Winter 2014 Harem Hill, Week 9, Everything Else Edition: Are you not entertained?

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Is the utter humiliation of the girls in these shows not why you’re here?

Nourin Ep. 8

If you were ever like, “Man, what has Becky been up to lately?” then this is the episode for you.

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There’s our beautiful Christmas cake! …what? You don’t believe me? No, really, it’s Becky:

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Yes, she’s apparently a “lonely demon,” and her current mission is to prey upon happy girls. I think the important question to ask here is, “Are you laughing?” Wait, no… the better question is, “Who’s supposed to be laughing at this?”

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Kei manages to protect his female classmates by knocking Becky headfirst into a patch of mud (I think). Who’s supposed to be laughing at this?

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Here, her entire class scolds her for acting young. Who’s supposed to be laughing at this?

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During home economics, Kousaku hears a vibrating noise and thinks someone in the class hasn’t turned their cellphone off. Becky realizes it’s her egg vibrator and pulls it out in front of everyone. Who’s supposed to be laughing at this?

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Apparently, Becky is trying to teach her class how to get some katsuobushi shavings for a meal. Somehow, this involves sniffing and sucking on the tip of the fermented, smoked slapjack tuna as if it was a penis. Who’s supposed to be laughing at this?

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Becky then mocks Ringo’s flat chest because she’s really just jealous of her young student and all the attention the latter gets from the guys in her class. Who’s supposed to be laughing at this?

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To settle this dispute, Becky and Ringo have a cook-off. It doesn’t really matter what Ringo prepares. As for Becky, she’s turns herself into a serving board for sushi, a.k.a. the infamous practice of nyotaimori. Naturally, the guys in her class are not amused:

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They proceed to pick her up for some classic defenestration. Once more, who’s supposed to be laughing at this?

Saikin Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga Ep. 9

At the start of the episode, we learn that Aunt Nanami is moving in with the kids, but don’t worry. Nothing’s going to change whatsoever. As quickly as Aunt Nanami appears, she then disappears for the remainder of the episode. So there you go, kids! Feel free to do all the stupid, raunchy shit that kids in a harem anime are wont to do. Which is, naturally, to gawk at your sister’s ass:

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And later remark, “…striped panties, huh?” ‘Cause the sort of panties your sister wears really fucking matters. Then when your poor sister falls asleep beneath the kotatsu, the most brotherly thing to do is to correct her math homework without her asking you to, then fall asleep beside her. The former seems harmless enough… seems. But considering how condescendingly paternalistic harem anime can be, you can’t blame me for raising an eyebrow over Yuuya’s seemingly harmless correction of Mitsuki’s math homework. But make no doubts about it, falling asleep next to a girl you hardly know and cuddling up to her is a tad creepy. Yes, this girl happens to be Yuuya’s sister, but it’s not like he’s known Mitsuki his entire life or anything. But before you protest, let’s move on, because trust me… it gets worse. It always gets worse:

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Nope, that’s not Hiyori groping Mitsuki this time. It’s Yuuya, our wonderful harem lead! B-But he’s asleep and thinking of his mom! So it makes it okay! Meanwhile, ImoCho‘s target audience giggles with glee as they imagine themselves in Yuuya’s position: “Gosh, if only I had a cute, unsuspecting imouto that I can ‘innocently’ molest in her sleep.” Plus, when Mitsuki wakes up and notices that her homework has been completely marked up with a red pen, she has no choice but to admit that her oniichan is a good guy who’s just trying to help. Oh, bless his heart.

Later, Mitsuki goes snooping in Yuuya’s bag because she wants to see whether or not her oniichan has been eating the bentos she’s been dutifully preparing for him. Oops:

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Things go from bad to worse when Mitsuki realizes that Yuuya’s been eating another girl’s bento instead. Not just eating them, but finishing every last morsel of food in them too. Hidoi, Yuuya-kun! How could you disregard your poor imouto’s feelings like that? Wait a minute, any intelligent and emotionally-balanced person would be able to make a rather simple connection. First off, most people do not enjoy eating two whole bentos for lunch, ’cause let’s face it, that is a whole lot of food. Therefore, just maybe… just maybe… Yuuya was too full to eat his second bento, so he brought it home to eat later. But since Mitsuki is a caricature of an imouto, she doesn’t realize this. After all, she’s only in the show so that we can put her into sexually humiliating situations for our enjoyment. Case in point:

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Sure, the white stuff all over her face is really just dressing. Uh huh, the anime doesn’t mean for it to look like anything but white, sticky globs of dressing all over a young imouto’s face. Oh well, time to change out of that dirtied maid outfit, a.k.a. sexually humiliating situation number two:

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If you couldn’t guess, that’s Yuuya’s bare ass that you’re staring at right now. It must be cold in that bathroom. Despite being naked in front of his sister — and there’s also the fact that’s she’s practically naked in front of him as well — Yuuya, in all his sensitivity, remarks, “I get it! So that’s what a ‘naked apron’ is!”

