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
Just when we think that the #HATEWATCH can’t get any worse, it’s like this show takes that as a personal challenge to kick us in the balls and question the very foundations of human decency. I am starting to get to that same point I did in the last #HATEWATCH where I so want we’re seeing on screen to not be the work of an earnest writer that I’m crafting conspiracy theories of this being the ultimate kind of satire. It speaks so much to the depravity of society and a failure on its part to give this writer any set of moral values. What else could possibly allow a product to be created where a man gets to berate a woman for not drawing the nudity he wants, only to learn rather than having any reservations at drawing pornography, is simply the result of a fetish the woman exploits in her art. I thought we had the worst scene in anime. Then the last act happened.
I have said that this show has absolutely garbage quality animation. Characters often just sit around and flap their mouths and perhaps lift a fist every five minutes. Now, in this final scene, not only is there this disgusting sexual assault that the target audience gets to enjoy by proxy, but it’s so lazily done that it’s not even funny. There were maybe 30 frames in the entire scene, and if there was anything to laugh at it was the “bags full of sand” level of bad dialogue that followed. It was like watching two otaku who have not even talked a woman let alone touched them roleplay lesbians. How anyone could actually find this titillating is beyond me, but as I’ve mentioned anyone who resonates with this kind of material is so far gone from human decency and proper ethical considerations that the only human thing left in them is their eternal soul. May God have mercy on anyone so far gone.
Marlin’s Ethics Lesson of the Week
Coercion does not equal consent. This show is absolutely inhuman to imply anything otherwise
- Why is a 16 year old legally allowed to draw nude images for profit?
- I kept trying to make some kind of narrative sense out of the manga images they kept showing, but I should have known that was a futile effort.
- Nayu’s whole narrative would make a sad kind of sense if she was a former prostitute who didn’t know how to love instead of just a bullying victim.
So let me get this straight. Last week, we were expected to take this show seriously and really care about the characters. This week, we spend half an episode with characters stubbornly arguing over whether it’s better to draw Itsuki’s trash light novel waifu nude or with lingerie, followed by a scene where the other girls lure our new haremette to a hotel to grope her. I don’t even have to write anything else, the episode speaks for itself.
On top of that, I am irrationally angry that Crunchyroll kept saying “underwear” when I think in this context they should have went with “lingerie”. Unforgivable.