Posted by psgels on 24 August 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews




Usually when I compare a series to melodrama, I mean this in a negative way. Onii-Sama e, however… is just one of those exceptions that struck me by utter surprise. It comes with such a style, grace and elegance that the huge amounts of teenaged angst and bitchfights fit completely into place.

It’s another one of the television series directed by Osamu Dezaki, and seriously, the more I watch of this guy the more respect I get of him. The direction in this series is just fantastic, especially considering how old it already is (1992!). It’s a series that may not have the highest budget, but it makes optimal use of the animation techniques that were available at the time.

Characters are drawn swiftly and elegantly. Even the still frames are packed with movement, while the animated scenes have surprisingly good frame-rates. Everything is dedicated to making the characters look as elegantly as possible, without going over the top and just making the characters look silly, like what’s happening to most modern shoujo series.

The melodrama is obviously there: the characters in this series really have issues, and vicious catfights, screaming, yelling and suicidal thoughts are no stranger in this series. But the thing is that while it’s over the top, it never gets cheesy. The drama doesn’t get silly in how hard it tries, and instead it continues to colour the different characters throughout the series.

Characters, who are another part of the series’ highlights. Ranging from the main characters to the side ones, they are varied, engaging and deep. It’s great to watch them grow throughout the series, and deal with their own issues that while over the top, are things that I can very easily see teenaged girls to relate with. The chemistry and bonds between the characters is also great to watch, not to mention the excellent script that hits the mark time and time again.

At the same time though, I do see how Osamu Dezaki’s involvement can be a bit of a double edged sword. Judging from the reception of the Air and Clannad movies and Ultraviolet, his style is something that you can hate just as easily. His series also often have character-designs that look like no other anime out there. In Onii-Sama e’s case, it pretty much depends on how you’ll be able to stomach the dramatic scenes. The scenes beyond that are very accessible though: I’m still amazed at how much life the creators managed to put into them.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Fantastic direction, excellent dialogue, really dramatic.
Characters: 9/10 – An excellent cast, well fleshed out and developed throughout the entire run of the series.
Production-Values: 9/10 – Love it or hate it style. I loved it. The soundtrack is beautiful as well.
Setting: 8/10 – A bit of a soap opera setting, but solid and does its job to make the rest of the series shine.

Suggestions:
Ultraviolet: Code 044
Revolutionary Girl Utena
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  • Chris says:

    correction, wasn’t banned entirely just removed/banned from television.

  • Firechick says:

    Oh, Osamu Dezaki directed this? I didn’t know that. Well, psgels, definitely check out Ie Naki Ko next. I swear, you’re gonna love it to death.

  • Meep says:

    I watched this quite a while ago, only because it was recommended for ROV (Rose of Versailles) fans. But this particular anime felt too awkward to enjoy..just something about it.. xD

  • Universal Bunny says:

    I wouldn’t normally do this, but would you please suggest a place to where to find this series? I’ve been on the lookout for well over a year without much luck.

  • Machi says:

    Oh GAWD ANOTHER nostalgia anime for me XD You didn’t have to call this anime old :_:

  • Saint-Just says:

    Great show, I’m glad you liked it. One of my favorite shojo anime, along with Utena and Rose of Versailles.

  • Brand says:

    I put this in my own personal top 20 anime titles. It is a really great series. I started watching and ended up marathoning the whole thing. I would say this is a must see for anyone who loves Utena. The parallels Utena has to it is rather impressive in a way where many of the aspects are incredible similar but manage not to feel like a straight rip-off.

    This (also much like Utena) is one of the few series I also feel the anime is way better then the manga. The manga isn’t bad, but at 3 volumes you don’t really get the depth that the anime series has.

  • windy says:

    One of the best shows for me as well, I was completely under the spell while I’ve been watching it. I think that all those who liked “Rose of Versailles” will definitely love it as well, I was enticed by both the style and the scrypt in both of those series and have read those both manga drawn by a mangaka I deeply admire: Riyoko Ikeda.

  • Universal Bunny says:

    Thank you psgel. I’ve made an account but there is a limitation on what one can see within 6 days of sign-up. I’ll try in 6 days.

