This series continues to get less comfortable with every episode.
Episode four saw the conclusion of the light novel writing contest between Elf and Masamune which ended with Elf figuring out who Eromanga-sensei was and Sagiri coming round to a dream where she can leave her room and see her illustrations turned into a manga with her brother.
Besides the seemingly obligatory moment of explicit incestuous suggestions, this episode was possibly the best of the four so far. Masamune spends most of the episode at Elf’s house next door being fed and comparing manuscripts for the new light novel – I still don’t see exactly what Elf’s purpose in the show is going to be, but I’m willing to go with it at the moment. From Masamune’s manuscript, she did manage to work out that Eromanga-sensei is Sagiri and summarised that Masamune really loves his sister…
Add this to a situation where Sagiri hasn’t been opening her door since the end of episode three and we’ve got Masamune preparing to jump from balcony to balcony which, of course, results in him landing head first in between his 12-year old sister’s legs.
Let’s ignore that just for one second so I can get to what I liked. The following scene is a really lovely moment of genuine sibling love. Clearly these two have been through a lot having lost parents, one sibling writes non-stop to make a living and his sister won’t leave her room, let alone the house because of it. Seeing the two agree to work hard to make both of these situations change is truly heartwarming and made me forget, if just for a moment, the elephant in the room.
I have no intention of dropping this series as I’m actually quite enjoying it. However, the incestuous undertones which are in no way subtle have been, at moments, really quite uncomfortable to watch. It’s not that I believe that the show is going to go that way (I haven’t seen OreImu, but I don’t think Eromanga-Sensei will quite follow to the same extent), but just the concept involving a pre-teen girl doesn’t sit well with me.
As I said in a previous episode review (and imagine will say again), it would make for an interesting debate whether this kind of show is actually okay, and if it is, is it okay to enjoy it? At the moment, I’m guilty of the last.