I’m pretty much hanging on like grim death at this point. I’ve been blogging Oreimo for 27 episodes and we’re only 2 away from the TV end so I just don’t have the heart to bag it now, even though I know for my own sanity’s sake I probably should. My overwhelming sense in watching this show now is that it’s either gone completely crazy, or I was completely crazy all along for watching it and only recently noticed.
What really beggars the imagination is that it seems as if Oreimo has abandoned all the better instincts it ever showed and is pursuing all the lunatic elements in its repertoire with abandon. Anytime Ayase is involved “lunatic elements” is never far from the conversation, but it’s inexplicable to me that in the end Oreimo should choose to focus on the incest route and Ayase out of all the possibilities it’s created in two seasons. And not only has Ayase been prominently featured in the last two weeks, it appears as if she’s going to be the focus of next week’s penultimate TV episode. Seriously?
I don’t think there’s even much point in talking about plot with this series anymore (Kyousuke moving into a study apartment seems to be set up as a clumsy plot-driver analog to Kirino’s move to America last year), but as to the small favors, well… Kirino is behaving in a somewhat more human manner towards her brother, though as that seems to be packaged with a growing acknowledgment that they’re seriously considering being a couple it’s a mixed blessing at best. And Kuroneko at least made an appearance here, and there were some laughs as she and Ayase butted heads over Kyosuke (why anyone would care enough about him to do so is another thing that defies logic, though that wouldn’t have been the case in S1). Sadly though, Kuroneko seems to have borded the crazy train along with everyone else and she’s riding in the Green Car, seeming to be trying to push Kyousuke and Kirino into bed together as some sort of master plan where she gets whatever’s left over when Kirinio’s done with him.
Was this ep better than last week’s? Yes, undeniably for pure entertainment value it was. Lacking that grisly wedding-dress bicycle clusterfuck with Kirino and her dog alone would make it so, but there was a snappier pace and sharper tone to the dialogue this week too. But it’s a hollow consolation for me, because it’s hard to ignore the fact that this is a runaway train, with seemingly no hope of stopping before it reaches the cliff. Oreimo has taken leave of its senses, or it never had any and I only recently came to my own. Either way, anything but a harrowing disaster to wrap up events would be a pleasant surprise to me now, so perhaps with expectations so lowered I might just end up less horrified than I expect to be. Small favors, indeed.