Note: Recap will contain spoilers.
This is the final episode of the series. And it ends with Ema making the choice we thought she would make – she chooses none of the brothers for a relationship, and just loves them all as brothers.
Is that going to stop the brothers from pursuing her? Not a chance.
The episode starts with where the last one left off – Subaru has decided to stay at the university for awhile because he doesn’t feel that he can be the man that Ema needs after his fight with Natsume. This also brings about more changes happening to the household – Iori’s going to study abroad, and Kaname’s going to do some more monk studying (presumably to get over his feelings for Ema). Ema’s sad about the development, feeling like her family is suddenly getting smaller, although Masame reminds her that she’ll be going through some major changes.
Meanwhile, another development has the family celebrating – Ema has gotten into her first choice of college. Which has Yusuke thrilled for her, even though it initially looks like he didn’t get in. But at the graduation party, he gives a letter to his brothers that says he did. During the party, Futo texts Ema to tell her to watch the television, where he makes a more public “declaration” to his fans, which in reality is to Ema. One of the brothers turns the television off, but she never finds out who.
Tsubaki and Azusa take Ema out to an amusement park as a graduation celebration, and she says that she needs to give them a proper response – she can only love them as brothers, which they seem to accept, even though they tell her that they still love her. When she says the same thing to Natsume, he makes the same declaration of love, kissing her.
Hikaru calls it when he reveals to Ema that her attitude of turning down the brothers will only enflame them more to pursue her. And the episode ends with each of the brothers left at the house vowing that they will get Ema in the end.
The series pretty much ended the way that the viewer thought it would – Ema chooses family over relationship, and the answer is not satisfactory to the brothers, with them vowing to get her to change her mind. Although the show takes place over the course of a year, there’s no way to wrap this up in 12 episodes.
What we can say is that the show is very much the ultimate shoujo fantasy – a teenage girl with a harem of good looking stepbrothers who go to ridiculous lengths to confess to her in order to get her to choose them over the other brother. It can be said that there has probably never been a protagonist in a shoujo harem anime who has been as flustered as Ema with all the attention, especially when her pet squirrel confesses.
Overall, “Brothers Conflict” is really for those who are in the audience for this kind of fantasy wish fulfillment story – young girls and women. There’s not much of a real story there (the only real “twist” was the revelation of Ema’s adoption), and it just serves as an excuse for a different brother to confess to her each week after the third episode.