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Hey guys,

Even though the Oreimo OVAs are now over, we've got a special treat for you! We had the opportunity to interview some of the creative minds behind the whole Oreimo series at Otakon, and you can read about what went into their creative procssess below.

Can everyone give a brief self-introduction?

Kanbe: I'm the director Kanbe, and I worked on Oreimo season 1 and season 2.

Fushimi: I'm the original writer, Fushimi.

Miki: I'm the editor of the original novel, Miki. You might not really know what I do, but nice to meet you.

How did Oreimo get started as a light novel, and then made into an anime?


Translator: It first started with Fushimi-san writing the origins of what would soon become the story. And it got published in a book from ASCII MEDIA where Miki-san works in 2008. When it started to gain popularity, Aniplex came and said they would like to make an anime from it, and that's where the script writer Hideyuki Kurata and Director Kanbe came in.

Are you guys surprised by how popular it's become, both in Japan and the US?


F: I originally wrote the story for Japanese otaku, and I'm surprised it's become this popular overseas, and I really think there are no boarders for things that people are interested in.

Why did Fushimi-san choose this name for the LN? It's not only extremely long, but after Oreimo, there seems to be a rise in the number of anime based off of light novels with extremely long names as well. (Oreshura, Oregairu) What are your thoughts on that?


T: Regarding the long title, it might be some sort of fad that's going on. There was originally a phone call going on between Fushimi-san and Miki-san, and they were thinking of a title that would most easily represent the story. But that really got decided in the very final stages, when the novel was almost at completion. When the basic storyline got decided, which is around episode 3 in the anime, the title was decided on something that would give the image of Kirino, hence, "Imouto". (Note: imouto means “little sister” in Japanese)

Speaking of “imouto”, why do you think there are so many light novels and anime in Japan lately that have "imouto" in it? I think a lot of people see Oreimo as the one that started it, but has it always been popular in Japan, or did Oreimo start this trend of “imouto” titles?

T: So the "imouto" genre was already around in Japan. There is another light novel called "Sister Princess" where there's 12 sisters, and when you hear the title, you kind of go “Ehh?” But there were definitely titles like that, and there were definitely fans that were into the imouto-type of works.

M: But it does seem like after Oreimo came out, there's been a lot of "Imouto" type works coming out one after another!
Fushimi-san, why did you make Kirino an otaku? Was it because you were writing for an otaku audience?

F: Now that I think about it, there might have been something like that going on, but originally I was only trying to make characters that I would find fun. And there is a part where I thought that by making Kirino an otaku, the viewers who are otaku could relate to her, "Oh, I'm like that, too."

Is this everyone's first time in America? If so, how are you enjoying this convention so far?

F: We've only just arrived last night.

Is there anything you're looking forward to trying or doing while you're here?

F: We don't have much time, but we would like to feel just how large the US is.

M: In my case, I've seen lots of people that I know from Japan here in the US that I don't see in Japan, and it's sort of become like a meeting spot. (Note: Because there are lots of industry guests at Otakon, everyone is meeting each other)

Have you seen any cosplayers?


T: Yes, there are lots in the hotels.

Between Japanese fans and American fans, do you feel there are any differences?

F: I haven't seen fans in the US yet, so I can't really say much about that. Earlier on, I had that compared to Japanese fans, they are much louder and much more passionate about things.

Who is everyone's favorite character, and why?

M: Kirino.

K: Well, then mine's is Kuroneko.

F: Well, as for a favorite character, since this is an interview I don't really want to get any of the fans angry at me, please just write that I love everyone.



Also, we had the opportunity to interview the all-girl rock band LoVendoR at the J-POP Summit Festival this year, and you can watch their video interview right here on The Live Show!
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Haha the author is a smart man, avoiding the character war all together. Thanks for this Crunchy
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Good stuff.
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You should have ask them, why the last three episodes feel like they were written by a different person. That would be a interesting question.
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Spoilered. ~CS
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alishere2 wrote:

Haha the author is a smart man, avoiding the character war all together. Thanks for this Crunchy :)


Here Here! on both notes! Great interview and a very politically correct answer. Mine? Kuroneko all the way!
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chuyaka wrote:



Yeah, that would've been a good question. I'm thinking possibly not myself.
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Spoilered. ~CS


The interview took place before the OVAs premiered, so I wasn't able to ask something related to the OVAs.
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For one thing, if you do look at other interviews, Fushimi did have Kyosuke X Kirino planned since the beginning.

If I could meet Tsukasa Fushimi, I would just constantly repeat "Will there be a kuroneko spin off series?" 5 million times

Sad that it's over but I guess good writers need to finish things rather than let their content go on pointlessly forever.

Kuroneko is a fascinating and a marvel of a character, filled with plenty of personality and funny dialogue. I haven't been sad over the disappearance of an fictional character since House ended.

Kuroneko will always be my favorite anime heroine FOREVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
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Should of asked: Why did you decide to go with this ending?

And then follow up with: How come you didn't include a 10 years later OVA.
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Hm~ I think that most of the characters were interesting. That's pretty rare for an anime. If I chose a favorite then I would have to say Kuroneko. She has a lot of interesting things going on, both good and bad, but I also just really like her style.

As they said, they couldn't ask about the OVA ending so that's fine.

Nice catch, CR!
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There is nothing creative about the people who created Oreimo.. They just added all sorts of deres in the anime along with a bit of incest
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I really hate crowds so much that they make me want to puke, but I so wish I could've met Fushimi, Oreimo was genius, and I haven't even read the LN yet which it's considered better than the anime and manga.


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Hm~ I think that most of the characters were interesting. That's pretty rare for an anime. If I chose a favorite then I would have to say Kuroneko. She has a lot of interesting things going on, both good and bad, but I also just really like her style.

As they said, they couldn't ask about the OVA ending so that's fine.

Nice catch, CR!


Agreed, most anime I usually have one or 2 favorites, while finding the rest of the cast are pretty boring, Fushimi did really well with characters. My favorite character is definitely Kirino, just love seeing her when she lets all of that stored up love for otaku things come out as extreme excitement, it's always fun to watch.
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Kuroneko master race~
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Thanks for the interview!
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