Title: Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne!
TV Series; 12
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Harem
Produced: Silver Link
Let’s see here. The lengthy title, which translates to something like “you may be my brother, but as long as there’s love, it doesn’t matter“, pretty much tells you all you need to know. Now before you brush this off as yet another incest show, let me say that– ah, who am I kidding? We all know why you’d watch this show. It’s tagged as ecchi and harem, and it’s got Silver Link written all over it. If you aren’t here for the boobs, then you’re doing something wrong. In any case, as a show that is practically chock-full of fan service, one might not really expect there to be much of a story. And in all honesty, OniAi doesn’t offer much in this department. At least it’s honest about itself instead of attempting to force some half-baked story down our throats. But that doesn’t mean that there’s absolutely no plot or backstory. The show takes on a mostly episodic format, with each episode divided into several segments focusing on a specific heroine. OniAi also manages to pull off the generic “guy moves into dorm with all female residents” setting relatively well. There’s nothing ground-breaking here (this has been done many times before), there doesn’t need to be anyway.
If there’s one thing OniAi does well, it would be this. And this is a good thing, because if not for the characters, the show would only have its fan service going for it. Even mindless fan service can get boring. So just what does OniAi have to offer? Well, the harem consists of an imouto (as promised), a childhood friend, a kuudere/tsundere, and a fiery redhead. Ok, so there is also a secondary “fake” imouto and an older woman on the side, but I wouldn’t consider them true contenders. As previously mentioned, there isn’t much in the way of an overarching plot, so the meat of the show lies in the character interactions (and not just on the girls’ chests). And boy does OniAi deliver with this. Akiko’s incessant pining for her brother is hilarious to watch, Ana’s outrageous personality combined with her soft voice makes for a very interesting delivery of verbal abuse, and Arashi’s carnivorous nature makes us all fear for Akito’s well-being. And these are only the highlights. All of these little quirks are, of course, not nearly enough to fill the span of a typical arc, but they work just perfectly for the episodic nature of the show.
The first thing you have to know is that the two imoutos are voiced by kids. Wait a minute here. They’re getting kids for such an inappropriate show?! The answer is yes, but it isn’t as bad as it sounds. They aren’t made to say anything really explicit, and in actuality they do a pretty good job. This is especially true of Akiko’s VA, Ibuki Kido, who is only 15 years old at the time of airing (2012). Heck, this is in fact her debut role as far as I’m aware, and she really impresses me with what she’s capable of. The other child VA does a decent job as well, but she didn’t really leave much of an impression on me (ironically, she’s the one who has had previous experience). But the voice actresses aside, OniAi also offers some pretty catchy BGM. The little upbeat pieces that play when one of the heroines does something outrageous really help set the playful tone of the show, and you definitely can’t go wrong with a horn section. As for the visuals, I’ll just let the screenshots below do the talking for me.
OniAi is definitely no masterpiece. But that doesn’t mean that it should be overlooked simply as “the incest show of the season”. It’s very good fun, and a guilty pleasure if you’re looking for a bit of fan service. In fact, I think you’ll find that the humor outweighs the flesh exposure for the most part. The show knows that it isn’t doing anything groundbreaking, so it doesn’t take itself seriously, which makes for some nice and simple entertainment. I should also add that one strong point of OniAi is the way it seemingly mocks the status quo. It isn’t afraid to make fun of overused tropes or imitate other popular shows/games in a playful manner. I might even go so far as to say that the show is as mischievous as some of its characters can be. But long story short, OniAi is definitely worth checking out if you are looking for (or don’t mind) boobs as well as a good time.
Episode 12 Screenshots