Don't you just hate spoilers? I do, too. That's why I always try to include warnings. However, I sometimes ramble a bit too much here or there and maybe a few (or many) key plot points slip without me giving proper notice. So I'd like to include a blanket spoiler warning for the weary internet travelers of the world: Here There Be Spoilers. You've been warned.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Nakaimo - My Sister is Among Them! (Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!)

This is the third (possibly fourth) anime I have seen that uses the ole "brother/sister relationship" as an uncomfortable plot device. I honestly don't know what mind I was in when I decided to give this one a shot. Hell, I don't know why anybody does. I suppose it is an anime and for those that will literally watch just about anything the Japanese choose to animate then I suppose this will do the trick.

Mostly, I just treated this anime like a side bitch. I watched it, but only because it was there and I wasn't really committed to it.

I'm probably going to H-E-double-hockey-sticks for that statement, right?

Yes, this is an anime, but it is not a very good one. It's kinda mediocre. Well, not kinda. It is mediocre. It's one of those anime that should be watched when you have no idea what to really watch and need background noise to think. Or if you are drinking and say, "Well, fuck I've been watching too many killer 'toons lately. It's time for a slump."

The premise (such that it is) of this anime is that Mikadono Shougo must take a girlfriend if he is to inherit his father's business after his father has passed on. So Shougo is enrolled at a school for the purposes of finding a suitable mate. There's some realism here. Not much, but as far as anime-verse is concerned this is doable. The potential for some nice slice of life and romance is here, too.

However, Shougo's chance at finding love could come with serious consequences if he chooses poorly.

Shougo has been receiving calls from a girl claiming to be his sister, but the voice is disguised and Shougo can't seem to place its origins. It's obvious this is weird behavior, but it is what she says that is perhaps even odder. The mysterious caller says she wants to marry him despite the fact that they are related. Ewww. 

Thankfully, Shougo has a good head on his shoulders. He doesn't just form his harem and pick one of the girls at random and hope she is not his sister. Instead, he doesn't choose any of them and each episode he does a bit of detective work that sometimes leads him closer to finding out who is sister really is. Other times he doesn't find out anything and the episode watched feels like a waste of time.

However, despite him remaining intentionally aloof his harem sure does try hard to reel him in. It's kinda funny and the overt sexual humor is pretty funny at times, but it's nothing that hasn't been done better elsewhere.

This anime is 12 episodes and one OVA, but it could have been halved and been better for it. Not much better, but at least it would have been over quicker.

With these types of anime you have to be in a mood for something brainless and I admittedly didn't watch this in that mindset. I took it too seriously. I kept waiting for substance. I should feel ashamed, I know.

Eh. As far as the whole "brother/sister" thing I thought Oreimo was much better. As far as the actual story I think just about anything is better. It just felt like a contrived excuse to feature an awkward harem.

But if you don't have anything better to do then go ahead. It's like preseason football: better than nothing at all.

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