Fall 2018 Anime

“I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Drawn That Way” – ‘My Sister, My Writer’ Episode 2 Review

"I'm Not Bad, I'm Just Drawn That Way" - An Anime QandA Review of 'My Sister, My Writer' Episode 2

What’s the show? My Sister, My Writer. Episode 2.

So how’s this episode? So, uh, this show is kinda crappy but I still love it—I mean I think I love it even more because it’s such trash. And unlike, say, ‘Conception’ which is probably at least passingly self-aware of its own shortcomings and leans in to the absurdity of its whole premise, ‘My Sister, My Writer’ is just inept and terrible and I can’t help but love every minute of it!

So this is a ‘so bad it’s good’ kind of deal? Maybe, I mean I’ve kind of always hated that term because it feels insulting to the person who made it, but yeah this kind of fits the bill. The animation has deteriorated further from the first episode and I’m not going to complain about that because it’s evident this is either a rushed or troubled production but it kind of adds to the appeal because much like ‘Music Girls’ last season—which had ~loose~ animation. The thing that’s hilarious (and rather telling of the show’s priorities) is whenever it’s a talking scene the animation is pretty bad—like faces are off model every second it seems. But as soon as there’s fan-service you better believe this show brings its A-game!

What are faces?

That sounds like the show is made for you. I know you mean that as an insult but I am absolutely okay with that! What’s more is that apparently this show is getting an uncensored version, and what’s even better is I don’t have to wait for a blu-ray 3 months down the track, it’s getting an AT-X cable version within a matter of days (from the time of this review)!

You’re so excited, like a 30 year-old kid in a candy store… this is an insult too. Your words mean nothing to me; I am impervious to your jibes!

Okay! *erases bad animation*

So are you going to talk about the actual episode now? Well a lot happens so I’ll try and be succinct. Yuu and his sister Suzuka discuss Volume 2 of the light novel, which she’s in the midst of writing. Meanwhile at school Yuu is suddenly confronted by the most popular girl in school Mai Himuro—who drags him to the rooftop for a confession. Turns out she’s also a light novelist and is a massive fan of his debut work, but he as it turns out is a huge fan of ~her~ light novel! She stalks him home, propositions him in front of his extremely jealous little sister and well, nothing really eventuates from that. Afterwards he explains the situation to his sister and she takes the opportunity to request a ‘date’ with her brother, for “research” purposes of course. They go to Akihabara, look at some light novels, then end up running into light novel artist ‘Ahegao Double Peace’ in an eroge game store where things get all manner of ~lewd~ causing the poor innocent Suzuka to overheat. And…

It’s… ~abstract art~ okay?

Are we done yet?! What?

Nobody cares about the ~plot~ of this show, don’t pretend otherwise. That may be true, but what do you suggest, that I just turn this into some sort of shallow ~fan-service~ review?

Maybe! Isn’t that why you’re watching this show, why you’re so ~keen~ for that “uncensored version”? I’ll admit this show serves a purpose; it panders to many of my anime related interests. But it’s also a bit of subversive, and dabbles in the same circles I enjoy… any show that goes to Akiba in its 2nd episode is doing right in my books. Plus, the side characters are just so much more interesting than the two leads that I can’t help but be happy when they feature prominently. Make fun of ‘Ahegao Double Peace’ all you want but she’s ~exactly~ the kind of counter-culture, sex-positive character I love seeing in my anime!


So final thoughts on the episode? Give me more of this filthy trash, shovel it into my eye-holes and let me wallow in its imperfect perfection!

You have some serious problems, you know that? I know. I know…

*Curb Your Enthusiasm music plays*

Previous My Sister, My Writer Reviews:

Family Matters – Episode 1 Review

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2 comments on ““I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Drawn That Way” – ‘My Sister, My Writer’ Episode 2 Review

  1. I just couldn’t take it after 5 minutes of what felt like the world’s stupidest conversation between Yuu and Mai while having a derpface contest. It’s good to know that you’ll watch this one for us. 🙂

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