The Savages: Awkwardness

Jon Savage and Wendy Savage both standing in an open doorway. She's holding a coffee and a balloon.

Jon Savage and his younger sister, Wendy, are adult siblings who grew apart over the years but have come together again to take care of their estranged, ailing father.
From the movie The Savages (2007)

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Fall Anime 2017: Shows To Check Out

Fall brings with it cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and several shows to watch. Thankfully, some include brothers and sisters, and here’s a few that are worth looking into.

Boku no Kanojo ga Majimesugiru Sho-bitch na Ken (My Girlfriend is Shobitch)

Boku no Kanojo ga Majimesugiru Sho-bitch na Ken (My Girlfriend is Shobitch) title

Who is your dream partner? For shy high school student Haruka Shinozaki, it’s his intelligent, beautiful, and popular classroom representative, Akiho Kousaka. He gets his improbable desire granted when he asks her out and she says yes, but as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. Welcome to the world of crazy first loves!

Being in love is a strange and wonderful feeling that affects not only you and your partner but also the people around you; it’s weird like that. It can also be hard sometimes, but in the end, all you need is love and love is all you need.

Fate/Apocrypha

Fate/Apocrypha title

The Fate franchise returns. However, instead of a battle royale between seven mage masters, each of whom controls a heroic servant born from history and legend, the stakes have been raised. This time, in the Great Holy Grail War, two teams of seven fight for the right to have their greatest wish fulfilled, and to reach that goal, no one is safe. This tale of opposing swords and ideologies is not to be missed!

This series actually began over the summer, but with so many characters in the story, it could only focus on a few at a time. Now that the group has thinned out a bit, others are able to step firmly into the spotlight, including a certain set of siblings.

And for the record, although the franchise is returning to TV screens, knowledge of the other series is not required since this iteration takes place in an alternative universe. That said, the other versions are highly entertaining, especially Fate/Zero, even if they don’t all feature brothers and sisters.

Himouto! Umaru-chan R

Himouto! Umaru-chan R title

Everyone’s favorite hamster-hoodie-wearing girl is back, and she’s still the videogame-playing, manga-reading lazybones we know and love. She might act like a completely different person in public, but no matter what guise she’s in, Umaru is still Umaru.

Has it already been two years since Umaru first appeared on television? It honestly doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. Of course, once you meet Umaru, it’s hard to remember what life was like before her.

Imouto sae Ireba Ii. (A Sister’s All You Need.)

Imouto sae Ireba Ii (A Sister's All You Need) title

Twenty-year-old novelist Itsuki Hashima loves little sisters. No, scratch that. He is absolutely, irredeemably obsessed with little sisters–and he doesn’t care who knows it. The thing is, he doesn’t actually have one. Fortunately, he is able to channel that passion and anguish into his writing and make a successful living from it. Still, if only…

The less I say about the opening to the first episode, the better. Let’s just say that there’s a thin line between genius and madness, and it’s easy to go from one to the other. Aside from that, it’s always good to see a slice-of-life anime series where the young adult main character isn’t a high school student. Even if this is only a comedy and serious issues aren’t the focus, there are far too few stories that focus on post-school life. I hope there will be more of them in the future, especially if they involve brothers and sisters.

Shi Mao and Shi Fen in Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai!: Good Times

Shi Mao and Shi Fen standing with their arms crossed in front of a large clock

Shi Fen’s lazy and selfish actions constantly annoy his athletic younger sister, Shi Mao and cause her to beat him up. However, at the end of the day, they still get along and look out for each other.
From the anime series Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai! (There’s No Cure for My Brother!)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master: Swish!

Rick Johnson does a celebratory fist pump with both hands while Alice Johnson smiles

Rick Johnson, a Karate enthusiast, and his daydreaming younger sister, Alice, work together to fight against a supernatural being who kills people in their dreams.
From the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

Invader Zim: No Room for Doom

Dib Membrane and Gaz Membrane standing on a futuristic purple and gray walkway

Dib Membrane loves studying the paranormal and is the first person to recognize the alien threat to Earth. His little sister, Gaz, however, doesn’t care about any of this because he’s annoying and the alien’s an idiot.
From the Nickelodeon series Invader Zim

Kaibutsu Oujo: Warriors

Riza Wildman in the middle flanked by werewolf Lobo on the left and human Lobo on the right

Lobo Wildman was a pure breed werewolf who fought with pride and honor and always sought to instill those values in his beloved half-werewolf, half-human little sister, Riza.
From the anime series Kaibutsu Oujo (Princess Resurrection)

The Evil Dead: Worried

A disheveled Cheryl Williams looks at Ash Williams

Terrible things happen to Ash Williams and his sister, Cheryl, when they visit an isolated cabin in the woods.
From the movie The Evil Dead