Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2013 to Mar 31, 2013
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.381 (scored by 48899 users)
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Dec 23, 2014
The story was decent (7). It wasn't special but it wasn't boring either. In fact, it didn't have much of a story. It's pretty much about a childhood friend trying to get the protagonist back to her from his kind-of-evil girlfriend, while more harem members join the crew along the way. The different thing about this is the super lighthearted tone. To me this is what basically sets the anime apart from the others of the same genre. Oh, but it could also be because the protagonist ACTUALLY chooses someone in the end.
The art suited the lighthearted tone really well (8). The light colors gave off a watercolor like feel to it and it went well with the character design which together made it really cute, or rather, attractive. There should be more anime with this type of art, and I think it would go well with a lot of romance anime.
The sound/music suited the art and story perfectly (8). Of course it wasn't brilliant or outstanding, but it was fun and very well done -lol- , and the opening and ending were really cute, or rather, attractive. The BGM suited the comedic moments really well too.
The characters got me pleasantly surprised (8). For a generic harem, you can't expect too much out of the characters. You would expect (or I expected) the main character to be an ordinary, plain and boring person who can't make any decisions by himself, has the school idol at his feet every day but still refuses to notice her, who's parents are either dead or somewhere abroad, a non-blood related sister who would happen to have a crush on him, a perverted,wacko best friend who makes the MC look mature and reliable, when he himself has a porn mag stashed somewhere, etc. I could go on and on but that isn't the point I was trying to make, which is that the main character is actually likable. The essence of a harem anime are the harem members, not the leader himself. If the leader was more interesting than the members he would seem like a member himself. This MC is neither almost non-existent nor is he super fancy. He's just a nice guy who isn't overly anything and isn't annoying in the slightest. There is no imouto. There is no wacko friend, but instead a super sweet trap/friend. Yes, his doesn't live with his parents, but there's a story as to why things are like that. And his chuunibyo makes him pretty hilarious too. Most of the other characters are based on regular harem archetypes, but what makes them different is how funny, embarrassing and nice they all seem to be to each other. No two characters are alike, which is another plus point in harems.
The enjoyment is over 9000 for me (even though I'm limited to putting a 10). This was a short and entertaining anime with the least offense I've seen an anime of its genre pull off. I'd recommend it to anyone who's just finished watching Corpse Party or something.
Overall, this anime is one of the neatest of its type and is a fun show for anyone who doesn't hate Harem with their life (9). It's just a quick, fun way to spend some time.
(My first proper review)
Aug 22, 2013
Story: At times its quirky, funny and light; a perfect feel good anime story. I felt that some of the character development stories were too cliche, uninspired and just boring to watch.
Sound: Decent music, good voice acting, and appropriate sound effects. What more could you ask for.
Art: the art style of bright and water colored characters really helps give out a fun and non-serious tone that the anime projects. It excels at that point.
Characters: It is Cliched to the max in character plots. There are two Childhood friends, one tsundere, one odd ball and one cunning schemer. The protagonist also falls into the former delusional middle schooler back-story.
Enjoyment: Hey the show itself was a lot of fun with a lot of nice feel good romantic conflict. I love the Romantic comedy genre and its clichednees to be fair but hey it was a good laugh.
Overall: If you like the clicheness of a Rom Com go for it. This provides the expected cliche story with no plot twisting or anything unexpected. However, for anyone who does not enjoy the genre or expects any significant plot or character development get ready to be disappointed . read more
May 2, 2013
For the story, well, people may thought, 'Hey, this must be another simple harem show again. whatever, i'll just watch it for fun'. Yeah, at first, i was like that, then, after a certain episode, the story was getting even more exciting. And to think that each and every one of the girls were given fair chances in getting the guy.
One thing that i really like about this show is that, it didn't feel rush. Everything went smoothly with the flow. Although there were moments where you would be like, ' whuh?' but it was still good.
I gave it a 6/10 score because the story didn't reached the climax where it should have been. And a few other scenes that should be so powerful, but ended up with a 'meh'
One good thing about this anime is the art style. Some people might be disturbed by the light coloured theme, but for me, i loved it! It was so refreshing and so cheerful. God, the opening was so full of colours, i was caught by the colours myself.
The character design was okay i guess. Although there were some scenes where the character's face was a bit weird.
I would say that the Sound in the anime played a not-so-much part in most of the massive scenes, where it should be. So yeah, maybe that's one of the reason why i feel the climax didn't reach the peak where i think it should have been.
The OP and ED played a major role in setting up the cheerful atmosphere. I love the OP. Hahaha.
For the second last episode, the ED played a major role in setting the mood for the last episode. I can't tell you what it's about, but it was aweesome.
So in this harem, we have the genki girl, Harusaki Chiwa, the tsundere, Fuyuumi Ai, the chuunibyou, Akishino Himeka and the beauty, Natsukawa Masuzu.
Usually, in a harem anime, the main guy would be a total clueless dumbass that didn't even notice a girl likes him even after that girl confessed to him. But Eita, is not like that. he may be clueless at times, not because he is dumb, it's because of the family affairs which made him not to trust love.
And yes, i would believe that kind of reasoning, family problems could turn a person into anything.
Then, there's Chiwa, the childhood friend, fell in love with him after a certain incident(I won't spoil it). Also, has a bulletproof reason to love him.
Masuzu in the other hand, doesn't have any reason to love Eita, but she develops feelings for him later on. and i must say, watching Masuzu grew from the beginning to the end is really fun and sweet at times. although she can be a jerk.
Himeke and Ai, were practically the comic relief love interest. But even so, their reasoning to fell in love with Eita were both solid rock. Yes, even for a side character, i was rooting for Ai at some point.
A bunch of 'the usual' harem character but with interesting backgrounds and solid reason to why they like the same guy. Trust me, you won't get bored with any one of these characters, ever.
If only, every harem makes sense like this one...
When the episode is getting dull, or the start of a new mission, behold! The Burning Fighting Fighter Notebook of Darkness!
