- Series: Oreimo (Book 1)
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Manga (September 4, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595829563
- ISBN-13: 978-1595829566
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oreimo, Vol. 1 Paperback – September 4, 2012
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The characters do not act the same as they do in the Anime/Light Novels. I'm not sure if this is from the Translation, or if the original Manga was really this disjointed from the source material. Kirino acts like a brat, and not in the cute way portrayed by the Originals, but in a mean-spirited way. Lots of the material which was suggestive as a joke as been translated out of the story, and therefore the jokes and reactions by the characters are not as enjoyable.
Kirino is the biggest change, the translation makes her act more like an American spoiled brat than a typical middle-school, respectful young girl. I'm not sure if the change was to make the story more appealing to American readers, but I know that the underlying incest joke (no incest actually takes place) is something many American's would find inappropriate, or of bad taste for younger adults to read. It's been toned down in the Translation, and that means a lot of the humor is also gone.
The next big issue with the translation is the constant added swearing, which was not present in either of the original source material, but somehow found it's way into the English version. To shy away from the main context of the story (the growing relationship between a brother and sister) and then adding such stupid language for no reason just feels out of place.Read more ›
Kirino is a 14-year-old sex fantasy ... or maybe she's a nightmare. Her 17-year-old brother Kyousuke doesn't think much of her in the story's opening pages -- in fact, they've ignored each other for years -- although he acknowledges that she's hot. When he finds a risqué anime DVD in the house, he sets out to prove it belongs to Kirino. She doesn't want to admit she's an otaku, but when Kyousuke finally confronts her (which, I suppose for cultural reasons, he does indirectly), Kyousuke discovers that Kirino has a "little sister complex." Not being a student of Japanese anime, I turned to the tvtropes website to discover "little sister" refers to cute, sexy little girls who are the subject of fetishes, frequently involving little sister/older brother romance, in which the older brother tends to be clueless about the little sister's sexuality ... until, you know, the incest starts. Kirino, however, says she knows the difference between fantasy and reality ... there's no incest here.
If Kirino actually got it on with Kyousuke, the story would have been twisted but interesting. As it stands, the story is often dull. Somehow Kirino has gotten a job modeling for a magazine, she's a top student, and she's a skilled athlete. When Kyousuke learns these facts, he begins to admire (or at least respect) his little sister. Kyousuke helps Little Miss Perfect with her various (trivial) problems despite the fact that she's an ungrateful and obnoxious brat, and their travels take them to other devotees of anime who spend a lot of time chatting. This caused me to spend a lot of time yawning. More interesting is a subplot -- will Kyousuke get it on with his study partner?Read more ›
This really has to be one of the cuter mangas out there and at only four volumes, it isn't going to break your bank account to collect them. Oreimo's primary charm is that it doesn't try to go too overboard with very much and lets the story unfold as it will. You just can't help but be charmed by the various characters here. I have to say that it's fairly easy for me to get interested with any manga that deals with otaku life, especially when it tries to take a look at the social stigma that being an otaku still has in Japan. (Especially if you're female.) Oreimo's primary goal is to entertain so there's still quite a bit of comedy in what it does, but there's also a good dollop of drama sprinkled within. There is a bit of fanservice here and there that's a little naughty, but overall it's rather innocent.
The only thing that might give some pause is the relationship between Kirino and Kyousuke. She has a bit of a fixation on incest manga, anime, and games, which brings up the question as to whether or not there will be anything going on between the two of them. If you're someone who likes to avoid this subject matter, rest easy.Read more ›
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Older brother doesn't really know his little sister but in learning more about her hobby he learns more about what she's really like.Published 1 month ago by christopher bailey
I love this anime, and it'll be an amazing addition to my collection.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great series. Currently watching the anime. I hope they continue creating more manga.Published on August 26, 2014 by Fun Ghoul
I thought the story was really strange. I bought the second volume hoping it would pick a different type of story but I was wrong. It wasn't my style. Read morePublished on July 5, 2014 by Kimi Ichinose
This was the first manga that I have ever read and had got me into reading other manga. I really enjoy reading this manga and keeps me guessing on how its going to develop. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Ty