One thing that I’ve been noticing recently about reading comments and posts on Ore no Imouto ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (yes yes, “why would I do that in the first place?”) is that I’m not liking them. And one such example is in regards to that scene from episode 4 that many, many other people have commented on. In terms of my impression of the “cliché male accidently falling on female while groping her in an always perfect state of undress for others to see scene” (which make me facepalm), it was unexpected, and an unnecessary distraction. Especially because of the epic dodge by Kyousuke that came before it, since the result sucks worse for him, one could say. Since it came from the source material, I could say that I thought that moment was a bad and silly decision on the author’s part to use that scene as a transition for Kirino and co. to go to Comiket. But I can’t say that it wasn’t an interesting way to somehow get Kirino to go. And I still have a thought in my mind that the point of that scene was mainly to provide a small bite to those who hope beyond all hope that There’s A Way Kyousuke’s Little Sister Can Fall In Love With Him. But I digress.
What the scene did made me realize why I got annoyed by the negative responses to Oreimo, not because they were negative in and of themselves (and Oreimo is not a show that I’d bother defending very hard anyway), but in how they were. They provided examples of what I’d call the “Negative ‘AHA!’ Moment”, or the moment that provides vindication of whatever negative opinions people have about the show in the first place. And the show has provided a couple of “AHA! I KNEW IT! I was RIGHT!” moments depending on what people were looking for so far. If they were looking for a verification that the show isn’t as realistic as others like to claim, than one could point to Kyousuke taking things to the extra level in claiming Kirino’s incestuous adult games as his own (though I think that it’s a plausible thing for someone to do. Not something that I’d probably do for any of my four younger sisters though :v). And if they were looking for proof that the show’s premise indicates that the show will basically become a story about a developing incestuous relationship, episode 4’s most talked about scene could provide it for them.
What bugs me about these is the intent that I assume lies behind these thoughts, and I could be completely wrong about this assumption. But I get a feeling of smug happiness at being proven right that the show has not surpassed their intentions, regardless of whether or not rage is involved. It becomes less about bothering to enjoy the show, but about using the show to prove a point that there’s a reason to hate on the show, and to me that’s one of the reasons why responses to situations regarding the fanservice scene in episode 4 seem more emotional than I would think they would. To be truthful, when I first saw the scene, I was thinking in my head that the general response to that scene would be pretty expressive, but the posts have been much stronger, and in turn, come off somehow as less sincere than I would have thought. Especially because that specific sequence is not that serious in the long run show-wise, noting neither Kyousuke nor Kirino planned it, desired it, or (hopefully) will think about it for the long future to come.
And this sort of thing is not just in regards to Oreimo, but I haven’t seen such an animated response to an anime in this sort of manner in a while. But I have to wonder, why this show? It’s a solid, fun watch so far, but nothing very monumental about it in the grand scheme of things. Maybe it’s because people thought that the opening episodes belied their interpretations of the concept summary before seemingly coming back to it, or as JP puts it:
fall season previews: EWWWWWWWWWWW THIS SHOW LOOKS SO KIMOI!
episodes 1-2: hmm, guess my little sister can’t be this kimoi
episodes 3-4: EWWWWWWWWWWW THIS SHOW IS SO KIMOI!
Maybe it’s because people talked about this show in a positive way, or just that more people talked about this show in general compared to others this season. And maybe the most interesting thing about the responses, including my own, is that the show itself, and especially a stereotypical fanservice scene, probably won’t have been worth all of this talk when it’s done. All this sound and fury, signifying (or summoning) lolikitsune. All I’m doing is just adding to the noise and moving away from what I thought was the most important part of episode 4. That being Kirino and Kuroneko’s developing camaraderie while Kyousuke and Saori watch the duo’s interactions with amusement.