Last season we had “Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!”; this season it’s “Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne”. Oh, and I’m sure you all remember “Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai”. What do they all have in common? Why, ridiculously long names. Ok, so they’re also all incest-related shows. Coincidence? Perhaps. But luckily they all have shorter aliases. So from now on, I will be referring to this show as “OniAi”. Phew. So as you might have guessed from the name, this is a show about a sister attempting to get in her brother’s pants. And boy, is this one determined. The poor guy can’t go five minutes without her interpreting his actions and words in some sexual manner. Now, the incest genre is understandably controversial, and obviously most of us feel uncomfortable (to a degree) viewing such a subject, but so far the show hasn’t taken things to extremes.
Aside from the incestuous central plot, OniAi also throws in a harem of girls, setting it up as “yet another generic harem show”. Such a generalization is undeniable (just look at the screenshots I took for you guys), but it’s just as silly to brush a show aside immediately just because it falls under this “category”. I’ve found OniAi to be quite humorous so far. Akiko’s perverseness and naivety is an interesting combination that leads to some very hilarious situations. Take the scene where she attempts to explain her feelings to Akito, only for him to distract her with “praise”, for instance. Sometimes I wonder if she even fully comprehends the things she suggests to her poor brother.
Unfortunately for her, the rest of the harem is just as interested in getting it on with Akito. We have the cool yet sharp-mouthed “Ana” (certain name jokes abound), the cheerful and domestic Gin, and the aggressive Arashi (appropriately named). Out of the three harem-ettes, I’ve found Ana to be the most amusing so far, given the deadpan verbal abuse she can dish out, complete with a straight face. The girls are obviously using Akiko’s blood relation with Akito to their advantage, but I wonder if the show will in fact brush the incest factor aside or actually play it straight. Supposedly there’s no doubt as to the relation between Akiko and Akito (they’re even supposed to be twins), so there’s no grey area (ie. not actually blood-related bullshit) to dick around with. It’s an “all or nothing” setup, and I’m interested in seeing what it does turn out to be.