YES, It was so embarrassing, i can't stop laughing.
Anyway, besides that, watching every singe one of the characters(including the aunt) developed at a same rate was really enjoying. every single one of them had a fair chance, even Kaoru. Yes, Kaoru. If only Kaoru was in the harem circle....
Like it's title, 'My girlfriend and childhood friend fight too much'. i agreed on that 100% percent. Because, it was all about a childhood friend and his gilrfriend. Ai and Himeka were just there. One of my favourite thing about the anime was watching Masuzu and Chiwa fought.
*cough* *cough* the last scene in the final episode, yup. i love that scene. eventhough there were no sparks between them, i swear i saw them inside my head.
it was so intense that it was so good.
Credits to the huge character developments in Masuzu. And yes, now i'm stuck between both of them.
If the harem is bad, you'll like every characters in the harem circle, if the harem is okay, you would like only one of them but if the harem is good, you would stuck in choosing which one is the best.
Yes, even now, i didn't see any winners yet. Not common for an anime but it's OreShura, where everything were for a reason.
I am rooting for second season!! No notebook, less comic relief, more love pentagon. Instead of being 80% comedy 20% romance, my guess, it would be 25% comedy, 25% serious and 50% romance for the next season. I wanna know more about Masuzu's family.
If you really like something refreshing to watch, watch OreShura. But if you think too much and more towards serious stuffs, don't watch it. read more
Aug 27, 2013
Story - 7/10:
Okay, so this show is a romantic comedy/harem. Usually, I tend to try and avoid romantic comedy, because they all have kind of a similar theme or story. This show was not an exception, though there were a few aspects that I did like and stood out to me. I have not seen a show where the main character is AGAINST love. This is because of family reasons. Typically in a harem, the guy either doesn't care, or wants a harem, like Issei from Highschool DxD. But the main character here doesn't, which just made the story funnier. However, I understand the he is against love, but sometimes, he's just oblivious. Enough said about that. So we have a typical harem plot: mysterious girl appears and likes guy and has to fight with his childhood friend along with other girls, to get the guy. Nothing we haven't seen, right? Although some parts of the plot are nothing new, I found the whole "Burning Fighting Fighter" thing a funny twist, and I believe that Masuzu using the notebook to blackmail him was a new element that I hadn't seen. I'll talk more about the character later though. I gave that story a 7/10, because while some of this was nothing new, Oreshura managed to bring some new and unique elements into the show.
Art - 9/10:
This show had very nice artwork. I really liked the style, and the bright colors matched the mood of the show well. Some people might not like it, or think it's silly, but I thought the art fit the show perfectly. The character design was nice, and they were easily distinguishable.
Sound - 8/10:
The sound for this show I believe served its purpose. I found that the OP and ED, Girlish Lover and Wonder Tale, fit the mood of the show perfectly, and were nice to watch. It was like a treat at the beginning and end of each episode. Not to mention the songs were catching, and it was nice to hear all of the main female cast sing in the full version of the OP. That said, there were times when music could have been better, like in the more dramatic parts of the show. Overall, the sound was enjoyable, and fit the show well.
Character - 6/10:
Oreshura had an interesting set of characters that made the show what it is. Eita is a high school boy who is against love for family reasons. Masuzu is a mysterious and beautiful transfer student who sits by Eita. Chiwa is Eita's childhood friend. Himeka is a girl who claims to know him in her previous life. Ai is a tsundere who has a crush on Eita. What do these characters have in common? They all have fellings for Eita. Chiwa has a great reason which I will not spoil. Himeka believes she was his princess in her past life. Ai also have a good reason that I will not spoil. Masuzu blackmails Eita into being her "boyfriend" so guys will stop asking her out, but grows to have feelings for him. The characters are not really unique, but nevertheless, fun to watch. It was nice to see all the characters progress and develop. What I found really great, was that there were times throughout the show when I was rooting for each of the girls, and it felt like they all had an equal chance at being with Eita. Although the rivalry was mainly between Masuzu and Chiwa, the girls all had a fair chance at times, and progressed equally.
Enjoyment - 8/10:
I really enjoyed this show, and it remains one of my favorites. It was very funny, and fun to watch. If you want a more serious, intense show, I would stay away, but if you want something fun and lighthearted, Oreshura might be for you. I enjoyed watching his girlfriend and childhood friend fight too much, and I believe the show did what it was supposed to: to entertain.
I give Oreshura a 8/10. The story is good, the art fits the show great, the sound was nice, the characters were decent, and the show was enjoyable! I recommend this show and am hoping for a second season. read more
Jul 11, 2013
There are many different harem anime, and many of them tend to be very similar (if not identical) to each other. In some ways, OreShura is no different than those. But with a great cast of characters and somewhat unique scenario, it manages to stand out, at least a little bit. For the sake of my own sanity, I'm gonna divide this review into 6 sections: Story, Art, Sound, Characters, My Enjoyment, and My Overall opinion of the anime. I'll make sure to keep it spoiler free. I'd just like to point out that these are my opinions and mine alone, so feel free to disagree. With that aside, let's begin.
The story is essentially your typical harem affair: An extremely dense main character (Eita) is starting high school with his childhood friend who harbors feelings for him (Chiwa), then suddenly a new, stereotypical, foreign, rich, school beauty appears (Masuzu) and decides the MC is going to be her boyfriend (but not really). Add in the delusional but devoted to the MC 8th grade syndrome girl who believes the two were lovers in a past life (Himeka), and his childhood fiance who he met before his childhood friend that manages to continue harboring feelings for him (Ai) and you have the pieces of a generic harem anime. While the plot is predictable and bland in many respects, the latter parts manage to be at least a bit unique with a few twists and it should be enough to keep you watching. Of note though is the somewhat iffy pacing, with one of the girls being first introduced more than halfway through the 13 episodes. It could have been laid out better or more efficiently if you ask me.
