English: We Without Wings – Under the Innocent Sky
Synonyms: Oretsuba, We Don't Have Wings, Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai
Japanese: 俺たちに翼はない -under the innocent sky.
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2011 to Jun 20, 2011
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 6.921 (scored by 9833 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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May 6, 2013
Plot – 5/10
What Oretachi attempts to do is to put a twist on the usual “harem” genre where three or more girls fall in love with one guy. I won’t explain much of the plot because, honestly, I don’t necessarily understand much of it myself. It took me about four or five episodes to realize that several of the characters were actually all the same person kind of like a split personality except they look different to real people. Sound confusing? It gets more confusing. Inside the “real” person’s mind is a made-up world where he’s fighting to protect a kind of magical kingdom in a way that mimics what is happening in the real world. The people in both worlds also look the same, and sometimes this effect works, and other times (one very weird sex scene, yes this show is ecchi) it does not work.
Art – 8/10
I thought the characters designs were pretty good. It’s kind of a mix between seinen and shounen so it’s not too much of either. The only problem is maybe some odd colors for school clothes and some weird gang member in the earlier episodes with a bizarre design. The art of the city they live in which I suppose is Tokyo is fine though it doesn’t stand out as being exceptional.
Music – 8/10
I don’t count Openings and Endings in reviews but I just want to mention that I really like this show’s opening since it was what initially convinced me to watch this show. But the music during the episodes isn’t anything remarkable, just kind of average like the art so not much to talk about.
Characters – 7/10
The characters are interesting, but pretty stereotypical. There’s girls working in a maid café, a loli or two, and of course the main personality-split guy. There are three main characters and one not-as-important character that the main person split into. The problem here being that the not-as-important one is one the most hilarious and amazing minor characters I’ve ever seen. He only really gets an appearance in one episode (I believe 7) but it makes it the best episode of the series. You could honestly just watch that episode, laugh, and go on to watch something better as far as I’m concerned if you don’t want to be extremely confused.
Enjoyment – 9/10
I did enjoy this show. As much as I was confused and noticed how bad it was, I liked it for no reason that I can explain. Hey, we all have some show like that don’t we, something we know we shouldn’t like but still do? This isn’t one of my favorite shows by a long shot, but I’m glad I watched it. Still I wouldn’t recommend it, since I doubt many other people would feel the same weird feelings about this show that I did, but if you want to go for it. At least try episode 7, it had me laughing non-stop and it’s basically a filler episode so not too much problem in getting caught up on the events of the story. read more
Jun 20, 2011
Harem would probably be my least favored genre as this includes the generic moe/ecchi or whatever fanservice they could come up. I might also disfavor the said genre because of the fans which consists mainly of the typical perverted otaku who faps to his 2D waifu. Nonetheless, I still push myself to watch anime of the harem genre in hopes of finding something different. Though skeptical at first, I was amazed on how Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai turned to be.
First and foremost, Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai or simply OreTsuba, is nothing more of your typical harem. It is idiotic. It doesn’t make sense. It leaps from scene to scene. It is filled with generic tropes and stereotypes. It is overloaded with panty shots. It has a cast filled with idiots and perverts. It is absurd. Now most people would jump the gun and say it is nothing out of the generic harem and moe crap we see everyday and drop it at episode 1. That is undeniably true, given the first episode had a huge cast filled with cute girls or moe-blobs so to speak. However, OreTsuba is not one anime that presents its real facet in its premise. It needs a distinct amount of time for a viewer to understand what it’s all about. The outside generic harem appearance is only a means to fool the viewer to think that OreTsuba is one harem badly done but no, there is something much more to it.
Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai is based off a visual novel which was developed by the company Navel. Having a visual novel as a source material would mean cute girls that could either range from lolis to the older sister type. Unlike other harem/ecchi anime that won’t mind the appearance of the characters as long as there are panty shots or the so called fanservice to render, OreTsuba is quite more attracting as it had its visuals done neatly and it probably is its selling point. The character designs were very appealing and the backgrounds were fluid. It somehow incorporates real-world scenes to the 2D world of OreTsuba making it have a 3D feel of the background which is quite nice. As for the production value of this anime, I believe it is quite high seeing that the characters and backgrounds were something much more than the usual; even the design of the school uniform was obviously done with effort.
Along with the clean and cutesy character designs would be the truckload of fanservice scenes. There would be no 5 minute that would pass by without a decent amount of panty shots. For having cute and adorable character designs, the fanservice were not as distracting as some might think, in fact it blends in pretty well. I know majority of those who’ve dropped this might be because of the ridiculous fanservice but by all means, try to give it one more chance and if you can see pass through that you’ll see the fruits of it afterwards. As for the pervs who continued watching this, I’m a 100% sure by now that you’ve realized that it actually has a worthwhile plot.
Though it may contain tons of it, this is not an anime about panty shots, it is the story of 3 young gentlemen namely: Takashi Haneda, Shuusuke Chitose and Hayato Narita. Having 3 male leads led to an ef - a tale of memories reminiscence and it is actually how the story goes; 3 young male characters paired with 3 young female characters only in OreTsuba, it is quite less serious, random and perverted.
