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Oreimo Volume 1 [Paperback]

Sakura Ikeda , Tsukasa Fushimi , Jemiah Jefferson
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18 Sep 2012 Oreimo (Book 1)
High-school student Kyosuke doesn't get along with his cranky, dismissive, and secretive 14-year-old little sister Kirino, but he finds himself somehow protecting Kirino's secrets - she's not only a fashion model and a great student, but she's got a huge collection of naughty video games and anime! This hilarious, charming hit series is filled with surprises and outrageous laughs. Who says girls can't be otaku, too?

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (18 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595829563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595829566
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute. 2 July 2013
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I'd seen the anime subbed several times and was looking for a manga to start on. When I saw this, I wasn't sure, but I'm glad I bought it. It follows the story really well and the drawings are cute and suit the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS! 30 Mar 2013
By Hisano
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If you haven't already bought Oreimo vol. 1, DO SO RIGHT NOW! It is an amazing manga series, and the art is downright fabolous :D I love this series so much!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oreimo Vol. 1 9 April 2013
By Joseph Dart - Published on Amazon.com
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Oreimo Volume 1 is the beginning of the Manga adaptation of the wildly popular "Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai" Light Novel series, however; the Manga is more of an adaptation of the Anime. Being a 3rd generation adaptation/translation, there is a few things that are lost from the beginning.

The characters do not act the same as they do in the Anime/Light Novels. I'm not sure if this is from the Translation, or if the original Manga was really this disjointed from the source material. Kirino acts like a brat, and not in the cute way portrayed by the Originals, but in a mean-spirited way. Lots of the material which was suggestive as a joke as been translated out of the story, and therefore the jokes and reactions by the characters are not as enjoyable.

Kirino is the biggest change, the translation makes her act more like an American spoiled brat than a typical middle-school, respectful young girl. I'm not sure if the change was to make the story more appealing to American readers, but I know that the underlying incest joke (no incest actually takes place) is something many American's would find inappropriate, or of bad taste for younger adults to read. It's been toned down in the Translation, and that means a lot of the humor is also gone.

The next big issue with the translation is the constant added swearing, which was not present in either of the original source material, but somehow found it's way into the English version. To shy away from the main context of the story (the growing relationship between a brother and sister) and then adding such stupid language for no reason just feels out of place. I would have preferred to see the translation go to a fan of the original, and not to someone who was going to make subtle changes because of slightly better sales expectations.

Oreimo Volume 1 is a good book, and is a fine counterpart for fans of the show, or light novels. It saddens me though that they didn't change it enough to be an original story based on the original characters, and instead tried to adapt the original story for American readers; it just didn't have the same charm as its Japanese counterparts. Hopefully by the end of the series Dark Horse will realize that most of the readers are fans of either the Anime or the Light Novels, and will stop trying to Americanize the series, it's just too far from socially acceptable here to really be the same before and after.

The first volume of the Manga follows the Anime from Episode 1 to mid-way through Episode 3. Kirino asks Kyosuke for advice, and Kyosuke helps her to make friends using social media. It goes through their first IRL Meetup in Akihabara. The volume ends where Kirino's father finds the PC Game and is confronting her about it.

The book itself is illustrated nicely, and the pages and tiles flow well. It is easy to keep your place. The paper used for both the pages and the cover is a little on the thin side, and feels like it's on the verge of tearing or bending every time you turn them. The cover was glued to far from the binding on my copy and so the cover creased during the first read through. I don't expect it to hold up as well as some of the more expensive Manga in my collection.

For the quality issues, and the issues with the translation, I'm only giving this Volume a 3 out of 5 stars. It just doesn't live up to the Anime and Light Novels, hopefully Dark Horse can get a better grasp on the Property and do it some justice with later Volume installments.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A manga to look for! 23 Sep 2012
By ChibiNeko - Published on Amazon.com
If you're a manga fan, odds are you've heard of this manga under the fan translation title of My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute. If you haven't (but are still a manga fan) then you really ought to check this out. It's quite possibly one of my personal "most anticipated" manga releases for fall 2012 aside from more Sailor Moon and volume 13 of the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service. (Incidentally, KCDS is also available from Dark Horse and is freaking awesome if you like mystery/thriller/horror manga.) It's one of my "must buy" releases for the fall.

