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As I watched the 7th episode of OreImo (Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai) the other day, I felt a sort of uneasiness throughout. The episode was just as good as others so far. But…I just couldn’t get comfortable enough ti simply enjoy the show. I tried not to think too much as I watched and it wasn’t until the end of the episode that the reason for my discomfort hit me on the head.
Episode seven was flirting with crossing the line.
You know, the line. That invisible mark where one turns off their television or computer. The place where one sighs and leaves a series behind. The imaginary point where we move on to another series, like I did after the bloodbath episode of Code Geass.
The line is where we decide a show is no longer worthy of our attention. And I’m not talking about the quality of a show. I’m strictly discussing the point in which our morals, sensibilities, values, beliefs, conscience, religion – whatever it is – takes over and tells us that we won’t take anymore.
Truth be told, nothing in this episode was repugnant. In fact, some of you right now are thinking, “Why the heck would this guy stop watching OreImo because of this episode?” Well, first of all, I haven’t decided if the show has crossed that line for me yet – you see, lines are often blurry and not always straight-edged and bold. And secondly, I might stop watching because this was the first episode for me where the point was clearly to establish the beginning of a romantic relationship between Kyousuke and Kirino. Read the rest of this entry
Everybody and their momma has been commenting on episode four of Ore no Imoto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake ga Nai (OreImo), with many making judgment that the series is now becoming what everyone thought it would become. Some like where it’s headed (Seanver has been tweeting all day about it). Others, not so much. A number of bloggers and others have commented on Kyousuke’s irrational subservient attitude. Some see the grope scene as more a blip on the radar of gooey goodness. Shin felt the episode was misogynistic.
For me, I’m still enjoying it. Is there a hypocrisy between my faith and enjoying this series? Perhaps – I’ve been known to be a hyprocrite. I have a line drawn in the sand…but as with many lines, it’s subject to shifting with the wind and it’s not clear exactly where that line is. With each week, OreImo draws closer to the line, but it’s still far away.
Here are my thoughts on that “boy falls on girl and gropes her” scene and on the possibly impending siscon relationship in the series: Read the rest of this entry