  • trunkschan90 says:

    AnimeSols is currently streaming and crowdfunding the DVD release of Oniisama e :)

    http://animesols.com/video_sets/26

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    Still feel bad to compare an 1-cour series (Baccano) to an 4-cours one. But in this case Baccano would take my cake.
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    Go for NGE vs Cowboy Bebop and watch the world burn
    SuperMario
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    I'm personally quite disappointed with the results. Will try harder for a more competitive match-up next time
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    @Mario, if you say so. I say by now the victor has been decided.
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    @Aidan: if you going to post Re:Zero review soon, you can unsticky the Versus Show post, otherwise I will take it down in 2 days
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    AidanAK47
    So far it seems most of the people calling it disappointing are those who know whats comes after that last scene and were looking forward to how the fanbase reacts to it. But it would have been a pretty terrible as well as evil way to end the series.
    Topgavin
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    @K-off: Honestly, glad to hear you're safe. And having a bomb go off nearby would make me feel paranoid.
    @Anon: I'm waiting, waiting for reviews written after the show ends.
    Anonymous120947
    Feels like it has been done this way in case of a never happening season 2... to kind of close it.
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    Luckily it doesn't seem to be a terror attack
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    Yeah. I was a good 8 blocks away inside a restaurant so I didn't even know until later. It must have been a pretty small bomb since all the injured have apparently already been released from the hospital.
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    Damn. Just looked it up. Good thing you weren't at the area when the bomb went off.
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    SuperMario
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    Yay commenting on two days old blog posts
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    AidanAK47
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    The last few episodes were not bad but purely on the merits of the source material and not the adaption.
    SuperMario
    @Bam: I'll be mourning indeed.
    @Anon 112098: I haven't watched Chef, but it has more to do with me not interested in chef's life whatsoever. Is it good?
    Bam
    I'm out of town until Sunday evening. The Berserk finale post will hopefully be up early Monday mourning, followed by the overall cour review a bit later in the week.
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    Habe u seen Chef with John Favreau?
    AidanAK47
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    SuperMario
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    K-Off
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    SuperMario
    *nothing wrong
    SuperMario
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    SuperMario
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    AidanAK47
    @Mario, Understandable. As much as I love this show, I admit that it has elements I am sure could turn off people.
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    AidanAK47
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    Anonymous110962
    Hugh Mungus
    AidanAK47
    @TopGavin, I haven't watched it yet but I hope what you said about the animation isn't too bad because this is where they need to be on top of their game.
    Topgavin
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    @Aramus Why would you want to send the picture to your friend? Tell 'em to see it for themselves at the site! lol.
    Friend
    Most of the time they meant no harm, I think it's always about getting recognition. They quickly take them down after I send them a polite email, and I let them save their ego without smearing them on their page.
    afgm
    (ok maybe a little fault should go to them lol)
    afgm
    @Friend: That sucks, but its definitely understandable. People can be pretty thoughtless at times (no fault to them of course).
    afgm
    tiger mask did make it into the upper quartile though, which is surprising
    Friend
    @afgm I don't have a large internet presence with my work exactly because I've had situations with theft on Pinterest. For work, I just carry USBs with my portfolio pieces in them :/
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    @Aramus Heya, thanks for the inquiry. Unfortunately the fell image won't be available openly unless for commercial purposes, but otherwise feel free to contact me in my business email! :)
    afgm
    ah you know what? I read the title Time Bokan 24 and thought it had 24 votes x)
    SuperMario
    @afgm: Time Bokan receives 0 vote the last time I checked it. I'm more surprised that people love Haikyuu that much
    SuperMario
    Such a shame because I enjoy writing it a lot
    SuperMario
    2 more episodes on Thunderbolt Fantasy and I might break the sites' record (hall of shame really) for covering a show without any comment, haha.
    afgm
    Also what is Time Bokan and why does it have more votes than 95% of the other anime in the poll haha
    afgm
    well it's always iffy giving out images without the creator knowing. You can never know where its going to end up. I strongly suggest you contact Friend.
    aramus1
    @Afgm Sorry, I was the anon. The weird username thing is bugging out. And was going to send it to a friend, did she not want it out there?
    afgm
    @anon: you better not be thinking about refistributing the image without her consent. youre better off contacting her on her homepage...
    AidanAK47
    @Anon108797, In the comments he mentions that it's an April Fools joke. So there is hope for humanity yet.
    Anonymous108797
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bBa44-FIqk Why does this even exist
    Kaiser Eoghan
    Can't believe I still haven't read Dragon head or the world is mine yet...I need to fix that.
    Anonymous108669
    @afgm Awesome! Is there any way to get the source image though, her portfolio doesn't have it unfortunately.
    afgm
    the footer has the source. it was made special by her
    Aramus
    Yo, can anyone give a source on the new wallpaper thing? it looks awesome!
    AidanAK47
    @Mari, no problem. Thanks for for the thanks.
    I argee that the fall looks to be pretty weak but it's hard to tell until the season really starts. I have been blindsided by series before.
    MariShandy
    AidanAK47 and those who helped you, thank you for the season preview. Time to pick the series that I will follow. You make this much easier for me!
    Anonymous107505
    #nochin
    afgm
    it reminds me of Durara
    afgm
    Well Occultic;Nine does have pretty good promotional material, too, and the concept is pretty cool.
    AidanAK47
    I think the majority of our readers are Steins;gate fans seeing as Occultic;Nine is currently in the lead on the poll.
    AidanAK47
    Updated the preview with the more tag so episode posts don't get pushed down to the end of the page.
    SuperMario
    haha so watch the anime with us then
    Kaiser Eoghan
    Too many chapters of both out at the moment for me to marathon/catch up lol
    SuperMario
    Good choice, Kaiser. Good choice!!
    Kaiser Eoghan
    My vote is for drifters and 3-gatsu no lion. Will jump onto the manga where both leave off after.
    SuperMario
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    Well it’s over and what a ride it was. Betelgeuse is defeated, everyone is saved and Subaru gets to confess his love to Emilia to leave the series off on a hopeful note. Only thing that would have made it better is more Rem but let us be frank, there is never enough Rem. I […]

