Studio: Silver Link
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This is the tale of a young novelist, Itsuki Hashima, who only seems to write about younger sisters. We follow his life and that of the people around him: another genius writer, a classmate from college who is like an older sister, another male writer and more.
Even if it was just a figment of the protagonist’s imagination, the pre-intro scenes of A Sister’s All You Need were enough for my stomach to start spinning. I don’t want to judge anyone and anything, but I was programmed from a small age to find anything incest disgusting. All that French kissing and eating used underwear and using bras instead of towels traumatized me in a very peculiar way. I know incest is one of the commonest hentai themes, but I don’t want to have anything with it. I was glad to see that it was just part of a novel, but even that was not enough to take the taste from my mouth.
The rest of the episode failed to clarify what this series is about. We have a novelist who is obsessed with little sisters. He has a little brother with whom they live in different houses and who suspiciously looks like a little sister. A male and a female novelist friends: the male is a self-proclaimed ikemen and a successful author who has already had an anime adaptation of his works. The female is a longtime fan of the protagonist who has a clear knack for dirty jokes and references. Oh, and a college friend who did nothing important. We don’t even know her major. We see them eat, market a beer, and play Blue/Black Stories (depending on where you live), a casual game of questions and answers that is indeed very interesting, but not as part of an anime episode.
It was only at the end of the episode, when the protagonist reads Nayu’s (the dirty jokes girl) novel when we get a glimpse of what this series might be about: the power of words. The scenes where Itsuki (the protagonist) reads the novel is one of the most well depicted scenes of reading I have seen. His emotions are clearly shown on his face and in the end, awed by her writing talent, he decides that he won’t get any better playing imouto games on his PS Vita.
I will give the second episode a chance, if only to clarify if this is a show about books or a show about little sisters. Not that interested in that second theme, but extremely curious to see what they’ll do with the first.