The anime has a very pleasant art style in my opinion, very colorful and vibrant with animations of faces and characters appearing smooth and well-detailed up close. Some of the background characters and art feels lazy by comparison, but it's not awful or something that would completely take you out of it by any means.
The opening and ending themes for the anime are "Girlish Lover" by all the female lead's voice actresses, and "W:Wonder Tale" by Masuzu's voice actress, Yukari Tamura. Both are fairly pleasant pieces and fit the feel of the anime, even if the former is a bit childish. The anime's OST is decent as well, with nothing in particular standing out, but the songs that blend so perfectly in the background doing just enough to keep it flowing.
Now this is where someone could argue that OreShura shines. The cast of girls is one of the stronger you'll find in any harem, from the hopelessly law-abiding and marriage-obsessed Ai to the straight-faced and childish but terribly entertaining Himeka. Despite conforming to stereotypes of anime and manga of the same genre, the characters feel real and believable, with their dialogue going smooth and life-like, and their personalities being decent enough to feel compassionate towards them when the show calls for it. I especially liked Himeka and Chiwa's characters quite a bit, with both being great performances that can make you grow quite attached to them. Eita's character felt like a weak point (by comparison anyway), but then
again, many harem MCs seem to be.
Sure, it was far from perfect. And some of the moments did make me cringe and shake my head, but it was an overall great ride. I can honestly say I wasn't bored once watching this anime. I was always waiting to see what happened next or how certain events would turn out. There were quite a few laughs too, even a bit of emotion (not nearly enough to induce tears if that's what you're looking for, sorry). Definitely an entertaining ride.
While the anime lacks in its story and doesn't wow you with its soundtrack, its lovable cast of characters and entertaining (if a bit cliche) moments should help you trudge through it. Definitely not a "MUST SEE OMG BEST ANIMU EVAR" type show, but if you're looking for a decent harem with a likable cast, you could definitely do worse.
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Mar 30, 2013
Many of you are I'm sure familiar with the term 'harem'. It is among the most common setups in anime, and has been for well over a decade. Because of this people are unsurprisingly pretty damn sick of it. ME TOO. Though apparently Japan's wonderful otaku will never cease to be bored with it. Bless them.
Anyway that is irrelevant. OreShura is a masterpiece. It takes all the elements of a typical harem, puts them in a blender, sprinkles some weird leafy green shit on top, then successfully reconstructs these elements into a complete, same-same whole! So, the result is completely the same! To summarize, forget that thing about the blender and leafy green shit and what you have is all the elements of a typical harem. And this is why it is a beautiful masterpiece of beauty and pretty things.
Further details on why it is the best:
1. The show is about a guy called wooden face nose who has zero interest in anything because instead of a character he is simply a drawing of an anime male who has a voice actor saying things into a microphone and these things are synced to the times that his mouth opens and closes. The other stuff he does is occasionally have awesome seizures and then the rest of the time he stands there and the girl characters do stuff to him and he does nothing cardboard wooden tree branch face.
2. The world's most beautiful girl (name = Masuzuuzu) who is a bitch and hates everything enters into a fake-u girlfriend boyfriend contract with cardboard man because it's the only way to stop every single male in the universe from ruining her life by telling her they love her. Because of this she is a really deep character and she is a "horrible person" (direct quote from Mazuusz herself! Holy SH********) and this is unheard of in harem anime. She is so unique and has silver hair. Wood Boy is a lucky tree bark.
3. The other three characters are colour coded by their hair and weirdo-isms. Chiwawa is an osananannajimmy and therefore has first dibs on box cutting lad's arse. But pink hair hall monitor epic win! girl is actually MORE of a ohmanjimmy because she knew stick boy from before he was born. Back in the womb. And so she has the true first dibs on his various cheeks. BUT WAIT. Pink girl got nuthin on character number three aka one-tone-voice-past-life wonder girl, because she is the ULTIMATE ossanchimney because she knew floorboard man in a past life. My god, and there I was thinking the writers had run out of that special juice called shit juice that they were all hyped up on.
4. I was going to write something else awesome here but I basically covered the entire 13 episodes with the above words. I don't remember what actually happens for the show's duration other than the last episode because I just watched it. But damn, those memorable characters and generally awesome typical harem elements make up for it and then some.
OH! I haven't written about the Art & Animation section.
Art & Animation Section:
It is really good. It uses washed out colours for great looking art. Animation is beautiful art. So big quality.
To sum up in an overall summation, OreShura is a class of work, and an essential viewing for any aspiring otaku. Watching it will give you some serious cred and might just change your life for the better. Aspire to be like cardboard box tree wood chippings sandpaper man.
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Mar 16, 2013
The romantic comedies I've seen always has a typical setting for it's story. You've got your typical male somehow attracting people of the opposite sex to do your dirty work for you. Okay, that's a bit of an overstatement but you know what I mean. You have a new student who comes around and takes advantage of our main character Eita. He is entirely not interested in love and is recovering from a middle school like syndrome where he has a mindset of thinking he's someone called "Burning Fighting Fighter". Because of this, she uses him as a way for other guys to not constantly ask her out by having him be her boyfriend, and to make sure he doesn't do anything wrong, she uses a notebook of his experience as the Burning Fighting Fighter. It sounds like a nice story to step foot on, but that's what really "starts" the anime.
A unique aspect of this anime is it's art. Bright, vibrant colors that separates other anime. It's opening and ending truly stand out to show it's nice art. Although at some points it feels really bright as if someone wanted to turn the contrast of the anime to unnecessary amounts. Doesn't bug me, but people seem to be a bit annoyed by it.
You've got your catchy opening and ending, enough to bring the audience to actually watch the first episode. It gets in your head for quite some time too. It's use of music during the anime doesn't interests me that much, but it's nice really.
Now this is when I'm a bit annoyed about the main character. Eita is extremely clueless when it comes to the girls showing their affection. ALL the girls like him. That's the point of a harem, but it's irritating to see how narrow-minded he is. Yes I know he's uninterested in love. I just never thought he'll be this clueless. He's still a likable character by being a helpful person to all his women.