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    Thunderbolt Fantasy – 11

    This week things escalated pretty quickly. Our helpless MC Shang Bu Huan shots himself in the foot pretty quickly. I already suspected it’s a matter of time before his scam will be exploited by Mie Tian Hai, but I surely never would have guessed it’s that early. Shang Bu Huan, hilariously, is just plain terrible […]

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    Mob Psycho 100 – 10

    Plenty of action this week as Mob, Terumi and Dimple take on the major members of claw. As far as what happen this episode feels a lot like your standard fare for a shounen anime series. The main group infiltrating an enemy base, split up and encounter the enemies in one on one style battles. […]

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    orange – 11

    Well, this episode is one the most emotionally wrenching orange has put up so far and for me at least this dramatic turn of event is what this show does best. Kakeru’s issue is a fundamental one. So far, the group succeeds in helping him to open up more and enjoying himself bit by bit, […]

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    The House in Fata Morgana Video Game Review – 83/100

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    The title of this game rather says everything you need to know about my initial reaction, and I’m still all around puzzled at the mixed bag that this turned out to be – it IS just a standard mashup while having a bit of fun with some experimentation, but the game itself is actually a […]

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    Just a quick note that I originally intended this week’s review to be about Miss Hokusai. But because of the DVD release of this Kizumonogatari (with good subtitle to boost), I decided to bump this up and review it instead. Monogatari series has been among one of my favorite series, and certainly the one that […]

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    The Murder Case of Hana & Alice (2015) Movie Review – 85/100

    Welcome to the third installment of World Animation section, but this time we head back to Japan for my favorite anime movie out of last year. If anything, I have always wanted those reviews to be a recommendation if you want to look for something different. So if there is anyone who would check out […]

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    Legend of Legacy Review – 80/100

    Oh Square Enix, this is the kind of avant-garde work you need to do. Developed by Furyu with the people behind SaGa, and written by Masato Kato of Chrono Trigger, I knew I was in for a unique game right from the start. But its gameplay is certainly divisive and for good reason, as this […]

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    My Life as a Courgette (2016) Movie Review – 82/100

    It’s never easy to make a good family’s animation. For movies aim at adults, the filmmakers can easily get themselves loose, go crazy and the audience can still get it. But for kids, these movies might be one of the first movies they’ve ever seen and that’s a huge responsibility. They have to aware of […]

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    The Red Turtle Review – 93.5/100

    Welcome to my first movie review on World Animation section, the column where I wholly dedicated to indie/ art-house animated features around the world that hardly got coverage anywhere really (but rest assure our since sometimes I will review anime movies as well). And what’s a better way to start this section by reviewing one of […]

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    Flying witch Review – 86/100

    As I mentioned in one of my weekly posts, most of the reason why a slice-of-life anime show don’t work well is not because there’s nothing happen, but more because the cast isn’t interesting enough or the show tends to repeat the things that we already know. I’m happy to say that this is not […]