Project Haruhi

Review – My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute! 1

Life with a sister is... unique.

I don't get it. No matter how annoying, overrated and absolutely idiotic slice-of-life anime is, I keep coming back for more. With K-ON!! finally on the shelf, I found myself wanting another silly, frivolous show to fritter my time away. Preferably, I wanted one that was actually GOOD this time around--one that, unlike K-ON!!, wouldn't fill me with an unspeakable hatred. And the result of my search was an anime with an absurdly long title: My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute!.

From the preview, this sister-love story looked fairly interesting: an anime with a tsundere who's secretly an otaku. The episode mainly centers on the family and their characteristics. It also, of course, reveals Kirino's secret of being an otaku, which she's been hiding for some time because of embarrassment. She finally confesses to her brother, and he agrees to help her with any problems that may arise from her nerdiness.

Read into the review after the break.

What I Liked

The Characters: The characters, while not anything new, are definitely refreshing compared to what I've been seeing the past few months. We have the tsundere secret otaku sister, the stubborn yet helpful brother, the strict and otaku-hating father, and a mother who appears to have some perverted visions.  It sounds like an ugly mixed-bag of characters, but it surprisingly adds more humor to the story than expected. The sister was definitely my favorite; her mixture of tsundere and otaku traits made for a more unique character. Although the brother acts as though he's a jerk, you can tell that he cares for his sister when he agrees to help her. It makes him much more likable than his demeanor might suggest. It's just the first episode, so they could easily go down the wrong path and be ruined, but right now they're refreshing to see.

The Humor: If this episode got one thing nailed, it was the humor. It had me laughing multiple times throughout. It has some sexual jokes, but they're used sparingly enough to be tasteful and funny. Kirino was probably the funniest character, since her tsundere and otaku tendencies resulted in some unique antics. Playing her against Kyou's stubborn attitude created all kinds of jokes that you'd never expect. There were also some interesting twists that hit me at just the right points when I let my guard down. It's not perfect, but it does a fine job at making you laugh.

The References: This episode had tons of references to other anime and games--mainly in one particular scene. This was just a minor detail I noticed, with it taking a game/anime's name and throwing in the word "sister" somewhere in it. Not isn't that big of a deal, but I enjoyed it regardless.

What I Hated:

The Secondary Characters & Setting Explanation: The exposition itself was solid, explaining the characters and whatnot. What I disliked was how it didn't do much outside of that. The main characters are briefly introduced, we learn Kyou's sister is an otaku...and that's about it. It doesn't show many more characters outside of the main family or the protagonists, and the few they do show aren't shown enough for viewers to get a good idea of who they're supposed to be. Still, it's the first episode, so I'll cut them some slack for not introducing every character to the fullest extent. They also don't explain where exactly in Japan they are. It just felt to me as though nothing was very well explained outside of the main characters, and even they didn't go into much more detail than their personalities.

Stressing the Fact That Kirino is Indeed an Otaku: Throughout the last half of the episode, they try way too hard to make Kirino an otaku. After we see her collection, I think most can concur that she's a big gaming/anime-watching nerd. But they rehash that fact to no end, making it a little overdone when we see her treat video game characters as real people. It starts to get tiresome after seeing this fact overemphasized again and again. This is just a minor flaw, though, and it really doesn't annoy me that much; they wanted to prove she was an otaku and that's precisely what they did.

Overall Thoughts

I'll admit, this anime impressed me more than I was expecting. It had some great jokes and it managed to keep me watching without hating it. A few minor flaws annoyed me slightly, but it didn't hurt my overall impression in the end. I'll definitely tune in for the next episode!


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  • Kei

    I agree! This show was a pleasant surprise. While I didn’t find it laugh-out-loud funny, I did find it very heartwarming. I’m especially appreciative of how Kirino was a restrained tsundere, instead of an over-the-top man-beating hellion like we see in MM!.

  • I agree and I’ll keep watching it… A welcome change from P&S..

  • Ryu

    Was pretty much my reaction to this series.

    I’m not seeing anything redeeming the fact that I find it creepy as all hell and dull, other than the art which was actually pretty good. It’s a shame that these production values couldn’t have been put towards something else.

  • Im not sure why, but I’m not fond of almost all male protagonists from animes. They are generic and sometimes they are whiny and annoying. There are some exceptions though such as Sanzo from Saiyuki, Alucard from Hellsing, and even Kyon from Haruhi. This guy looks and sounds like a protagonist that I won’t give a dam.

  • I am a shamless slice of life fan but I especially loved this because I too am a closet otaku, although not to the extent of Kirino. In my situation the only person who knows about my otakuish ways is my youngest brother; it’s like watching me in reverse almost XD. I can easily relate to the main characters and if a show can do that it’s a winner in my opinion, although with that said it’s quite a niche market.

    • Kei

      Agreed. This show is so steeped in otaku culture that it will only appeal to a very limited subset of fans.

  • The fact that this is good has to be the most surprising thing this season; the awkward and somewhat creepy humor really won me over.

  • Turns out the thing I like about the show the most is the counter-view of otaku that we’re used to seeing in anime. Seeing being an otaku as something to be ashamed of, was really quite nice after seeing so many anime where being an otaku is a normal thing.
    The other thing I like was the fact that the show is making a sibling love story. Not a romance. A story about two siblings actually starting to act like siblings and love each other as opposed to rivals.

    The show is cute, and the comedy doesn’t always bring a laugh, but I’ve liked it better than any other fall anime thus far.
    who knows, maybe just because it hits home a little for me.

  • I’m coming to grips with the fact that I’m probably the only person on this planet who didn’t love this first episode.

  • I’m coming to grips with the fact that I’m probably the only person on this planet who didn’t love this first episode.