Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne! What a long-ass name. And to be honest, the little-sister fever is getting on me right now… ARGH… Wait, I hope it’s only because of Akiko’s hime cut…
Seeing Silver Link’s Tasogare Otome x Amnesia and BakaTest, one would note their potentials to make something that’s visually great with great detailing quite polished art, and with stunning animation that paints the setting’s aura properly. Their work with Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne! is strangely inconsistent with the quality of the two aforementioned titles. While the teaser character designs are incredibly detailed, polished, and sharpened; putting them on-screen seemed to be a big issue especially with a handful of off-modeling and poor detailing present in several scenes. Like in K, the character designs in this series are, too, inspired by other series but this one has a definite and unique character design. It’s notable that Akito and Akiko’s character designs are similar to OreImo‘s Kyousuke and Kuroneko, respectively, but several design queues on Akiko’s make her design unique from the rest of the characters’ designs. Other character designs do their job to portray their characters, but they’re too generic to stand-out however. Background and setting art are blandly detailed, polishing and sharpening for them don’t exist. I won’t go further on the details of the animation — it’s too shabby, rushed, and could-have-been-way-better.
The voice acting exude proper tones and pitches for the portrayal of the characters, but the total effort isn’t convincing. This series, however; highlights the exhibition of the abilities of two new seiyuu, Ohsaka Ryota and Kido Ibuki, with the latter having this series as her debut in the scene. The ending theme song is a typical harem anime with some electric guitar beat and vocals by the female seiyuu starring on the series. Background music isn’t noticeable, or did not exist, at all.
If you’ve seen similar brother-sister incest-esque light novel adaptations from before, this would be very familiar to you. The episode plot is similar to the earlier series, just add a little change in the characters, and that’s it; you get this series. This series is essentially, and definitely, generic in writing. Don’t even expect for some humorous fanservice, it’s even shabbily made. Script for the entire episode is mediocre and predictable. In the end, the only thing unique to this series is the story.
Like most harem romantic comedies, Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne! hasn’t escaped the jinx of sticking to an expected formula. Watch this only if you’re a fan of brother-sister complex, romantic comedy harem, and/or light novel adaptation stores; a fan of watching-out for upcoming seiyuu; obsessed with heroines with hime cut; or if you want to entertain yourself by trying out something bland.
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