Oreimo Vol. 4 [Manga Review]
Friendships play a big part in volume 4 of Oreimo (short for Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii wake ga nai or My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute). Read on to see just how big of a part, and whether or not the volume is any good.
After finishing up at a convention where Kirino has acquired plenty of doujinshi (fan-made comics) and eroge, she runs into her modeling friend, Ayase, who is creeped out by Kirino’s secret hobby, which nearly ruined their friendship. Kyosuke then decides to try to convince Ayase to have a change of heart, hoping to avoid having Kirino having to make a choice between her best friend or her “little sisters.”
As for the story of this volume, none of it feels forced. It tells a very genuine story about friendship, keeping secrets, and having to deal with compromises. The conflict feels very genuine and has a resolution that makes sense and is satisfying.
The character's actions drive the story forward instead of the other way around. When Ayase tells Kyosuke exactly why she is creeped out by Kirino’s hobby, it is understandable why she would want her to quit it altogether. While some interactions can feel a bit ham-fisted, it does not feel completely unrealistic.
The artwork for Oreimo is very clear and clean, although it is not too detailed. Each character has their own unique design as well as movements. When there are moments where there is much more detail, it seems to fit, being a pivotal moment in the story. Each page feels to be framed well for the storytelling, and works with the pacing as well.
Oreimo’s biggest strength is in the characters. Everything a character says fits in with the kind of character that they are. It is very clear who is talking, what their motivation is, and the kind of attitude that they are speaking it.
It matches well with the artwork, really working with the emotinal high points of the story. There is a complexity to each character, no matter how big or small. Kyosuke truly does understand why Ayase dislikes Kirino’s hobby, but he himself supports it, and his only wish is to find some kind of compromise.
With volume 4 of Oreimo, the story is told very well through the characters, and the art style really complements it. While some bits may feel a bit cheesy, none of it feels like it doesn’t belong. The major conflict is one that makes sense, and the final outcome is earned through what the characters do and how they handle it. The story is well told, and ends wanting the reader to wonder what will happen next with Kirino, Kyosuke, and Ayase.