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Light Novels: Kono Nakani Hitori Imouto Gairu

Posted 01-18-2011 at 03:14 AM by zgmfx19a
Updated 01-23-2011 at 02:41 AM by zgmfx19a



Or この中に1人、妹がいる! (このなかにひとり いもうとがいる), if I've got my Hiragana right.


Mikadono Syogo was having a rest after a tiring day from attending his father's wake. Being the only son of Mikadono Kumagorou, who was the president of the world famous Mikadono Group empire, he was primed to take over his father's position should he want to, as stated by his father's will.

In order to succeed the position, he had to go through a series of training and lessons to prepare himself for the world at the top echelon. Also, his father had also set another condition for him. Syogo was to study in Kumagorou's old school, Shiri Tsumiryuu Gakuen, and find a prospective fiancée there before he graduated from the school, and get married with her once he settles down on his position comfortably. Apparently, according to his mother, having a wife at the top seat shows one's maturity and allows an easier time to command respect from others. Syogo agreed.

However, he had received a strange call just before the will was read to him by his mother. It was from an unknown girl who calls him "onii-sama" and claimed to be his younger sister, even though Syogo was the only son of the family. Syogo questioned his mother about the "sister", and the mother denied angrily about her existence. However, there had been rumors of Kumagorou having an illegitimate child. Still, no further incidences happened, and Syogo forgot about it quickly as the hellish days of lessons and classes begins.

One year later, Syogo has completed the lessons, and following his father's conditions he enrolled into Shiri Tsumiryuu Gakuen as a second year student. He met a fellow female student Tsuruma Konoe, who lead him to the school, and happened to be his fellow classmate as well. In class, he was assigned to an empty seat next to Konoe and a girl named Kannagi Miyabi, but was treated coldly by her.

As he went back to his private apartment alone, he remembered that the very day was his birthday. Thinking that he was to celebrate his birthday alone, he was shocked to receive a birthday cake and a toy figurine of his favourite childhood action figure. He received a call from a girl introducing herself as his sister, and the incidents from one year ago came swarming back to his mind. She said that she is related to him by blood, and will always be in love with him. And apparently, she was studying in the same school as him as well.

While Syogo is desperate to find his unknown sister, he has no romantic inclination towards her. However, with the girl declaring her love and intentions of being his wife, and his father's will stating that he has to find his fiancée before he graduates, Syogo must now thread carefully, or risk falling in love with someone who may actually be his little sister.


Roughly like that. Stumble upon it randomly while browsing through the chinese novel sites, and I became interested in the suggestive incestuous themes. Reminds me of Oreimo. The novel has 2 volumes released in Japan, while the site has translators working on volume 2 already. Read volume 1, and my impression of it is pretty decent.


I guess this novel is your typical light-hearted harem novel with a hint of incest, and loads of ecchi. It's not really like Syogo is a feg or whatever. It's just that the 2 main girls, Konoe and Miyabi, are really open and daring in their declaration of love towards Syogo, to a point that you can't help but wonder why the heck are they doing all those stuff when they were supposed to know Syogo for only less than a week. It's not like they are slutty or anything, but they went full on dere so fast, you feel like punching Syogo for being in the enviable position that he was in. Well, one of them could be his imouto, but they do touch on the back-story of the two girls later, which explained the reasons behind their action. I guess things do balance out though, as it is quite hilarious to see Syogo restraining himself against the advances of the two girls in fear that one of them may be his sister.


As for the rest of the series, it was focused on building his harem, although it was pretty obvious who the main female protags are. The imouto still made calls and all, but at the end of the day, all you know about her is that she is a stalker-like bro-con, and her real identity was not really known. I do have a guess at who the imouto may be, but then again, it is only at volume one of the story.


Judging from some of the comedic scenes and the ecchi moments, I've got the impression that the novel won't be taking the romance and relationship part too seriously. Perhaps my impression is wrong or whatever, but nevertheless, I do hope that when the imouto gets revealed, things get serious from there. There's some pretty good potential for drama from the premise and settings, so let's hope the author will not forsake this for a sloppy conclusion in favour of fanservice.


Since I am reading the text version of translations, I am sad to say that I can't really see the illustrations of the series. However, judging from the covers (shown above, first is Konoe, second is Miyabi), the art seems really solid. The duo reminds me of Himeji and Shimada from Baka Test. Konoe is your maximum-dere kind hearted and well proportioned girl, while Miyabi is more of your DFC tsundere. The fact that they are potential imouto candidates (though at this point any girl may be) makes things a lot more interesting. I currently do not have any preferences towards the two for now, but Miyabi covers more of my favourite archetypes with her DFC and twin-tails.


All in all, this series have potential in my eyes, and hopefully the incest card will be well played here. I don't know why, but I find myself comparing this to Oreimo, even though all that is similar is the suggestive possible incestuous relationship. Hopefully the volumes come out quick so that we can get more stuff from it.



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  1. holhemhiem's Avatar
    New pic..

    He got 4 girls huh.. Are all of them imouto candidates ?
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    Posted 01-19-2011 at 02:37 AM by holhemhiem holhemhiem is offline
  2. zgmfx19a's Avatar
    There's actually more. But Vol 1 still focuses on Konoe and Miyabi.

    All girls in his school are candidates for his imouto for now. He is highly suspicious of Konoe, then Miyabi, more of anyone else though.
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    Posted 01-19-2011 at 06:15 AM by zgmfx19a zgmfx19a is offline
    Updated 01-19-2011 at 09:17 AM by zgmfx19a
  3. holhemhiem's Avatar
    Ohh.. Now that's interesting.. It'll be fun guessing the real imouto lol
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    Posted 01-19-2011 at 07:27 PM by holhemhiem holhemhiem is offline
 
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