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
Overall, this episodes doesn’t reach the heights of grotesquerie of the last episode, but it is the dumbest thing ever. The grainy filter and falling flower petals were just the icing on the crap cake that was the hilarious attempt for this show to bring some drama. Oh no, his dad waited a full three years before remarrying after his mom died, what a dirtbag! That’s not a completely reasonable amount of time and totally justifies his leaving the home. This overwrought piece of garbage was honestly one of the most hilarious things this show has done. On a side note, it is the perfect irony that the only funny joke this show has ever made was completely unintentional. It still doesn’t make any sense how Chihiro was able to hide that she was a woman. That would seem to imply that this subterfuge was happening before their parents even got married. Was Itsuki’s proclivity already a problem even when he was like, what 16-17? It all culminates in another garbage scene of Chihiro getting “revealed” as a girl, which of course means just showing her in her underwear. What purpose did this serve? Alice is an acquaintance at best, why would Chihiro feel it necessary to open up to her, especially since she invaded her privacy and for all we can tell forced her to have a bath with her.
Every scene with Nayu is blistering hot trash, so thankfully we can breeze past that. I get that they’re making some dumb play at a love triangle, but it’s absolutely vapid. This leaves us with the disgusting implication and reveal of this episode: Itsuki and Chihiro are not related, the most stereotypical of the “little sister” scenarios, as Eromanga showed earlier. There’s a distinct possibility they’re going to actually push that as a romance, which has one of two options: Either we get an Eromanga scenario where the whole harem live together in this weird tension where they keep sexually abusing Itsuki for no apparent reason. Nayu is really the only Eromanga-class character here, so the more likely scenario (and the one that actually could be the most unintentionally hilarious) is having the harem yell at Itsuki ala Oreimo about his degenerate actions and someone finally decks him in his smug shitty face. I can only hope.
Marlin’s Ethics Lesson of the Week
If you believe someone to be unethical and a known sexual harasser, you probably should not work for her. There is some allowance for buying products from a company that might possibly have unethical practices, but to work for them is much closer to condoning any of these actions. It’s how most of my friends justify going to Starbucks or Walmart depending on their political leanings. By working for Alice, Chihiro is basically condoning her scummy business practices. It’s clear she doesn’t need the money, so it’s not even like she’s a victim of circumstance.
- Apparently the concept of ‘Stranger Danger’ has not entered the Japanese zeitgeist.
- I’m no expert on animal anatomy, but I’m pretty sure you actually have to be looking pretty hard to see the dicks on your average zoo animal.
- Haruto’s scene was completely unnecessary at the end. It’s like this show is finding any excuse it can to waste people’s time.
We are rapidly running out of time to address the Chihiro situation and it looks like it will play out as badly as expected. First we had the bit with the accountant that was completely devoid of anything that resembled human interaction. What I want to know is why did she, a thirty something woman, walk in on Chihiro, who she thought was a 14 year old boy, while he/she was getting into the bath? Anybody else think that’s wrong? I honestly think it was just lazy writing and not having any better way to move the story along, but regardless that is super creepy.
The second segment with the trip to the zoo had absolutely nothing to do with anything and was a complete waste of everyone’s time. Let’s just skip all the animal penis jokes and move on to the part where we are presumably getting set up for Itsuki to want to bang his little brother once he finds out he/she’s his little sister… good god this entire paragraph makes me want to hurt myself and others. Once again, none of their interactions resemble anything actual people would say or do and the whole thing just weird and uncomfortable.
That does lead to another creepy question: why IS Chihiro pretending to be a boy? Is she afraid Itsuki is going to pounce on her the second the truth gets out? My guess is they will come up with some kind of tragic event tied to the death of Itsuki’s mother or something in another pathetic attempt to make us take this show seriously. Thankfully there’s only a couple episodes left to get that taken care of then me and Marlin can finally be free.