Sometimes a show comes along that just deserves to be eviscerated. Perhaps it showcases the worst of anime’s stereotypes. Perhaps it takes an interesting premise and ruins it with befuddling plots or infuriating character arcs. Perhaps you think a show should literally be labelled a war crime by the Geneva Convention. That’s where the HATEWATCH comes in. When the show does it to such a degree, sometimes you need to watch it just for the cathartic value of demolishing whatever dreg of culture or bad taste it represents. This is #HATEWATCH 2017. The show: A Sister Is All You Need. Its sins: ANIME IS STILL GETTING AWAY WITH THIS LITTLE SISTER BS
Itsuki is the worst character in anime history. He has no redeeming qualities. He’s lazy, selfish, greedy, sleazy, envious, and wasteful. If he wasn’t such a spineless wuss of a man he’d probably go 7/7 on the deadly sins. This episode is just the latest in a cavalcade of deplorable behavior by this whiny loser who would never actually have friends if he existed in the real world. There isn’t even much real content to this episode beside the ‘hilarious’ efforts to escape the only responsibility his self-admittedly lackadaisical job requires. Not only this, but we get treated to him lusting after women, and then insulting women for not being attractive for him! Like he deserves to see beautiful women or something! I think I’m finally starting to see into the twisted mind of an Alt Right wackjob, thinking the world is against him and that women are biased when it’s really his own masturbatory toxicity that is the culprit.
Also, I understood that his novel was somewhat inspired by his real life, but to learn just how his story is just wholeclothe a mary sue was disgusting. How? How are we possibly supposed to find any part of that relatable. What tired hack makes stories where he imagines himself as the invincible hero and expects people to call him a genius? It’s starting to get to the point that it’s becoming unenjoyable even to hate on this show. Thankfully, the shows I am keeping up with are keeping up their quality. Jel made a good point in our chat that this show is so much more reprehensible than Eromanga Sensei not just because of the subject but because of how Itsuki is an objectively more terrible person. Say what you will about Masamune and Sagiri, but at least they are portrayed as industrious pieces of trash.
Marlin’s Ethics Lesson of the Week
John Locke states that man naturally wants to live in a state of peace with his fellow man. However, when men break the social contract they have set up they put themselves in a “state of war” with the ones they offend. By agreeing to the deadline but callously ignoring the responsibility that required, Itsuki put himself in a state of war with his publisher, where they have the right to use whatever means they have to restore order. Well… not really, but, that’s how I justify the glee I had when he was thrown in prison.
- I thought last week was bad enough, but apparently this author won’t be done until he insults every demographic of women he doesn’t jack off to.
- Just reminding everyone: Setsuna is 16 years old. Itsuki, a 20 year old man, willingly went to a naked bath alone with a minor. Any other context and this would be the first lines of a criminal report.
- What does Haruto have to be jealous about? The fact women fawn over him or something? I would more be questioning the psychological health of such woman rather than being envious this degenerate is somehow courting their favor.
I’m doubling down on my theory that this series is a response to Eromanga Sensei and the general success of Tsukasa Fushimi. In fact, I’m going to go as far as to say Haruto is basically a stand-in for Fushimi himself. Itsuki’s resentment toward him feels too real to be fiction, and given the other evidence I could totally see that being the case. It paints Yomi Hirasaka as someone with a considerable inferiority complex. Petty and filled with self loathing, he’s chasing after someone who might mean something in the light novel world but in the big picture, is not worth chasing. I think that in itself could actually make for a compelling series. I believe, to a certain extent, the story is supposed to be about Itsuki dealing with those feelings. The problem continues to be in execution.
We’ve gone over the show’s lack of focus and drastically off base concept of satire, all of which are still valid complaints. Let’s talk about Itsuki himself. I have not hated an anime character this much since the time we tried to watch Himouto! Umaru-chan. This episode drove me particularly crazy as causing problems for other people and not accepting responsibility is possibly the worst thing you can do without intentionally harming someone. Again, I’d be cool with him being despicable if there was some point to it, but instead we are actually asked to sympathize with him. I mean, were we really supposed to stand up and cheer when he finished his draft, even though the entire situation was 100% his own fault? I’m getting furious even thinking about it again, so let’s leave it there and save my strength for more #HATEWATCH next week.