There's a total of four girls that appear in the anime. First you have your mean, tsundere-like figure who uses Eita as she slowly starts liking him. Next you have your child-hood friend who doesn't like that fact that Eita is dating someone, as she has feelings for him too. You then have a character who similarly has a middle school syndrome and remembers Eita from her past life and wants to be united. Lastly you have another tsundere-like character who has a crush on Eita. I'm just trying to be brief about this as you have to watch the anime to find more back ground information about them, as it's what really drives the story forward.
It's an ok anime. I expected more from what it presented. It has a decent amount of comedy that makes you like some characters. At the end of each episode it doesn't really bring me in to watch the next one. Still, it's something to watch when you have your free time.
Not the best. Not the worst. It's unique in a way with it's story and a bit of the characters. If you are looking for an anime that is a romantic comedy harem. Then step no further as this will fit your needs.
Jan 22, 2015
Story(8): This anime is not something out of the ordinary; the plot is fairly generic and doesn't blow your mind, but it does what it sets out to do very well.
In its essence its just another romance anime; however, unlike the many other romance animes it doesn't skimp out on any major plot and best of all unlike other romance animes it has an ending with decent closure, in simpler words "things actually happen in this anime", this is why i rated an 8 as compared to all the other generic animes that try to do the same thing, this anime doesn't try to skip on any good ending so maybe have a second season.
Art(8):The art is very well done, i haven't noticed any drop in quality, the shading is overall is just nice, but its not spectacular so i think a rating of 8 is the most fair.
Sound(7): The sound is nothing special, soundtrack is very generic, but it does what its supposed to in the series.
Characters(7):The characters are surprisingly pretty unique; however, there's a major flaw i think the creators of this anime made; Akishino, Himeka is essentially a corner cut copy of a character; who doesn't really drive the plot in any way and is just there for no reason dragging the precious time of the series.
Enjoyment(9) : i found this anime very enjoyable, especially due to the fact that the ending provided some closure to it,
Overall(8): Overall i found it a reasonable 1-time-watch anime that has a nice closure to it. read more
Feb 17, 2013
To be honest, when I started this series, I was expecting a fresh, new romance anime about interesting character that “gave up” on love. This is not the case, the show had an opportunity to start an original Rom/Com by matching a hopeless guy who focuses on his studies rather than women who is then thrown feet first into a relationship he has no control over thus leading into shenanigans and mishaps but I was sorely mistaken.
The plot was unoriginal and poorly executed. It lives up to its name as a Rom/Com by being unable to build up a viable plot by relying heavily on comedy and simply sets up all the girls for Eita’s harem. The pacing is rather fast as it only has 2 episodes to set up the story behind each of the girls and how they came to love Eita making sympathy hard to make with the characters. The characters are quite 1-dimensional and don’t really have much outstanding features to them. There are a few exceptions to the plot’s execution, when the story turns to the drama section, trying to touch the viewer’s feelings, it succeeds. In the end, OreShura is mainly a show for the laughs and focuses on the comedy and romance is a side-dish.
From background to character design, overall the art was great. It gave a happy atmosphere matching to that of a Rom/Com. The characters look unique and don’t, magically, look the same as some animes tend to do. The lighting was well done but shadows seem somewhat lacking. Effects don’t happen very often (love hearts and such) but in certain scenes for example, when Masuzu reads from Eita’s notebook, it looks wonderful and nice to watch.
Sound was great overall; it achieved engaging sounds which catches the viewer’s attention with its background music and ambient sounds such as the sounds of busy streets and the ticking of a clock and is quite consistent as it doesn’t suddenly become silent. The OP is very cheery and catchy which gets you into the show.
The characters are very cliché and unoriginal.
Our main character, Kidou Eita, who seems to be an interesting character by “giving up on love” first, seems like a good idea but it has the opposite effect. Because of this, Eita is completely clueless in romance and is very dense about the girls around him. He is a recovering victim from “eighth-grader syndrome” which is held against his own will by the likes of Natsukawa Masuzu who uses it as blackmail.
Our female leads aren’t any better, our supposed idol, Masuzu, doesn’t seem popular at all after the first episode despite this is one of her main traits, then we have the childhood friend (>_>) Chiwa, who is a failure in love unable to show her feeling to Eita, now we have Himeka, another victim of eight-grader syndrome who sticks to Eita like super glue, and finally we have the wonderful tsundere with pink hair, Ai, she uses her best friend (Whose gender can't be defined) as a wing(wo?)man. We now have a fleeting team of flavorless women lined up for Eita's harem. Not much exciting here.
If it wasn’t for the art and the big laughs every now and then, I might have given up on this series. If you are looking for an intricate plot with twists and turns, this is not for you. This is more of a comedy than a romance. The comedy certainly will make you laugh or at least chuckle once. If you love comedies, this is show if definitely for you.
Jul 3, 2013
It is what it is guys. I cannot say much any further. Honestly what'd you expect from this anime, is what you are going to expect. BUT, It's really funny. It's so funny that it is worth watching. Not all the characters are funny, and you can expect the sweet love and harem from this. But it's something that gets you laughing, and gives you that feeling inside. I do like the outcome though. I won't say any spoilers.
Eita Kido, a bookworm that aims to attend a medical school. He'd do anything. He'd even shun anything that has to do with romance and love. Masuzu Natsukawa, foreign and popular with guys. Who just happens to return from another country and was assigned a seat next to Kido. After a few days, Masuzu confessed to him in class, and blackmailed him after school on becoming her "fake" boyfriend so guys would stop asking her out. As time goes by for these two. Love only comes to one person.
Eita Kido, your main character. The smart guy that places at the top of school exams. Even though he's smart. He has these delusions and fantasies of addressing himself as "Burning Fighting Fire". A guy who win girls hearts, and battle monsters. After his childhood friend, Chiwa Harusaki's accident. He has to abandon his delusions. But his delusions still come out when things get too emotional. Oh, and obviously he cares for others and he's a nice guy. But you should expect that.
