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  • Americans Hate Tingle: The series is very popular in Japan (or was), but it is loathed in the North American fanbase due to the nature of the show and the fact that the said little sister happens to be a tsundere, which western audiences have mostly become tired of.
  • Ass Pull: A lot saw Manami's sudden reveal as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing to be this.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: It's a show celebrating Brother–Sister Incest.
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  • Die for Our Ship: A male side character introduced solely for the purpose of being a love interest is already bound to garner hate in a Harem Genre show, but actually start dating the main female protagonist, and you're likely to find yourself staring down two barrels of fan hate, as Mikagami found out, even after it was revealed to be all an act by Kirino to make her brother jealous, and Mikagami ends up joining Kyousuke's harem after that. Surprisingly averted when Kuroneko confesses to Kyousuke, and they end up going out, but she was already the most popular choice before that, and they don't end up together in the end.
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  • Ending Aversion: The ending of the series only served to pretty much piss everybody off, no matter which girl they were rooting for. Mainly, it's due to the author making the Brother–Sister Incest route canon (and it doesn't help that the little sister is a major Base-Breaking Character (or in some cases, a Scrappy) already), along with Kyousuke turning down the other girls, most of whom were fan-favorites, in the most humiliating and heartbreaking ways. Then there was the matter of Manami's derailment, and then in the end Kyousuke and Kirino decide to end their relationship, making the entire series look like a giant "Shaggy Dog" Story... at least to those who didn't read the epilogue or subsequent material. Also, the author tried to push Kanako as a love interest on par with Ayase and Kuroneko despite her being an extra for a good 3/4 of the novels.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Can you guess? Gee, it's obviously the Fiery Redhead Older Than She Looks Kanako.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The parts of the ending where Kyousuke alienates several of the girls and anything directly after his wedding kiss with Kirino didn't happen. Nope, they totally got a Happy Ending.
    • There's probably going to be some Epileptic Trees with The Cameo in Eromanga Sensei, such as taking place after the series and implying that some girls like Kuroneko and Saori might not have been alienated enough if they're still spending time with Kyousuke and Kirino. Which could count as Heartwarming in Hindsight if this were the case.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: There's at least one doujinshinote  that has Manami revealed to be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The in-universe mahou shoujo anime Stardust Witch Meruru is stated to be intended for girls between five and ten but its predominant fanbase is made up of males in their twenties. Two years later, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was released.
  • Les Yay: Ayase towards Kirino; Kirino's love for Little Sister Heroines.
    • Kirino is Tsundere towards Kuroneko even more than her brother.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Kuroneko masterminded dating Kyousuke in order to get the Kousaka siblings to admit their true feelings for each other, and it worked. In fact, it worked so well that when Kuroneko actually decided to confess to him for real, he turned her down.
  • Memetic Loser: Kuroneko after Kyousuke chooses Kirino in the end, which also makes the fans to put her on the "Black-haired Girls Always Lose" list.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • My (Noun) Can't Be This (Adjective).
    • Instant Yuuichi Nakamura/Ayana Taketatsu seiyuu joke, add this Memetic Mutation.
    • Kirino's ass, from an early scene where Kirino is browsing under Kyousuke's bed and she is shaking her posterior in the air as the camera focuses on it. Repeated a few more times later.
    • Because of the novel's ending, Kirino's victory started a trend of "Blonde Hair Girls Always Win" list.
  • Moe:
    • Actually a plot point, since it's what turned Kirino into an unlikely fan of H-Games.
    Kirino: They [little sisters] look so pure, you just want to protect them, or hold them tight!
  • Narm Charm: Who could forget this gem:
    Kyousuke: EROGE IS MY SOUL!
  • Never Live It Down: Anything to involve a Brother–Sister Incest story is bound to suffer from this, especially among Western audiences.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Ayase! Don't mess with her unless you WANT to trigger her Yandere Mode
    • It's worse in the PSP Visual Novel. Her Bad Ending consists of her stabbing Kyousuke to death. Her Nightmare Face and Madness Mantra before that don't help. Sweet dreams.
    • Kirino manages to outdo even Ayase in an If route of the same Visual Novel, being turned into a yandere Green-Eyed Monster by a wish Akagi made concerning little sisters, with Kyousuke implied to have been crippled or killed by her to keep anyone else from seeing her precious Onii-chan.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Once, the books were some of the most popular light novels in Japan, beating out even Haruhi Suzumiya and the Monogatari series. However, the ending (detailed under Ending Aversion above) started a chain of events in motion that led to the series taking a massive nosedive. After the disappointment of the ending, many former fans of the series changed to indifference, and some outright bashed the series and exposed more and more of its flaws. Today, the series is blamed for two trends in light novels very much maligned by the anime community itself: the usage of otaku life-centric stories with so-called "meta commentary" on the genres and cliches endemic to the genre, and the growing trend of Brother–Sister Incest as a main or side romantic plot (a Running Gag among the anime community states that a poorly written harem light novel will always have the protagonist's little sister as one of the love interests).
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • The anime director from episode 8 is meant to be viewed as an ass for not adapting Kirino's light novel exactly the way she wants it, but anyone familiar with the way the anime industry works will know that catering to the whims of one fanatical otaku (who is stated to have quite bizarre tastes even by their standards) is a good way to lose money and possibly put a lot of people out of a job.
