Imouto sae Ireba Ii. Anime Review
Another fall anime fast review here.
This one, this anime…is a weird one. I have a love-hate relationship with it. There were times that I really really like the series, I even find it awesome, other times I really really want to drop this piece of ****. Yeah, such a complicated relationship.
Here is my review:
IMOUTO SAE IREBA II.
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2017 to Dec 24, 2017
Premiered: Fall 2017
Studios: Silver Link.
Source: Light novel
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity
Synopsis: This is the story about the daily life of a young siscon novelist, Itsuki Hashima with his perfect little sister Chihiro, the genius illustrator Nayuta Kani, his best friend Miyako Shirakawa and some insane partners from his publishers.
When this anime was first announced to be aired on Fall season, many people (including me) already assumed that this anime would be a ‘Eromanga Sensei 2.0’. When the first few minutes of the episode aired, I pretty much know this was much more….deep….worse…than eromanga sensei, but nah, the 2nd half was entirely different.
Like I mentioned in the intro, this anime was a weird one. Overall, the series felt like a mess but also a complete one. Its like its a combination of 2 stories I read somewhere, but also at the same time, its a one whole story about a siscon writer and his friends. When I said this anime was a ‘mess’, what I meant was that this anime can’t seem to stick to one genre. There were times they went full on ecchi, other times they go to drama. Most of the times, this anime goes to the ‘slice-of-life, you can relate to my story if you are a writer’ type of storytelling. Lol. Its not a bad thing though. Its one of their unique qualities. It might turn off some people, but for me, it made the series enjoyable. The way they balance the different genres of story, it was done well. I also don’t have any issues with the pacing, I even like how and when the backstories were told.
I think my only problem with the series, would be the lackluster of some of their jokes. The jokes felt to mundane. Too normal, which was both off-putting and interesting. Off-putting cuz as a viewer, you don’t know if you should laugh or not. Interesting, cuz I also talk like that. I already discussed and told those jokes to some of my friends. It was weird, really weird and interesting. XD
Another problem I find was the ‘games’ the characters play. Indeed, they were really interesting. Even I want to play them too. But they occupy quite alot of the screentime. It does help alot in adding more ‘spice’ to the series, but there shouldn’t be too much of it. It seems to me that the creator of this series likes to play those types of games, or was paid to promote those games. The games though. They are quite unique and mundane at the same time. I am very intrigued. I want to play them too. Oooohohohhoho.
In fairness, I don’t hate the characters (like in Eromanga sensei). Everyone was unique in their own way. Each of them got enough character development fitted to the story. Even though we only got small amount of Chihiro, at least we got to know her better and we she became a ‘trap’. I am also happy to see Miyako being interested in the field of editing, it totally fits her well. Haruto, oh boy, I feel so sorry for him the whole time, but I’m glad he was able to get enough motivation to be better. I also hope he makes a move on Miyako soon. Those two looks good together. Nayuta was one unique oddball. Its kinda hard to take her seriously. There were times I want to torture Nayuta for being too annoying, other times, especially hearing her backstory, I want to pat her. Only pat. Itsuki, the main character. The siscon writer. A person who wants to be the protagonist of his own story. He was protagonist of this story. The thing is, he doesn’t even realize he was that relevant to other people. He doesn’t know he had that much impact to them.Knowing his reasons and his backstory as to why he became a novelist made me understand and empathize with him more. Though I still don’t get the crazy of ‘little sister character’.
The art and animation was okay. It wasn’t flashy and bright like Eromanga Sensei, but it fits well with the story. Though, they were times I find it generic and boring. I haven’t seen and read the light novel, so I don’t have any idea if the artstyle in the anime was the same with the illustrations in the light novel.
I really really like the music and soundtrack of this series. The opening was done by one of my fav anisong singers, Choucho, and I love it too death. The ending song was also really good, I couldn’t skip them. The soundtrack made the series really better. It added punch to some bland scenes and made it good. I could pretty much say that the soundtrack saved the anime. Lol. XD
Overall, the series is not for everyone. If you are a fan of Eromanga Sensei, and you are looking for something like ES, then don’t watch this. This anime offers a different kind of enjoyment. It might be boring and not spicy to most people, but still give it a chance. I won’t say its a must watch anime, but its worth a try. Ooohohohoho.
Thanks for reading. Totally didn’t expect it would be this long. Hahaahahah.
That is all.