First off, Takashi Haneda is paired with Asuka Watarai. Asuka is basically the typical campus crush who has no personality or whatsoever only that she acts like a respected princess. As for Takashi, he’s the typical school boy who actually has no personality too except that he’s a good boy and the somewhat cowardly lead. Basically they are cardboard cut-outs which is undoubtedly one of the weakest asset that OreTsuba could display affecting their chemistry which is rather poor.
One of the better couples would be Hayato Narita’s pair with Naru Ootori. Hayato Narita is a delinquent whose friends are gang members and the like. He works exclusively at night doing what other people would tell him to do. As for Naru, she’s the younger sister of a gang leader. She’s a somewhat shy little girl who took interest in Hayato after helping her in finding a lost bike. As the story goes, Hayato and Naru’s pair would look like the cutest with their cutesy and lovely interactions, with Hayato protecting Naru from other people although at the same time the weirdest of the bunch as it is a delinquent paired up with a loli.
The third pair and the best in my opinion would be the pair-up of Shuusuke Chitose and Hiyoko Tamaizumi. Shuusuke works as an article reviewer for a local magazine. He’s the typical boisterous and jolly happy-go-lucky pervert. Hiyoko on the other hand is the serious type of girl who writes novels. As for why they are the best; the anime focused more on their development and as well as for their relationship to enhance. Shuusuke helps Hiyoko achieve her dream of being a successful novelist while at the same time, the feelings of Hiyoko develop more and more for Shuusuke. Watching them both mature, though stupid and nonsensical at times, is really a treat.
Aside from the 3 pairs, there are a lot more characters in OreTsuba. However, not all are of importance as some only serve their roles as mere plot devices. Some if not plot devices serve as a part of the mindless comic relief the anime has. Although it has mindless comedy, that is only for itself, the comedy. As it is backed with stupidity and senselessness, it is deceiving. The plot is actually well thought out or so to say ingenious that needs well analyzing to place in the correct pieces.
As aforementioned, the story rotates around the 3 pairs. There is something much more and this something is very unusual for an anime of this type. As harems are very predictable, throw any expectations in the gutter as this isn’t. Aside from the genre tags which include: Drama, Ecchi, Romance, and Harem; it is missing one more, and this genre is Psychological. First impressions might conclude that it is very predictable. Wait until you’ve reached episode 4 which includes a sudden plot twist and you’ll know what you’re getting. However after that, seeing the first scene at episode 1, some will say that they already know where this is leading but I would suggest keeping your thoughts to yourself because I know the outcome of this anime will leave you in awe because of its unpredictability. It does well in disguising itself as a harem and an idiotic one at that to deceive its viewers in thinking that this is their run-of-the-mill rom-com.
Having started as maybe one of the stupidest anime I have seen, I’m amazed with how it turned the tables with a single deus ex machina done amazingly near the end making everything fall into place. With just one snap and then boom, everything was revealed, everything was answered, everything makes sense. It answered everything completely without any cliffhangers that would require millions of hypotheses to answer.
Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai might not be your generic harem but accompanying it is the somewhat generic music. Although generic, they are still highly likeable. The opening song entitled “Spread Wings” by Aki Misato which is cute and lovely which perfectly fits a harem setting. The first ending song entitled “PARANoiA” by the same songstress, accompanied by a video of knights, beasts and RPG-like adventure has quite an easy feel to it while the second ending song “NEVERLAND” is well, just the same as usual which is expected from a harem.
As for the voice actors, some sounded really annoying. Some sounded like someone who’s wearing a nose clip. Some were screechy. As for the remaining others, they were good which is somewhat above average or if not, just average. Along with the voices were the soundtracks. Well, for a loud and crazy anime, it is expected that the soundtracks used were loud and funky as well, which suits the lively and energetic atmosphere albeit sometimes as well as it had its fun moments, it also contains boring and “unfunny” scenes.
It had its dull moments, there are times when it tries too hard to be funny, and there are those times when it’s just plain downright stupid. Looking pass through that, this light and fluffy feathery ride which is called Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai is one unique experience. Predictable and stupid as some might dub harem to be; stupid is true but predictable was nowhere near. A definite must watch for harem fans. Now they have something to brag about harem; that it’s not all about ecchi/moe or anything in between. And as for those who are not into harems (including me), I guess I could safely say that Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai is a “Do not judge the book by its cover” or more like “Harems although of the same feather, do not always flock together… because some of them don’t have wings.”
Jun 29, 2011
Based on the eroge of the same name by Navel, Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai (We Without Wings) – Under the Innocent Sky (or OreTsuba as it's more commonly known), follows the daily lives of Haneda Takashi, Chitose Shuusuke and Narita Hayato, three young men living in the city of Yanagihara. Each leads a life that is very different to the other two, and at first they seem to have no connection to one another ...
And that's about as clear as things get for quite a few episodes.
From the outset there's no apparent direction or focus to the plot, and this continues until late in the series, at which point the shape of a storyline begins to appear. Now given the ultimate focus of the narrative one might argue that the somewhat dizzying sequence of events during the first half of OreTsuba are a purposeful attempt to elicit a sympathetic reaction from the audience by making them confused and uncomfortable. Unfortunately that sort of reasoning is a bit too far fetched in the cold light of day as the story appears to have been written by someone with little to no knowledge of mental illness whatsoever. In addition to that one does have to question the sanity of the person who decided an ecchi, harem romantic comedy was the best vehicle for a narrative where the core themes are not only being mentally ill, but also how it affects those around you.
Speaking of harems ...