    • Manami Tamura. Maybe Kyousuke never really did love her as more than a friend, but for him to reject her in favor of someone who was the definition of Ungrateful Bastard for so many years, and still is somewhat, and since she was a full witness to how badly Kirino treated her brother, can anyone really blame her for blowing up at them?
  • The Scrappy:
    • Despite being the title character, a number of fans are put off by Kirino's initially Jerkass behavior and her poor treatment of Kyousuke, who is practically throwing away any chance to be seen as normal for her sake. This reaction tends to vary between fans coming from the anime (where her tsuntsun bad behavior is kicked Up to Eleven), the Light Novel source which is more evenly balanced, and the manga where her words and mannerisms are much more deredere in response to Kyousuke's actions.
      • This is actually intentional as even characters in the novel think the same thing, but tend to see the glass half full and that Kirino is, while annoying, still important to them.
    • Ayase's extremely judgmental nature of Kirino's hobby has earned her numerous haters even among those who also consider Kirino a Scrappy. Like Kirino, she's grown out of this, and her scary moments, when they show up, are always played for laughs or d'awws after the initial conflict is resolved.
    • Manami has managed to become one of the most hated characters thanks to the events of volume 11, where it's revealed that she is the cause of Kyousuke becoming the useless guy that he is today, and being the catalyst behind the strain in his and Kirino's relationship. Her fistfight with Kirino at the end certainly didn't help matters.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: One is for Brother–Sister Incest, the other is against. Within the latter groups, there are fans for Kyousuke-Manami (who consider her the most sane and normal of the choices) against fans for Kyousuke-Kuroneko/Ayase/other girls (who are seen as the more interesting choices).
  • So Bad, It's Good: The 3-part finale, especially the final fight between Kirino and Minami.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • In the series, Kyousuke eventually moves out temporarily for his studies. This is a monumental occasion for most young men, regardless of circumstance, and in most cases comes with a great amount of drama in real life, let alone television. The anime skips over the entire moving out process and goes from him being kicked out to him living alone in his small flat.
    • In the same episode that happens, Kanako mentions in a throw-away line that her home situation was so bad that she ran away to live with her sister and is now trying to find a way to make up with them. Again, this has no build-up or acknowledgement within the episode at all.
    • Season 2 wasted Season 1's plot. The first season's focus was on acceptance, and was quirky, fun, comedic, and charming. The second season veered the focus to a much more romance-centered plot, drifting away from dealing with the life of an otaku to finding out which girl was more in love with Kyousuke. What a waste.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • To a lot of Western viewers, Kirino and Kyousuke's dad could be considered abusive. In addition to being cold to his children, at one point he punches Kyousuke in the face strong enough to knock him down. In addition, Kyousuke's mother has a fairly hands-off approach to child-rearing, although this isn't nearly as controversial. She only steps in when she mistakes the fake-dating ploy for an incestuous relationship.
      • Most people however can say nothing against what's within the spoiler as, to the father, the way Kyousuke took the heat (saying he has been playing siscon H-games on Kirino's computer) smacks of Kyousuke having sexual fantasies towards his sister. In addition, it's hard to say such a reaction was unprovoked, as Kyousuke threatened to punch his father for judging Kirino and even grabbed him by the collar. Nonetheless, it's still quite a harsh thing to do to one of your children.
      • And in context, Kyousuke was clearly trying to get a rise out of his father, and to his credit his dad accepted Kyosuke's impassioned defense of the hobby immediately after. So in essence, the message is, "This is for violating my rules and daring to have an opinion. Now do whatever it was that made you feel good and what you think is right in a responsible manner."
    • At a later point in the series, Kyousuke's parents actually kick him out of the house to make him study (and Kyousuke wasn't a particularly bad student), not letting him back until he finishes his preparatory exams. No-one has any problems with this. His mom has the added justification of suspecting him and his sister of getting along a little too well, but that may very well be an excuse.
    • Kirino's love for cute two-dimensional girls could indicate that she is inclined to have romantic feelings toward people of her own gender in real life. At one point she even gets addicted to a game with a virtual girlfriend, who she is openly smitten with, and who also happens to look a lot like her best friend Ayase. Alas, suggestions that Kirono might be lesbian or bisexual are usually met with rather dismissive responses, including from her best friends and Kyousuke. Seeing how severe Kirino's parents tend to respond to fairly benign matters like the way she dresses, one can only dread what they would do if Kirino would come out of the closet.
  • What an Idiot!: Manami. As justifiable as her intentions were, her actions ended up contributing to Kyousuke and Kirino getting together, since some people have pointed out that had Manami simply left Kyousuke and Kirino alone instead of interferring and getting Kirino to stop worshipping her brother and making Kyousuke lose his drive to be the best, then maybe she would've had a chance. After all, siblings, and by extension some childhood friends, have a high chance of losing any affection that would've been romantic by being close to each other from an early age and staying close well into their adult years, and even if the romantic interest were still there, their father's strict upbringing would've put the brakes on it the instant he sees it.

Alternative Title(s): Ore No Imouto Ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai


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