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It was just about ten years ago when Sister Princess kicked the “little sister boom” into overdrive. Twelve pretty little sisters, all loving you so much, all calling you “big brother” in different ways, and all available in light novels (starting in 1999),  game (Playstation, released in March 2001), and anime (26 episodes, starting in April 2001) form. The marketing blitz continued with two sequel games, a sequel anime, and countless parodies (ever seen Dokkoider or Abenobashi?).

Now it’s 2011 and twelve sisters just isn’t enough anymore. So ASCII Mediaworks, the company that brought us Sister Princess, came up with Baby Princess. Now there are 19 — that’s right, nineteen! — sisters, and just for variety’s sake, three of them are older than the protagonist.

Baby Princess: 19 sisters, Mama, and you (Youtarou)

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Here we go!

Cute, but not annoyingly cute. I like it.

Welcome to Fall 2010! We’re about halfway through the premieres, and I’ve watched a good chunk so far. I’m more excited about this season than I’ve been in a while, and some pillars like To Aru Majutsu no Index and The World God Only Knows are yet to air. With that in mind, here’s a preliminary look at the shows that have aired already:
I’m hooked
Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai – At least three people have asked me if there is ever any thread of romance between the Kousaka siblings. Thankfully, the answer is no. This show is a nice, realistic look at a relationship between an exasperated brother and his bossy sister. I appreciate that, and most anime fans I know who have sisters in real life agree with me. Also: this is awesome.
Star Driver – Studio Bones is doing its level best to make the cheese flow, and I’m loving it so far. Just about my only complaint with this spectacularly weird show is the character design for the females, but that’s a minor complaint when the series is really about men who look fabulous fighting in fabulous robots. I mean, just the delivery of the “Damn! Are you the Galactic Prettyboy?” (Kisama, Ginga Bishounen ka?!) line was enough to sell me on this series, which feels like Frankenstein’s Monster made from the parts of Utena, Code Geass, and GaoGaiGar. I’ll probably be writing more on this one in the near future.
MM! – A guilty pleasure, for sure. There’s no reason I should like the adventures of Fukuyama Jun and his quest to have a normal love life, in spite of his masochistic tendencies, his cross-dressing best friend, and the sadodere (is that even a real term?) who wants to cure him of his masochism by calling him a pig-boy and kicking him around. But it’s a train wreck that I can’t stop watching because I keep thinking “Man, they’re not going to go there” and then they go there. I’m not proud of this choice, but it’s just too amusing to stop… for now.
I’ll give it a chance
Iron Man – The first episode was, frankly, dull. But I’m going to shelve this one for a while and wait for it to air on G4, because I have a feeling that it’ll sound way better in English. It just seems unnatural to hear Tony Stark in Japanese, and who knows, maybe the pace will speed up soon.
Super Robot Wars OG: The InspectorDivine Wars was dull and didn’t have enough robots hitting each other. So what does The Inspector have in its first episode, directed by cheesemaster Oobari Masami? Robots punching robots with revolving stakes, robots punching robot punches while shouting attack names, flying snipers, and boobs. These are all things that made Super Robot Wars OG fun in game form, and I’m hoping that they can keep this energy up.
Pass
Bakuman – Molasses-slow pacing, poor animation, and a story that has no real draw to it unless you really want to know how the manga sausage is cooked. I dropped the manga after a couple of chapters, and this episode did nothing to pull me back in.
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt – I appreciate that Gainax has stepped out of the box with this one. I see what they’re doing with their imitation of modern American animation, and I can appreciate that. What I can’t appreciate is the music and the pacing of the show, where dialogue isn’t so much spoken as it is shouted at a nearly unintelligible pace. It should be acting, not vocal racing. Plus, the story itself is really generic and relies more on shock value than any intrinsic quality, which irks me since I know that the staff is capable of much better than this.
Motto ToLoveRu – I’ve hated it for years, and there’s no reason to stop now.
Didn’t Watch it Yet
Otome Youkai Zakuro (Doesn’t seem up my alley)
Samurai Girls (Ehhhhh…)
Arakawa Under the Bridge 2 (I fully intend to watch this when I have time)
What have you guys watched and liked, and is there anything I haven’t mentioned that you want me to check out?

