For Kanade Amakusa, life as a high schooler should have been normal, and it would have been—if he wasn't living with the most ridiculous curse imaginable. “Absolute Choice," a system forced upon him by a self-proclaimed god, randomly presents a mental selection of actions that he must act out based on his choice. To add to his dilemma, it tends to occur in the most public of places, and his options never seem to deviate from the rude and crude in nature.
As a result, the helpless boy stresses through each day, fumbling to repair his already tarnished reputation while desperately praying to avoid the next spontaneous episode of Absolute Choice. To his dismay, the one in charge is always one step ahead of him and proceeds to not-so-subtly "choice" him into the lives of several girls at his school. Just when Kanade's school life can’t seem to be doomed any further, a decision that he reluctantly selects on the way home sends a beautiful girl crashing down from the sky, along with the promise of more hysterically hellish choices.
Life is a series of choices. Even now, as you’re reading this, many choices are being made.
“Now you there, work up the courage and choose. The very important and necessary choice that will change all of our futures.”
1: Read the rest of the review.
2: Do not read the rest of the review.
Well, if you kept reading I’m assuming you picked number 1 and decided to read my review about Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru aka My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering With My School Romantic Comedy aka Noucome, I’ll be referring to it as Noucome for both yours and my sake.
The review will be spoiler-free so some things that I point out may seem a bit oblivious but I don’t really want to spoil anything for those who’d like to watch this.
This anime is about a boy named Kanade Amakusa who’s a high school student however he suffers from a curse called “Absolute Choice”. This curse does exactly what is sounds like, it forces our main character to choose from a series of options, these options will interfere with the way he and the things around him happen and interact, with many of the choices he’s faced with being completely self-degrading and humiliating. Amakusa eventually comes across a choice wether he wants his neighbor or a beautiful girl to fall from the sky. He chose the second option and that’s where he meets Chocolat, who eventually starts living with him.
As you can guess, this is essentially a comedy anime with a very simple yet effective plot.
The other main characters are with Kanade, the Rejected Five, it includes Yukihira Furano, a girl with a particular interesting sense of humor and who likes to abuse Kanade by calling him all sorts of things and Ouka Yuuouji, your typical happy-go-lucky and really cheerful girl. They’re pretty much the school “weirdos” and the people with which Kanade spends the most time.
All the characters have some kind of special trait that distinguishes them from the others, are carefully animated and above all really really funny. Whether it’s from an Absolute Choice, Furano’s sense of humor, Yuuouji’s lack of shame or even Chocolat’s lack of common sense you’re bound to crack a smile or, tons of laughs as the humor is really well executed and not really repetitive.
You eventually discover one or two little twists about these characters and get introduced to even more characters as Kanade is forced to do missions to get rid of his curse, these missions mainly include an interaction of some sort with the cast. If Kanade fails one these missions, he’ll be stuck with the “Absolute Choice” forever, it’s also in these missions and interactions that most of the character development comes from.
The art in Noucome is not extraordinary but it doesn’t put the anime behind either, it matches with the light-hearted and colorful style of the anime. I didn’t notice any kind of lazy animation or lack of detail in any scene. The background scenes also look pretty nice.
The sound is appropriate but not really that amazing, the OP and ED songs are generic and the BGMs are also pretty standard, not really anything that makes me go up or down. It simply is appropriate for the kind of Romantic/Comedy anime we’re talking about.
I can say that I really enjoyed Noucome, it didn’t really felt rushed and was overall a really pleasant experience that made me laugh way more than one time per episode. All the characters were unique and funny, the art was really good and the plot was the perfect setup for a Romcom like this.
If you like Romcoms then I definitely recommend you to watch Noucome, I promise you won’t regret it.
And now, as I bid a farewell to all of you;
1: Rate this review as helpful.
2: Rate this review as not helpful.
3: Don’t do anything.
“He’s already seen my panties twice, and even touched me there… I’ll just have to marry him…” (ep. 9).
Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru is easily the #1 anime of Fall 2013. A lot of people would love to disagree with that statement, but let me explain. You need to have refined tastes in order to fully enjoy Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru. If you're a heretic who cries at every instance possible to complain about boobies and panties, well... this anime will be making you cry. On the other hand, if you watch anime with a laid-back attitude and you soak in all of the nuances that it has to offer, you will definitely like Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru.
The crux of Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru's plot is its comedy (well gee, it's not like the title gave it away or anything). The story revolves around Kanade Amakusa, a boy who carries a curse. His curse is that, at random moments, a God-like entity will come into his mind and force him to say embarrassing things or commit heinous acts. Thus, his "mental choices completely interfere with his school romantic comedy". Not to worry though, as although Kanade acts like a nut in every other scene, the truckload of girls that surround him are just as ridiculous.
