Advisory: Slightly NSFW
Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne. What a mouthful of a title, thankfully the official abbreviation for it shortens it to OniAi. Loosely translated, it means “As long as there is love, it doesn’t matter even though he is my brother!” So Japan, what is up with these fanciful titles and forbidden sibling relationships? I would really like to know, considering there are a handful of adapted works with the same theme, including but not limited to:
- Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai
- Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!
- Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!
I’m quite sure there are more titles out there that haven’t quite gotten the green light for an adaptation, but as you can see, something is clearly up with people and their fantasies about incestuous relationships.
All aboard the sibling train!
This time around, we follow the adventures of Himenokouji Akiko (Kido Ibuki) in her conquest to get her blood-related brother, Himenokouji Akito (Ohsaka Ryota) to fall for her. Her motive? Beats me! Not like it really matters although having a cause would be nice. How they got separated from each other is something that is equally unknown as well, but I suspect we’ll get to know at least the latter point in the subsequent episodes.
To spice things up, Akito loves her sister…in a sibling kind of fashion and that’s that. (It would be weird and creepy otherwise..) Hence hilarious situations come into play, where Akiko misinterprets the meaning of her brother’s statements thanks to her perverted mind. Get into the bath first -> I’ll join you later/I’ll peep on you. We’re not sleeping in a futon together -> Doing it outside. That’s some high-level corruption right there, damn what kind of education has this girl been receiving?! To top it off, Akiko is totally shameless about declaring her love and even tries to explain what “brocon” (brother complex) means to Akito! I’m quite sure he already got the memo..
There wouldn’t be as much romance and comedy in romcoms without a few rivals, so here you go – another 3 female rivals. Again, they just showed up and decided to make themselves feel at home, how and why? Beats me, although this time I have a gut feeling that some content was being cut, or else to be ventured into at a later time. To wrap things up, all of them have an inexplicable love for Akito as well, hurray!
As long as there is love..Anything is possible
As always, it is of paramount importance to be able to differentiate between fiction and reality. Following that train of thought, even though incest is a moral taboo when it comes to the real world, in works of fiction especially anime, it isn’t that nasty after all.. There’s a reason why such titles are popular enough to receive an adaptation, or do well in terms of hard copy sales to warrant an investment into an adaptation. The reason is simple, people watch such content for the sole reason of getting their “guilty pleasure fix” and nothing else, if it isn’t already obvious enough.
Plot is minimal at its best, animation doesn’t need to be top-tier, speaking of which surprised me a little that it was SILVER LINK who is the studio behind this adaptation (Their previous works were of substantially higher animation quality). But at the end of the day it is the romcom elements that people are looking for in such shows. Then there’s the incest part of it, which I guess caters to select people with such fetishes (not mine for sure). In its defense, the one upside to OniAi is the casting involved. It isn’t quite the all-star cast as compared to other shows this season, but it does have veteran KitaEri and Chihara Minori using her Horizon Ariadust’s voice-set. Interestingly enough, the male and female leads are both played by relative newcomers, with the female lead being younger than Akiko herself (Akiko is 16 and she’s only 15 this year).
Essentially, OniAi is one of the countless generic romcom harem shows out there. As with such shows, there is absolutely nothing ground-breaking or earth-shattering, planet-destroying about it. But hey, it doesn’t hurt anyone to be watching this, right? It is a relatively harmless show after all..If you get what I mean.
- The default mouth shape of Akiko slightly puts me off.
- Not so subtle propaganda right there with the shirt and cup.