Anime Reviews

Eromanga-Sensei – They’re Not Blood Related, So It’s Not Incest!

  • Title: Eromanga-Sensei ( エロマンガ先生 )
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Ecchi
  • Studios: A-1 Pictures
  • Episodes: 12 – 23min (Completed)
  • Date: 9 April 2017 — 25 June 2017
  • Source: Light Novel


While caring for what’s left of his family, Masamune earns a living as a published light novel author with one small problem: he’s never actually met his acclaimed illustrator, Eromanga-sensei, infamous for drawing the most lewd erotica. Through an embarrassing chain of events, he learns that his very own little sister was his partner the whole time!

As new characters and challenges appear, Masamune and Sagiri must now face the light novel industry together. Eromanga-Sensei follows the development of their relationship and their struggle to become successful; and as Sagiri slowly grows out of her shell, just how long will she be able to hide her true persona from the rest of the world?

(Source: MyAnimeList)

Should I Watch Eromanga-Sensei?

Eromanga sensei was a cute romantic comedy. Despite it’s seemingly worrying themes (underaged children and incest), Japan always manages to weave their way about these situations. So don’t worry! They’re not related by blood of course! So their mutual interest in each other is totally okay! While they’re underaged, they’re still of the same age group with each other, so it’s totally not weird or anything!

Now that we know it’s safe to watch (and safe to openly talk about, right?), I personally think it’s a cute romantic comedy anime that we all should watch. Putting aside those seemingly borderline dangerous themes, I thought that it’s focus on the struggles of young authors and young illustrators were quite fascinating, especially considering my own similar pursuits and dreams. So yes, watch it! It’s safe, I think.

My Review

For a show rated only 6.75 / 10 on MyAnimeList, I had a blast watching Eromanga-sensei. The anime was entertaining, with an interesting setting and a fun cast. Personally, I would rate it a high 8 / 10 because it definitely achieved what it set out to do — entertain, and with cute characters.


While the central plot is based on our protagonist relentlessly pursuing his dream as a writer (which struck a chord with me even more), the charm of this show lies with the various interactions that occurs as the protagonist goes about chasing his dream. From the interaction between the protagonist and his imouto, to the interaction with basically everyone else he bumps into, there’s a lot of joy that you get from watching these interactions. Sometimes they’re funny, and at times even awkwardly raunchy, but they’re all still great moments that were cute and entertaining to watch.

that look of total disgust

Other than the interestingly intermingled relationships explored, we also got to see the hardworking and motivational side of things with characters doing their best to chase after their dreams, as difficult and exhausting as they might be, despite being really young. So it was nice to see these youths deal with adult responsibilities, in their youthful manners. I was even motivated and inspired enough by a few of the characters that I started writing a new project. Gosh, the things anime can do to me…

Taking a look at the characters, Eromanga-sensei is an anime that gives ample character developments to (almost) all its key figures. We got to dig deeper and know more about the backgrounds of characters like Muramasa and Emily, and even the protagonist and his Imouto. By the end of it all, I found myself attached to most of these characters, and would’ve really loved to see more of their interactions. While the show mainly focuses around an incestuous romance (even though they’re not blood related), the anime gave ample moments of relationship building and romance between the other female characters and the protagonist. It was nice to see and experience the various cute and awkward interactions of these characters with the protagonist.

whoops wrong image

I think the design of Eromanga-sensei in terms of its art and drawing is highly suitable for the type of anime it was (moe?). The characters were drawn to be adorable, matching well with the vibe of the overall show and the interactions at play. They even had voices that matched their looks very well. These all add up to give a very cohesive and uniform identity to the show as being on the cutesy side of things. While we’re on the topic of vibes and atmosphere setting, the opening music and ending theme songs were highly appropriate to this vibe of the show. The opening music had been really effective to get me into the right mood for the show, promising a fun yet relaxed atmosphere, and then after a nice 24min watch, the ending theme song would wonderfully encapsulate the entire episode’s mood with its fun and beautiful melody. I must say I really liked the art, design and music in Eromanga-sensei. They all worked hand in hand to deliver a wonderful piece of anime. Even the anime physics felt fluid and natural.


Overall, I couldn’t find many faults in Eromanga-sensei, other than it’s lacklustre story. Despite it’s convenient and non-elaborate story, I think the show delivered in what it set out to do, and that is to simply entertain. I loved the show for it’s ample romantic interactions and even more ample awkwardly raunchy comedic situations, and that was honestly all I would’ve asked for from a show like this. At the end of the day, the anime is just your simple romantic comedy, but with really cutesy characters. And I must say, Eromanga-sensei is one of the most adorable characters ever designed, and definitely goes way up my list of adorable anime characters. Did you even see her dance in the opening song? I’m guessing you skipped the opening, didn’t you. Hmph.

that poster behind though

Did you like the anime? Who was your favourite character? Was the show uncomfortable for you? Or was my review of it completely inaccurate? Let me know! Actually, just say anything at all in the comments. Anything!


  1. Eromanga Sensei was a mixed one for me. The characters were all really likable, and their interactions really made it al feel a lot of fun for me. But the themes were too much for me. Even without them being blood-related, they were placed in a position where they were living as siblings, so that kinda made it uncomfortable for me, even if they technically weren’t doing anything wrong. The age too was a big issue for me. Honestly, when I reviewed it, I would have scored it higher if the romance had been between Masamune and any of the other girls. Which is a shame, because it really was enjoyable for me otherwise.

