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Oreimo , short for Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (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) is a series of Romance Light Novels written by Tsukasa Fushimi, and later adapted into an anime series by AIC and A-1 Pictures. Since its original creation, the series has garnered a significant fandom online, spawning a number of fan works.
Oreimo first began as a light novel series written by Tsukasa Fushimi and illustrated, by Hiro Kanzaki, which ran from August 10, 2008 and June 7, 2013, spanning a total of 12 volumes. A 12-episode anime adaptation produced by AIC also aired in Japan between October 3 and December 19, 2010 , later followed by a second season by A-1 Pictures between April 7 and June 30, 2013. As well as the Anime and Light Novels, there was also a Manga adaptation based on the series, which first circulated between March 2009 and May 2011. This was later followed up by a second manga adaptation, which started on July 2011 and is still ongoing. There have also been a number of other adaptations of the series, including a radio show, a drama cd, and a number of video games.
In North America, Oreimo is licensed by Aniplex of America, and is available for streaming on Crunchyroll. The show has gained a large online following on many sites, including on Tumblr, Reddit, 4chan’s /a/ (Anime and Manga) board, Fanpop, My Anime List, and DeviantART. There are numerous sites that provide episodic information about the series, such as the Oreimo wiki, TV Tropes and Anime News Network. In addition, the Oreimo Facebook page also has over 25,000 likes.
Oreimo Ending Controversy
The twelfth and final volume of Oreimo was published on June 7, 2013 and the anime adaption of the ending was released as a three-episode OVA on August 18, 2013. The route the novel took ended up displeasing many fans. The protagonist Kyousuke rejects two women and confesses his love to his little sister Kirino. The two later get married, only to reveal that they promised each other they would pretend to be a couple for a little while, then go back to being regular siblings. This ending upset fans for multiple reasons, including incest, and the fact that the protagonist ended up romantically with nobody, leading fans to take online to express their anger.
The Oreimo series has spawned a significant online fanbase since it’s creation, which has created much fanart and fanfiction. On the Japanese fanart site Pixiv, there are over 13,000 images tagged under “俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない ”, as well as over 150 videos on the video sharing website Nico Nico Douga. On DeviantART, there are also over 3,000 images tagged related to the series, as well as over 100 stories on Fanfiction.net.
Oreimo Cover Art Parodies
Oreimo Cover Art Parodies refers to a series of illustrations parodying the cover art of the first volume of the Oreimo Light Novel series, often titled under “My Little X Can’t Be This Y", based off the English title of the series.