What’s the show? My Sister, My Writer. Episode 6.
So how’s this episode? As far as ‘My Sister, My Writer’ episodes go it may be the most visually stable and narratively coherent since the first episode. Which doesn’t make for the most entertaining experience at least in regard to making fun of it in a review. Not that I ever outright do because I do honestly think this show has potential and I think it’s written by someone who’s at least familiar with the writing industry–though that’s not much of a stretch considering it’s based on a light novel about a night novelist… I’m not sure where I’m going with that thought…
Uh-huh, so what’s the episode about? Comiket! Or whatever this show’s equivalent of that is–and even though I’ve never been to a Comiket (for those of you who don’t know it’s basically a convention in Japan where doujinshi artists gather to sell their wares as well as exclusive artwork just for Comiket attendees–
And for those of us who don’t know what a “doujinshi” is? Well if you’ve gotten this far and don’t know then you really haven’t been paying attention but ‘doujinshi’ or ‘doujin’ for short are professional quality, fan-made comics that while not always pornographic in nature ~usually~ are. They often depict characters from existing manga and anime, though original doujin’s can get popular too and are sometimes adapted into hentai videos.
Great. Thanks for that. What, you asked!
So what does this show have to do with all that? Well Yu and Suzuka are there selling books but that’s not really important as Ahegao Double Peace sensei comes over (obviously there selling her own doujins) when we’re introduced to two new characters, because that’s what this show needs more characters. They are sisters Haruna and Akino Kanzaka, doujin author and illustrator respectively and bitter rivals of Double Peace. One of the sister’s makes some disparaging remarks about the book she illustrating (that being the siscon story that Suzuka wrote) and Suzuka being very proud about her book (which she’s still pretending Yu wrote) demands an apology from the more vocally bitchy one–she agrees to only if Double Peace and the others partake in a doujin competition, the subject being a doujin based on Suzuka’s novel and if Suzuka and the others lose they have to agree to never write another book again!
*gasp* Yeah the stakes ~actually~ don’t matter, because Suzuka is the one doing the writing and it’s under a pen-name that Yu has adopted so like, even if they lose they could just continue writing under a new name but whatever, we need to get some fan-service shenanigans in! So Yu and Suzuka go back to Double Peace’s house (her bedroom looks a lot like my office) and in order for her to get “visual inspiration” for the doujin she has Yu and Suzuka act out some S&M.
…Okay. This scene is genuinely hilarious, and that also raises something that no amount of bad animation can ruin–the voice acting which is honestly really great in this scene. Plus Double Peace sensei is just so much fun to watch her get caught up in the moment.
And the rest of the episode? Honestly, the second half of the episode is mediocre at best. Something to do with Yu and Suzuka going on a date at their culture festival and then having to step in for a stage performance as a Prince and Princess in love when the original lead actors get sick. This show is better when the side characters are around (any of them), when they are not the show suffers for it. And that’s all I really have to say, the next episode’s title promises more doujin related activities so I’m looking forward to that!
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