Final Review: Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru

Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (or OreShura for short) is based on an ongoing light novel of the same name. Eita Kidou is a high school student who has the dream of attending medical school. As a result of his dream as well as family issues, he attempts to avoid the typical high school student social and romance life. Unfortunately, this doesn’t last long when Mazusu Natsukawa, the most beautiful girl in school suddenly makes him her boyfriend. Of course, while this is against Eita’s personal will, the catch is the two attempt to be a fake couple in order to maintain peaceful high school lives. However, matters only get more complicated when childhood friends get involved. OreShura premiered during the Winter 2012/2013 anime season and was simulcasted by CrunchyRoll.

OreShura is a very simple title that utilizes a generic romantic comedy setup: high school male, most attractive female, and childhood friend(s). What makes this how different? It attempts to put a small twist in that the female lead is not interested in the guy except not in a tsundere manner. Unfortunately, this concept falls apart pretty quickly and turns into a typical harem title as more and more girls are introduced who are also in love with our “unfortunate” male protagonist. The Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure references are amusing but not enough to really carry the show. The use of chuunibyou syndrome as blackmail also came one season too late as the anime community had just been exposed to Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! just last season, effectively rendering this tactic unimpressive even though OreShura came first novel wise (though only by a few months). That said, assuming OreShura came first, the show is not really special. The character personalities are certainly more fascinating and engaging than your typical romantic comedy series but the shallow back story leaves much to be desired. The show touched on a number of “traumatic” pasts for various characters yet did mostly telling rather than showing. Had it shown, I can guarantee the series would be far more engaging and worthwhile. Conclusion wise, the show falls into a rather generic harem trap: trying a harem end. Not to mention that the episode ends rather abruptly.

Art is quite interesting, almost pastel like. Details leave much to be desired and character designs are okay but certainly colorful in more ways than one. Animation is by A-1 Pictures and like all other shows this past season by A-1 Pictures, OreShura suffered a similar quality drop from this studio. Animation is generally basic to begin with so the quality drop isn’t as noticeable but way too many still shots with characters just mouthing away.

OP/ED are catchy, especially the OP. Not necessarily a long term song but addicting. Background music and sound effects are average. Seiyuu is decent for the title. A little unimpressed with Yukari Tamura though since I was hoping she would show us some mixed personalities rather than a monotonic sadist all the way through.

Enjoyment? The series started off mildly entertaining and the comedy was definitely there. However, it felt that at some point in the middle of the series, the show lost all potential impact it had, likely due to degrading to your generic harem romantic comedy. As said before, Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! is certainly a recommendation that is basically on part with this show. If you want a real romantic comedy, you should have been watching Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo this season instead or even Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai.

Overall, Jojo references are fun reasons to watch this show but not really worth sitting through 13 episodes to only get a few references every now and then. May as well go watch the actual 2 cour series that just finished. Certainly not a disappointing title, but leaves many asking the question of “so what?”

 

Story and Character:

  • Premise (0/1): Completely unoriginal despite trying a different approach.
  • Character Personalities (1/1): Interesting to a degree
  • Character Development (0.5/2): Touches, speaks, no show
  • Character Usefulness/Presence (1/2): Masuzu’s sister randomly shows up every now and then?
  • Pacing: (1/1): Generally ok
  • Reasonable/Plausible (2/2): Nothing particularly wrong.
  • Conclusion (0.5/1): Kind of just hangs there
  • Total: 6/10

Art and Animation:

  • Backgrounds (1/2): Lacking in details.
  • Character Designs (1/2): Generic
  • Fluidity (1/2): Basic. Too many still shots.
  • Visuals/Special Effects/Flashiness (2/2): Very colorful
  • Art and Animation “Expectation” (1/2): Weak from A-1. I have 6 shows to rank from best to worse and this certainly is not near the top.
  • Total: 6/10

Sound and Music:

  • OP/ED/Insert Themes (2/3): Catchy and addicting OP
  • Background Music (1/2): Average
  • Sound Effects (1/2): Average
  • Seiyuu (2/3): Decent
  • Total: 6/10

Enjoyment:

  • Amusement (1/2): Some to start
  • Weekly/Next Episode Anticipation (0/2): None really
  • Presentation: (1/2): Feels episodic but at the same time not. Pretty straightforward series.
  • Re-watchable (0/1): Nope
  • Recommendation (0/2): Chuunibyou really isn’t much better to be honest. Sakurasou and Haganai on the other hand are.
  • Value (0/1): Not really…
  • Total: 2/10

Preliminary Score: 7/10

Final Score: 5/10

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