Chiwa Harusaki, childhood friend of Eita Kido. Also, a tomboy type. She used to be in the Kendo Club when she was little. Due to an injury from a car accident before high school, she has to quit. She's the closest one to Eita, out of all the other girls. Because she lives next to him, and loves Eita. It's a harem, just wanted to point it out their.
Masuzu Natsukawa, Eita's "girlfriend". Spent most of her times overseas, and is considered the schools beauty. Confessed by many guys, and always shot them down. She used Eita's notebook, which has his "fantasies" to blackmail him. She might seem cruel, but truthfully she turns out to have a nice spot as the time goes by.
Himeka Akishino, she has a one-sided crush on him. She also has some "fantasies" and "delusions" just like Eita. Since she comes in later. I'm not going to say much about her.
Ai Fuyuumi, to be blunt. She's Eita's "fiancee". She does come in late in the series. But she's really funny.
Kaoru Asoi, Eita's classmate and best friend. Who sat close to him until the seat change. I'll say this much, that I was surprised.
It's honestly one of the best anime I've seen that can keep my face smiling the whole time. I laughed a lot too. It's a simple Harem, romcom type deal. But it balances out. I would recommend it, and actually re-watch it with one of my friends. It's that funny guys, give it a shot.
Jun 2, 2013
The fact that Oreshura did indeed differ from my expectations is not a good thing, however. From the very beginning I expected that this series would take a sort of slice-of-life route, but this was in fact a grave misconception on my part as the series was actually a harem. Now, while I have no issue with a series making use with such a format, Oreshura really brings nothing new and exciting to the table. Thus, herein lies the problem.
As a means of illustrating the issue I have with this series, allow me to do what any reviewer should, which is to dissect the series into its fundamental elements (e.g. the art and animation, the story, etc.) and to comment on each one, detailing what the series does well and vice versa.
While this is not the biggest flaw in this series, it is certainly a significant one and one that I must stress profusely. The story, essentially, follows a highschool student named Eita Kidou, who is black-mailed by a female student (Masuzu Natsukawa) as a means of forcing him into pretending to be her girlfriend. As such, other girls that are around him (who, for the most part, are childhood friends of his) begin to become jealous, leading into the show's harem aspects.
That, in all honesty, is the story of this show. Now, I should not be required to explain that such a plot is so unbelievably banal that one could easily predict how the series would play out from point A to point B. If one struggled with this, then they could certainly predict what sort ending the series would make use of. This is due to the fact that the series restricts itself to a rigid, linear structure. The protagonist is blackmailed and, as a result, ends up 'developing' feelings for the blackmailer. Because of this aforementioned linear structure, the show is unable to diversify and, in turn, fails to be unique in any aspect.
The characters, if one could refer to them as such, are the weakest aspect of Oreshura. Why, you ask? Well, there are two reasons. First and foremost, as this is a generic harem, each character follows the conventions dictated by common characer archetypes that are seen in anime. We have all of the typical cast of characters: The blissfully unaware protagonist (Eita), the childhood friend (Chiwa), the tsundere and other childhood friend (Ai), and finally, the highly irritating hussy that is Masuzu Natsukawa. The final mention brings me nicely into my explanation of the second reason for why the show's characterisation is its weakest aspect.
The second reason is, of course, that Oreshura's main heroine is the epitome of impertinence. As such, this renders her as a character that is difficult to tolerate, let alone one that the viewer can grow to love. While it is not necessary for a heroine to be likeable, it is necessary for the show to provide a valid reason for them acting in the manner that makes them so unlikable, which Oreshura tries to gloss over, so to speak.
Thus, we have a cast that is exceedingly generic and a main heroine that is very difficult, if not impossible, to tolerate due to the fact that a legitimate reason is never provided to compensate for her distasteful personality.
-Art and Animation-
The show's art style is definitely one of its stronger points. Each scene in Oreshura is vibrant and colourful, fitting in with the overall upbeat nature of the show. Even so, the art is not particularly detailed, making it seem somewhat lacklustre in comparison to other anime series.
The animation of the show is, for the most part, consistent and fluid. That being said, there were certain points in the show where the animation was neglected, resulting in the inconsistent and unrealistic movement of vehicles, characters, and so on.
Unfortunately for Oreshura, the art and animation are the only redeeming feature of the show. The music used is not very memorable, and I personally found the opening theme of the show to be irritating, as opposed to catchy and enjoyable, which is what it was apparently trying to be.
Perhaps the most important question would be whether or not I would recommend this anime series. My answer to this question is, obviously, no. However, if you intend to watch this show despite having read through this review, then I have no intention of stopping you. I do, however, recommend that you stream this show via a legal streaming website such as Crunchyroll, as opposed to purchasing a Blu-Ray and/or DVD release of the show. If you are reading this on Crunchyroll, please disregard the previous statement.
Overall, this show is far too generic and bland for me to recommend to any person. The characters do not undergo any development as they are restricted by the archetypes that they represent. This, in turn, makes the intended emotional points in the show seem far less believable and they ultimately fall flat as a result.
Furthermore, a predictable ending makes the watching the show a pointless exercise, as one could easily surmise how the show would end, many episodes in advance.
Well, if you actually took the time to read through this review, I thank you. If you agree with my review, please feel free to say so. Likewise, if you happen to disagree with my review or have any advice which could help me improve upon my next review, please leave some feedback on my MAL or Crunchyroll profile page, depending on which website you are reading this on.
Please take the time to read the review. I refuse to summarise this review for those of you who are not willing to read through it in the first instance, or at the very least, skim through it. read more
Mar 31, 2013
Now, from Eita's perspective, a bunch of troublesome girls begin to pester him and he doesn't know why.He asks himself :"How did I get stuck in this mess?"
The Story itself is very enjoyable especially when it leads to open conflicts and for some reason it kept me happy while waiting for new episodes.
