First Look: Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru
Are anime with overly long titles the “in” thing nowadays?
Episode 1: “The Start Of Highschool Life Is A Warzone”
Kidou Eita is your ordinary hard-working high school student. After being abandoned by his parents after their divorce, his main goal is to get a full scholarship at the prestigious National University’s School of Medicine. Because of those two reasons, he has no time for romance and declares, “that love crap can just take a hike”.
Harusaki Chiwa is Eita’s osananajimi (childhood friend) who has feelings for him. Like any good 2D Japanese osananajimi worth her salt, she wakes him up (or goes to his house) in the morning, walks with him to school, eats dinner with him when his aunt is not around, and of course has feelings for him, repeatedly shown by her declaring her love for Eita. However, like standard childhood friendship romance goes, Eita either doesn’t notice it, or pretends not to care.
Natsukawa Masuzu is the platinum-blonde haired, blue-eyed beauty who has just returned from overseas. One day, she walks up to Eita and confesses her love for him in front of the entire class.
However, she later admits to him that she only wanted him to be hers because she got tired of all the love confessions, fifty-eight to be exact, of the other boys in school – and the only way she could be free of annoyance is to get herself a “fake boyfriend”, whose only job would be to appear with her in public and walk her home everyday. To assure Eita’s cooperation, Masuzu blackmails him with his notebook containing passages from his days as a middle schooler plagued by chuunibyou.
(Note: if you don’t know what chuunibyou means, go watch the anime Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai, okay?)
Now Eita’s life will never be the same again.
And thus begins the high school romantic comedy Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (translation: My Girlfriend And My Childhood Friend Fight Too Much/Caught In The Carnage Between My Girlfriend And My Childhood Friend) abbreviated to Oreshura.
Formulaic, but Interesting
Ah, walking home together while your girlfriend leans on your arm. How nice it is to be young!
Oreshura has all the elements of a harem-based romantic comedy. We’ve got the main male protagonist, his childhood friend, his new “girlfriend”, plus two more girls featured in the OP, who will undoubtedly be introduced in later episodes. Whether or not a harem romantic comedy sinks or swims depends on the dynamics of the girls with the male lead and with each other; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
As of the time of this writing, the anime only has one episode, but I am cautiously optimistic with this series. Masuzu and Chiwa’s antics, which will probably drive Eita to heights of exasperation will no doubt be a driving force in this series. So far everything looks good, and I’m itching to get to the second episode already. The shout-outs to Death Note, JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure, and Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai are both well-timed and certainly entertaining. I will certainly follow this anime for the next eleven episodes.
Next Episode Preview:
Next week on oreshura, the osananajimi and the girlfriend finally meet! Will war break out between Masuzu and Chiwa? Will Eita be able to maintain his grades after suddenly getting a “lovelife”?