Aug 13, 2012

Manga Monday | Oreimo by Tsukasa Fushimi, Volume 1

Manga Mondays is a meme started by Alison from Alison Can Read in which we share any and all manga that we might be reading.

Series: Oreimo
Volumes: 1
Story and Art: Tsukasa Fushimi and Sakura Ikeda
Release Date: 09.18.2012
Age: Adult
Art Rating: ★★★★
Story Rating: DNF

High-school student Kyousuke doesn't get along with his cranky, dismissive, and secretive fourteen-year-old litter sister Kirino, but he suddenly finds himself forced to protect Kirino's secrets--she's not only a gorgeous fashion model, a track star, and an accomplished student, but she's also obsessed with naughty video games and little kids' fantasy anime! How can Kirino maintain her complicated lifestyle--and how can Kuousuke maintain his sanity? And might the tow of them, some how, just maybe, ever become friends?

I was overly excited to start Oreimo because I requested it from Netgalley and it is yet to be published. I thought it would be fun to start a new manga and anticipate each volume as they came. Unfortunately, the PDF file I received was extremely difficult to read and it took me a few tries to actually start reading. When I finally sat down in front of my computer, I struggled with the words as they looked on the screen and started reading this a bit frustrated.

I found the story to be a bit repetitive and with too much dialogue from the start. I had a hard time really getting into the idea of what was happening and didn't really care much for either Kyousuke and Kirino, a pair of siblings who do not get along until they are forced to talk by secrets that Kirino keeps.

About four chapters in, I realized I wasn't interested in the story and didn't really care to finish it. I flipped through the pages though, because I wanted to see the rest of the artwork. The artwork was pretty adorable and I really liked it, but this couldn't save the story for me. Unfortunately, Oreimo wasn't for me, but I do recommend everyone interested to give it a shot. It might work out better for others, but for me, the story wasn't fulfilling enough to want to finish.


  1. Great review and I'm sorry that you didn't end up finishing it. I love your little header for Manga Monday, Chi is adorable :) Also, I love your blog layout, it's quaint :)

    -Rondo of a Possible World

  2. Oh, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with this problem with the PDF! I requested it and no matter what I try I can't get it to look right so I can actually read it. Sad to hear that even after trouble you still didn't enjoy it very much.

    Thanks for stopping by BookBrats + I love that you're using Chii for your Manga Monday logo! :)

  3. I was going to request this one from Netgalley but I was a bit hesitant on the format. Sorry this one didn't work for you. I've dropped a few series like Soul Eater and DN Angel because they story and/or art work weren't for me. Hopefully, your next series will be better!