I really loved this episode! I felt it more than made up for the weirdness of last week by essentially pretending it never happened. Episode 8 almost seems like it exists in some bizarre alternative universe. With no references to Kirino’s novel or anime, this episode is back to basics and more down to Earth – which is where I like my Ore no Imouto! I find the show most enjoyable when Kirino’s otaku exploits are closer to home – it’s much easier to relate to her fangasming over h-games and doujinshi than to her trying to advise an anime adaptation! And there was lots of fangasming to witness this time around, as Kirino puts aside a day to spend at home with a new eroge! So we get to see the full lifecycle of a fanatical eroge player, from the sacred opening ceremony to the final erotic payload, with all the challenges and pleasures of navigating the routes that goes in-between. At each phase, Kirino’s maniacal enthusiasm blasted out of the screen infectiously. Some people might say it was wasteful to dedicate so much time to just Kirino playing an eroge, but I actually think it was an important piece of character development, because until now we’ve only really been told that Kirino loves H-games. But now, for the first time, the audience (and Kyousuke) can actually experience her passion. With a ‘yabai!’ count of over 4 million, this episode was indeed dangerous for Kirino. You almost have to wonder if she’s not as innocent as she says she is in her appreciation of these games.
Koe de Oshigoto is a popular manga series running in the magazine, Comic Gum, which follows the story of a young girl who’s recruited into the frightening and alien world of being an eroge (porn game) voice actress by her older sister on her 16th birthday! The young girl is Aoyagi Kanna, who accepts the job out of a sense of obligation to her older sister, who supported her since the death of their father. What follows is an amusing and erotic foray into the realm of eroge voice acting, which extracts most of its appeal from embarrassment-play of the understandably inexperienced Kanna. An anime adaptation, in the form of an OAD episode bundled with the latest manga volume, was recently released, which has quickly grabbed widespread attention! I liked the sound of this manga since I first heard of it, and briefly dipped into the manga some time ago. But I wasn’t all that excited about this OAD. I thought it would be cheap and reasonably entertaining, but not much more. The casting of Mako as Kanna seemed to be its best asset!
Greed Packet Unlimited (∞) is a recent, ongoing manga series drawn and written by Kamiya Yuu. It started in 2008 and is serialised in the Dengeki Maoh magazine, which is aimed at the seinen demographic. Although the plot and story development is pretty juvenile (a hallmark of most seinen these days), it fits nicely into this demographic with the adult appeal of fanservice, most of which has a loli flavour, and an eroge-playing main character. The premise is as follows (from manga-updates):