Impression – Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai., Episode 03

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Episode 03 – “My Friend Can’t Take Off Her Glasses”

It’s weird when you think you know a character and then everything gets turned around. I mean, we knew that there had to be more to Saori’s character from the first season, and we finally get to find out about it this week (and what she looks like without her glasses!). As a child, she was incredibly shy and her otaku sister dragged her along to her circle. Saori gradually grew out of her shell and began to love every second of her time with them. However, good things always come to an end as Saori’s sister suddenly declares that she’s getting married and leaving the circle. One by one, the circle drifts aparts.

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Kanata Kurusu (CV: Rie Kugimiya, as in Nagi from Hayate no Gotoku!), the girl of many names and creator of Kuroneko’s favorite series, imparts Saori with her trademark swirly glasses before she leaves. This prompts Saori to look for members for her own circle and even changing her wardrobe to match Kanata’s (the classic long-sleeved button-up shirt with jeans, though does she only have one pair?). She later meets Kirino, Kuroneko, and Kyousuke, and the rest as they say is history.

While it may seem harsh that Saori’s sister left the circle without warning, even going as far as saying that the circle only regarded Saori as the little sister who didn’t really do anything, she did it for Saori’s own good. If she hadn’t, Saori would have relied on her sister and her friends for everything. This way, she was forced to make friends she could call her own and even call the shots sometimes. As shown at the end, Saori’s sister wasn’t completely heartless and even came back with the rest of the circle to wish her a happy birthday.

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I really enjoyed this episode because goes to show how multifaceted each of the characters in the series is. I also like how we’re seeing more of the other characters this season too, like Ayase in the last episode. The series in general pushes the idea that not all otaku are crazed maniacs, as society would depict them. Different people have different reasons for picking up the hobbies that they enjoy.

B.W.

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