This really has to be one of the cuter mangas out there and at only four volumes, it isn't going to break your bank account to collect them. Oreimo's primary charm is that it doesn't try to go too overboard with very much and lets the story unfold as it will. You just can't help but be charmed by the various characters here. I have to say that it's fairly easy for me to get interested with any manga that deals with otaku life, especially when it tries to take a look at the social stigma that being an otaku still has in Japan. (Especially if you're female.) Oreimo's primary goal is to entertain so there's still quite a bit of comedy in what it does, but there's also a good dollop of drama sprinkled within. There is a bit of fanservice here and there that's a little naughty, but overall it's rather innocent.

The only thing that might give some pause is the relationship between Kirino and Kyousuke. She has a bit of a fixation on incest manga, anime, and games, which brings up the question as to whether or not there will be anything going on between the two of them. If you're someone who likes to avoid this subject matter, rest easy. To my knowledge there's no incest and the relationship between the two of them is predominantly that of two siblings reconnecting with each other. (Slight update: I was informed in the original review for this on my blog that the siblings do eventually form a romantic relationship. So far though, it is absent from the manga.)

Overall I really enjoyed this and I also enjoyed the letters column in the back of the manga run by the fictional Saori. It's a nice touch and one that I'm sure others will enjoy. One change I noted with this volume is that Dark Horse included their translation notes in the actual manga pages (akin to how other companies do it). It threw me a little, as I'm used to them collecting them all in the back of the book, but not something that would disrupt my read. Again, this is something that is on my "to buy" list for my fall and if you're looking for something cute, it should be on your "to buy" and/or "to read" lists as well. I can only hope that if we're lucky, a company will put out the light novels that this series is based on as well.

Five out of five stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull 20 Oct 2012
By Alt - Published on Amazon.com
I'm not an otaku, but I've read some manga that are quite entertaining. Oreimo isn't one of those.

Kirino is a 14-year-old sex fantasy ... or maybe she's a nightmare. Her 17-year-old brother Kyousuke doesn't think much of her in the story's opening pages -- in fact, they've ignored each other for years -- although he acknowledges that she's hot. When he finds a risqué anime DVD in the house, he sets out to prove it belongs to Kirino. She doesn't want to admit she's an otaku, but when Kyousuke finally confronts her (which, I suppose for cultural reasons, he does indirectly), Kyousuke discovers that Kirino has a "little sister complex." Not being a student of Japanese anime, I turned to the tvtropes website to discover "little sister" refers to cute, sexy little girls who are the subject of fetishes, frequently involving little sister/older brother romance, in which the older brother tends to be clueless about the little sister's sexuality ... until, you know, the incest starts. Kirino, however, says she knows the difference between fantasy and reality ... there's no incest here.

If Kirino actually got it on with Kyousuke, the story would have been twisted but interesting. As it stands, the story is often dull. Somehow Kirino has gotten a job modeling for a magazine, she's a top student, and she's a skilled athlete. When Kyousuke learns these facts, he begins to admire (or at least respect) his little sister. Kyousuke helps Little Miss Perfect with her various (trivial) problems despite the fact that she's an ungrateful and obnoxious brat, and their travels take them to other devotees of anime who spend a lot of time chatting. This caused me to spend a lot of time yawning. More interesting is a subplot -- will Kyousuke get it on with his study partner? -- but Kyousuke seems determinedly asexual, the dullest teen on the planet. None of this is remotely funny or dramatic.

The artwork is typical of the form. I have to say that I couldn't tell the cute girls from the ordinary girls -- they all looked like manga girls to me. We get to see a lot of Kirino in her panties (with close-ups views of both front and back) which might be interesting to a 14-year-old boy, but Oreimo doesn't even work as soft core porn. It's just too dull.
5.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal 26 Aug 2014
By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
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Great series. Currently watching the anime. I hope they continue creating more manga.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oreimo: Manga versus Anime 27 Aug 2013
By Christina - Published on Amazon.com
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To start off, I love Oreimo.

I can relate to Kirino in the respect that I am an otaku as well. However, comparing the manga to the anime shows some minor flaws. First off, Kirino is extremely annoying in the manga versus the anime. And on top of that, I find it disturbing that the literally in every single panel there is an image of Kirino in some sort of suggestive pose that is rarely seen in the anime. In the anime however, Kirino is portrayed as an level-headed independent young teen which is lost in the manga. I feel that the manga focused to heavily on Kirino's sex appeal versus the actual plot-line of the story.. Which makes it extremely awkward to read. On a final note, Oreimo is a great anime, but ultimately ends up being a highly sexualized manga. The story is extremely well developed but it falls short of its goal in the anime. Oreimo is extremely relatable making it enjoyable and comedic. However, if you are interested in Oreimo I recommend that you watch the anime first.
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