What’s the show? My Sister, My Writer. Episode 1.
And what’s it about? Yu Nagami is an inspiring light novelist, in fact it’s his one dream in life to become a published author. Other than that he has an ordinary life, a doting but controlling younger sister named Suzuka, a boring school life plus the various competitions he enters in order to get his novels noticed. A new day brings a new rejection from an aforementioned contest but things quickly take a turn for the unexpected when his sister comes to him with the news that she’s won the very novel writing contest that he failed to qualify for, and not just that but the novel in question is a ~forbidden love~ romance between a younger sister and an older brother! And to complicate matters more Suzuka wants him to be the one to take credit for the novel, as she can’t risk being the one responsible for its creation.
“Brother”, “Sister”, “Romance”. This isn’t one of those anime is it? I don’t know what you could possibly be referring to, this is just the innocent and innocuous tale of a horny girl who wants to date her brother, nothing more than that!
…why are you like this? Incest is legal in Japan. Don’t judge! Don’t hate! Don’t discriminate.
Everyone reading this review right now, it’s ~totally~ okay if you just close the window you’re reading this on and never come back, he’s clearly lost his mind. I’m not having this debate with you; this is an episodic review of a romantic comedy—not a soapbox on complex societal issues!
It’s not that complicated, “don’t fuck your sibling” there, was that hard? You’re such a square…
*rolls eyes* So is this show actually any good? Like honestly, ignoring your propensity for defending this kind of… thing… Honestly? It’s a bit rough round the edges, it’s a bit slow too, but it has its moments. Truthfully the titular couple are kind of dull, thankfully they’re surrounded by a bunch of much more interesting supporting characters. Not the least is Yu’s legal loli boss at the bookstore who’s the source of some of this episode’s ~censored~ fan-service as well as the best laughs. His agent is pretty good too—though her appearance is even briefer than the aforementioned, hopefully we get more of them (at least enough so I can actually remember their names!)
So, uh, final opinion on the first episode of ‘My Sister, My Writer’? First of all, that title kinda sucks, its not even close to an accurate translation of the Japanese and it’s just trying to be as vague as possible to not offend the “normies” out there. Secondly, this show is pretty great—if you live in a world where ‘Eromanga Sensei’ and ‘A Sister’s All You Need’ don’t exist. Obviously it’s unfair to compare full fledged complete anime to a first episode of a show that has very little ~anticipation~ in the West, but the comparison still stands and this little show has a lot of growing up to be able to compare to the aforementioned. It’s not a train-wreck, in-fact it has some good character moments and the fact it sees the “romance” from the perspective of both parties is interesting—but it’s still a far cry from being worth a recommendation to anyone who isn’t already into this kind of show. It is however immediately a lot more kinky and sexual than Eromanga was so it’s got that much in its favour… I mean if you’re into that kind of thing…
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