After the drama caused from the last episode, we get to explore the life of three otaku girls with Kirino playing eroge, Kuroneko babysitting her little sister and the other… well.
I have always wondered about Saori since she always seems to conceal her identity with the clothing and glasses she wears. The irony is Saori is a really attractive rich girl, which orders a maid outfit. That explains why she can afford so much Anime merchandise as proven by her sent package to Kirino. It was predictable from the foreshadowing of Saori in the previous episodes.
Kuroneko on the other hand seems to have a different personality when she takes care of her little sister. Quite frankly, her little sister is into Meruru so much that Kuroneko became disgusted, but still goes along with it. It seems that Kuroneko’s influence over her little sister doesn’t seem to work since she gives in and even makes a plush toy of the mascot to grow her sister’s interest a bit more.
Towards the end, Kuroneko is full of teenage angst by the stuff she writes on a social networking site. She acts the same way when she interact with other people, especially her friends… To her, it’s a way to cover up her shyness and the lack of social skills. In the end, she will eventually need to stop being so angsy so people will be more willing to talk with her, especially when she starts seeking for a job.
As for Kirino, I never knew eroge visual novels were serious business. She seems to scream at the computer when Rinko-chan is tsuntsun and gets really excited when Miyabi-chan says “Onii-chan daisuki!” for instance. She really enjoys the game so much that it disturbs Kyousuke’s studying. When I play visual novels, I don’t scream when I get mad at a character or get excited over an eroge scene. Actually, I disable them since I find it pretty disgusting.
Ironically, Kirino is so tsuntsun towards her brother, but happy towards the sister(s) in the game… Oh the hypocrisy! My theory is that she seems to understand little sisters opposed to big brothers since she is one.
Even though this episode was fillerish, it’s a pretty important one to transition to the next episode. The normal lives of Kuroneko and Saori was pretty surprising for people who just watch the show since viewers that haven’t read the light novel already got an impression of them before this episode. While Kirino can be creepy at times, especially with the eroge scenes, this episode was enjoyable compared to the last.
Lastly, this episode made me speculate about those maid outfits Saori bought considering the next title mentions cosplay. My assumption is that Saori is going to have her best friends (Kirino and/or Kuroneko) to dress up in one… If that is the case, I can’t wait!
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I’m still amazed that people actually play eroge.
They actually do… if they didn’t, companies wouldn’t be producing those games come to think about it.
My fondness for Saori has grown even more with this episode! (I only watch the anime, and haven’t read the light novels.) It’s sort of the same reason my favorite among the K-ON! girls is Tsumugi — I like women from dignified or wealthy backgrounds who aren’t afraid to indulge in their apparently silly or childish pursuits, like anime or light music. Poor Saori probably has to lead a double life, though, with which I can empathize…
It’s also quite surprising that Saori doesn’t fit the Otaku archetype of being anti-social… She can interact and socialize with other people… Maybe the disguise she uses hides her true identify. Pretty surprising nobody found out about it while Nogizaka Haruka got the beans spilled when she was tripped by someone.
The sounds that Kirino were making? Positively creepy! Talk about awkward. I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or shake my head because… yeah.
Kuroneko: proves once again why she’s my favorite character out of all the ones in the show thus far. She’s kind towards her sister and really does have to work harder than everyone else just to get where she wants to be. That’s an attitude I can totally support.
Saori, well, that wasn’t too surprising though it does set up a rather interesting premise for some future episode.
All in all, decent episode that epitomizes what I like to see out of slice of life. Well, except for the contempt I have for Kirino, but eh, what else is new in that department.
I don’t mind Kirino since I am a sucker for tsunderes, but she is pretty perverted… I mean, incest with a really young sister… while its fun and games in video games, it’s so wrong in real life. Maybe Mio-sempai should break out sadist personality on Kirino… (I’m kidding, btw.)
Kuroneko is probably a better sister compared to Kirino since she is caring to her siblings. Kirino on the other hand treats Kyousuke like a piece of crap… Kuroneko’s personality probably fits well with Kyousuke, even though it will friend-zone his meganekko childhood friend… but whatever. :p
I don’t really think Kuroneko was annoyed by her younger sister watching the Meruru DVDs. It was more like she saw its appeal from the people who watch it, which somehow gave her a deeper understanding as to why Kirino liked it as well.
Also, yes, Kuroneko is good at hiding her otaku powerlevels. It makes me fall for her even more.
It’s a good point… Kuroneko probably wants to get her little sister to get into Anime and a cute show like Meruru (which reminds me of Nanoha) is the best way to do it… Who knows, Kuroneko might get something out of it someday… Then again, most people don’t care so much about the moe, except the haters of course.