Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga shur- [character limit reached]
I’ll be honest, watching OreShura was more of “why the hell not!” type of decision, but don’t let the long, generic LN title fool you! The story, a backwards romance with an obvious destination isn’t much to write home about, but the strong, likable characters and colorful (though washed-out) presentation style more or less make up for the lack of originality. Kidou Eita and Natsukawa Masuzu (voiced by Ohsaka Ryota and Tamura Yukari, respectively) are a breath of fresh air as far as characters go. Kidou’s actions are not driven by his second head, and Natsukawa has more on her mind than romance, and while Natsukawa’s intentions remain obscure, Kidou’s goal-driven personality is a pleasure to watch. If you’re tired of the dull, tiresome male leads that seem to plague the genre, then OreShura might be a good fit.
OreShura doesn’t avoid all staples of its series type, however. Enter the childhood friend! OreShura avoids attributing the typical, down-to-earth personality that these characters seem to almost always have, but if I’m to be honest I have to say, why fix what’s not broken? Harusaki Chiwa (voiced by Akasaki Chinatsu) is fiery and airheaded, and unlike Kidou and Natsukawa who are, or at least have the potential to be strong individual characters, Chiwa’s entire existence feels like an extension of Kidou. Factor in the annoying quirks of her personality and the inevitable hostile role she will undoubtedly play, and you have what I consider to be a flaw. Of course, that’s all from a subjective point of view, everyone has their own favored personality traits. There are still two main characters yet to be introduce, but I’m hoping they’ll add more to the diversity of the cast.
Plot twist, Natsukawa is actually a ghost.
The voice acting in OreShura is definitely one of its strong points. Yukarin’s voice is as irresistible as always, and despite my dislike of Chiwa, the character is well acted. You might also recognize Kidou’s voice actor, Ohsaka Ryota, who voiced Yuki in Tsuritama. Kidou’s voice doesn’t quite have the same expression as Yuki did, but considering the difference in character type it makes sense. Hisako Kanemoto, of the Squid Girl fame for one, and Kayono Ai will also be joining the cast in the coming weeks and as a fan of both I’m looking forward to it.
The path OreShura is taking will likely lead to a very predictable end, like I mentioned before, but despite that, it’s the journey to that end that we’re watching for. With Kamei Kanta (director of Usagi Drop) at the helm of direction and the curiously unromantic-romance that has been formed between Kidou and Natsukawa, it should be one hell of a ride! There were a couple times Kidou’s sexuality was mentioned, and I genuinely feel like this show would have been a lot funnier and less predictable if he actually was gay and was going along with Natsukawa to avoid the social effects. Think of all the misunderstandings!
The multicolored arrows pointing at Kidou’s lower body are a red herring I guess.
A1 Pictures is handling the presentation of the show excellently. The final scenes in the shade of the park were especially a pleasure to watch. One moment in particular, when Natsukawa flips her hair back, captured my attention. I’ve never seen a show use a transparency effect on hair before, but it does give it a sense of depth rather than being a blob of color. My only complaint, although minor, is the lack of vibrancy. Simply by looking at the artwork at the top of this post, and then any of the screenshots below you’ll notice the colors seem a bit washed-out, especially in brighter scenes. I wouldn’t say it’s a flaw, but rather a style choice that I’m not the biggest fan of.
In all likelihood I won’t be blogging OreShura regularly, but if anything is to be taken away from what I’ve written I’d want that to be “give this show a chance.” Despite the comically long title that might tell you to skip this, OreShura’s premiere was very promising, and chances are we have a competent, entertaining romcom to look forward to.
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