Is Oreimo incest?

Is Oreimo incest?

Oreimo, short for Ore no Imoto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, is a Japanese anime series based on the light novel series of the same name by Tsukasa Fushimi. The series follows the story of Kyosuke Kosaka, a high school student who discovers that his younger sister, Kirino, is secretly an otaku with a passion for eroge games and anime.

At first, Kyosuke is shocked and disgusted by Kirino’s hobby, but he eventually comes to accept it and even becomes her confidant. As the series progresses, Kyosuke learns more about the world of otaku and comes to appreciate Kirino’s passion. He also begins to develop romantic feelings for her, but he is unsure of how to approach her about them.

Is Oreimo incest in the end?

Is Oreimo incest?
Oreimo | Image via TMDB

After two seasons of uncomfortable “will they? won’t they?”, the finale results in Kyousuke and Kirino staging a marriage in name alone before deciding to return to their previous arrangement as ‘normal’ siblings sealing it in with an actual kiss.

  • Shortly thereafter, Kyousuke tells her that he finally knows what to use his ‘1 Time Wish’ for.
  • The ‘1 Time Wish’ of Kyousuke was a bet made with Kirino about him succeeding in his mock exam or failing it.
  • So he asks Kirino to come closer, and as Kirino closes in, Kyousuke casually kisses her on the cheek, implying that he uses his ‘1 Time Wish’ to break the promise of them ‘being a couple until graduation‘.
  • Kirino is surprised by the kiss, and runs off claiming that they will have a ‘Life Counseling’, Kyousuke then recalls the adventure with his little sister.

It is implied that their relationship as a couple continues in the future too. So, in the end, it is Oreimo ended up being an anime that contains incest.

Why is the show still popular?

Is Oreimo incest?
Oreimo | Image via TMDB

It must be people without siblings who end up making things like Oreimo. We certainly hope that’s the case considering the alternative. Aside from the health-related and societal expectations surrounding incest, the subject is often, unfortunately, linked to familial abuse and trauma in a modern context.

It’s not a subject to be taken lightly by most non-comedic means. Then again, it’s often the temptation of experiencing something forbidden, the taboo, via a fictional medium itself that draws people to relatively harmless works like Oreimo.

  • Researchers have long known that taboos like incest turn people on. There’s something erotic about engaging in, or even watching, something you’re not supposed to, according to Lehmiller, who wrote a book about fantasies called “Tell Me What You Want.”
  • It wasn’t until Sigmund Freud, the creator of psychoanalysis, coined the term “Oedipus complex” in 1899 that incest took on an inherently negative connotation, according to Brian Connolly, author of Domestic Intimacies.

But that hasn’t quashed incest stories or fantasies. Quite the opposite, Lehmiller said. TV shows like “Game of Thrones” and “House of the Dragon” have created a sort of on-screen incest renaissance, stirring an “it’s-so-bad-I-can’t-look-away” feeling, Lehmiller said.

How is a theme like incest treated in Japan?

Is Oreimo incest?
Oreimo | Image via TMDB

Japan has more traditional gender roles in comparison to those of the United States which play into incest being as popular as it is. While Japan is modern in many respects, its culture remains closed off to marginalized people and relies on a larger society operating under gendered and specific rules.

There’s constant pressure to get the right kind of job and marry the right kind of person. With that in mind, Japanese men, in particular, may find a misplaced sense of comfort in the idea of a woman ‘close to home’ and ‘low effort’ being a potential romantic partner.

This fantasy is what makes up the core of animes like Oreimo, tying pressure and power together with a less-than-neat bow. Oreimo also deals in harem tropes with the five non-Kirino love interests to provide a power fantasy (which, in itself, isn’t bad nor wrong) in which Kyousuke, with his average looks and work ethic, can score with multiple women.


Is Oreimo incest?
Oreimo | Image via TMDB

Oreimo is an anime that has multiple themes like harem and incestuous tropes, which are not suitable for everyone’s tastes. But we can’t ignore the fact that there is still a large number of audience who enjoyed watching Oreimo, despite it containing a relatively taboo theme.

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