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E 16

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E 14

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E 13
Going back 8 years ago... When Kyousuke comes home, Kirino comes running to him in tears. When she holds out a broken doll between her hands, Kyousuke gives her a confident smile and starts fixing the doll. Kirino watches with anxiety, but he easily fixes it. That was the Kyousuke that Kirino used to admire...

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E 12
Ever since the events of the previous episode, Kyousuke has been nervous about his improved relationship with his sister. He asks Ayase, Saori, and Manami about it, but isn't satisfied by their answers.

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E 11
The Kousaka household holds a family meeting. Their mother, Yoshino, has grown suspicious of how Kirino and Kyousuke have grown too close lately.

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E 10
Once Ayase learned that Kyousuke was dating Kuroneko, she called him to her room and interrogated him. Several days later, she receives word from Manami that Kyousuke and Kuroneko broke up.

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E 9
After going to the fireworks display with Kuroneko, Kyousuke can no longer get a hold of her. He can't get his mind off the line she showed him in her notebook, and when he goes to school he suddenly learns that Kuroneko transferred away without telling him.

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E 8
Kirino has made her debut as an author. Reader response has been overwhelming, and her editor has even better news to report.

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E 7
Kyousuke comes home one day and is startled to find Kuroneko loitering in the living room by herself. She came to the Kousakas' to watch Stardust Witch Meruru, but Kirino and Kuroneko got into a fight over stories that they had each produced.

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E 6
Kyousuke is asked about his relationship with Manami by his friend, Akagi. Akagi is exasperated when Kyousuke answers that, although they don't have a romantic relationship, he doesn't want her to be taken by anyone else.

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E 5
On the way home from an enjoyable Summerket. They bump into Aragaki Ayase, Kirino's best friend. In spite of the quick thinking of Kuroneko and Saori Bajeena, Kirino babbles on and on, badly rattled. Kirino and Kyousuke try to slip away, but Ayase puts the pieces together. Then, as they engage in a heated exchange...

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E 4
Kirino wants her former roommate, Ria, to homestay with her while she is in Japan. Kyousuke can’t understand why she is determined for her former rival to say with her.

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E 3
This is the story of Makishima Saori and Saori Bajenna.

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E 2
Ayase has turned to Kyousuke in help pulling Ayase from her new game. Unexpectedly, it is Kyousuke who takes the game to far.

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My Little Sister Can't Come Back Home Again
Kyosuke is concerned that bringing Kirino back from America has caused her to reverted back to her old ways.

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Oreimo, an abbreviation of its lengthy Japanese title "Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai," which translates to “My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute,” is an intriguing blend of comedy, slice-of-life, drama, and a touch of romance anime. Spanning from 2010 to 2013, this series from Aniplex is renowned for its unique plotline and compelling characters making it a must-watch for anime enthusiasts.

The premise of Oreimo revolves around the life of a seemingly normal high school student, Kyousuke Kousaka, who lives a peaceful and mundane existence. His relationships with his family, particularly with his younger sister Kirino, are distant, if not downright cold, with years of little interaction between them. However, this quiet suburban life takes a dramatic leap into the world of otaku culture when he stumbles upon a DVD case of a magical girl anime named "Stardust Witch Meruru" which belongs to his sister, Kirino. This reveal leads Kyousuke into Kirino’s secret life as a closet otaku, obsessed with anime and eroge - Japanese video games that focus on sexual content.

The series smoothly plays out the narrative of Kyousuke as he stands by his sister to cover up her unique hobby. He helps Kirino with her various endeavors, including late-night anime watching sessions, eroge playthroughs, and shopping expeditions for otaku merchandise. This belies the seemingly cold relationship they had shared till then as Kyousuke defends her secret from their parents, and helps her navigate the challenging minefield of keeping it hidden while expressing her love for otaku culture.

Apart from the relationship between Kyousuke and Kirino, Oreimo puts a significant emphasis on otaku culture. The series uses humor, wit, and a splash of realism to showcase the lively passion for anime and gaming that thrives within this community. It speaks volumes about the trials and tribulations faced by an otaku, especially the societal prejudices and the daily struggles of dealing with the stigma attached to it.

Oreimo boasts a cast of unforgettable characters. Each of them is fleshed out with their unique personality quirks and endearing characteristics. Kirino, the secret otaku and a model in her public life, is portrayed as headstrong, stubborn, but also vulnerable trying to reconcile her distinct tastes. Kyousuke, the seeming epitome of an average high school student, showcases an unwavering determination throughout the series as he supports Kirino. There is a wide array of supporting characters who bring in different perspectives, humor, and help to provide a comprehensive and dynamic view of the vibrant and diverse otaku subculture.

The animation, character designs, background scores, and the opening and ending themes are well-crafted. The vibrant art style complements the lively tone of the series. The soundtracks carry an assortment of mood-suiting melodies set to capture the different emotions depicted in the series.

Oreimo is not just about comedy or the otaku culture surface; it explores deep and complex themes such as the meaning of being true to oneself, the struggles with societal norms, the dynamics of familial and friendships ties, and the thin line separating the public and private life. It dives into the delicate nuances of these themes, bringing in heartfelt moments, raw emotions, and an unflinching look at the extremes of fandom.

It’s worth noting that Oreimo is renowned for its unexpected narrative turns and ability to provoke shock, laughter, and even tears, all in one episode. While the topic of 'little sister' anime might be seen as contentious by some, it’s the treatment of the subject matter with a unique blend of humor, drama, and realism that sets Oreimo apart.

In the timespan of 2010 to 2013, Oreimo, with its distinct and compelling story, set a new benchmark for sister-themed anime series. It created a niche for itself in the realm of 'slice-of-life' anime, leaving a marked impact on its viewers. The series stands as a testament to the fact that deep connections and meaningful relationships can sprout from the unlikeliest of situations - in this case, the amusing, dramatic, and heartwarming trials and victories of a brother dealing with his eroge-lover, otaku sister.

Oreimo is a series categorized as a returning series. Spanning 2 seasons with a total of 37 episodes, the show debuted on 2010. The series has earned a moderate reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 6.4.

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How can I watch Oreimo online? Oreimo is available on Aniplex with seasons and full episodes. You can also watch Oreimo on demand at Amazon Prime online.

Yûichi Nakamura, Ayana Taketatsu, Kana Hanazawa
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