Brothers Conflict Series Anime Review
Football team, assemble!
Is more always good? Brothers Conflict sets out to answer that question with a resounding yes. With 13 brothers to choose from, BroCon crushes the old convention of a 5 or 6 man reverse harem team. Our self-insertable heroine, Ema, is understandably overwhelmed by 13 men/boys suddenly chasing her, when her dad marries the step-bro’s mom. All she wants to do is be a family with all of them. Romance has never entered her mind, despite being a budding teen in high school.
As is usual with most reverse harems, our main character doesn’t have much of a personality, not even enough to push some of the guys away when they start to molest her. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and say that she might have been in shock that her step-bro would do that to her, and that she didn’t move out because she wanted to stay as a family. It would have added more drama to the show if she did try to change her situation, but alas, that’s not what we’re here for, is it?
No, we’re here to oggle at the hot step-bros. They range from the cute little shota to the tall mature working guy. There’s something for everyone. It’s a veritable buffet of guys. It should leave everyone feeling happy and satisfied, right? There is someone for everyone after all.
And yet, I can’t help but come away from the show feeling a little empty inside. While we do get a short taste of each guy, there just isn’t enough depth to each of them. It’s a downside of splitting personality traits among each guy, with each one fiercely dominating his territory of being the “cute”, “cool”, or “sporty” one. Goodness knows the world will implode if anyone other than one guy plays sports. The ability to try and appease everyone in the audience means that the multi-facetness of a character is unfortunately sacrifice.
But if the writer or director wanted to develop each character more, they are still constrained. Even the main characters the show focuses on feels rushed. There just isn’t enough screen time to get to know a character well enough and cover all 13 of them. Brothers Conflict’s selling point is also it’s weakness.
Making things worse, the plot of the show is lackluster. It mainly shows Ema trying to get away from the Wil E Coyote of the week. The small plot of the brothers fighting with each other over their developing feelings for her could have been elaborated more and would have showcased their personalities much better, but it just wasn’t done. Still, I have to applaud the writer going the soap opera route, because usually each guy just ignores the other guys going after the main, which is a little strange. Wouldn’t a reasonable person be jealous? Confrontational? Out of so many differing personalities in a show, not even one gets angry over it?
From the nuts that will hit your face.
While it seems like I might not have enjoyed the show, given all the negative points stated above, the truth of the matter is, I did. They handled my favourite character of the show super well. Who is it? Juli the squirrel! I was kind of surprised by the character growth the talking cute friend of Ema went through. From hateful insult sniping of the wolves to a grudging alliance with one of them, Juli probably showed the most character development of anyone in the the whole show. Plus, his comedic moments are pretty well-timed and spot-on. If you watch this show for anyone, watch it for the squirrel.
I do wish we found out more about why only the two of them could hear Juli talking though, but alas, there wasn’t enough time.
The other bright spot in the whole show for me was Natsume. So, while Brothers Conflict wasn’t able to give each character dedicated time, I did at least manage to find someone to cheer on, which I suspect is everyone’s experience with the show. It’s weakness is it’s strength and it’s strength is it’s weakness. I mean, who wouldn’t like a guy that doesn’t attempt to molest you and gives you free gaming loot instead? Compared to the other spoilt brats in the house, Natsume actually behaved like a decent human being.
Go go heartbreak rangers!
The best aspect of the show has to be the OP and ED. The catchy OP coupled with all of them dancing awkwardly in the ED makes me want to watch each episode purely for those two things. It’s just.. so… hypnotising.
Will they be back for a second season? The question on everyone’s mind that is waiting to be answered. I think that they most likely will given how much they’ve sold on a relatively small animation budget, with most of the spending being on voice actors. Reverse harems also gives male VAs quite a bit of steady work compared to shounen side-characters, since not everyone can be the main.
Personally, I don’t really care either way. If a second season is made, great, I’ll watch it. But I know that going in, there probably won’t be much plot development either, given how this first season ended. Thus, if there isn’t a second season, I won’t be too upset either because much of the same things will happen again. However, if there is plot development, the only way I can see that happening is if Ema chooses someone. When she does, and it most certainly won’t be Natsume, it means the screen-time will focus on some guy that at best I’m not interested in watching, and at worst grates on my nerves for his molesty ways. It’s a lose-lose situation for me, so I really hope they don’t make a second season.
With these pitfalls in mind, it will be difficult to direct a second season. How would a reverse harem that aims to satisfy everybody work with plot development, without a heroine choosing someone? The director for this show did an amazing job in allocating screen-time and juggling between so many guys for this first season, but I suspect the main difficulty will come with a second season if there is one.
The show is perfectly fine as it is, a single season sampling buffet of hot guys.