Is Oreimo anime’s depiction of sibling relationship accurate?

Is Oreimo anime's depiction of sibling relationship accurate?

Oreimo anime (Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, or “My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute!”) is a popular Japanese light novel series and anime adaptation that follows the story of Kyousuke and Kirino Kousaka, two very close siblings. However, their relationship has been criticized by some viewers for its inaccurate portrayal of siblings’ relationships.

How is the sibling relationship portrayed in Oreimo anime?

Is Oreimo anime's depiction of sibling relationship accurate?
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The anime starts supposedly on a normal tone, and dare I say the entire first season does not scream red flags until it gets to the second season where things start to…get a little weird. But we’ll get into that discussion later.

  • On his way out, Kyousuke collides with Kirino, who is planning to leave the house with her friends. Kyousuke tries to help Kirino pick up the things she dropped in the collision, but his gesture is rejected and he gets shouted at instead.
  • As Kirino exits the house, Kyousuke discovers something lying down on the floor: the DVD cover of Stardust Witch Meruru.
  • He retires to his room and there, he wonders who owns the DVD he is holding. Kyousuke has no idea at that time, and when he opens the DVD case, he becomes shocked and more perplexed when he discovers that the DVD case holds an entirely different content: Let’s Make Love With Little Sister!, an R-18 title.
Is Oreimo anime's depiction of sibling relationship accurate?
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  • When he confronts her later about this, Kirino brings Kyousuke to her room and there, she admits that he is there to give her a life consultation session. Then, she moves away from a cabinet and reveals an insane amount of anime merchandise neatly arranged inside that closet.
  • Soon, one of the boxes reaches Kyousuke, and as it turns out, it has the title Let’s Make Love With Your Sister! written on it. Kirino soon spills lots of information about the box and is left shocked after Kirino opens another box containing more boxes for PC games–eroge, to be exact.
  • Kyousuke finds himself in a situation he still can’t understand.
  • Kyousuke asks Kirino about her choice of merchandise, namely the “little sister” genre. Kirino answers that she finds it very cute and she adores how a little sister treats her brother in several ways.
  • Kirino thinks of going to their parents to talk about it (that’s where the anime should have ended), but Kyousuke disagrees and he prefers her secret to stay as it is.
Is Oreimo anime's depiction of sibling relationship accurate?
Oreimo anime | Image via TMDB

Kyousuke then becomes curious about another thing concerning the “little sister” eroge, especially the part when the two people involved engage in incestuous acts. Kirino shudders at the thought and blatantly rejects the idea; according to her, the worlds of 2D and 3D are separate, so it’s impossible (famous last words).

Kirino decides to show him Let’s Make Love With Little Sister! Kyousuke decides to play along and immerse himself in the R-18 version in his free time. Kirino challenges him to finish it by next week and smiles.

Problems with the Portrayal

Is Oreimo anime's depiction of sibling relationship accurate?
Oreimo anime | Image via TMDB

One of the biggest problems with the portrayal of siblings in Oreimo anime is obviously, the incest.

  • The show often shows Kyousuke and Kirino in close physical contact, and by a sick turn of events, even getting married in the end.
  • In any case, the show even implies that they have romantic feelings for each other.
  • This is not realistic or accurate, as siblings do not have this kind of physical relationship.

During a confrontation with Manami, Kyousuke shouts out “Yea, incest for the win!”. There is an after story named “A Momentary Chance Encounter”, in which it is implied that Kirino and Kyousuke are still together. There is also a cameo appearance of a character from “Eromanga-Sensei”, another story by Tsukasa Fushimi, the author of Oreimo. 

They are at the point of no return to going back to being siblings and this is the part where you should turn your brain off if you want to continue with the story. Any normal sibling relationship would entail feelings of choke slamming each other into oblivion at least once a day, but this is far from the portrayal of a normal brother and sister duo.

Conclusion

Is Oreimo anime's depiction of sibling relationship accurate?
Oreimo anime | Image via TMDB

The portrayal of siblings in Oreimo anime is inaccurate and can have a negative impact on viewers. In addition, the romanticized portrayal of siblings in Oreimo can lead to viewers developing unhealthy romantic feelings for their siblings. As much as it tries to frame itself as a relatively harmless ‘phase’ between siblings, this in no way erases or undoes the show’s ego-stroking, unhealthy nature. 

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