GODFUCKINGDAMMIT!! WHY?! WHY ARE YOU WILLING TO GO SO FAR AS TO SACRIFICE YOUR OWN HAPPINESS?!
As much as I admit to hate Kirino, this episode just melts me up. her sincerity this time makes me want to let go of the hatred and the shit-ton of abuse that she’s been giving Kyousuke but knowing that this wouldn’t have happened if not for Kuroneko’s sacrifice, I find it hard to suddenly start liking Kirino’s character.
Oddly enough, this whole episode played out as if it’s the finale, which isn’t a bad thing imo. It leaves the viewers a sense of completeness while maintaining a hint of possibility. The thought ingrained of the viewers that goes “We would never really know who Kyousuke gets to pick in the end but this ending leaves it open to fan interpretation”. And I guess this is one of the secrets that makes anime goddamn memorable.
Not that I’m saying this early that Oreimo would hit the dust after all this is done but the fact that there are still episodes left, not to mention the extra, possibly, TRUE endings (14 – 17 was it) that were patterned after the light novels means that the siblings’ problems (with each other) aren’t over yet.
While they did make a huge progress in mending their sibling relationship in this episode, at the expense of Kuroneko’s happiness, the question still remains. What happened that started all of this? This cold war, these misunderstandings.
But we’ll see how the last 4 episodes play out especially since an anime-original end seems unavoidable. Though, I’d still prefer a Kuroneko end over Kirino.