Every time a show about ‘sisters’ comes out, you can almost immediately point out that it will involve incestuous themes at one point or another, usually with the sister , the younger sister taking the initiative. It’s never the older brother who tells the sister he loves her (it hardly ever happens), and even if it does happen the sister is in dominance. So I wondered : “Is the only purpose of a younger sister-type character sexual/incestuous?”
Honestly, I don’t know. Perhaps it’s just me. Perhaps I’m getting this thought simply because there are tonnes of ecchi shows out there which seem to contain this trope. But this trope isn’t simply limited to ecchi anime alone. Shows from various genres include examples of incestuous relationships, ALWAYS “older-brother and younger-sister.” Shakugan no Shana had the twins, Tiriel and Sorath, who (if I remember correctly) french kissed on screen, much to the disgust of Shana.
In the past year alone, there had already been more than one show which involve incestuous feelings between sister and brother. Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake Ga Nai (taken from wikipedia, who remembers how to spell its full name?) may not have went straight down the full-blown incest route in the end, but it’s already been strongly hinted at throughout the series, and probably in the light novel. I expect an incestuous route in the PSP game.
Kiss x Sis is an obvious choice for this case, since not only are the sisters open about their love for their brother, trying on multiple occasions to initiate his rite of passing (nudge, nudge.) Surprisingly, their parents seem to even be SUPPORTIVE of this affair, even betting with neighbours which sister their son would pick. Yosuga no Sora had the sister stripping because she felt her brother was getting more and more distant.
Let’s say you can name a nice number of younger sister characters. Chances are, most of those are involved in some taboo relationship or another, usually an incestuous one. Are there any good younger sisters (with a lead role) that aren’t involved in an incestuous relationship?
I’ll tell you why I added in the word ‘good’ before ‘younger sisters’. Answer’s simple : incestuous relationships are taboo, and thus this creates tension , plot, and drama – while possibly satiating some of the male watchers who let their lower organ do all the thinking for them.
In the first episode of Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne, upon being told of the truth behind her real parents, Nao immediately starts thinking of multiple scenarios. One of them was something along the lines of ‘running away and moving to a city where no-one knows them so they can have their taboo relationship in peace.’ Incestuous relationships are special because they involve lovers, but unable to meet due to societal norms (they are siblings. ) Thus the plot and the actions taken by the characters hereafter would be centred around getting across this barrier or getting their feelings across.
If you’ve read my previous post on why we relate to fictional characters, the argument put across was that by suspending our senses of belief ,we feel emotions for a character involved in a particular thought/ situation, i.e. of unfair treatment, of being cheated on, etc. In this case, an incestuous relationship would closely resemble one of unrequited/ impossible love. A relationship like that is clearly inconceivable – but as we care for the characters, we want their relationship to end on a happy note – thus emerges the younger-sister heroine. As for other characters, i.e. Sorath , we don’t feel this same sense of wanting them and liking them to be together. As for why , I suggest an alternative explanation : as we do not feel for – and perhaps , are against- the characters in question, we probably wouldn’t be as approving of their relationships as we would have been otherwise.
However, shows could dump the whole ‘building a relationship’ scheme completely in favour of chasing an ecchi approach instead…