OreTsuba features an array of characters who are paraded across the screen like pedigrees at a dog show, and the sheer number can initially seem impressive until one realises that the majority of them are nothing more than window dressing. There's little in the way of actual development going on, which wouldn't be a bad thing if some effort had been put into defining the characters from the start, so it's unfortunate that this is yet another anime populated by cardboard cutouts. Even worse is that almost every opportunity for growth or added definition during the first half of the series is wasted on stock events that grace many an ecchi harem tale, and while the latter portion of the story does present a few interesting scenarios, these are not enough to raise the show from mediocrity.
If nothing else, OreTsuba is consistent in that the generic characters and plot tokens are very clearly reflected in the acting, and unrealistic voices abound in this series. The lead roles seem to lose interest in the project after the first episode and appear to perform little more than lines by rote for the rest of the series, but maybe it's not the fault of the seiyuu as the dialogue is sorely lacking in originality and imagination.
This apparent lack of creativity also extends to the music, and many of the background tracks are of the type that one might find in just about every other ecchi harem romantic comedy, including the pieces used in Gretagard. The opening and ending themes are no better, and OreTsuba manages to uphold the best traditions of eroge and dating sim adaptations by finding the most generic J-pop tracks it can for the series OP and ED.
Now given that this is an adaptation there's an inherent limitation placed on design, and while that isn't necessarily a bad thing for some shows, viewers should remember what the source material actually is. The problem is that OreTsuba, like so many other eroge and datings sims, uses a stock set of character designs that have gone beyond a simple stereotype, and are now more of a hallmark for these types of story. In addition to this the animation is workman-like, and that blandness is most prominent when the character are undertaking some sort of frenetic activity.
In all honesty Nomad, like so many studios before them, appear to have been unable to muster the effort to produce a good looking series.
On a side note, one of the most annoying things about OreTsuba is that the visuals sometimes show a few flashes of original thinking, but these moments are often derailed or buried completely by the sudden and pointless introduction of fanservice. There are far too many occasions where events are progressing in an interesting manner when all of a sudden the screen is covered with underwear or jiggling ... things.
So is OreTsuba enjoyable?
Well, the story lacks any real charm or grace and the core theme has been handled in a far more sensitive manner by Mahoraba ~Heartful Days~. In addition to that, the seemingly mindless adherence to the stereotypical production methods of eroge and datings sim adaptations and the overabundance of pointless fanservice actually detract from any efforts to move the plot in a more meaningful direction. The simple fact is that OreTsuba is about as subtle and sensitive as a hammer to the face, and one event in particular highlights this as there's nothing in the series up to that point to justify the sudden revelation that one of the characters had an imaginary little brother.
OreTsuba is a singular example of pretty much everything that's wrong with the anime industry these days, which is actually the only good thing about it. Watching the series is far more work than it should be, and while the source material appears to have been written and designed by people who like to wear jackets with lots of straps and really long sleeves, that's no excuse for a poorly executed adaptation. There are many ways the series could have been handled (as Tears To Tiara proved), but it looks like nobody really cared enough about this anime to make the effort.
So the only question left is why on earth was it made in the first place? read more
Jun 4, 2012
Jul 7, 2011
It's winter in the big city of Yanagihara, and young people will meet and fall in love. Takashi is a boy who plans to escape to another world, but is held back by thoughts of his younger sister Kobato and girlfriend Asuka. Shusuke is a poor part-timer who has to work with student-author Hiyoko in spite of their initial dislike for each other. The antisocial Hayato makes his living as a handyman until he is visited by a girl name Naru. These young men begin to develop a sort of relationship with those girls even though, apparently, they can't become too serious and involved because their time is limited... Also, they have a mysterious link among themselves.
The narration is random and weird, at least that's how it seems in the beginning. DJ condor narrates the tales as if they were being captured on camera of some reality show, they change channels to go to a different scene. There is random fan-service in the beginning and in between scenes and the plot does have a somewhat haphazard flow and confusing sequence of events.. So, for the first two episodes though you get something out of the individual events you'll hardly be able to link them to grasp the general flow or the bigger picture of events. But slowly as the plot progresses you will get accustomed to the weird narration style and grasp more of the theme.. the central theme is brilliant, its not something unbelievable but it is definitely creative and has been dealt with with unparalleled dexterity to maintain the mystery and slow plot exposition.
There's good use of satire and comedy (Gretacalibur, weird statements, stupid assertions and whatever goes.. xD), particularly watch ep7. The plot uses multiple elements of slice of life, fantasy, romance, ecchi, urban culture, comedy -- the fusion of genres is nice to watch and also aids in developing a sense of ambiguity and mysterious atmosphere that is essential to the plot. This means that while for most part you'll see romantic encounters, daily life events, ecchi scenes and some classic romance-ecchi-comedy events you'll also get to see urban gangs and culture, fantasy battles, mysterious people and the like. What it gives you is a 'metaphorical' (or illusionary) sense of multiple worlds existing in the same city connected by unexpected means. This is important to the essence of the plot because it depicts what separates and connects the male protagonists.
Though many may ridicule or dislike the narration style I think it adds a nice taste to the story, it is queer like sweet-and-spicy but its worth a taste. Plus if the story had been left as is, it would have become too plain or too formula-based to be anything special. I like the experimenting they did even if the results aren't spectacular. The plot in its core has a psychological basis. A theme that takes the developing romance an almost converts it into harem. But even though it basically hinges on a psychological concept its not something gore or deranged, its something simpler with interesting (if not stunning) consequences. The ending is good but it mellows the entire prospect on which the story was built and it'll also give to you all the answers you desire in three letters ???.