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    1. You’re absolutely right, if we simply take it at face value for what it was then its just an anime about young children engaging in sexually suggestive interactions, with the core theme being an incestuous romance between brother and sister. Sounds pretty messed up. No sugercoating that.

      But eventually, it’s a fictional cartoon. So I’ve personally simply looked past it all and judged it as the show it was. A cute romantic show with comical ecchi scenes. I don’t support incest, but I don’t care for it in anime either. Doesn’t mean I support incest in real life. What’s important is differentiating fiction from reality. As long as we can do that, then any show is comfortable to watch. But of course, it’s also perfectly normal for different people to have different comfort levels and limits. Thanks for your comment, this was an interesting topic for me to talk about 🙂

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      1. You’re absolutely right, there is definitely a difference between fiction and reality. And in no way do I believe fans of series with darker themes automatically support them in real life. Hell, I believe that harsh themes should absolutely be part of fiction, because it can help you process and understand them.

        For me though, this was just too far to be comfortable. Which is fine. No show is for absolutely everyone, after all.

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      2. At the end of the day, sexual experimentation between siblings is commonplace. We can pretend like it’s not true and get icky over it, but it’s our own prejudices and taboos that we subscribe to that make us treat it as something wrong. I don’t think a thing that happens so often should be discriminated against in art, media and writing.

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  2. Haven’t seen Eromanga-sensei, but I might have to check it out soon!

    I feel like the general rule is that whenever there is an “Ecchi” tag on an anime, you have to add 1 to 2 points to the score because there is a large group of people that will instantly give a poor score due to it.

    Another good example of that in action was YU-NO, which is an awesome and wild ride of an anime but only sits at 6.7 because of the ecchi tag, although most of it is actually at the beginning of the anime anyways.

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    1. Looks like I’ll have to give this anime 10/10 then! You should, it’s honestly not a bad show at all, despite it’s mediocre ratings.

      I haven’t heard of YU-NO, but if we have the same standards regarding these types of shows then I’m sure I’ll like it, so I must check it out soon!

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    2. I think the ratings just mirror the fact that it’s inferior to Oreimo in pretty much every aspect, from story to characters. It’s still too similar while catering to a bigger group of viewers and this is a result.


  3. it makes me so happy to see someone who doesn’t immediately put it aside because of its psuedoincestual themes! I also really enjoyed the comedy and rom-com aspects. It was honestly fun to watch. It’s a shame though because I could never fully express it in conversations without being called an “A-class degenerate”. I suppose I’ve just embraced that title now that I’ve also rewatched it heheh

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    1. Honestly I hate that as well. It’s easy to say that if someone enjoys a show that involves things like incest, it would mean they’re okay with incest. But that’s just not true. Just because I don’t mind it in a cartoon, doesn’t mean I am all for it in real life lmao.

      Does this mean gamers that play brutal killing games are proponents of brutality? Does this mean that people that watch films involving explicit gore are psychopaths that enjoy inflicting pain? It all just seems too convenient to immediately be judging or labelling people and shows.

      There’s a lot that can be said on this topic, and I really do want to cover this in a post sometime. But the fact of the matter is, we’re not degenerates for liking shows like this. There is a massive difference between fiction and reality.

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      1. It’s completely unjust to categorize genuine romantic love between siblings together with things like parental abuse. These things are worlds apart. Incest doesn’t automatically mean an abusive relationship. Because of attitudes like this some people get persecuted just for falling in love with a wrong person, and that’s what’s really f’d up.


  4. I felt like the choice of making the “siblings” non-related was a complete downgrade to the story, compared to Oreimo, by the same author iirc. This made the characters complete strangers and the interactions between them totally unbelievable. Why would Masamune ever have a crush on his step sister? She isolated herself, they never interacted, they have no history together or similarities with each other. I felt like Eromanga sensei failed both at being a romance and a character-driven comedy for this one reason.

    It’s really an inferior copy of Ore no Imouto, which got sanitized of incestuous themes, to sell better to the mass consumer.


    1. I appreciate the comment, but it seems like your main agenda is to compare the two shows, which is unfair to Eromanga-sensei and what it offered.

      I think its useless to rate a show through comparison alone. Constantly undermining a show because of a single other similar show (better or not) is a weak argument that reeks of a biased perspective.

      Blood related or not, them being siblings is enough to play with the idea of the forbidden fruit. Considering the show was made to be simply a light hearted romcom instead of a serious drama, the blood relation didn’t really matter, let alone be a downgrade to the story. It created the idea of incest and that alone was enough.

      Admittably, the sequence of events and relationships in the show are unrealistic. But what matters in a show like this isn’t realism but entertainment. Why can’t Masamune have a crush on his step-sister? They’ve met and interacted before, she’s cute, and they’re artists that love each other’s works. When it comes to fiction, it isn’t a question of realism, but absurdity, and while arguably unrealistic, the relationships and the story is by no means so absurd that its unimaginable. It didn’t take away from the fun and enjoyment.

      I guess what I’m trying to say is that while Eromanga-sensei may not be the best romcom there is, I still really really enjoyed it, and I could care less whether or not Oreimo was better.


  5. Sure, I accept your opinion, but I don’t see why the theme of incest has to mean drama? I think that part is missing the point completely. There’s a lot of lighthearted comedy that’s centered around the taboo, because it makes us laugh at our own prejudices. An example would this this season’s interspecies reviewers.

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    1. Yes that was my point actually. What I meant when I said that was simply that it doesn’t matter whether they’re actual blood siblings or not because it’s a lighthearted romcom. The idea of incest is enough, whether or not it is actual incest is not important in this case


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