OreImo’s second season, as crazy and perhaps funny as it was, didn’t leave much of an impression on me. Once the first season ended on a good note, leaving no room for any more stories to be told in the anime adaptation, I immediately pushed everything Oreimo-related to the back of my mind and walked away from it, leaving it to collect dust and to a fate where it would be remembered once in a while whenever I heard the uber-cute opening theme or saw parodies of this novel cover:
However, one should never underestimate the perseverance fans have for a long-titled novel series and the power of moe, since by the time I was able to forget the names of every non-lolita character and how annoying Kirino truly was, a new season was announced. And regardless of how good it felt to see the characters again, season two paled in comparison to the last one. The secondary characters were given more screentime and we learned about how they were more than eye-rolling stereotypes – but the episodes concerning them were sans interest (unless you really wanted to know their backstory) and very easy to forget. And oh, how Oreimo 2 was so forgettable.
Until Manami decided to step up and kick the snot out of our main heroine. Right before the end of the series.
By the time I realized how out-of-character my new favorite character had reacted to Kirino’s taunts, the scene had suddenly turned into a Street Fighter-like battle and Kirino was seriously getting beat out there.
Well she did deserve it. And I loved every second of it.