I won’t exactly call myself a fan of Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (OreImo for short). I watch the anime series only because it’s something easy to pass time with. It doesn’t require anything from my part except a good 20 minutes or less. My brain probably stops functioning actively once I play OreImo. That’s besides the point. The point is, because I don’t qualified as a fan, I almost never search any news/articles/etc regarding the series. There are a lot of things I don’t know about. Maybe that’s why I find the second season of OreImo a bit confusing.
Before I tell you what are the things that confuse me, let me be clear though – my confusion could be resulted from not refreshing my memory on the series before diving into the second season. Usually, I’ll try to refresh my memory via different methods but with OreImo? Nada. What more to say the first season was quite a while ago.
Now, I find the second season confusing because the characters aren’t really how I remember them. The few characters who seem to be consistent are Kousaka Kirino and Tamura Manami. One remained tsundere and one remained mild-charactered. As for others, they seem to grow exponentially without me realizing it until it happened! I’m slow maybe?
For starters, I’ll talk about Kyousuke, Kirino’s brother. He seemed to be a lot more perverted in the second season. In the previous season, he was just the protective brother, whom at the same time couldn’t wait to get out from his “life-counselling” duties. This season, however, he has transformed into a harassing older guy who would search his younger sister’s friend on the web as a way to pass time. Very surprising, although I know I shouldn’t be since I could’ve guessed how this series would end. Still, this wasn’t how I remember the character.
Secondly, Aragaki Ayase. I remembered her as a yandere who likes Kirino. Likes, as in romantically interested in her best friend. That was the impression she gave me. I really believed that she hated Kyousuke, thinking he’s the reason why Kirino picked up playing eroge as a hobby (turns out to be quite true!). So when she became very agitated upon learning the news that Kyousuke is dating Kuroneko, it was so funny that I laughed. It doesn’t seem like her, that’s all. That not the scenes were particularly funny…Anyway, in the end, I guess she’s not interested in Kirino like that. >.<
Lastly, Kuroneko. To be fair, she retained most of the characteristics I remember her having except during the part when she confessed to Kyousuke and while dating him. I guess girls in love sometimes exhibit different personalities? She was exceptionally shy yet demanding, taking lead in all situations. I’m impressed, actually. From how Kuroneko dealt with her friendship with Kirino – often seen arguing together but at the same time, often seen spending most time together, secretly enjoying each other’s company, it’s easy to think that Kuroneko will behave like Kirino when it comes to Kyousuke. But then again, having two girls masking their feelings for the same guy are a bit too much in a show perhaps?
Characters do grow and change in anime series, but more often than that, they’re gradual and with reasons. Somehow, with OreImo2, it doesn’t seem like the case.
Anyway, these are just some ramblings from me, writing my thoughts now that OreImo2 just ended.