My X Can't Be This Y

My X Can't Be This Y

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My X can’t be this Y, usually called as “My Sister’s Cover Art Style” (Japanese: 俺の妹表紙風, Oreno Imoumo Hyōshi Fu), is the phrasal template referring to a series of parody illustrations based on the front covers of Japanese light novel series Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai[1] (俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない, lit. My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute), also known as Oreimo.

The distinctive poses of which, especially vol. 1, combined with the bizarre title have provided the material for many parodies.


This light novel series started in August 2008. Proving to be quite a hit, it was eventually adapted into a manga and anime series, both of which had a similar success.

The most famous cover art in this series is the first volume of it, in which Kirino is standing with her arms crossed, haughty face expression.


Since the publication of the light novel, more than 2000 parody images based on it have been uploaded to Japanese illustrators community pixiv.[2][3] In particular, The amount of parodies in this series has been increasing rapidly since after its first anime series was announced in May 2010.

In addition, this fad was imported to another illustrator community deviantART[4] via image uploader services like Danbooru.[5]

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[1]Wikipedia – Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai

[2]pixiv – Search results for 俺の妹表紙風

[3]pixiv – Search results for 俺の妹表紙のポーズ

[4]deviantART – Search results for My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute

[5]Danbooru – Images tagged as can’t be this cute

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