In a way, I really didn’t know what to expect from this show. I was either expecting a healthy romance between two siblings, or an extremely tsundere girl that falls in love with her brother; the latter was correct. While Kyousuke and Kirinos relationship was extremely unhealthy and dysfunctional at times, I definitely got into the love triangles that formed into the show, and seeing Kirino progress as a character in the sense that she is learning how to show her true personally show really sucked me in. Kirino may seem like a stubborn and materialistic character, but as you watch the show, you really see her motives and ultimately her true character. The main thing this show revolves around is eroge and of course, life counseling.
Kyousuke began as a pretty regular high schooler. He had average grades, wasn’t in to any sports, and had an overall easy going almost nonchalant attitude. His sister Kirino however, was on a whole different side of the spectrum. She was a fashion model, a straight a student, and an amazing athlete. She was pretty much the ideal high school girl; with only one exception. She was a closeted Eroge and anime lover, she was basically an Otaku. Now, in the show, it makes sense as to why she is closeted. Her parents and friends regard Otakus as “sick” and “perverted” people that don’t have anything better to do with their lives. With this in mind, I don’t think anyone would come out when they would be viewed by society in this light. Anyhow, she comes to a point her hobby is inevitably discovered; by her brother. She forgot her dvd case in the basement, which was supposedly a volume of Stardust Witch Meruru (a show in the series which reoccurs A LOT.) Her brother Kyousuke finds the dvd laying in the living room, and to his surprise, he finds an eroge game in the case (a video game which has erotic images.) When he finds the disc, he goes to talk to his sister instead of telling his parents about it. Kirino is initially upset and embarrassed to find out that Kyousuke found her eroge, but she is comforted by his approval of her actions. In return for his kind and accepting attitude towards the situation, she reveals her collection of anime figurines, manga, and lots of eroge. She decides to have him as a social counselor, and he does an amazing job at it throughout the show. At the same time time, she has kyousuke play her eroge games, which all consist of sexually arousing little sisters. Considering how cruel she is towards him throughout the show, he was honestly one of the best and caring brothers I’ve ever seen in an anime. As the show progresses, Kirino continues to form more trust towards, and Kyousuke in return forms the same. Now the main conflict arises when Kirino begins to hide her hobby from her family and friends, or more specifically her friend Ayase. This begins Kirino's hidden agenda, but like I said, we see Kirino progress quite a bit as a character.
My only pet peeve with this show was Kyousuke's decisions. In the end, he chooses Kirino of course, but I just wasn’t content with it at all. He left an amazing relationship with Kuroneko for Kirino. I didn’t care much for Ayase on the other hand, since she had such a possessive and aggressive behavior, but I couldn’t help but feel bad for kuroneko. Her true intentions were to see Kirino and Kyousuke happy with each other, but I don’t think think she really wanted them to get into a serious relationship. In the end, Kyousuke chose a temporary path that felt a bit unrealistic and a bit of a compromise towards fan service.
The main thing that stands out to me is the actual impact Kirino and Kyousuke have on each other. Sure, their are still old flames of anger boiling in both of them from past experiences with each other, but they help each other become their greatest versions. whether it’s with Kirino coming out as a closeted weeaboo or Kyousuke choosing who he wants to end up with, they compliment each other. Whether that means going to pick up your sister in California or confessing your love to her on christmas day in public, their relarionship is intensely strong. Even outside of a "serious" relationship view, they care for each other like no other siblings have. They have each others backs, even if it means breaking yours to fix the others.