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
Man, this episode was mostly just boring and infuriating instead of the usual inexplicable and infuriating. The ongoing saga of this show trying to claim it has literary chops that it then undermines in the very next minute goes on in this episode. First, we start off with Haruto and his bullshit of confiding in Itsuki. It’s not heartfelt, it’s not good writing, and in the end the asshole doesn’t even end up helping him. Then, we have Mayu and Miyaku. For someone Mayu cares about so much, she seems to know nothing about her. On Miyako’s part, she slides further down the infinite tunnel between her being the best main character, making her less and less likable by the week. This time, she breaks down from lying about her romantic life, which Mayu, no joke, comforts her by saying “I don’t care if you’re a slut or a virgin.” AND THAT WORKS. Sure, people value friendships by their sexual promiscuity all the time, that’s totally not a messed up and, at least for the western world, really backwards way of treating someone. You can disapprove of someone’s behavior, but if that prevents you from having meaningful platonic relationships with others then that’s real messed up. In show tradition, even the scene they try to make “serious” is immediately undermined by them making the girls moan to each other about their “undying friendship”. Burn it down.
The second half reminded me just how vacuuous of a show this is. Since every other terrible part of this show has outshitted it, I haven’t talked about this yet, but this show is absolutely lazy. I counted no less than three still image montage scenes in this episode. Three! And half the time they’re just sitting down in a friggin room! This cannot be that hard. My daydream is that someone went on strike at the animation company saying they couldn’t keep supporting this festering trash any more. What wasted ten minutes of my time could also have been accomplished with a single scene, as the rest literally shows us nothing. Itsuki and Mayu like roller coasters, thus that makes them romantically compatible. That’s like me saying two people should start dating because they both hike. Lots of people like hiking! Who cares!
Marlin’s Ethics Lesson of the Week
I’ve talked about the Categorical Imperative before, it’s the belief that any moral idea must be applicable to all people. Stemming from this idea, Kant stated that lying was always wrong, even if it is claimed in the defense of a greater good. The most typical counter example of this is the lying that was done to protect sheltered Jewish families during WWII. While most modern ethicists would agree there is an acceptable latitude to denying the truth to people who don’t deserve to know it, small white lies don’t really qualify. There’s no reason for Miyako to ever have to lie to this group of losers. Heck, she is better than them just by actually living a life, something you definitely can’t ascribe to the others.
- Of course you assholes don’t feel old yet, you’re 20. Who in their right mind ever thought being 20 made you more mature?
- No one wants to read your self-insert mary sue fanfics, Mayu.
- I am considerably more sweary this time, which shows how much this show has frayed my patience.
I’m not sure if I’m more angry at the writers for thinking we should actually take the relationships in this show seriously or at the idea that a nice, level headed girl like Miyako would fall for someone like Itsuki. At least with Nayu she’s a fellow weirdo writer with a similar isolated background. You can argue her attachment has some kind of basis to it. All of this done at the expense of Haruto, who is no shining paragon of boyfriend material but grading on a curve he’s a far better man than Itsuki.
It’s a deep permutation on the anime nerd harem fantasy. Haruto is a nerd for sure, but compared to Itsuki he’s a “normie”… ugh, I want to throw up saying that. A true selfish, incestuous pedophile needs anime like this to help them imagine what it’s like to have girls like them, since it sure as hell isn’t happening in real life. I suppose you could even expand that to a general social life, as Itsuki manages to drink beer and play board games with people that somehow don’t hate him. What a wild fantasy.
If you want further support for that theory, look at how they treat Nayu. She’s clearly the best writer out of the three by far, and yet she’s reduced to basically being Itsuki’s sex slave. It’s pretty degrading when you think about it. All three supporting characters exist solely to make us believe that even if you’re a creep, you can still have friends and women throwing themselves at you. Yeah, I can’t wait till this thing ends.