The Power of Absolute Choice Compels You!
Ah, the end of the First Impressions, at least for me! And I saved the longest name for last. Another Light Novel adaptation, this one is Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteru. Errr, that’s really long, let’s try English: My Mental Multiple-Choice Power is Completely Ruining My School Romantic Comedy. Eh—to—-, That’s still really long. Let’s just go with “NouKome”.
Kanade at least has someone who loves him
The premise for this show is pretty silly. The MC, Amakusa Kanade (Toyonoga Toshiyuki, who also played Fuwa Mahiro in Zetsuen no Tempest), is a boy who at random times is faced with a choice. Now, all of us are faced with choices, but apparently he gets random A / B choices, and he has to pick one, or he feels pain. Enough pain to make him want to pick one of the choices. From the very first choice the show throws at us, you know this guy’s in trouble. Encountering an ecchi magazine in the park, he wants to take a look, but his choices become:
Neither is something you’d actually want to do
Well, you can see them there. This sets the stage for Kanade’s curse of “Absolute Choice”. Apparently, it’s possible any time to be faced with some terrible choice which will always come to pass. And as the viewer, we’re sitting here knowing what we’d pick, and knowing that it’ll still be horrible. So while WataMote last season was notable for the, well, not the best choices that Tomoko made, in this one Kanade is forced to choose between two bad choices.
We meet two more of the main group at school: Yukihira Furano (newcomer Kondou Yui), the quiet (well, maybe) white-haired girl, and Yuuouji Ouka (Tsuji Ayumi, Orihara Kozue from ChäoS;HEAd). Both of these girls are out there, and seem to be at least not repulsed by the weird happenings around Kanade (like asking Yukihira to “touch his boobies”, or stripping off his shirt and shouting). They’re even part of a group named “The Reject Five”, which is actually a concept I like for this show.
The rest of the class might be starting to get used to this
I mean, I don’t like to see one person ostracized, but when it gets to a group of 3 or 5, and they’re more just avoided than ostracized or bullied, that’s actually a good setup for comedy. It really helps that Yukihira and Ouka are in their own little world as well (while the rest of the class is scandalized that Kanade took off his shirt, Ouka just responds “Oh, are you hot? Here, use this!” and pulls out a pocket fan). The only person who seems to know about his problem is their homeroom teacher, Douraku-sensei, a pink-haired loli who covers for him, but also has to keep up appearances, so she drags him around and gives him a hard time.
The final choice of the first episode introduces our last main character: Chocolate (Sadohara Kaori, SG550 – Sig – from Upotte!). Again he makes the right choice in saying he wants a bishoujo to fall out of the sky, rather than his obaa-san neighbor who has a huge infatuation with him. And Chocolate says she’s going to save him, apparently by being REALLY cute and having big boobs.
And a cute hat, too
The presentation from Diomedea was actually pretty good, with a nicely paced show… save one part. Right after the OP, the show presents us with some kind of talk show introducing the power of choice throughout history, and proceeds to take three minutes going through all of history with various choices made by historical figures. I actually found this part to be a bit tedious, going on for something like 3 and a half minutes, but going too quickly to read. I got the point a while back, guys. Choices, yay! But aside from that (which is a bit of a personal thing, other people said they enjoyed it, so YMMV), I thought the show kept moving well, and had a pretty good look. When I first saw this in the preview, I was worried that too many of the characters were just straight expy characters, ripped out of other shows. But they don’t really give that kind of feeling in the show. I think something that helps with that is the relative freshness of the voice actors in this show, none of them particularly well known, so you can’t really make that memory link.
For whatever reason, this worked for me
The art is pretty standard for a show like this, but there are some very effective visuals, like the giant neighbor falling out of the sky. The OP and ED music aren’t bad, but I really liked the OP animation sequence, and actually found the ‘everyone does a handstand’ bit engaging. And the ending omake was a bit interesting, exploring the famous future that Kanade would have had if he had taken another choice (with a callback to earlier, with Yuouji’s mother as the reporter).
A different scene with Yuouji’s mother in a more, ahem, compromising position
I said in the Fall Preview that this could be pretty good, or it could be terrible. And I have to say that it is firmly on the side of good. At times very funny, the conceit of the show is interesting, and the way it’s handled by Kanade makes it work. I do hope that they don’t go to the same well too often, with the Choices Presented > Questioned > Pain > Selection. Having him have some different reactions will go far towards making it more interesting. But the characters work so far, and hopefully it stays just as much fun as this first episode.