…yeah, but in a wrong way!
‘My Brother Loves Me Too Much’ – Synopsis
Setoka is a high-school student who got dumped by twelve boys. Her big brother, Haruka looks like a delinquent youth, but he cares for Setoka too much. Setoka doesn’t know that they are not blood-related.
One day, Setoka starts to get guys’ attention, but her big brother Haruka tries to interfere every time…!
Native/Alternate titles: 兄に愛されすぎて困ってます; Ani ni Ai Saresugite Komattemasu
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Hayato Kawai
Writer: Rina Yagami (manga), Yuko Matsuda
Cast: Tao Tsuchiya, Ryota Katayose (GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE), Yudai Chiba, Takuya Kusakawa, Yosuke Sugino, Ito Ono, Fuju Kamio, You, Taro Omiya, Ai Moritaka
‘My Brother Loves Me Too Much‘ – Review
This review may contain a few spoilers but that probably won’t matter (the answer to why it won’t matter is in the review!).
Yet again I watched something that was never in my plans. ‘My Brother Loves Me too Much’ is something that was not even in my radar but I decided to watch it because I was told that it is the story about an over-protective brother and that I might like it (or relate to it). I have a younger sister and I love her a lot too, so without looking around or even taking a glance at the synopsis, I thought, “I love my sister and I am kind of over-protective. Hence, watching brother-sister interactions would be fun and relatable. Hence, why not? Let’s watch it!”
But my assumptions were WRONG, horribly wrong! It was nowhere near what I had assumed.
About the Story
The story is about two siblings – Setoka (younger sister) and Haruka (elder brother). Haruka is a year older than Setoka and he is overprotective of her. Recently Haruka has found out from his dad that Setoka is not related to him by blood; however, Setoka does not know anything about this. So far Setoka, who is a hopeless romantic, has been rejected by 12 guys in her lifetime. Just like most of the young hopeless romantics, she is in search of that crazy little thing called ‘true love’. In high-school Setoka starts getting the attention of guys but she keeps having difficulty in love-life as Haruka keeps intervening. Then suddenly two guys whom Setoka admires suddenly start courting her. There is also a creepy teacher courting Setoka however he is, thankfully, just for the sake of comedy (ULTRA-CRINGE COMEDY). Anyway, Setoka is living out her fantasy that she always dreamed of but Haruka puts his foot down (albeit not strongly) about her being courted by guys. It is then that the drama unfolds.
Everything wrong with the movie
I think this movie is targeted especially at the younger audience, especially teen girls as this movie is full of typical shoujo clichés.
Shoujo is a genre of Japanese comics and animated films aimed primarily at a young female audience, typically characterized by a focus on personal and romantic relationships.
Honestly, after the first 5-10 minutes, I did not expect anything from this movie. My expectations dug a hole to the centre of the Earth and dove straight in. Within first 10 minutes, there were quite a lot scenes giving anime/manga vibes, which made it more bearable. Also, as opposed to my expectations the story was 100% about romance instead of a story about the relationship between siblings. I know I should have looked more into details before watching the movie but I do not dig too deep in order to keep the element of surprise.
After initial drama about courting and brother protecting sister and so on, the story took a dramatic turn. A scene between the two ‘supposed’ siblings really gave me creepy vibes! It also gave me an idea of what might be coming. This scene was followed by a very sweet scene about a memory from their childhood. I thought it was all hunky-dory but again it took a creepy turn and I almost confirmed that the story was going to get weird. Haruka almost kisses Setoka while she is sleeping. Yes, the story took a borderline incest turn! There were a couple more awkward and kind of sexual scenes like that.
However, technically speaking, they are not blood-related so there should not be any ‘moral objection’ (or even legal objection) for having an intimate romantic relationship. As far as I know, Japan legally allows ‘consensual adult’ incestuous relationships. Even here in India, IPC (Indian Penal Code) does not punish consensual incestuous relationships. So if you look it in that manner, it is perfectly fine. However, it definitely made me very uncomfortable probably because I find the idea of incest immoral and very repulsive. I don’t mean any offence to supporters of incest or those involved in an incest relationship. It is just that I personally do not support the practice of incest.
There are several arguments against incest. Though, none of them provides a solid point against incest (At least the ones I have heard). Trying to explain why incest should be viewed as fundamentally wrong is extremely challenging. To me, it just ‘feels wrong’. Even though the mild skinship of siblings was very uncomfortable for me to watch, I admit that I did not find Cersei-Jamie’s intimacy uncomfortable (it was shocking at first). Maybe that was because Game of Thrones is such a good show?! I do not know. I cannot fully comprehend my own thought-process on this topic, quite frankly speaking.
I just find it weird that how someone who has seen another person as a sibling for entire life, can change their view towards that person within a few moments?! Haruka was protective of Setoka for almost entire life. He had found out about Setoka during his high-school years. He had some time to evolve his feelings. However, what completely baffles me about this is Setoka’s feelings are that within a few days she started seeing her brother in a romantic manner as well. Rather than the ‘incest’ tag, the sudden development and drastic change in the feelings of the siblings was confusing and very unrealistic.
There are a few things about certain characters that bothered me but those are not too significant. Dramatic situations were unnecessary in some parts or very poorly executed in other parts. Some scenes between those two siblings were more hilarious than romantic. Whether on purpose or by chance, I cannot say.
Incest skinship was uncomfortable for me to watch but it is not the biggest problem I have with the movie. Acting from the entire cast is horrible. I cannot find a single positive moment in terms of acting. Dialogues are poorly written as well. It may be because of watching it in another language but I doubt this is a valid excuse. In many films, despite having a language barrier and with poor subtitles many dialogues or overall film has a strong impact. The quality of the film shines through despite language but I cannot say the same for this film. Here everything is just cringy and annoying. The guys keep giving manga/anime-like ‘cool’ poses in every third scene.
As I mentioned earlier, there are countless manga/anime-like moments for comedic purpose but fails. The creepy English teacher is rather annoying than funny. Some sexual innuendos were poor, falling flat and failing to deliver anything. (I hope they were what I think they were, or maybe I just have a very dirty mind XD) Even though this film tries to be more serious and dramatic at times but this simply makes it worse by ruining the flow of the story. I would rather they have stuck to one concept and done justice to it.
None-the-less, I decided to give this movie another try, this time without any expectations and completely abandoning my logical and reasonable side of the brain. But! Despite doing so, it is also not good enough even as a brainless comedy.
Reasons to watch?
I am not kidding, I absolutely mean it.
There is nothing special about the music except one song which played in the background. I quite liked it!
Visually, the movie is good too. But you can easily get the same (if not better) visuals in other live-action movies or go straight to the animes. So, why waste your time here?
So, do I recommend this movie? NO! Absolutely not! Do not watch this movie and do yourself a favour by saving your precious time. Unless you are the targeted audience of this film, I wouldn’t recommend it. In fact, I don’t think even the target audience would find much worth in this film. I rarely watch this kind of film but I jumped from the ship without knowing anything and got punished.
Have you seen ‘My Brother Loves Me Too Much’? If yes, What do you think about it? If not, then even after reading a negative review, do you want to watch it? What’s your stance on incest?