Brothers Conflict: Episode 12 – “Twelfth Conflict: Romance”

Brothers Conflict is a series about a high school girl named Ema who moves in with her new stepbrothers; she has a total of 13 stepbrothers, and the majority of them live in the condo that Ema moves into. The series focuses on Ema adjusting to having these new stepbrothers and with the feelings that some of the brothers have developed for Ema.

Episode 12 begins with a slight recap of the end of episode 11, where Subaru tells Ema to forget everything he’s told her until now. Ema then narrates that with those parting words, Subaru left the house. When the story actually begins, Ema learns from Masaomi that Kaname is going into training at the head temple, and that Iori is set to study abroad. This makes Ema feel kind of lonely, because it feels like to her as if the family is breaking apart. Masaomi has a heart-to-heart with Ema.

Ema and Yusuke learn whether or not they are accepted to the college of their choice, and we also see the two of them graduate from high school. There’s also a surprise graduation party held at the condo for them, and some important happenings take place with Yusuke, Futo, Natsume, and Hikaru.

Before the graduation, Azusa and Tsubaki invite Ema to spend time with them at the amusement park to celebrate her graduation. At the end of their time there, Ema tells them both that she loves them both like brothers. Their response is that they understand her feelings, but that they still love her. The important happening with Natsume at the party is that Ema also tells him that she loves him like a brother, but he is still in love with her.

The ending of this episode, which appears to also be the ending of the series, is kind of open-ended. While Ema has made it clear she only sees the Asahina brothers as her siblings and not as potential love interests, some of them still fight over her, anyway. This seriously made me want to throttle these horny brothers and tell them to get over it and move on with their lives. Come on, it’s not like Ema is the only woman in the world! But considering how the series evolved, this was probably the best way to end it.

After seeing all of this series, I really have to wonder why these brothers were so infatuated with Ema that they let this get in the way of their family relationship. Sure, Ema is a cute-looking girl, but she really had little in the way of a personality to make her stand out. Perhaps it was the novelty of having a female move into the condo, but considering how much time is shown passing in the series, shouldn’t that novelty have worn off by the end of the series?

All in all, I will say that Brothers Conflict is not a series that I would be in a rush to watch again. It’s definitely a title that, if FUNimation acquires the home video rights, that I would not want to add to my video collection. While it was tolerable as a free stream, it’s not a series I would want to pay money to see or add to my anime collection.

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