Oreimo, Volume 1

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High-school student Kyosuke doesn't get along with his cranky, dismissive, and secretive 14-year-old little sister Kirino, but he finds himself somehow protecting Kirino's secrets — she's not only a fashion model and a great student, but she's got a huge collection of naughty video games and anime! This hilarious, charming hit series is filled with surprises and outrageous laughs. Who says girls can't be otaku, too?
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Overview

High-school student Kyosuke doesn't get along with his cranky, dismissive, and secretive 14-year-old little sister Kirino, but he finds himself somehow protecting Kirino's secrets — she's not only a fashion model and a great student, but she's got a huge collection of naughty video games and anime! This hilarious, charming hit series is filled with surprises and outrageous laughs. Who says girls can't be otaku, too?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An average high schooler has a gorgeous 14-year-old younger sister, Kirino, in this manga. She despises him, until he finds out about her secret stash of geeky anime (most involving younger sisters, which raises disturbing implications). Then she turns him into a confidante, rebuilding their relationship on grounds that make him uncomfortable. Like the protagonist, readers may also find themselves uncomfortable, due to the focus on Kirino’s attractiveness, including panty and cleavage shots. She’s thrilled at having someone to share her fandom with, but he doesn’t get the appeal of the focus on cute little girls, and the obvious contrast with Kirino’s own behavior is sledge-hammered at the reader. At the same time, readers are encouraged to indulge their own “little sister” fantasies. The series is being promoted as “hilarious,” but there’s not much humor. Instead, the book requires a tolerance for both scenes of extreme discomfort and implications of incest. The manga is based on a light novel series and anime, which may explain why the art is basic, sparse, and uninspiring—except for the body parts, which are given loving focus. A thoroughly unpleasant work, it’s the kind of series that gives manga a bad reputation. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595829566
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Series: Oreimo Series , #1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 379,195
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    The editorial review missed the point of the book entirely. The

    The editorial review missed the point of the book entirely. The book has to use such an uncomfortable and taboo setting because the whole point of the book and series is understanding, standing up for what you believe in, growing up, and friendship. The editor doesn't know much about the Japanese culture and so the humor isn't there. The art caters to the people who actually play eroge and visual novels and since the story revolves around Kirino's passionate hobby of eroge, it's quite brilliant to double up on the theme. While the series markets a suggestively incestuous theme, readers will come to find it really doesn't advance into that sort of relation between the two siblings. This series is worth a read if you actually care to look beyond the ridiculous taboo theme and into the heart of the story.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

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    As mentioned previously, the editorial review utterly missed the

    As mentioned previously, the editorial review utterly missed the mark. Atop said reasons, the theme also puts emphasis and brings question to moral standings of whom one should love and express feelings for. The series succeeds in creating a marvelous potential in how a protagonist reforges the relationship with a sibling, in particular one who portrays both extremities of society (popular and seclusive).
    The editor does heavily distort the primary focus of the manga, including the obligatory voyeur shots of the genre, due to an inferred bias. The 'disturbing implications' only rest on the surface of the games-within-the-series' goals; the series itself does not venture any further than an innocent farce between the siblings (though the last installment may prove otherwise soon enough). I honestly don't know what metric of reputation the writer holds for manga (a linear cliché mold, surely), but that expression cannot be more incorrect. Granted, as a spinoff writer of the same series, I cannot vow a neutral opinion.
    The manga adaptation doesn't cover as much of the content and depth as the original light novel, but the artwork does bring sufficient illustrations to relate Kyousuke's perspective on events that unfold. This drawing style suits much better to those who enjoy the bubbly highlight and cutesy representation of characters akin to shoujo.
    I highly recommend- if not implore- anyone who likes romance in their readings to take up this series, especially if the light novels are ever imported/localized. This kind of fiction really brings justice to eastern literature (definitely not 'thoroughly unpleasant,' which I find "hilarious").

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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