What happens to a boy faced with great shock and guilt in childhood? Remorseful, but he cannot abandon his only sister.. takes refuge in an unending dark abyss so he doesn't face others, invents an altruistic personality to look after her sister.. and when even that fails? invent others to reside in the 'cockpit'? It is also impressive that one of the 'invented' personalities has his own delusions! a delusion within a delusion?!! MPD?ISH?]
Though not apparent, the story stunningly depicts how a child's experiences, surroundings and events around him come together to define his psychology; to create a dark refuge, a world of fantasy, ideals of peace and upholders of justice. This is one of the features which impressed me a lot.. how everything relating to the other world formed as a product of a child's mentality from something simple as his video games and his church visits.
The art is great. There is a prevalent of CG, nice sketches with well-defined proportions ( bishoujo, some pronounced curves but most within acceptable range) , good backgrounds and sharp graphics with good sense of color. The coloring scheme is mostly bright but it sways to some darkened, shaded or dim-lighted scenes for instance during urban gang-wars, graffiti scenes etc. Fan-service scenes abound, they're random but not absurd, and use of yellow caution tapes gives a distinctive feel. Fighting scenes aren't serious but more humorous in depiction. The animation is fluid and smooth. The soundtracks are good enough though nothing special. The OP 'Spread Wings' is great and EDs are fine.
The characters have been fleshed out well. Author has a strong understanding of the personalities he wants to depict and good insight.The male protagonists can swap personalities in the same body. The way male leads are introduced and developed each of them retains their individuality and defines his own behavior distinctly, despite being exchanged one after another. It is great (and also humorous). Their roles, their emotions and purpose is well defined, Takashi is a simple-shy-altruistic character, the usual hero kind but bound by some of his own troubles which he doesn't reveal. His coupling with the class beauty Asuka is so.. cliched. Hayato's cool delinquent appearance, arrogant attitude is not something new but his coupling with Naru sure is, its weird to go searching for a stupid bicycle witha girl every night. Chitose Shuusuke is the most lively male protagonist, he's the unpopular guy who gets involved with the weird Tamaizumi while lurking after many other girls. His actions, thoughts and developments seemed the most interesting. The random situations when he swaps personalities, his stupid conversations but skilled criticism and sudden outburst set him as among the best developed characters. The main attraction about the male protagonists is not about their characters but more abut how they exchange personalities and the situations they are in.
In contrast the female cast scores mainly due to characterization. Leave Asuka out of this, because apart from the scene where she beats the shit out of the protagonist there isn't much interesting. Naru's seemingly air-headed but actually a little weird and assertive (a personal opinion), she's lively and well portrayed. Tamaizumi, shines brighter in my opinion, a tsundere but sometimes dangerous and sometimes perverted; she has a fresh touch to herself. The minor cast may not have much development but a lot of them are very well-depicted and used.
For her anastrophe, also Alice I like.
The anime provides sort of a roller-coaster ride: you get interested, confused, frustrated and finally hooked. I think it is fairly enjoyable and has some queer taste. I liked it more when I watched it a second time, cause many events were clearer.
The initial impression may be fuzzy and queer but the final impression is great. The story is able to fulfill its purpose clearly in 12 episodes and hardly leaves many plot holes. Some events may be difficult to comprehend but the plot improves with each episode and has a good re-watch value (which is surprisingly due some of the confusion it creates). Definitely recommended for Romance-ecchi-harem fans, among the best and the innovative ones in the genre.
May 29, 2011
At the beginning, there were many things to throw people off during the ride, such as: random conversations, random segways, random overdose shots of blatant fan services; but I gripped onto the handle bar that is my sanity tight and I gotta say: MORE!!! (after every eps from 5 onward.)
THE THING ABOUT THIS IS THAT THERE IS NOT A SINGLE BORING MOMENT WITHIN THIS SERIES. As the anime progresses, everything about every points made during the ride converge onto one solid plot: the random conversations to distinguish the characters, the random segways made blends as the plot thickens, and cant say much about the fan service...it's an anime based on an Hgame.
I recommend this anime. This isn't the usual Hgame based storyline where the protagonist moved ti a town, pimps out all the girls there but couldn't do so back in his previous location, and lives to tell the story. This anime tells the story with many colorful casts with individual personalities as they traverse their roads toward one single focal point.
I'm riding this coaster the full way. read more
Aug 22, 2011
Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai (or We Without Wings – Under the Innocent Sky) might fool everyone into thinking that this series is nothing but a generic harem theme show centered around three guys and their swarm of moe girls – true, and there is a lot of panty shots and even borderline hentai scenes and it didn’t help that the first episode is full of confusion with the presentation of all three male characters each has his own story and harem and is seemingly completely unrelated to each other. Viewers with enough patience and tolerance though on the extremely high number of seemingly pointless fanservice shots every 3-5min will find the next couple of episodes still the same thing until around episode 4 when something is hinted at the final moments…all of the sudden the series began to make sense and became so much interesting to watch.
