Thirty-one episodes later and we find ourselves at the very end of the entire series. Yes, this is the last we’ll see of the Oreimo gang. Like most people I’m sure, I wondered if the ending was going to be as bad as I heard.
As we say goodbye to the gang, Kyousuke says his goodbyes to his high school life. Although it’s his graduating day, there isn’t a sad tone to this first part of the episode. Rather, we return to the regular comedic nature of the show that I’ve grown to love.
News of Kirino’s and Kyousuke’s relationship has already spread somewhat among Kyousuke’s friends, but like Kuroneko and Saori, they don’t really seem to have that much of a problem with it. They may not understand sibling love of this nature, but as I said in my episode 15 review, they can’t help but be supportive when they see how happy the two are.
Besides, they’re not the only ones who are in an unconventional relationship apparently.
Of course since it’s the last episode, there’s one more person Kyousuke and Kirino had to sort out things with; Manami. “The final boss” as Kyousuke puts it.
The final boss and true villain of the entire Oreimo series was upon them. Yes, I’m one of those people who will be blaming things on Manami somewhat; this thread on MyAnimeList and picture actually sum it up the best. You’ll have to click below to read.
Why I don’t necessarily agree with all that’s said, or believe that all of Manami’s actions were centered around a plan to get with Kyousuke, I do think that Manami is to blame for a number of things; ultimately leading to the situation between Kyousuke and Kirino.
First off, as we learned last episode, after Manami told Kirino that she couldn’t marry her brother all those years ago, the cold war between the siblings began; hence she is to blame for creating the huge rift in their relationship.
As pointed out in the thread on MyAnimeList, it’s actually fairly common for younger siblings to love their older siblings so much, in an innocent manner of course, that they say they want to marry them when they grow up. As they grow older it is something that they will almost always grow out of. Like Kirino admitted, what Manami said was right, but the way in which it was said made Kirino feel like a freak.
Since they ended up spending little time together, the regular brotherly-sisterly bonds never formed and Kirino ends up developing a complex for her brother. It is possible that Kirino’s feelings are also partly a result of her trying to get back at Manami for what she said.
Secondly, as we saw in the previous episodes, Manami seemed to have frequent talks with girls like Ayase and Kuroneko, giving them advice on dealing with Kyousuke. When Kyousuke asks Manami if she is surprised about his relationship with Kirino, she admits to having known about the situation for a long time; by this I assume she means Kirino’s feelings and not Kyousuke’s. In other words, she gives advice to multiple girls knowing full well that most of them will end up being heartbroken and knowing that Kirino held feelings for her brother.
Now that I’ve gotten that out the way, let’s continue on.
When Manami said that she was “here to fight”, like Kyousuke I thought she meant that she was there to argue against Kyousuke’s and Kirino’s relationship, using words alone. When Manami threw the first punch I was totally caught off guard as it was quite out of character for her; she was usually rather quiet and reserved.
I suppose the fight scene was reflective of just how deep the grudge between the two went. Kirino had be holding her feelings inside for years with no one to talk to; blaming her tough situation on Manami for saying what she had said. Manami on the other hand had held feelings for Kyousuke for years. To see him taken away from her by the very person who she said would never be with Kyousuke must have torn her apart.
Manami looks so evil here that I just had to throw in this screenshot.
Manami plays a crucial role here since, unlike the others, she points out how most people see their relationship. It’s the harsh reality that someone needed to tell them and acts as a test of just how far their love for one another goes. Of course, Kyousuke passes this test or sorts, willing to give up everything to be with Kirino.
What I found rather funny after this moment was Kyousuke’s comment towards Kirino after she points out that he has rejected so many girls for her.
Every one of them was too good for me
– The wise man Kyousuke Kousaka
So if every one of those girls was too good for you, that makes Kirino the worst girl I suppose… Honestly, how can you say that with a smile on your face to the girl you apparently love. That is the worst possible reply he could have given, yet Kirino doesn’t seem to care being called the worst out of the bunch.
And so we find ourselves at the very end of it all. Kyousuke organizes a fake wedding and they live happily ever after right??
Seriously, that’s how he decided to end the series??!! I had begun the wee hours of the morning with a smile on my face as started up the first OVA the second it was released at midnight on Crunchyroll. Around an hour and a half later I wound up with the smile wiped from my face, furious enough to go on a rant.
Honestly, this is the first time I’ve ever reacted like this to a series. When the last light novel was released I saw tons of people complaining about the ending; one of my friends included. I chose to wait and finish the series off by watching the OVAs, so I didn’t look for a rough translation of the light novel like some people. Some peoples’ hatred even went as far as burning the light novel.
At the time I really couldn’t believe it. I knew that Kirino and Kyousuke would end up dating in the end; I mean it was pretty obvious based on the title and to anyone who watched the series. I assumed that all of the hate surrounding the ending came from supporters of Kuroneko and the other girls who were angered at the fact that Kyousuke chose Kirino over the others.
NOPE!! Turns out people reacted the way they did because the ending was just written horribly. I mean it when I say that this was one of the worst endings to a series I have seen in my entire life. I can understand why some people burnt their copies of the book.
If you’re going to write and ending, either commit 100% to the route you follow or don’t commit at all. I’m not sure what he was thinking when he wrote this. Maybe he was afraid that half the people wouldn’t like an incest ending so he decide to try a make an ending where both sides would be happy. All I can say is no one likes a cop out. If you’re going the incest route, actually make it an incest route, don’t cop out in the end as you’ll end up pissing off everyone.
Personally, I was really enjoying this episode and thought that everything was going smoothly up until the last few minutes. It would have been infinitely better if Kirino and Kyousuke had ended up staying lovers. Instead it looks like Kyousuke will end up being forever alone. I suppose Kirino’s line towards the end of the episode was supposed to be foreshadowing; though I don’t think anyone picked up on it.