The two-minute trailer for Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai offers a whole lot of Kirino for her fans, and I have to admit that it paints an attractive picture. Kirino is just the right mix of anime girl and realistic little sister, and the opening song by Claris is surprisingly listenable.

Okay, it’s autotuned into near-unrecognizability, but everything about this show tells me that it’ll be enjoyable enough to watch. I may even pick up the novels after I’m done slogging through Index.

Right...So, while I was sleeping, this happened. Onii-chan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Ja Nai n Dakara Ne! (“I totally don’t love my big brother at all, okay?”) went from being a mildly creepy manga about a girl with an over-the-top brother complex to being an upcoming anime about a girl with an over-the-top brother complex, produced by Starchild and starring Kitamura Eri, AKA WotaEri, as the female lead.

I don’t know what to say about this. I read the online free sample of the first chapter over on the Comic High website, and while I can’t say that this is anything particularly bad in the wake of KissxSis bringing incestuous fetishism to broadcast television, it’s definitely way past my comfort level. The girl really, desperately wants to get into her brother’s pants, and even though the running plot thread is that she thinks they may not be related by blood, it’s still pretty icky for a guy like me who has a real sister.

I think I’ll stick to OreImo instead, which depicts the brother-sister relationship a bit more realistically (AKA antagonistically).

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Yeah, you're an otaku, get over it, kid! Wait, don't, it's cute without being creepy.

"A secret she can't tell anyone--"

It’s been a long time since the word takabisha got thrown around – it’s an older character archetype that predates tsundere. It means a haughty and overbearing girl, and it applies to Kirino of Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (“There’s no way my little sister is this cute”) far more than tsundere does. After all, it’s made very clear from the beginning that she has no interest in her brother and thinks the whole brother-sister thing is creepy in real life. But she has to swallow her pride and ask him for help, and that has led us to this wondrous, wondrous 30-second trailer for the upcoming OreImo anime.

I have high hopes for this one, since the novels are good without getting all weird and freaky, and that means a lot in this world of Queen’s Blade and Qwaser.

Here we go!

Cute, but not annoyingly cute. I like it.

The Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai anime will be upon us soon, and AIC has been gracious enough to release a minute-long trailer. The trailer introduces the main characters in 60 seconds, set to whimsically fast-paced music.

As a reminder, the story of OreImo starts when a high school boy named Kyousuke finds out that his younger sister Kirino is a closeted otaku. Their already-complicated relationship gets weirder as Kyousuke struggles between his protective instincts, his natural sibling rivalry, and his distaste for disgust for his little sister’s porn being mostly about little sisters. Meanwhile, Kirino is forced to rely on the person she “hates” most in the world to keep her secret and provide brotherly advice, which leads the two of them into all sorts of strange, awkward, and amusing situations.

The animation looks good, the source material is good, the cast looks good… we’ll see if it all comes together in October.

I wonder how many light novels are left without anime adaptations?

Image from AkibaBlog.

All of you little sister fans got a treat today, when the light novel series Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (“There’s no way my little sister is this cute”) announced that an anime adaptation is in the works. The novels, written by Fushimi Tsukasa, follow a boy named Kousaka Kyousuke and his little sister Kirino. Kyousuke’s a regular high school boy, while his little sister juggles life as a successful teen model, popular honors student, and closeted otaku. What makes her shameful secret even worse is that she’s into moe games and anime about little sisters, which is the source of more than a little awkwardness once he finds out. It’s mildly similar to the Nogizaka Haruka series, but with a regular dude and his little sister instead of an uninteresting little nerd and Ms. Perfect.

The whole thing looks like it could be fun little subculture comedy, free of the pedantry of Genshiken and free of Nogizaka Haruka, one of my least favorite characters in the past decade. I’ll have to read the novels to be sure, but this looks like exactly the kind of series I like: a level-headed main character who isn’t a wishy-washy dweeb encounters a strange new world and slowly starts getting sucked into it.

Only the producer and some Aniplex involvement have been announced so far, but a more comprehensive staff announcement will be made next week, when the sixth novel is released.