For those viewers who have no idea but is interested in knowing what is happening on the main character Haneda Takashi, he is most likely suffering a psychiatric disorder that is keenly close to what is called “Dissociative Identity Disorder.” A major feature of this disorder is the existence of two or more personalities or identities that take control of the person’s behavior. The person, or “host,” is unaware of the other personalities, but the other personalities may be aware of each other in varying degrees. 
[see below for some notes]
The series attempts with varying success to connect the different stories of the many different personalities inside of Haneda Takashi and made a fairly satisfying conclusion. It is sad that the ending is an open ended meaning the viewers wouldn’t see an official couple at the end, but I think it’s good in the sense that knowing how many girls are involved on the many different personalities, each a very strong candidate as the “worthy girl” it will surely a heartache to see them all cry.
The animation of the series is not very sharp indicating that this series may be a small budgeted one. Motion fluidity isn’t that good either as character movements look very unnatural and somewhat suffering from poor frame rate. In addition, the environment is not detailed and the character designs look generic. The good thing about the animation though is the girls, they are very cute and sexy looking which looks really nice and is probably the main reason why the series has to many fanservice/panty shots, simply put it – the girls have great assets which they aren’t shy exposing to the camera.
The music and the opening and ending are pretty decent to listen but not something that is worth listening too every episode. The series contains forgettable but decent BGMs to supplement the animation scenes. Voice acting is pretty unnatural with most of the girls but somehow it matches their character designs and personalities so kudos to the voice actresses for doing a very good job altering their voices to meet the desired voices of the characters they are portraying.
The series has a fairly huge amount of characters, the viewers can see why: The many personalities of the main character each has his own story and adventure to tell and each of them has fairly unique meetings and interactions with a lot of people (ahem mostly girls!). Viewers looking for character development may be disappointed on this especially if they become attached to a particular character, it is a given, but the series made a very good job in giving this characters their very own brief moments that is worthwhile to watch.
Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai is a fairly unique find. Granted it has everything what a generic harem and fanservice focus anime has, still it did a good job incorporating a story that focuses on a particular psychiatric disorder that is quite believable and made it in such a way that is entertaining and fun to watch in some extent. Highly recommended for viewers who like fanservice/ecchi themed series that has a fair bit of romance, some intrigue, and of course large amount of panty shots.
 The text is taken from the “Psychiatric Nursing, Mosby, Third Edition” by Keltner, Schwecke, and Bostrom
 Additional reading can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissociative_identity_disorder
 A Hollywood movie with similar theme can be found here: Identity (2003) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0309698/
 An anime that exhibit an almost similar disorder found in this series is the character “Shiki” from “Kara no Kyoukai”.
 Pls. note that I’m not really sure if Haneda is suffering from the said disorder. I’m a registered nurse (not a physician) but I’m not specialized in Pyschiatric Nursing (I’m practicing Medical Intensive Care), so whatever I wrote in this review may not be correct at all. In addition to Haneda, there are also some characters that may be suffering from psychiatric like-disorder: Ootori Kakeru is somewhat suffering the same disorder like Haneda but to a lesser extent;
 Asuka Wataranai is hinted that at some point in her childhood she suffered a disorder but most likely just “imaginary friend” which occurs fairly normal to a developing child (but not her age in the scenes where she describes to Haneda about her past). Additional reading here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imaginary_friend
Sep 17, 2012
This show has a horrible start, due to it over pushing fanservice, flipping through so many new faces you can't keep your head straight and having a little girl say horribly adult things. Which is it's main downfall, as well as some moments coming off cheesey, and a lot of what goes on just does not make sense.
See the thing is, it's not supposed to. In hindsight, everything was well done, made sense and worked. But if you don't finish the show, you will not feel this way.
It's crazy to say, but I've never watched an anime like this, and I highly doubt I ever will again. It really makes you think and is not for someone just wanting a fluffy light harem comedy. As much as this appears to be one, that is not at all what it ends up being. Yes, you have to be comfortable with fanservice (see my list filled with ecchi) & good with keeping plot lines straight in your head. This show is to be focused on, or the main plot (which is hard to grab hold of) will fly right over your head.
I finished the last episode feeling extremely satisfied, the last three or four episodes completely making up for the first bit of insane jumbled madness. I have no regrets watching it.
I can't recommend this to everyone. It's a niche within a niche. It's Durarara meets To LoveRU meets Elfin Lied meets Pani Poni Dash.
In short, if you can get through it, get through it and you will be so glad you did. read more
Nov 6, 2011
Story: Yes it looks like the generic harem except now it is about 3 guys surrounded by a bunch of cute girls. Also there are also bunch of funny moments and yes the point of view keeps switching around and it just become quite confusing. The point of view keeps changing between the 3 main characters and it feels like what the hell is going on? Well this is a harem and fanservice filled anime, but I will throw in the word psychological too. Now while watching try to remember this little spoiler hint word: psychological.
Art: Well since it is another harem/ecchi anime, the girls are all cute, beautiful, and those falls where you're just blast PANTYSHOTS PANTYSHOTS PANTYSHOTS! The fanservice is in every episode so don't be so surprised by it. But I have to admit that the characters are all well drawn and they look fabulous.
Sound: The soundtrack is great. I love it, the OP starting with "spread wings" and other endings like "Paranoia" and "neverland" all of the songs are quite great and fun to listen to. I really loved all of the OP and ED songs so yeah the soundtrack was great. Also the voices are really helpful as they don't all sound alike.