So if you feel like watching it I recommend it with warmth. read more
Mar 30, 2013
Well, there's no deal; not for a certain lucky or rather unlucky guy named Eita Kido anyways. The thing is, he gets blackmailed in the most embarrassing way possible. Now he's nothing more than a little boy toy to a certain admired beauty at school. But hey, at least he's getting a hot girl with a manipulative personality yet someone “cares” about him in some way right? That's not what it seems to be...
Wait, this is a bit too fast. Let's start from the beginning.
Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (God damn that is a long name, so I will call it 'Oreshura' instead), is an anime series that debuted in 2013 based on the LN written by Yuji Yuji. The Japanese title literally translates to:
“My Girlfriend and Childhood Friend Fight Too Much”
Well, the series does display that theme quite a bit. For starters, we got this kid named Eita Kidou who is in his puberty years in high school. He's a normal high school student with a healthy body. At that age, most boys would think about girls, right? No, in his case, the only thing is in mind is to study, study, and study. In fact, he hopes to become a doctor. (for a friend's sake) Well hell, if anyone tries to make that into a goal, we should all envision on the journey to get there. It's not an easy task being a doctor and saving lives, not to mention the amount of education you need to obtain the occupation. This also came from some bad memories from his past related to his parents. (poor kid) And beyond that, he has decided to eradicate the thought of “love” from his thoughts. In other words, the only focus on his mind is to achieve his goal, with absolution regardless of the costs. Oh but life just isn't so easy for this kid because there's one BIG problem:
She's a mysterious transfer student where after nine long years came to his school all the way from Sweden. She has silver hair and in anime logic, we all know that's an attractive trait. In real life though, that's probably bizarre. But at any rate, this girl quickly becomes the talk of the school where boys instantly becomes attracted to her. On the other hand, Eita is just being Eita there with no second thoughts related to her. That is of course till one faithful day. After a certain incident, it seems that Eita becomes blackmailed by a certain notebook (Death Note reference anyone?) and now is literally forced to play the role of a “boyfriend” for Masuzu. It's basically an offer he can't refuse!
Of course, in today's anime industry, the concept of the 'fake boyfriend/girlfriend' theme is not new. It's literally a palm in the face at occasions where we watch a fake couple doing fake things that are expressed as fake romance. It's overused all over the world but hey, it's still here. The fact that Eita and Masuzu are a “couple” means that they are the talk of the school and among other things, an obstacle for both Eita and his childhood friend Chiwa Harusaki. That's because Eita promised to become a doctor in order to help her with the injury that she endured during her times as a kendo specialist.
Now regarding Chiwa, this girl gave the word 'annoying' a whole new meaning. With a lack of any sex appeal, an annoying mouth, and obliviousness to a lot of things, she plays the mascot of the show. In fact, she is even nicknamed as Chiwawa as a pun for chihuahua. This is because her petite figure and hairstyle resembles those of a puppy. Well, let's not forget about her mouth of course because a puppy barks when annoyed and Chiwawa here is no different. Sorry Chiwawa fans.
She brings on some early drama in the series after finding out about the whole fake 'boyfriend/girlfriend' ordeal. Being herself, she lacks the knowledge of “romance” and its ideas so she tries her best to break them apart. With her persistence, she often tries to interfere during their moments of “romance”. However unlike Masuzu, Chiwawa lacks confidence. Unfortunately for her, it seems that Eita only sees her as a childhood friend although at many occasions, he seems to put her in high regards and does truly care about her. Among other things though, Eita-kun also meets other girls which puts Chiwawa on even more stress when she realizes the many rivals to love.
Those rivals would be Himeka Akishino who self-proclaims herself as Eita-kun's “ex-girlfriend”. Her introduction invokes the wrath of not only Chiwawa but also Eita's fake girlfriend Masuzu. It becomes a battlefield and Himeka portrays herself as the “Burning Princess Saint Dragon Lady of Dawn”. It all happened after a certain event and after being a witness, she is determined to prove to Eita that she is his destined one. Too bad destiny doesn't land her well on the side of love. Speaking of which now, destiny presents another girl, the all loveable pink haired girl Ai Fuyuumi. She seems to play the role of the antithesis with her tsundere like features and delusions. In fact, she even has a little cute history but that would be spoilers. Watch the series and you'll see.
With these girls and Eita-kun in the mix, we have the formula for a harem. They all have different colored hair too but with different physiques. It also seems that at the same time, Eita can't seem to pick which one to choose. In fact, he still wants to escape from the idea of love and pursue a dream as a doctor. Well tough luck to Eita kun because this kid can't ever catch a break. From some of the episodes, he gets humiliated by the notebook, beat up by thugs, and caught up into countless misunderstandings in what some may see as an unwanted harem. It's a battlefield for all the girls and everyone to themselves. It also seems that at some occasions, Masuzu may generally care for Eita in a more romantic way as opposed to their fake relationship. Still though, it doesn't avoid the typical harem themes. We have the jealousy from the girls that often results from misunderstandings, the stalkers on dates to “observe” what Eita is doing, and hell, even the traditional CPR scene. It gets old and overused . Let's not also forget the “transfer student” theme, the childhood friend relationship, and even a case of the naked apron idea. It's Harem with a capital H.
The series is labeled as romantic comedy and surprisingly, it does have its comedy side. The idea of “love” is really played out during many episodes is weak though as I've yet to sense that feeling of real romance from any of the character. However, I admit that the comedy of the series is done surprisingly well.
Let's see, there's the fun references of chuunibyou presented in many episodes involving Himeka and Eita. They imagine themselves as the “Burning Fighting Fighter” and “Burning Princess Saint Dragon Lady of Dawn” respectively. But of course, this theme isn't new to the anime industry especially in terms of romantic comedies. Yes, I'm looking at you, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Other little fun gags in the series revolves around Masuzu who presents herself as a hardcore Jojo fan. In fact, she often uses references and quotes throughout the series to make humor. These often puts Eita in an embarrassing situation but amusement for Masuzu herself. It's not surprising though given her manipulative personality. Additionally, there's the idea of 'obvious lies' involving Ai. It's so obvious that her “boyfriend” doesn't really exist that it should be a big sign for anyone. Additionally, her strict policy of being a “hall monitor” contradicts her personality as she herself seems to want fun. Yup, I personally found these little gags here and there amusing or at the very least presents comedy in a fun way.
