This particular comedy “Ane-log” (“Sister Log”, or the complete title of “Ane-log: Moyako Nee-san no Tomaranai Monologue” which is “Moyako’s Never-Ending Monologue”) is strange in that it has a fundamental flaw, but that doesn’t prevent us from having a lot of fun with it.
Many, many years ago, let’s say 10 years earlier or so, Akira told his slightly older sister Konoe that he wanted to marry her. Now, at this very point in their lives, Moyako is wholly, solely convinced that Akira is a grand pervert who wants nothing more than to physically and emotionally subjugate her into being a sex slave. Nothing could be farther from the truth, but Moyako’s overheated imagination runs rampant and even the slightest gesture or comment sends her reeling. SHE is the big pervert and nothing can rein in her unbridled thoughts.
The above scene comes from when Akira spilled coffee on himself and Moyako thinks he is going to use this as an excuse to strip down and flaunt his goodies before her. So what’s the flaw? Why is it now? Why is all of this coming to fruition at this juncture in time?
She, honestly, has had ten years to think about this, but when we come into the show, only now is it a problem. Or has she ALWAYS been like this and she just moves along with it? If you put that nagging doubt to one side, this is a very funny show, as Akira is totally and completely clueless as to her sister’s meltdowns and boilovers. When the gang comes over to watch the soccer match on TV with Team Japan, Moyako thinks they are speaking some kind of secret language that is a sex smut code and wants no part of it, when they are merely discussing team formations. Thank goodness it wasn’t American Football! (“We are going to split the defense and penetrate the end zone.”)
Then when she finds a kindred spirit, it really gets crazed, as they kind of swap notes on perverted males. I am sad that we only get three episodes of this. True, it couldn’t go for a full season, as it would wear thin, but this is a wacky little offering was a nice change of pace. I do suggest you hunt it down. I had a good time.
On a scale of 1 to 10:
Artwork 7 (Nothing fancy, nothing strange)
Plot 8 (Standard plot done up nicely)
Pacing 7 (A few too many fantasies)
Effectiveness 7 (No genuine follow-through)
Conclusion 4 (It reaches a ‘coupler point’, but hasn’t ended)
Fan Service 3 (A similar show would be “Wedding Peach”)
Overall 7 (Could have used a real conclusion)
And remember, it’s first run until you’ve seen it. I am the daughter of the Konoe family, Konoe Moyako.