Character: Well...there is somewhat a character development surrounding all three male protagonist and their respective heroines. But overall there is not much character development. There is a large cast though, but those supporting characters are just here to spice things up, but not for plot or character development as much.
Enjoyment: Well,I wasn't satisfied with this anime nor was I disappointed with it. So I guess I would feel something like in between. It is a pretty cute story overall though. BUT it may take awhile before you can actually get the big picture. This anime is really like a jigsaw puzzle, or a riddle. You have to watch a lot of it before you actually go AH! I know what is the answer. Well most of the early episodes will seem random and confusing but that ah moment will come soon. Also it is filled with a lot of funny moments of course so it is pretty fun to watch as new surprises is practically around every corner of this anime series. If you're not patient enough with this anime, and not to determine to watch it through I would say that it would seem pretty dull because of the first few episodes, but I am telling to just endure it for awhile and watch it through and you'll feel pretty happy that you watched the whole series. Well hope you enjoy! read more
Nov 17, 2012
So it's about these 3 guys. Takashi Haneda, Shūsuke Chitose, and Hayato Narita. These are the protagonists. They all have odd jobs, they all have women confronting them one after the other. So your typical harem anime. What sets the story apart is that it brings a sort of supernatural element to the whole "from another world" aspect. The ladies... aren't a huge deal, so I'll get back to them later, but the overall plot and story revolves around the guys. We start off with Haneda, the timid guy who has a "girlfriend". He seems allright. Then we get to Chitose, the over excited, girl crazy part time worker. And last, theirs Narita. The apathetic handyman who knows everyone. Now I don't want to spoil anything, but these guys are obviously conneted somehow. The story takes a bit to get off the ground, I think it was around episode 5 or 6 that actually explained a bit of the point of this crazy harem. But please, stick around for a bit. It sure as hell gets interesting. I give this bizarre story a 6 (yes, I know I didn't really talk about the story that much, I'm sorry)
There are a ton of characters in this show, it's almost hard to keep track of them all. But here I go.
First off, the guys again:
Takashi Haneda, he is one of the main guys in the show. His overall personality is pretty basic. He's shy, gets along with everyone, and when someone threatens him, he tries to resolve the situation as simply as possible. Moving on.
Shūske Chitose, the pervert of the group who is quite smart and reliable at times. Yes, the stereotypical "Pervert but I still like him" character is this guy, although he is good for a laugh or two in the show. Overall, I did find him to be the most enjoyable characters to watch.
And Hayato Narita, the apathetic cool guy that everyone loves. While Narita was definitely the most interesting, he was also the most annyoing. When their was a fight scene, he would kindly try and resolve it without violence. But, nothing wrong with that.
Most of the ladies are pretty much the same:
Hiyoko Tamaizumi, the tsundere of the series, she give off the cool and collected vibe, but she totally digs Chitose. Considering their was about 8 or 9 ladies in the show, she was the least annoying. Tamaizumi is the novelist who can't seem to find a break, getting mostly negative feedback, she finds comfort in Chitose who is the only one who likes her books.
Naru Ohtori, the girl who is missing something and needs help. Yes, in this show, that plot is stretched almost to the end as Narita helps her find her missing bike. Although there is a good laugh or two when she appears, she has the almost moe vibe until she starts mentioning her fetish.
Asuka Watarai, on a whim, said she would be Hanedas boyfriend. Pretending to not really care, Watarai is the girl who gets upset whenever Haneda doesn't feel like hanging out. Watarai I feel, wasn't shown all that much, giving her the "friend who secretly likes him" vibe, even though they're dating.
Overall, I give the characters a 4, reason being that they're was too many, and they didn't spend enough time showing them.
My enjoyment was put to the test here. I would be wondering, "Should I really be watching this scene with a smile?". Yes there were awkward times, stupid times, and really unnecessary times, but that's what makes a harem. The fact that I lasted through the show should indicate the fact that I must have enjoyed it just a bit. I will say, it has good points, and bad ones. But you have to watch the entire series in order to fully enjoy them. I give enjoyment a 6.
The big picture is this: If it says harem, it's a harem. No, but seriously, Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai (or We Without Wings) is a show that you can't base it by it's cover. You really have to see into a show in order to find it's good points, and when you get a show like this, it can be quite hard to find the good points, but once you get to the end, it's well worth the ride. It is hard to talk about a show like this. I'm not even sure really how to describe it. It's just a show that you have to see, and you're going to have to take my word for it. Like I've stated before though, it does have good points. We Without Wings is a show I'm alright with saying I've watched. Overall though, I give it a 6. I think that's the best rating I can give a show this bizarre. read more
Jun 24, 2011
To be fair, this show’s initial few episodes was very underwhelming, with very little things to note or to catch interest. It’s probably because of how the story seemed so all over the place, which made those initial few episodes feel very “lost”. And not to mention the nauseating fanservice, ugh (=_=); . After those first few episodes, though, things were straightened out rather quickly, and the story becomes surprisingly better. The fanservice was still there, but the plot itself starts to piece together slowly. In hindsight, a lot of the stuff that happened early on in the series makes so much more sense after seeing the major conflicts near the end. It really wasn’t until the revelation about the multiple personalities that the plot began to become much more compelling.
