Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! ~ Review
“This is the true definition of a perfect harem!”
Yes… indeed. Here is another harem type anime (for those who have been waiting for one) and this one is also a very nice one indeed. I think the above picture can just about sum up what the series is going to be consisting of. Let’s list them out; a group of cute girls, one guy in the middle, and the word “imouto” in the title… if you’re a romantic comedy/harem/ecchi anime fan, then you just know that those cooked together make a nice little harem tale for us to feast our eyes on.
Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! (lit. My Little Sister is Among Them!) revolves around Mikadono Shougo, the son of a wealthy business man, who unfortunately dies from a freak accident. At the funeral, Shougo meets a girl who is concealing her face and claims to be Shougo’s sister. Shougo has been on a search for her little sister, who was seperated from him at birth. Unable to confirm the identity of the mysterious “little sister”, Shougo begins to attend Miryuuin Academy in the hopes of finding his little sister. There, he meets many girls who start to gain an interest in Shougo. However, Shougo is unable to start any relationships with any of the girls as one of them seems to be his little sister. Thus Shougo begins to search out his sister while “avoiding” the many seductive “attacks” played out by the many girls that surround him.
Such harem/ecchi scenes like this make up the majority of this series, making for a classic romantic comedy/ecchi/harem combination.
The series contains 12 episodes and aired during the Summer 2012 Anime Season (July 2012 – September 2012). The anime series is originally based off a light novel series, with the anime series being animated by Studio Gokumi, who up to this time, have only animated 5 series (including this one, they have also animated Koe de Oshigoto, A-Channel, Saki Achiga-hen Episode of Side A and Oda Nobuna no Yabou) and thus are hardly known in the online anime community (of course unless you’re a Studio Gokumi fan).
There are a few notable voice actors that make an appearance in this series, including Sakurai Takahiro who voices Mikadono Shougo (and is also known as the voices of Kururugi Suzuka from Code Geass and Sasori from Naruto Shippudden), Ishihara Kaori who voices Tsuruma Konoe (and is also known as the voices of Tanigawa Kanna from Ano Natsu de Matteru and Okura Mina from Dakara Boku wa, Ecchi ga Dekinai) and Sakura Ayane who voices Kannagi Miyabi (and is also known as the voices of Merry Nightmare from Yumekui Merry and more recently Isshiki Akane from Vividred Operation).
All in all, yes. This is one of those ordinary harem/ecchi romance stories that involves plenty of fan-service and drama and such. But what’s not to say that these “seen as ordinary” anime’s aren’t good to watch? In fact, every now and then they’re pretty good, this series being no exception. I personally enjoyed this series quite a bit (that opening, oh my… addicting as hell), and so I think it deserves to be watched by you as well.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 8/10