“ImoCho,” Recently, My Sister is Unusual: Episode 1


[HorribleSubs] ImoCho - Another Shitty Sister LN Adaptation - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_13.53_[2014.01.06_19.53.45]

Initial rating: 7/10

Entertaining, absurd, and comedic. The ecchi was a bit surprising but this show doesn’t really shout fanservice tsunami.

ImoCho – Recently, My Sister is Unusual (最近、妹のようすがちょっとおかしいんだが)

Studio: Project No.9

Yuuya Kanzaki’s father and his new little step-sister Mitsuki Kanzaki’s mother recently got married and they all moved in together. This episode takes place on the first morning after everyone moved in. Yuuya wishes to have a normal relationship with his new step-sister since their parents will be traveling soon but Mitsuki decides to get possessed by a ghost – involuntarily of course. This ghost, Hiyori Kotobuki, places a heaven-grade chastity belt on Mitsuki with unusual mechanisms that will force Mitsuki to wear the belt until certain conditions are met.

Characters:

[HorribleSubs] ImoCho - Another Shitty Sister LN Adaptation - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.33_[2014.01.06_19.46.09]Mitsuki Kanzaki (神前 夕哉)

VA: Chinami Hashimoto

The main protagonists. Normal Highschooler but she seems a bit frail, introverted, and reserved when interacting with her new step-father and step-mother. Not much is introduced about her besides being the target of a ghost which may have been intentional.


[HorribleSubs] ImoCho - Another Shitty Sister LN Adaptation - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.11_[2014.01.06_19.57.48]Yuuya Kanzaki (神前 美月)

VA: Junji Majima

Another protagonist of the story and Mitsuki’s step-brother. He wants to have a normal relationship with his new sister because of their parents going out of town. He is the victim of Hiyori’s deviant contraptions. He is seemingly normal.


[HorribleSubs] ImoCho - Another Shitty Sister LN Adaptation - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.52_[2014.01.06_19.54.50]Hiyori Kotobuki (寿 日和)

VA: Yui Ogura

The ghost who somewhat intentionally chooses Mitsuki as her target of possession. She is eccentric and quite erotic – supported by her subtle rape scene with Mitsuki. She doesn’t have much regard for the well-being of Mitsuki and may relish from her discomfort.


[HorribleSubs] ImoCho - Another Shitty Sister LN Adaptation - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_01.06_[2014.01.06_19.58.17]Kyoko Kozaki (神前 香子)

VA: Miki Ito

Mitsuki’s mother. Going out of town for whatever reason.





[HorribleSubs] ImoCho - Another Shitty Sister LN Adaptation - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.58_[2014.01.06_19.50.38]Yuuya’s Father.

His name isn’t exactly revealed in this episode. He goes out of town to do work in India for a construction business.





[HorribleSubs] ImoCho - Another Shitty Sister LN Adaptation - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_17.03_[2014.01.06_19.55.49]Neko (根子)

VA: Mikoi Sasaki

Mysterious girl, a classmate of Yuuya’s who shows up to give him a small sense of forewarning.





[HorribleSubs] ImoCho - Another Shitty Sister LN Adaptation - 01 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.15_[2014.01.06_19.51.07]Shotaro Torii (鳥井 正太郎)

VA: Yasuaki Takumi

Another classmate of Yuuya. Seems to be a close friend and is intrigued by Yuuya’s new step-sister situation.



 

Discussion:

The very first aspect of ImoCho that immediately stood out to me was the art style. It was exactly like the character designs from Idolm@ster with a few variations to animation style. I was expecting the typical OreImo dramatic love story but was surprised to find this setting to be much more fantasy based and way more comedic. The characters really don’t stand out as anything beyond normal and slightly boring, but normal people in extreme situations can possibly make for good watching. The censoring in this show is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I’m all for ecchi but I have a feeling this area of fanservice can kill the show for me.

This show is fairly straightforward which is a step in the right direction. I had to do a bit of research on the show, but in this episode the purpose of the chastity belt isn’t revealed but doesn’t seem necessary considering half the episode takes place between a soft-rape scene and the bathroom. And who exactly is this Hiyori girl anyways? More will definitely be explained later.

Personally, I like outrageous shows simply because they are consistently outrageous with no regard to limiting fan service or any necessity to explain any unexplainable phenomenon. This premier was entertaining but definitely didn’t blow me away. Despite Mitsuki not being waifu material and immediately opening up to some generic anime tropes (IE. Imouto love, high school protagonists, and parents out of town), I thought ImoCho was a bit refreshing and original. I might need to read more light novels or play more visual novels…

Predictions for next week:

Well I’d definitely like to figure out who the hell the ghost is. This ain’t no Golden Time so I ain’t got no time for pointless paranormal emo kids. We already know the premise of the show before watching the show lets see how the three episode rule plays out for this series.

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About Clooby
I am half Korean from my mother's side while the other half is a mix of Cherokee Indian and German I grew up in Seoul, Korea swimming competitively and playing Counter-Strike, Halo 3, and Call of Duty semi-professionally for cash prizes. My favorite anime series include FMA, The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, Steins;Gate, and Gurren Lagann among others.

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