What I did appreciate about this series is that it tried to maintain a sense of seriousness and light-hearted moments, and while it tried to do it in a very unconventional, perverted-joke focused manner, this series created an admirable balance between the two. It’s not quite as good as how other series have been going about this balance (such as Steins;Gate), but the series does know how to transition between the serious and not-so-serious moments.
What I also liked about this series is how it didn’t spoonfeed everything to the viewers like a lot of modern anime do, and instead made you actually think a bit. The creators here followed the classic “show it, don’t tell it” dogma, and showed us the actual disconnect between reality and fantasy worlds via imagery and actual in-story events. It was really up to the viewer to piece together the puzzle, which actually made the series somewhat thought provoking at times. The series may have been confusing at times, but it’s probably because the writers didn’t make everything obvious, and actually required some thought to figure out the situation at hand. All in all, the story was strikingly well done (especially considering the harem-setup here), and the unique portrayal of the main character(s) added a real sense of reality and impact to the series as a whole.
As for the huge (perhaps even fatal) weakness to this series, is that while I understood what the fanservice scenes actually meant by the end of the series, that still made all of the fanservice scenes extremely unnecessary. It’s really pointless to have “fanservice with significance” if everybody will drop the series before they even figure out why it makes sense in the first place…
As for the other iffy issue about this series, it would definitely have to do with the main cast as a whole. While I enjoyed watching the interactions of the main cast for the most part, there were some characters that really, really, really needed more development. This series had a huge cast of characters, which led to some of them being very underdeveloped and in sore need of attention. Oh, and there were characters that I thought were really, really boring and generic (such as Takashi); that could have certainly used a bit of improvement. That, and the plot’s pacing was a bit too fast at times to let things really sink in.
In the end, this series wasn’t the best out there, but it definitely is underrated after all things are considered. It’s really the fanservice that makes this series extremely iffy, but if you could get past that, the plot could actually surprise you quite a bit. Admittingly, it seems that 12 episodes was not enough time to fully develop a good chunk of the characters in this series, which with a bit more buildup and development, would have made this series much better. A lot of the characters were pretty fun guys when all is said and done, and while some of the scenes in this anime are on the ridiculous side, the story itself was definitely one of the more well written and unique ones for this season.
Overall Enjoyment: 7.4/10 (rounded down to a 7 on MAL) read more
Mar 29, 2012
Okay. I have watched hundreds of school life romance and visual novel or eroge game based anime, and this one is HORRIBLY BAD.
Not only does it produce more fanservice than is needed, it totally, totally does not provide anywhere near enough explanation for practically everything in the show. I want to understand it without playing the game, please.
My view may be biased, mainly because Shuffle, which came from the same company, is my all time favorite anime, and Oretachi had me EXTREMELY hyped when i found out about it on my birthday, when the first episode aired. It was such a letdown in so many ways, lacking drama, sense, or anything the Navel game must FOR SURE have in it, that I just can't ever give it any sort of decent rating. There is even a random scene where they just start banging, out of nowhere, in the anime. Okay, if i wanted to see that, I would play the game. Why would you do this?!? Despite the potential to have very compelling characters and a great story, due to the short 13 episode set not much was able to be put together efficiently. This anime is bad. Playing the game would 100% be a better choice. Completely forgettable story, decent characters, too much fanservice, and a muddled delivery. Perhaps it would have been much better in a 24 episode set like Shuffle, so they can convey the storyline more gradually rather than all at once.
The good parts are so obscenely outweighed by the horrible parts that they just seem to linger in the background, while the badness comes at you full force. Navel, if you plan on making any more anime, can you make something that isn't a huge mess condensed into 13 episodes?!? Don't make your complicated eroge storylines into an anime unless its 24 eps and has time to devote to every heroine. Even Shuffle felt like it could use a bit more expansion on certain characters, and it already had 24 episodes to use.
Anyways I apologize if you liked this anime. I may be biased as I said, and I had come to expect more from the people who made the awesome Shuffle and less-appreciated-but-still-darn-good Soul Link. read more
Jun 25, 2011
This is one of those anime based on a novel simulator, but with a somewhat different story, because it involves the main character with three different personalities. The game is produced by Navel (Shouffle!) and the direction the anime is done by Shinji Ushiru, the director of the Campanella Shukufuku. There are also manga being published in various magazines throughout Japan The story about a boy who has multiple personalities (apparently 4), but three stand out: Takashi Haneda, Narita and Hayato Shuusuke Chitose. The story unfolds with a complicated plot and scenes packed with fanservice, each personality has a group of friends and a special girl, over the episodes, the stories will be crossing and in episode 11 no longer has its own history
What I saw:
Oretsuba was not one of those works that excel in understanding of who attends, is right in trying to be non-sense and show a lot of panties and bras out there. It's a bit difficult to make an analysis of the anime, because I really did not understand a damn thing this story pointless and extremely stressed. It starts bad, gets ugly in their own half and goes through the penultimate episode as the largest Japanese crap I've ever seen. It's ridiculous when you see the officers trying to solve all the problems in the last two episodes, 10 episodes of which were full of bitching and no history. What's the fun of a lot of heroines delayed offering to the main character? Does the game is as bad as the anime? I do not know!
You can watch Oretsuba another 10 times and still not understand bulhufas pretty common in a non-sense of quality, a non-sense that does not really make sense and make the audience laugh and think "What the fuck" thing that this design does not cause: You do not questioned nor fun. I honestly do not know how I endured (even with an umlaut!) Follow the anime for this long, like a story made by me in writing classes; legal traveled for 10 episodes and wanted to be smart in the last 2 episodes.
