of comedy, you know there’s no real depth to it but you'll often find that you are laughing in spite of yourself.
In a nutshell Ane-Chika revolves around the day to day interaction of a resilient and patient younger brother as he deals with the comically over the top affection of his god-level brocon of an older sister. As the series progresses a cast of supporting characters are introduced each with their own comic perversions. In fact the series seems to be progressing along a check list of all the comic pervert tropes as the author appears determined to personify each and every one of the common manga fetishes with a character. It is therefore needless to say that if you are easily offended then you should probably steer clear of this series. However whilst the series obviously deals nearly exclusively with things like incest and stalking, the representations are so exaggerated that you can’t possibly take it seriously. In this sense whilst all the characters are “perverted” the series casual and comical treatment of the subject matter ensures that a humorous spin is placed on everything preventing it from being seen as anything more than a light-hearted take on an otherwise taboo subject (a lesson which many other incest focussed series failed to learn by taking themselves too seriously, I’m looking at you Oreimo). The comedy in the series revolves nearly exclusively around these exaggerated representations of fetish tropes with no real plot. Likewise scenarios are constructed to best support the interactions between the characters rather than provide interest in and of themselves. However with each chapter averaging around only 8 pages this is obviously to be expected.
The quality of the art in the series is nothing special. The character designs are pretty standard but sufficient for a comedy series. The background art is however particularly poor with it being largely neglected from inclusion in many panels or lacking in detail when it is included. Similarly the panel layout has clearly been adopted with economy in mind in an understandable attempt to make the most out of the limited space 8 pages affords. As a result the panel design is pretty pedestrian with lots of small panels leaving little scope for detailed artwork.
Overall Ane-Chika is a good little series to waste time on. Its short length means that it isn't much of a time commitment and its hyperbolic treatment of brocon and other fetishes is sure to elicit a laugh or two.