[Review] A Sister’s All You Need – episode 1

Itsuki is a novelist and “modern day Pygmalion” who works day in and day out to create the ultimate younger sister. He’s surrounded by various other characters: a beautiful genius writer who loves him, his big-sisterly classmate from college, a fellow male writer, a sadistic tax accountant, and his editor. They’re all looked after by Itsuki’s perfect younger step-brother, Chihiro, who has a serious secret.

Source: Anime News Network

Hey? Hey, y’know little sister (imouto) fetish anime? The ones about dudes (who have never had a sister) who wish they could make sweet, statutory rape to a young girl who’s dependent on them, never questions them, and provides for their every want? This is one of those.

By the laws of common decency, I’m guessing you know it’s not good, and that you’re actually here to watch me suffer. And you know what? I’m down for that. I’m here for you.

Oh, and perhaps this is obvious, but CONTENT WARNING for incest and pedophilia going forward.

a naked blonde girl with shiny, shiny skin. subtitle: you seem so sweepy, Onii-chan

So this is the opening scene.

An omelet with "i wuv you onii-chan" written on it and a cup of hot milk. subtitle: today's breakfast is an omelet made from Alice's eggs, with a cup of Alice's milk

It’s all a fantasy sequence, but that doesn’t matter. You’re still going to lose ten years off your life while you sit through that minute and a half of animation.

Did you know people worked on this? Like, like really hard, probably. Colorists and in-betweeners and key animators who’re trying to get a foothold in the anime world, who all have big dreams maybe of making real, meaningful art. They lovingly crafted the scene of this dude eating his little sister’s used panties and drinking her breast milk.

the naked girl wipes her brother's mouth with used panties. subtitle: Alice pulls some just-worn panties from a gate to a parallel world

a blissful looking young man. subtitle: the fragrant panties and my sister's juices create the ultimate harmony, and the--

a close up of Hayao Miyazaki's face. subtitle: I believe strongly that this is an insult to life itself.

Y’know, that opening scene as imagined by a 20-year-old—a 20-year-old with a publishing contract who’s still wasting his time on completely unethical fetish porn—might actually be deep. It is truly the epitome of the sister complex, using every part of the younger sibling. He washes in her used water, wipes his face on her clothes, and eats of her body. She wears no clothes, keeping nothing of value to herself. She is the Giving Tree of sex toys, personifying the expectation of complete reliance and devotion by the fetish object, even up to discarding her own personhood.

I’m guessing the reason the protagonist’s actual younger (step! it’s totally okay! the Westermarck Effect isn’t real!) sibling is presenting as male is out of sheer fear for personal safety. Spoilers, I guess. We can be honest with one another, can’t we?

two girls, Miyako Shirakawa (college student, 20 years old) and Nayuta Kani (Novelist, 18 years old). subtitle: good evening, senpai! let's have sex!

The majority of the fetish material is actually frontloaded into that repugnant minute-and-a-half, while the rest of the episode involves a scintillating dinner party between Itsuki and his fellow writers. They’re all under 25 with multiple print publications and they whine about how hard it is to be full-time authors. I hate them. This also proves to be an opportunity for the show to tell us what women who aren’t little sisters are like! What’s even the point, right?

(Seriously, what is the point? You know the APA did a study on the damaging psychological effects of sexualizing young girls more than ten years ago? Oreimo hadn’t even poisoned the well yet.)

Nayuta lays on the floor, apparently masturbating. Itsuki stares at her. A red stamp saying "little sister" is superimposed on the screen

Anyway, they play a long word game that’s primarily an excuse to save on animation. They blew most of their time and money on the inter-dimensional panties, you see.

One of the girls, Miyako, is a non-entity. The other one, Nayuta, speaks only in sexual come-ons, and Itsuki is completely uninterested in her, because who wants a sexually consenting woman who can make her own decisions? Am I right, fellas? Also, they all look twelve, because even when the show includes adult women it wants to infantalize them.

Then again, Nayuta is also randomly homophobic to the only other man in the room, so maybe the aspiring sister-fucker has a point.

Two girls and a boy stare toward the camera, sitting at a low table. subtitle: it's to be expected from Prince Manwh*re

Two boys and a girl at a low table, staring at the camera. subtitle: Do you like dicks that much?

After Nayuta gets sent home, we’re shown a flashback about how Itsuki read her first book all in one sitting and cried or something. Perhaps he was crying tears of knowledge: the knowledge that one day he would face the truly relatable dude problem of having an attractive, nubile 18-year-old constantly throwing herself at his creepy, unsocialized, objectifying self.

Then the episode ends. A euphoria like none I have ever felt floods my body. This is how Evel Knievel saw the world. This is what it means to live.

A smiling, self satisfied looking young man. Itsuki Hashima, Novelist, 20 years old. subtitle: I see you've been moved by my masterpiece.

P.S. Nominally calling the protagonist a freak/pervert doesn’t matter if you play out his sexually suggestive fetishes with the aim of arousing a very specific audience. Your series still reads like an aspirational guidebook for incestuous rapists, and it sucks.

 

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  • Ergoemos

    What gods did you forsake to draw this anime out of the queue. It seems like this season has some high highs and some bottom-of-the-nine-hells lows.

  • AntonyShepherd

    I saw the start of this and though “Oh right, it’s one of THOSE”, and was reaching for the stop button when it got more surreal, and then the editor just laid into the main characters’s work and totally rejected it.
    “Oh, OK”, I thought. “Maybe they’ll be taking the piss out of the whole imouto genre?”

    But then the rest of the characters showed up and with Nayuta I thought “OK. This is still a bad show.”

    The only highlight was the bit about the beer. Usually when anime characters drink beer it’s some foaming lager, so having them drink an actual stout, giving a page of information about the stout, as well as a credit to the Sankt Gallen brewery, was the best part of the show. Though even if they have a ‘interesting Japanese beer of the week’ slot that wouldn’t convince me to watch any more.

  • kotarou inugami

    Apparently, the little sister lays eggs like a chicken. And isn’t bothered by having them eaten.
    I guess she is similar to Papi the harpy from Life with Monster Girls in this regard.

    The main character must have very warped view of little sisters. To the point it becomes funny.