NOTE: My essays are like that!
The closing song and the male characters. The dash and the image also
The opening song, the story itself, the final development, the girls chat and the creator of the blog comments!
NOTE: 35/100. As the Lords of Metal: Basically a bunch of horse manure, but not really disastrous.
IMPORT: No way
Season 2? : Only if you sell it. I would not see
LIKE: I think nothing, at least nothing that has seen
Osb2: If my comments are exceptions, I apologize, because maybe they just do not understand it ...
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Apr 7, 2011
The overall story seems solid and it has good modern comic relief, the artwork is very good and detailed, flashy at times ( especially during a cute ecchi moment) and yet has a modern abstract twist at times.
the music has more of a blues rock feel to it modern as the rest of the anime - the opening a tune by a so-called - DJ Conrad, has a pleasant tune and the background music to most scenes are just perfect. The anime was well put together from artwork to story line to music, to character design. A good anime to keep an eye on. I've not read the comic but I can tell by this first episode that this will be a winner. read more
May 21, 2011
Rated the story 8 because the story is unique and can be very intriguing. First it felt it would be like those "Slice of Life" animes but when you continue watching, it gets more interesting but sometimes it would be ecchi, random and funny so I guess this anime wouldn't be so boring to watch. With the story getting more interesting, I just don't know what will happen next, because like I told you, sometimes it gets random. Most of the Episode's ending can make you want to know what happens next n thus also making it more interesting.
The Art of this anime is Great, I mean the characters, the clothes, the hair are very well made. Also, the environment is great too, lots of places were shown but all of them are greatly done and also with the background. The art is just great.. they have very nice shading, coloring etc, all perfect for each scene.
Sounds of the anime are very good. The voices of each character fits them perfectly, voices of the Cute characters, Cool characters, Serious characters, Innocent chracters, etc etc etc. The sound effects are also very good, even with the prop sounds(e.g. the bongos, the radio thing, etc). The music too, this anime has good background music that goes well with the scenes, for the OP and ED song... I dunno what the lyrics mean yet but it feels like it goes well with the anime.
I love how each character is made, each and every character just have their different and unique personality, attitude, characteristics, style, likes, hates, etc. There are those Cool characters, Crazy characters, Cute characters, Innocent characters, Kind characters, Stupid-looking characters, 1 LOLI character(well.. there might be others), etc. There might be a character here you might love since there are lots of different kinds in the anime. All of them just have their style, their hair, their clothes, eyes, voices, etc, all of it fits them very well(well thats what i think). All very well made characters, I just love how different and unique each character is.
Besides the ecchi scenes, i enjoyed most of the episodes. The anime could get Random, Funny, Serious, Shocking, Confusing, It just keeps getting interesting each passing episode. But i never knew i would enjoy this anime though since the first episode was kinda dull and that's why they put lots of ecchi scenes in the first few episodes. But... is the ecchi scenes getting lesser and lesser? eh.. I love intriguing stories anyways. So anyways, you might enjoy this anime because of the ecchi scenes, the characters, or the story.
I'm not really sure if I should rate the overall a 9 since I reviewed the anime from the episodes 1-7 so i dunno if the upcoming episodes will surprise me or just disappoint me. It should have been 8 though but since the score is 8,9,8,9,9. Anyways this anime very good so far but with this kind of story, I'm not even sure how the anime will end AND isn't 12 episodes too short? I mean with this story it should have like maybe 20 or more episodes. Hmph... can't do anything about it. Soooo yeah... you might like the characters of the anime or the story or maybe you just want to see some ecchi scenes so just try to watch the anime, you might love it, like it or hate it. Eh..everyone has their taste of anime. I started liking the anime though.
Since I made this review after watching episode 7, all i want to say about it is that... they sure had lots of cake!!!! Where..! let me say it again.. WHERE In the heck did they get all those cakes??? And worst part is.. they just wasted all of it TT^TT but since it was like WAR or like a Cake War then it's fine since i love war. Wanted to throw a cake or two hehe :D read more
Jun 15, 2011
Apr 7, 2013
This is what I like about this anime that it actually makes you do some brain work other than speculating on the plot while enjoying its well made artwork. I believe it is necessary for a good anime to balance its plot with its artwork in order for it to be appealing.
May 21, 2011
Apr 16, 2012
It holds one of my favorite things (not saying because it's a big spoiler) Overall it's a good past time anime that can make you laugh a lot. It's enjoyable and of course as many animes there is fan service. Sometimes more than what is called for.
Mar 18, 2012
Hai! Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai review, hajimatte yo~!
err well... ahahaha i haven't write any review in a while, today review was pretty less? well anyways just read it ok? ~tehe~
umm the themes is pretty interesting it has damn ecchi, fanservice, and multiple personality. ahahaha pls set aside multiple personality tehehehe...
Takashi is a boy who plans to escape to another world, but is held back by thoughts of his younger sister Kobato and girlfriend Asuka. Shusuke is a poor part-timer who has to work with student-author Hiyoko in spite of their initial dislike for each other. and what is it? umm ahhh.. would you wtch this anime yourself? i bet you like it! VERY MUCH! *kyaaaaa* read more