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Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!
[Score: 72% = maximum "Watch+"]
An aggressive harem comedy with heavy focus on ecchi elements such as frontal nudity and breasts, suffering from shallow characters with occasionally shameless behavior. Thus the "secret younger sister" plot, together with an interesting male lead who has to stand his ground against a conspiracy within his own future company, is the much more interesting layer with lots of story twists and hidden agendas - is there anybody who can be trusted? This scheming and machination element alone made this series worth watching for me as a mystery show following the given clues, whereas the romance component failed to convince me.Yes, a fanboy's wildest dream. Shougo's mother even put her son into his own apartment to avoid any "restrictions" that would apply to the school dorm, so he's free to do with these girls whatever he likes to. Then again, this show doesn't rely on aliens or goddesses for the harem contenders: The girls do have a plausible goal, with Shougo being the well-known Mikadono heir and his wealth being at stake for his future bride. And I wouldn't be surprised if his mother also leaked some information to the girls at school to speed up the process...
The "secret younger sister" theme adds an interesting twist to this show: Konoe, the cute and playful girl with a "fated" head start is so obviously the favorite that any other girl will have a hard time to even credibly compete with her; therefore she would be the perfect candidate for the "imouto" and thus not being eligible, in order to not make the whole competition boring. But if she were out then the winner might well be a disappointment for the audience - so how will they make this play out? And there's one problem with this subplot: If the sister is so afraid of becoming known to the public, then why contact Shougo in the first place?
Technical attributes are standard fare, with the girls' faces being childishly cute for marriage candidates, even more so given their aggressive behavior (significantly more than in Ichigo 100% TV). The ecchi level is pretty high, with T&A fan-service and Konoe playing with her boobs in the first episode already. Thus any rating above "Watch" is rather unlikely right from the start. And still, Konoe alone might have been sufficient for watching this show as she's neither a denial queen nor a tsundere or stupid or a damsel in distress; unfortunately she's not much of a character either. Miyabi, on the other hand, has a long way to go to at least become a likable character, not to mention a real contender. But in the end, it's the hidden agenda part that saves the day, regardless how shallow the girls remain. And it's Shougo who finally understands what's going on and takes the initiative, thus showing the best character growth within this series.
Last updated Tuesday, June 11 2013. Created Monday, May 27 2013.
Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!
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Ah yes, the fanboy's wildest dream come true: sexy girls are throwing themselves at you, and you have only to choose which one(s) you want. Of course the clever guy never firmly selects one, so that he can keep a harem of hot chicks competing with one another for his attention. Fortunately Shougo seems like a responsible guy, though it's too soon to say if any of the girls has much of a mind to her. So far their bodies are getting far more attention than their brains. Not only is there the unknown sister twist, but something funny seems to be going on behind the scenes--why else would the trouble have been taken for Shougo to notice the odd cellphone which the first girl he meets is carrying, when the same time could have been spent showing another set of bouncing boobs? The jokes get fairly risque ("They're so soft and full of cream--like cream puffs!"), which is kind of amusing; otherwise there is little to laugh at. Will this show just be a matter of wishful thinking with cardboard characters, or will some sort of semi-plausible plot develop? So far Nakaimo looks to be fanservice driven and pretty dull. When I first watched this, the thought occured to me that I couldn't remember any of these formulaic harem series from the last season. But then I realized that these sort of shows are always around, I just hadn't considered any to be worth watching.
Last updated Monday, July 09 2012. Created Monday, July 09 2012.
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