Brother’s Conflict Anime Review
“Where do I begin… To tell the story of how great a love can be”
I am sure many of you would know that opening sentence to Andy William’s song, Love Story.
Well, forget about it, this ain’t that great love story that you might be after.
This is an example of a series with a list of things to check off when it came to what they would like to achieve:
- A show full of Bishounens. Check.
- A reverse harem. Check.
- A fickle minded female. Check.
- Lots and lots of “flowery” moments. Check.
- A animated version of an otomen game. Check check check.
It’s quite simple.
If you were looking for a series that featured a female surrounded by a bunch of guys who were after her attention in some manner, then this is it for you.
If you are looking for a good solid Shoujo series, then I would suggest you look elsewhere.
There are many series that have previously pulled off the reverse harem genre really well, for instance, if we looked back 13 years ago, there was Fruits Basket, 8 years ago, there was Ouran High School Host Club.
If you want something more recent, well, I can’t really think of any truly bishie-centric series off the top of my head, but there are plenty of good shoujo series out there. I quite enjoyed Kaichou wa maid sama, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Sukitte Ii na yo and many many more.
But I digress. So lets start with the storyline of the series:
Hinata Ema is the only daughter of a famous adventurer, Hinata Rintarou. One day, Ema learns that Rintarou is going to remarry with a successful apparel maker named Asahina Miwa.
Since she doesn’t want to disturb them, Ema decides to move out and live with her 13 new brothers in a mansion called Sunrise Residence. As they live under the same roof, romance is starting to grow between Ema and the Asahina brothers.
-source – mal
I think that the sypnopsis pretty much explains it all.
Hinata, the heroine is bland and forgettable, but perhaps that’s the whole point of her character as it is based off the otomen game of the same name. The concept of her character would have been that she is so generic that any female would be able to impress their own psyche onto the character. I haven’t played the game, so I am not sure how true to the original character this animated series is. But her personality seems like it would be just about right.
As for the 13 brothers?
Well well well… being female, I can definitely appreciate a screen full of bishies. But a screen full of pointless bishies? That I find abit too hard to stomach, even for me.
You have every character you can imagine, bespectacled hottie, triplets, idols, doctor, lawyer, and all we are missing is an probably indian chief. 😉
A few brothers essentially take their turns expressing interest in Hinata in some way and she goes through the different phases of being a teenage girl, where she is shy and uncertain or her feelings.
The only real reason why I had watched this series was because it was produce by Brains Base – which is one of my favourite animation companies around and I have enjoyed their previous work quite a bit. The animation quality here is not amazing, but hey, they know how create a decent bishie.
In essence, this is definitely not my cup of tea. I am sure there are redeeming factors (besides the abundance of eye candy) as afterall, as my friend so nicely pointed out, Animax is going to be airing this series on TV. So I am sure they have some positive opinions of their own…at least I hope so?
In conclusion, the show is unrealistic, but that’s the whole idea of it I’m sure. So throw any thoughts of realism out, and simply watch it for the eye candy and eye rolling moments. Its entertaining if you are able to find the humor within the craziness of the situation, but if you have better things to do, then I suggest you get onto them instead.
My Question For You
If you like the series, please share your thoughts as I would like to hear them. If you didn’t like it then… any better alternatives to introduce to our readers (and myself)?
Until next time…
P.S: Check out the ending theme song with all the guys singing if you are bored. It definitely left me smiling at how it was done.