Anyway, the rest of the episode is just a boring one-sided rivalry between Hiyori-as-Mitsuki and Yuki, so I won’t even get into it. Nevertheless, the two girls still manage to team up to make dinner for their men. I say “men” only because Yuuya’s best buddy is here too, but obviously, no one really cares about him as he is not the bland harem lead. So for intents and purposes, the two girls team up to make dinner for just Yuuya. What a lucky guy. And thanks to Mitsuki’s constant and utter humiliation, Hiyori’s closer to heaven than ever before:

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This calls for a celebration! Nothing like traumatizing imoutos left and right for our own personal gain!

Couple toasting with sake

Kanpai!

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12 thoughts on “Winter 2014 Harem Hill, Week 9, Everything Else Edition: Are you not entertained?”

  1. “Are you not entertained?”
    No.
    Well, not by the shows, anyway.
    Nourin: Firstly, the Christmas Cake thing has been so blown out of proportion in this episode it’s genuinely sickening. Not a hint of it was funny in the slightest, and unlike other examples of a spiteful/jealous older woman in anime (ex: that one teacher from Persona 4) you ca tell that this isn’t a bunch of jokes on her character, but on what she represents.
    It’s awful.
    Secondly, they can’t even do it right! Look at that! LOOK AT HER! She’s got the naked body of a 20yr old! Worse yet there isn’t an imperfection to be found, and her face is STILL sugoi-sugoi doki doki moe kawaii despite that being the OPPOSITE of what she’s meant to look/act like.

    Nourin doesn’t just fail at humor, it fails even at it’s core. Nourin is failure incarnate.

    ImoCho: Well it’s bad, but not as bad as orgasming to fish. haha!
    No but really, what is with anime and the “unintentional sleep groping”? Do they realize that such a small percentile of people in THE WORLD do this that one could say “no one does this at all”? And yet any time two characters of different sexes are sleeping even remotely near one another, one of their hands ends up in an embarrassing place.
    I guess I shouldn’t question it considering where it’s coming from.

    Once, just once, I would be blown away by one of these shows ending beautifully.
    They final episode would have Mitsuki and Hiyori reaching Heaven, and once they run over to the pearly gates an archangel floats over to the giddy ghost. They steal a glance from Mitsuki’s tired expression only to then spear the rapist ghost into the chest in a gruesome scene inspired by Kill La Kill and chuck her face-first through the clouds below into the fiery pits beyond. He then points Mitsuki to where she came from and warns her not to be stupid.
    That warning stops her from being incestuously stupid, and she and her brother live on happily ever after as SIBLING ONLY. Oh, and the brother never does anything creepy or retarded again.

    But if these shows were willing to throw such curve balls they simply wouldn’t exist for their target demo, now would they? It’s one of the interesting things about Madoka: all the moe dies a horrible death (mostly).

    I wonder how ImoCho actually will end, though. I mean, with how things are going, will this actually be an anime that full-on blatantly ends up promoting incest? Like, to the end I mean, because there’s dozens of incest-focused shows already promoting it…

    Funny review as usual, mate. I’m glad you’ve started to take on this primarily screenshot-based review take on these Harem Hill shows. There’s already very little to say about them as is (aside from “Biotruths: the Anime”) and it makes for a refreshing pace. haha!

    1. Secondly, they can’t even do it right! Look at that! LOOK AT HER! She’s got the naked body of a 20yr old! Worse yet there isn’t an imperfection to be found, and her face is STILL sugoi-sugoi doki doki moe kawaii despite that being the OPPOSITE of what she’s meant to look/act like.

      Even if she did look old, the jokes would be over-the-line anyway.

      I wonder how ImoCho actually will end, though.

      It’ll be a safe ending for sure. I can’t remember the last time a harem anime had a daring conclusion. At best, the harem lead picks a girl but that’s about it.

      1. “Even if she did look old, the jokes would be over-the-line anyway.”
        Absolutely agreed. I just wanted to point out how even in their spiteful non-humor they fail at making sense. Just kicking a rabid, hateful dog when it’s down.

        “It’ll be a safe ending for sure. I can’t remember the last time a harem anime had a daring conclusion. At best, the harem lead picks a girl but that’s about it.”
        True, but there aren’t really any other girls in ImoCho, aside from that one but she isn’t given nearly enough attention in comparison. Usually you get the show focusing on multiple girls so the harem lead can pick one in the end or, more often, be ambiguous about his choosing. Here there’s his sister and…that ghost that’ll just leave in the end (thankfully).

        I will be upset if, in the end, Mitsuki watches Rape Ghost leave and starts crying out of sadness for losing her “friend”.
        I have a feeling that might happen, though… Argh

        1. True, but there aren’t really any other girls in ImoCho, aside from that one but she isn’t given nearly enough attention in comparison.

          Well, I still don’t think he’ll pick or get close to either Mitsuki or Hiyori. At best, he’ll learn of Hiyori’s existence, they’ll have some tearful reunion and goodbye as she ascends to heaven, but then we’ll get an oh-so-shocking reveal that filling up the gauge only brought her back to life for one more chance at being a stupid imouto or something.

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