Ore no imouto ga konna ni kawaii wake ga nai: true end reflection
July 8, 2013
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After the “good end” released, the first of the “true end” episodes were released two months after the original ending, with the remaining episodes releasing at roughly month-long intervals after. These episodes delve into what would happen after Kirino leaves for America, including Kyousuke’s subsequent relationship with Ruri, the antics bought on by the Games Research Club, and Kyousuke’s eventual trip to America to personally retrieve and bring back Kirino. From a pragmatic perspective, this “true” end sets the stage for the second season, whereas the original “good” end halts the story there and then, re-establishing a status quo that would probably be more boring to behold.
- Had the good end occurred, I imagine that Kyousuke’s sense of loneliness would not have been as prevalent, and he would have probably not found himself getting closer to Ruri Gokou (Kuroneko’s true name). This is my own take on it, and given this series’ popularity, I have doubtlessly tread on the toes of some fan somewhere. I reiterate that this is merely my opinion.
- Ruri totally wins at a bullet hell-type game. A long time ago, my computer couldn’t handle FPS. My friends and I would play online flash games for amusement to pass the time on summer afternoons, and I came across a bullet hell known as Raiden X. I was able to beat the game, but recently, I haven’t been able to even get past the second level.
- Apparently, in anime, the fastest way to test if a guy and girl share feelings for one another is to ‘accidentally’ point out that they have the characteristics of a couple, and then observe the ensuing reactions.
- In my mind, yaoi is evil and will corrupt the soul beyond repair. The last time I was at a bookstore, I was buying Craig Childs’ Apocalyptic Planet, a brilliant read about how extraordinary conditions exist on the world, and their potential to result in extinction and rebirth, in a brilliant narrative that takes viewers with Childs on his fascinating journey to the coldest glacier and driest deserts.
- The first portion of the true end is centered around Ruri and Sena working together to build a game for a competition after overcoming their differences. The end product ends up being substandard, but it was nonetheless fun to see them try and make a game. I was particularly impressed with the detail paid to the IDE the girls use, even if the code is rubbish (i.e. non-functional). Despite being a developer, I have only coded one game for an iOS course: outside the classroom,virtually all of the software I participate in building concerns physiological simulations.
- After a light-hearted romp in the world of game development, the story puts on a serious hat as Kyousuke receives a text from Kirino, asking him to destroy her eroge and Meruru collection.
- Ruri kisses Kyousuke before the latter departs for LA with the intent of retrieving Kirino. Kyousuke’s determination and dedication towards looking out for Kirino is the strongest aspect of the series and carries the story through the entirety of the first season.
- After arriving at Kirino’s track camp, Kyousuke plays eroge with her, cheering her up as she has not had time to play her collection. Kirino reveals that she had wanted to challenge herself and be more independent, saying she would not contact anyone until she managed to beat someone in a time trial, which she has not been able to do. Kyosuke tells Kirino that he is lonely without her and asks her to come back to Japan, which encourages Kirino to beat her elementary school roommate in a race and go home with him, reuniting with her friends and her anime.
- The depiction of LA is totally disappointing, completely missing out the architectural elements of Los Angles, but that is neither here nor there in an anime like this. What does matter is that Kirino’s spirits are restored after she returns to Japan, setting the stage for season two.
- The friendships in OreImo are no different than those in Haganai, with the parties in question exchanging vitriolic dialogue but nonetheless caring for one another.
The true end is a necessary watch for practical reasons, mainly because the second season won’t make too much sense without having seen the true end first. Contrasting the good end, the true end delves deeper into the events that set the table for what is to happen in season two, and indeed, I actually went ahead and watched all of season two over the course of a week. I will be coming up with a reflection of the entire series after the remainder of the episodes come out on August 17, 2013, unless I somehow find time to sift through screenshots and write something half-readable between research and playing Halo 2 Vista, which I finally decided to re-install. Unfortunately, Halo 2 Vista tears at frame rates above its intended 60 FPS: I’m getting a frame rate of 150 FPS at 1080p, and the graphics tear. Initially, I thought that was an issue with the mouse sensitivity, but fortunately, there’s a solution. Inside the GPU’s control panel, I was able to find and enable VSync for the game, which restored performance. It seems the servers are still around, so I’ll go about cleaning out servers as I find time. In the meantime, I will begin watching anime of the summer season, and also post here as time permits.