Japan has a time honored tradition of providing quality television programming that is not only entertaining, but also can give you pointers on how to deal with daily troubles. Troubles like; cooking and cleaning, entertaining, picking up men, choosing a bra, and having sex with a sibling. Yes, it seems like sibling loving is such a problem, they feel the need to highlight it, seasonally, in their entertainment. Well this seasons incest offering comes from Zexcs, purveyors of shows such as, well, nothing good.
This show is billed as being about a sister that throws away her brothers non incest related porn. Now, while that does happen, that’s not what this rotting seagull is about. If the opening says anything about the actual content of this abomination, then this show is about a girl that works her brother into compromising positions for the purpose of fan service and panty shots. At least they admit that. So really this is supposed to be some kind of incest related show right? Well sorta.
So about 3/4 through I thought of Kiss x Sis. Remember that show? It’s incest right? No. They’re only siblings by marriage. Well in “I don’t like you…” they’re not even related at all. She’s just an orphan. Oh, did I spoil it? Good, Don’t watch this. It’s really just a cheap, poorly made Kiss x Sis rip-off. The fan service is mostly panty shots as well as out of context and unnecessary. They also use a penguin face as censoring. Is the penguin the Japanese version of the American Beaver? I don’t know.
Character designer Madoka Hirayama has done work in much better shows, and can design nicer looking characters. The characters limbs are thin and gangly, similar to xxxHolic, but not done as well. The faces are simple and blocky, but not quite sharp. The cloths always look 4 sizes too big. The whole design looks like it was sketched out on a used cocktail napkin over a case of Colt45’s right before Hirayama lost it all over the bar. That’s not to say it’s not faithful to the manga’s art style. The original creator of this show is mangaka Kouichi Kusano, who seems to have done nothing else, and should probably keep it that way. His drawing style is simplistic and the story is tired and unoriginal.
Director Keitaro Motonaga has done some good work, although mostly as Assistant Director. The pacing of the episode is somewhat odd and I think the show’s hook could have been brought out in a later episode, rather than blowing it’s load with 11 more episodes to go. Pushing the money shot so early leaves the viewer with no questions about where the show is going. That could be a good thing, I guess, as those that don’t like the direction can give up right away, knowing they most likely will not be missing anything.
As the first new show I’ve watched in nearly a year, I feel like Japan is turning away newcomers and trying to shrink their fan-base in the US. I could see younger fans coming across this show and giving up.