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Since it officially shipped on September 10, the ninth volume of Tsukasa Fushimi's Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (Oreimo) comedy light novel series ranked #1 for a second week in a row on Oricon's bunko (pocket-sized paperback) chart. It sold 75,885 more copies during the September 12-18 week for a new total of 155,820.
The story of Oreimo follows the daily life of an ordinary high school boy named Kyōsuke Kōsaka. Kyōsuke's younger sister Kirino is a pretty fashion model — but also a secret otaku of adult games. Kirino reveals her hidden obsession and other issues to Kyōsuke.
The ninth volume happens to feature a cameo by ClariS, a pair of middle school girls from Hokkaido who sang the opening theme songs for the Oreimo anime as well as the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime. ClariS also provided a theme song for the novel volume. The "Nexus" CD single shipped last Wednesday and sold 19,478 copies to rank #5 for the week.
Hiro Kanzaki illustrates the light novels. The novels inspired a 2010-2011 television anime series with animation studio AIC. Crackle, Crunchyroll, and Hulu are streaming the anime before Aniplex of America ships a DVD box set next month.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web
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