Unfortunately, it seems that not all of these doesn't work out too well in the end. There's still fan service and the typical beach episode, the festival at night (with yukata for decoration), the obvious love triangle/square, and Eita being oblivious to certain things in life despite his intellect. I also personally found that Eita is a bit annoying to watch. Being a nice guy, he often wants to help others by putting himself at risk but I feel like he's not using his brain much. Although I admire his care for the other girls, I find that his actions presented are a bit weak to my liking. Additionally, I also find that Himeka's character to be way too blend and hardly stands out at all. In fact, at some occasions, I forget her existence in the show just like her delusions that are nonexistent. The love triangle is also weak too in my opinion. It seems that Eita doesn't wants any of them as a real girlfriend. In fact, it seems that the only thing he would marry would be a career and that is of being a doctor. Maybe, one of the girls should pursue a career in medicine or something to stand a better chance.
In terms of visuals, I had a hard time adjusting myself to watch this. Even being a manga fan, I would have to say that A-1 Pictures dropped the ball on this one. The characters are generic, washed out, and not to mention most of the scenes from this series are so bright that one might need sunglasses to get a true experience. The girls themselves also lacks any realism at all. Well, I guess some of the more humorous scenes are presented better visually but ultimately, this series only gets a '5' in the art department. I'm disappointed.
I don't have too much complaints about the music/soundtrack of the series. However, that OP song "Girlish Lover" by Mizukara wo Enshutsu Suru Otome no Kai is like a buzz to my ears occasionally. It's very girlish (sticks with the title) and really tries to tell the viewers that this series is what it is: a romantic comedy with a harem. It's also funny how Eita doesn't seem to be in the OP song at all. It's almost if the girls in this show is the more dominant characters, not the guy. This is especially true for Masuzu. As regarding the background music, I find it just fine and sometimes amusing especially during a few of the guitar rhythms during those 'notebook scenes'.
Ultimately, I will give this show a '6'. It's definitely a threat towards to a '5' scale though with its lack of characterization in Eita's harem. The main male protagonist, despite being kind, lacks any distinct features from what I see him as. As for the drama, it is presented in a more causal way rather than anything too serious. With seemingly no real winner in fact, this series is just a romantic comedy with a harem that our friend Eita-kun can hardly stand. Well, I could barely stand this series at many times but if you want to find some fun with its comedy parts, Oreshura might be worth a shot. If you want to pursue a doctor career yourself though, then save that precious time that you'll never be able to buy back; not even with blackmail. read more
Jul 28, 2014
The story revolves around a guy who dislikes everything to do with love who gets trapped into a relationship by a girl with the same mindset. Then, add in a childhood friend, a chuunibyo with delusions of a past lover, and a promise of marriage, and you've got Oreshura. The plot lines were simple but well thought out in my opinion.
The art form added soft colours and excellent shading to bring a new 'light' to an anime that I haven't often seen.
The characters were wonderfully thought out with underlying connections to the main character that ran way back. This led to obvious conflict, a lot of silly moments and a minor amount of drama, but not too much of any of these to make it less enjoyable.
All-in-all, it's a great RomCom/Harem. 9/10 read more
Feb 3, 2014
The story of Oreshura is fairly typical. As our MC, we have a clueless, kind boy who cares for others. We have several girls who have fallen for the MC and who attempt to woo him in various ways.
There is some pseudo-drama as there is a deeper connection between MC and each of the girls. There is no real drama that is evident, and dramatic moments tend to be underwhelming and disappointing
I liked the art, it was a nice, light, clean artwork which complemented the nature of the series itself.
It didn't really make an impression on me. The OP and ED were fitting for the series, but the BG was forgettable.
The characters are pretty cliche, but they're very well done. MC is dense as ever, but still kind. In this series, I found myself rooting more for the secondary girls to win, rather than the main, who's background is alluded to, but never explored. The character interactions made this a more enjoyable series to watch
Despite being a pretty cliche series, there were some moments that were rather surprising and new. It was pleasant to watch, but it didn't have me hooked.
There's not a whole lot of development throughout the series and the way that it ends is rather a let-down. There's only a change evident in one character and even then, it is very predictable and anticlimactic. However, it does leave itself open for a second season, which I would still be willing to watch. I just hope they focus more on character interactions rather than on the pseudo-drama read more
Mar 22, 2013
I tend to let an anime reveal its story at its own pace, but beyond its romantic comedy category, I found Oreshura to quickly establish its thing: playing with cultural tropes and interpersonal relationships. The male protagonist Kidou Eita is depicted as a post-chuunibyou highschooler who is bent upon his studies, not all the "love on the brain" high school life he sees around himself. Nevertheless he's helplessly swept into the romantic plans of several girls around him; the girls even form a high school club named Society Advocating Maidenly Excellence For All Girls, and a skeleton in his chuunibyou closet past is a key to dragging Kidou along.
Oreshura can pop surprises: Eita's aunt Saeko, a writer/creator at a gaming company, triggers the concluding story sequences by enrolling the girls in her company's publicity-event contest. But throughout, this anime's strong points are its agility in turning up amusing displays of cultural awareness, its attractive artwork and color palette, and storyline flow. Oreshura: charming and engaging. read more
May 20, 2014
The reason i give it a 8 is because i feel like one of the main girls was totally not necessary in the anime. She was actually annoying, in my opinion, and she almost had no point in being in the anime. There was also a couple parts in the story that were like every other romance/harem story's.
