If you’ve been having white nights over who the next author for Eromanga Sensei’s future illustrations will be, well worry no further, cause this is exactly all that we will be finding out in Episode 4. Yep.
Japanese Original Episode Title: エロマンガ先生
The deadline has come and Masamune is ready to compete with Elf Yamada for Eromanga Sensei’s favor. After having Sagiri calling him a liar over liking the annoying neighbor girl, Masamune decides to write a novel about his little sister and his affection towards her. She is not impressed.
Masamune is being seduced by Elf’s spectacular cooking. It is somehow connected to nudity and writing novels, as is everything that girl does. He gets called out by Sagiri because he hangs out with her too much, to the point where he’s bringing food back home. Sagiri repeatedly calls him a liar, and later a pervert, as she accidentally exposes to him to the fact that she uses herself as a model for all her lewd illustrations. An uncomfortable shot of her looking at her underage naked ass follows. Ugh.
Thankfully, Masamune restores the balance of this really weird conversation by explaining he would never see his sister as a filthy pervert (which she probably is, let’s be honest here). Of course, she doesn’t seem to give a shit and keeps calling him a pervert, a liar, etc. He promises to make her the heroine of his next book, and she doesn’t seem to enjoy this thought one bit. Yet, he goes on and does it anyway. Let’s make a note of the fact that Sagiri clearly says she hates him for being a lying pervert: she says very, very specifically: ‘兄さんなんて大嫌い。顔見たくない’ which would loosely translate as ‘I hate my brother. I don’t want to see [his] face.’ She’s super upset with him and hates him profoundly, and on top of that, she doesn’t want him to write about her and he still does it.
So Sagiri locks herself in her room and Masamune writes about her against her will, then waltzes over to Elf’s to have their manuscripts compete against each other. Obviously, Elf (being the genius she is) immediately figures out Eromanga Sensei is Masamune’s sister and that he is a bit too fond of her. She throws her manuscript away and crowns him the winner of their little competition, mentioning how even though her work is way better commercially, his has a personal touch to it that she cannot compete with.
Masamune is so excited he jumps all the way to his sister’s balcony to convince her to show her face… very rational. Naturally, he lands somewhere around her breasts and pelvis, yet now, she doesn’t seem that annoyed anymore, so he gets away with a mere slap for doing something so stupid and dangerous. They have a little chat about how she locked herself in to practice drawing battles scenes and large boobs, even though she hates fighting and death, as well as drawing things she has never seen (=large boobs). Apparently, she was working hard to learn how to do all these things she dislikes, to please her brother who she previously mentioned she also hates… what? Where did that come from?
Eventually, Masamune shares his vision with her: their mutual work turning into an anime and them watching it in front of a huge tv, in the living room, while having a huge cake. I wish I had a huge cake right now.
Themes & Trivia
Oreimo: Eromanga Sensei is extremely similar to the 2010 anime My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute (Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai). Needless to say that if you have watched it, you would know that there is nothing cute about Kirino, who is a spoiled brat. And a pervert. However, there are quite a few connections between the two anime:
The secret life of a younger sister…: Kirino likes lolicon imoutou (little sister) style manga and collects eroge, while Sagiri makes lewd manga illustrations.
…who is hiding her hobby because it includes indecent material…: Kirino’s taste is evidently pornographic, and Sagiri’s work obviously ecchi (perverted and playful).
…yet they both deny the disturbing nature of their hobby…: Both Kirino and Sagiri completely overlook the fact that their hobbies revolve around very sexualized images of women of their age and keep trying to convince themselves their preoccupation with them lies on cuteness rather than anything erotic.
…and their older brothers seem very cool with it…: Both Kyousuke and Masamune support their sisters’ disturbing hobbies.
…because they’re secretly attracted to their younger siblings…: even though they keep denying it at all times, the sexual tension is pretty obvious.
…but they get mistreated anyway: Kirino treats Kyousuke like trash until the very last episodes of Oreimo, where *spoiler alert* her insecure personality finally breaks down and she apologizes, but Sagiri gives it up in Episode 4. The major difference is that Sagiri’s behavior doesn’t make much sense in this episode, while Kirino’s had more time to develop in Oreimo.
Both anime are very much about anime: There are numerous industry and otaku references in both shows.
A typical ecchi fall: I was wondering whether that was going to occur, and yes, as expected, Masamune ‘unexpectedly’ landed on his sister. In my whole life, not a single guy has fallen on me like that. I, however, have fallen on numerous people, in the most unsexy of ways.
Apart from the fact that Masamune’s victory over Elf was somehow expected, this episode made no sense to me at all. Why would they start off Sagiri as such a defensive character only to transform her into an eager-to-please little sister? Masamune didn’t even work that hard to earn her favour; nothing really changed in their relationship since they found out about each other’s work, and she was clearly upset with him for lying to her and writing about her. Maybe that’s her way of dealing with jealousy.
You should probably see a therapist, girl
Just saying. Sagiri is introverted, passive aggressive, sexually confused, potentially bipolar, and she lives without her parents at a prepubescent age. Doesn’t seem ideal depending on her sexually frustrated teenage brother for support…