Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru

Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru or Oreshura is one of those harem anime that is so underrated it's not even funny. Think I'm joking? Yeah, no. I'm not. I'm really not.

This story is freaking intriguing. Seriously interesting. There are few times where I find myself watching an anime and thinking it's really original. Most of the time, anime simply re-hash other anime. Plots are reused to the point where you know exactly what to expect in an anime, regardless of whether it's your first time watching it or not, simply based on what the genre is. Shonen anime are full of fights, monologues, and power levels that are over 9,000. Harems are all about the sexy shenanigans, fan service, and a bunch of women falling in love with a dweeb because he's nice. Shojos are either about a female who falls in love with an abusive male, or a female who tries not to fall in love with the popular pretty boy who's actually really nice because of... reasons. Anyway, you get my point. Simply by knowing the genre, a person well-versed in anime can predict the course an anime will take. Well, guess what? This was one of the few anime that I couldn't predict.

Let us start with the story. Eita is a young man who doesn't believe in love. Masuzu is a young woman who's popular, pretty, always being asked out by the boys, and also doesn't believe in love. Through a twist of fate otherwise known as blackmail, Eita becomes Masuzu's fake boyfriend, to keep the other boys from constantly asking her out. While this isn't necessarily original, it is rare story line to find in anime, and thus, gets a leg up on other harem anime, which are generally about some random girl falling in love with a nobody because he helps her out once. In this, the main characters don't even like each other at first, much less fall in love at first sight, and I like that. I like that a lot.

This anime's strongest point is most definitely it's humor and characters. Like all slice-of-life, harem, comedy anime, the driving point in this story is the combination of humor, real-life aspects like school and such, and the cast that keeps things interesting. The humor in this anime is surprisingly refreshing, not because it's original, but because it takes what isn't original and makes it witty. It doesn't overuse one joke to the point where it's no longer funny, and there's actually a decent amount of drama to balance out the comedy. Another thing that I liked was the lack of major fan service. While there is a bit, it's not enough to detract from the story itself. This also means that, rather than relying on the tits of their female cast, Oreshura relies on the witty dialogue, intelligent story line, and characters' personalities to keep the series going. And while all of the characters are recognizable by their tropes, there is enough backstory, character development, and personality for each character that I don't think, "that's the tsundere/yandere/kuudere/himedere," every time they show up on screen.

Finally, the last reason I like this anime: the kissing. No, I'm not joking. No, this isn't a prank. Yes, I s**t you not. One of my greatest dislikes of the romance, harem, ecchi, whatever genre is that, in spite of containing a heavy romantic theme, there is almost never any kissing. Some of my favorite anime have been docked points because of this. Fortunately, Oreshura does not suffer from this affliction. While there isn't a kiss every episode, there's no shortage of kisses either. This helps satisfy the romantic fanboy in me, which I am very grateful for. Seriously, that damn inner fanboy, which sounds a lot like Issei Hyoudo for some reason, can get really freaking annoying if you don't feed him his daily dose of romance.

Artwork: 8/10
Animation: 8/10
Sound: 8/10
Characters: 9.5/10
Story: 9/10
Personal Enjoyment: 10/10
Total: 8.75/10