Art and sound 9/10
I cant really complain about the animation and sound quality to much because i really liked it! It was different from other animes i watched, but it was a good different. The reason it isn't a full ten is because it wasn't the best id ever seen and heard.
I absolutely loved the main chick in this anime. NOT THE BEST FRIEND. The guy was very amusing in my opinion and i found all the characters entertaining at one point or another. I feel as if we didn't get very much background on all the girls though so that's why i give it a 9.
For anyone looking for a laugh and a harem then i highly suggest this anime! read more
Mar 10, 2013
When I Got Bored And Started Searching For An Ongoing Anime "Oreshura (Or Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru) Was One Of The 1st Few I Could Find Interesting.
The Opening & Outro Is What I Had A Problem With, And So Was The Story.
The Story Moves Slow, & Some Episodes May Seem Like Fillers.
In The End, You Can Watch This Anime To Kill Some Time, Or Hope That They Start Adding More Story To The Anime.
I Continue To Watch This Anime Because, I Have Nothing Better To Do XD &
I Like The Characters, They Are Entertaining + Cute :S
Mar 30, 2013
Story: 7/10 the plot of the show is pretty obvious: the girlfriend and childhood friend fight over the MC. Then they introduce two characters, one of which thinks they were lovers in a past life and another that was a childhood friend as well. It's your general harem, nothing new. The only difference would be the situation between the MC and his girlfriend. But it was executed rather well, I'll give it that.
Art: 9/10 I actually really enjoyed the style of art! It's bubbly and light and really nice and easy to look at.
Sound: 8/10 the op and ed were catchy and one of the few I didn't skip over. Any insert osts matched the mood rather well. I don't really pay much attention to sound though.
Character: 8/10 if the story stuck to the main two rivals and the MC, I would've given a 9.5 for characters. Eita doesn't know how to handle love, he's very honest to himself, he can logically think, etc. I fell in love with him too tbh. Chiwa, the childhood friend, is rather annoying at times. However, she has good reason to be in love with Eita, trust me. But, in my opinion, the saving grace would be the girlfriend, Masuzu. She's a total bitch, I won't deny that. Especially in the first few episodes. But once it starts showing more of how she really feels and her internal struggles, I was able to identify and sympathize with her more, making her the most complex character.
However, I can't ignore the delusional Hime and the tsundere Ai. Ai has to be one of the most annoying characters I've ever come across. Sure, she has her problems too but just no. And Hime who? We're barely told anything about her.
Enjoyment: 7/10 oreshura has laughs and feels, though more laughs. I would check how much time was left in each episode, showing how stretched out it was, but I always watched until the end.
Overall: 8/10 oreshura is great for anyone who likes harem and rom-coms! However, if you're looking for something super deredere, I wouldn't suggest it. read more
Jul 5, 2013
I'd like to start out by saying that this review is going to be somewhat influenced by my own personal opinion, and I will also try to stray from revealing any spoilers about the plot.
Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (Whew, I'm going to refer to it as Oreshura) is in some ways (referring to the BEGINNING of Oreshura and the MC only) similar to the newly released Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. The MC differ in a few ways; level of intelligence, home and family situation, and knowledge of what is going on around them. While Hikigaya Hachiman is witty and downright negative, Kidou Eita is determined, smart, and kind. The main similarity they share is how they got to where they are. They both were rejected by female peers, they both, through their anti-love attitudes end up forced into clubs and then proceed to be surrounded by women. This is however where the pair of anime begin to split. While Oregairu begins on a path to comedy and character presentation, straying from the romance and harem themes, Oreshura walks the path of a common harem romance anime with some tasteful fan service included.
Characters: While evaluating characters I mainly look at their personality. In Oreshura I managed to find all of the common personalities in standard harem anime, with one exclusion of Masuzu Natsukawa. Regarding Masuzu, at the moment, I can't put a pin on what to tag her as, tsundere,tsun,dere, or downright weird with the personality changes she goes through. But like Masuzu, Eita, Hachiman, Yukino (from Oregairu) are similar in their anti-love antics. Of course in harem anime there is either one of the following personalities which I will represent through similar characters in other harem anime I have watched. There is the Hikigaya Hachiman, there is Ichika Orimura, Rito Yuuki, and Tomoki Sakurai. In Oreshura, the main character, Eita Kidou most likely falls under the character of Ichika Orimura because of their similar personality of kindness to all and downright obliviousness to everything that goes on around them. The other characters including the main character harmonize well and show some character development mainly regarding the romance theme to Eita Kidou that contribute fairly to the plot. I won't say it was amazing, but their conversations between each other during their club meetings and activities made me laugh. Burning Fighting Fighter uses Black Flame! (XD You'll understand after watching). My favorite parts in this anime regarding the characters have to be the delusions each has.
Art and Sound: The opening and ending theme kind of reminded me of the To Love Ru series but I've never had to complain about the OST to an anime series before. The art wasn't sharp and amazing, but smooth and nice that didn't detract from the overall value.
Plot: Well the plot wasn't too bad, I saw much originality in how each harem character was introduced into the main character's life, and the way their daily slice of life episodes went about were slightly different from what I have seen. Although the ending and beginning have to be common, since it IS a harem themed anime, the overall unending of harem themed anime cannot be seen elsewhere. The plot developed quite nicely, regarding the main characters interaction with each of the girls and providing some background information here and there that wasn't needed but when shown,but very appreciated later. At first in an episode I thought they were going to through in some Yaoi (which I just can't tolerate) I was like WOAH... But in both a negative and positive way I was relieved and disappointed. Introducing that minor theme would have been somewhat interesting to the harem anime since I've yet to see it, but as I stated above, I can't tolerate homosexuality. The story wasn't too cliche to the point where I was bored, but nicely presented in a comedic, romantic way.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed this anime for mainly 2 reasons. The comedy it provided in the main characters delusions, and the romance between the main character and his kanojo. (I'm a romance nut). I would recommend this anime to anyone who has seen Oregairu, or into the harem/romance themed anime.
Thanks for reading!
-Nebarto read more