Ore no Imouto’s 9th episode brings with it a bevy of delightful eroge and Kirino-derived moe moments, almost enough to rival the especially cheerful episode 6, and definitely much more than the previous episode‘s sterner story.
The episode, a very light-hearted one, falls roughly on the 3/4 completed mark of the one-cour series, which meaning that it is possible only a few more “normal” episodes remain before the show winds itself down on whichever ending the anime adaptation will have (something which is still a topic of intense speculation amongst fans).
Kirino’s otaku magazine continues the little gag mentioned in episode 8.
The box of Kirino’s much-anticipated eroge is quite fun to read; the bold-style text near the top (which actually sounds dirtier in English) roughly goes: “A Push-Down Little Sister Love Comedy“.
The revolving OP used throughout the series usually supplies several memorable new images each time, but this episode’s OP was particularly inspired with a roll-call of nearly the entire female cast of the show along with their personalized variations of the ever-popular “onii-chan!” chant:
Otaku sister Saori luckily managed to get an especially lovely one:
Manami’s turn gets her the classic version of this otaku line, which is likely the only one that can match the powerful “Onii-sama” variation in moe power:
Kirino’s cutely mute classmate Kanako happens to share the same seiyuu with the much more often seen Meruru of Kirino’s favorite mahou shoujou show, 田村ゆかり / Yukari Tamura, best known for playing Nanoha Takamachi.
Those are this episode’s supporting eroge characters on top, Rinko and Miyabi.
The elder maid Kyosuke met in a manga kissa many episodes ago wasn’t given a name then, nor here, so apparently the poor girl has none.
The system specs on Kirino’s newest eroge, Sis X Sis, is amusing just from the copyright-dodging parody words, although the resolution shown does seem odd for an eroge.
Ruri, much like Kyon, has an adorable little sister named after her: “Kuroneko no Imouto”.
“You’re my brother?”
“Let’s get along well from today on, Onii-chan!”
Little is seen of the actual eroge’s plot, so it is not sure where these two fetching girls acquired a sibling – either a new stepbrother, or a brother from a broken household are the usual eroge staple explanations for a spontaneously-generated older brother.
Ayase deftly counters with a sort of partial-Kira★! and tongue pose.
She has little to do this episode, but at least she looks as lovely as ever doing it:
It is a bit odd for an eroge to continue having “location” labels in the top of the screen, aside from a brief flash at location changes or beginning of a new scene.
Kirino’s yelling at Rinko-chan for not behaving as a proper imouto ought to towards her older brother is amusingly ironic.
A shame Kyosuke isn’t around to hear any of it.
What a lovely blush…
Super cute Imouto’s hairstyle (perhaps) makes her resemble a miniature Siesta, aside from the eye color, of course.
This fancy anime-style teatime is worthy of Tsumugi herself.
Plus, something else 2D that’s invariably superior to its 3D counterpart:
“W-Well…do it gently, alright?”
Fortunately for the viewers (and Kirino), it didn’t take too long to win Rinko over to her brother’s charms.
None of it gets shown on the show, but any experienced eroge player will identify the scene here as a ‘flag” for an upcoming H-scene.
Kirino’s need for a shower at this point helpfully sets up a nice service scene:
Her time bathing luckily shows clear signs of being setup just right for an eventual DVD de-steaming:
The flashcards Kyosuke uses are a time-honored way for young Japanese to study English, although this one feels to be worded awkwardly.
Poor Kyosuke is unlikely to be able to concentrate much in any case because of, in his own words, his “sister’s ero-voice” coming in through his walls.
It’s good to be reminded that Kirino enjoys her eroge’s big scenes as much as any otaku does.
Kirino’s fluidly animated mini-climax includes some tasty foot fetish material around this point.
Ruri has a lovely response to Ruri no Imouto’s question about the people in her picture: “They’re friends that live in the same world as us.”
Probably owing to the expense of using a different ED almost every episode, the ED sequences for this show tend toward being more statically animated than the norm, but this week’s ED actually had a good amount of new art in it:
The placement of Akiba in the middle of a flurry of heart-themed shots might not be out of place as it would seem to outsiders – the otaku Mecca is definitely the centre of physical eroge culture.
This week’s beautiful ED illustration was once again used as a backdrop for the ED itself: