I feel obligated to blog Chokotto Sister. I get the feeling that my fellow siscon brethens would bar my entry to imouto paradise should I overlook this series. Well, brothers-in-arms(-of-your-kawaii-imoutos), I regret to report that ChokoSis seems to be lacking in that incestuous passion we were all pandering for…. and I’m actually thankful for it.
Since the manga had stopped just short of being hentai, I was really glad for the limited fanservice which served as mere garnishing to enhance the magical moments in the anime. (Argh, I can’t believe I just labelled lolicious panty flashes as ‘magical’. I need rehab.) In fact, if the debut is any indication of the series’ tone, I would expect ChokoSis to be a sweet series focused on sibling love with some nice poignant moments. I had particularly enjoyed Onii-chan’s flashback. The crushing hospital revelation and earnest bedside prayer were some of the best moments for me this ep.
Unfortunately, this probable scenario of pure sibling love is also what I deemed to be its Achilles heel. I’m quite certain Choko is not going to function as love interest (Love interest for now appears to be florist onee-san who wears a diamond ring on her neck… dun dun dun) and for a character-driven series, I’m skeptical how it can sustain 24 episodes without a dramatic, taboo romance with siblings at the helm. Sure, there’s no doubt their relationship would anchor all peripheral relations, but it’s just less intense when the sibling-protagonists are not in love with each other. I mean, come on, you have the word ‘sister’ in your title and there’s no
incest siscon? Surely you tease, Nomad.
Of course I could be wrong. After all, one can interpret Onii-chan’s rechannelling of xmas gift as a foreshadowing transferance of romantic aspirations unto Choko in future. But executing that would require bringing Choko’s mental/emotional maturity up to par to make for meaningful and intended romantic interaction with Onii-chan. This development could potentially have Choko outgrow her innocuous charm that so defines this series.
For now, I’m really curious about the path the series will take. Looking forward to the next ep.