Every single female character in Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru is fantastic. How do you say "extremely varied cast" in Italian? Because that's exactly what was present in this anime. No two girls are similar, no girl is generic, and all of the girls are cute. God it just makes you want to hug them all. Chocolat, Furano, Reikadou "Silicon" Ayame, the Super Imouto, the Seito Kaichou... there are too many great girls to list in this anime. I tried to limit only one female character from Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru to put in my Favorite Characters list, and let me tell you; that wasn't easy.
In fact, a quick interlude---let me give you a sample of what this anime's all about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifKK8fjk3tI
Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru is extremely ridiculous, as can be seen in that video (that video also happens to be my FAVORITE scene in the entire anime). However, that is also why it does so well. The comedy is so on point, so clever, and most important of all, so NATURAL. Never does Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru try too hard to be funny. You can tell the producers had a great time with this one (think back to the Erabe-god's laugh; god that was amazing).
Technically Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru follows Kanade Amakusu's quest to get rid of his "Mental Choices" curse; however, let's be real. The "story" is a pile of crap. Instead, the producers use that as quality comedy-fodder. From his mental choices, hilarious situations ensue. Just from reading the synopsis I could already tell Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru was going to have a stupid plot. Fear not, as Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru doesn't mind that it doesn't have a plot, we as the viewers shouldn't either. Just sit back, relax, and soak in the comedy of this anime.
You want to know how an anime qualifies as "perfect"? When it makes you laugh your ass off every episode; that's how. Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru single-handedly made my Wednesdays something to look forward to, and it was the only Fall 2013 anime to do so (I would usually put off the other simulcasts until I had more time to watch them, but not with this anime). And now, you too have a choice to make... to watch Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru, or not to watch Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru?
p.s. If you picked the second option... well, the Erabe-god will be laughing at you too.read more
How we are able to comprehend something that is inherently dumb and insipid in shows such as these are let loose into the anime medium has always made me wonder what drives us into having such a thing as guilty pleasures. Now, when you imagine a show with those two terms in my mind, could you ever imagine a show like that trying to put in deep themes of free-will and choice into consideration? The answer to that question would be yes... and no.
Yes because something like Ore no Nounai, and no I refuse to spell out the absurdly long title, could've been thought out by writers just like in any kind of imaginative process of writing out ideas for shows. On the other hand, no because it would be impossible for an absurd RomCom like this to try to implement these kinds of themes perfectly, or at least it would take the skill of a talented writer to actually pull that off. Which, sadly, isn't the case for Ore no Nounai; but that's not to say it doesn't have its charming moments in some areas.
The major emphasis that the show really wants to drive its plot towards is the notion of how our lives are often being created by ourselves through the choices we make in them. Since this is a RomCom, our bland perverted protagonist is confronted with many choices that threaten his social status from girls around him, hence the title. Already the logic that is thrown at us is beyond erratic and not given much thought into how the "Absolute Choice" works exactly. For comedy's sake, there is an unfortunate lack of wit to the humor that these choices give to the audience in the sense that: Why are there mostly only two choices? For the record, most of the choices that are shown to Kanade aren't very imaginative or creative to say the least. When you have this opportunity to think of what you want the humor to go through, you need to bring out the big guns or else it'll just become tedious after a while.
Where the comedy does work is through some of the character interactions that do not involve the choice system. The chemistry between the girls and Kanade isn't the greatest because of how the girls don't leave much of an impression. There are definitely exceptions to this, them being Yukihira and Chocolat. Yukihira does come across as a vapid dandere character until she finally comes out of her shell and we get to really see what she actually is and thanks to the surprisingly well-done performance of new-comer Yui Kondou, who gives Yukihira a really funny mood swing-type of vibe to her archetype that works quite smoothly. Chocolat gives a larger-than-life personality to Ore no Nounai, despite her cliched nature when she is first introduced. While not as unique as Yukihira, her presence provides some nice needed wholehearted fun to the comedy and story.
RomCom protagonists that are generally considered entertaining, or more specifically not annoying, are a rarity and Kanade is no exception to this fact. Not everything that he does or says are immediate eye-rolls, there are a few notable moments where he is quite humorous, but he eventually does go full force into bland, stereotypical protagonist territory where he acts extremely against the odds of what a normal teenager in the real world would react. This kind of thing would be done good in a comedic sense if the jokes weren't stuff that we have already seen on countless shows like Ore no Nounai and doesn't do anything with them than just copy and paste them into the narrative.
Inevitably, the artwork tries its best to make the girls look the cutest and sexiest that they can be. They definitely succeeded in this domain in giving a lot of emphasis in coloring the characters that make them very easy to identify and help us remember a particular part of their design. The amount of blushing skin was a pretty nice touch in escalating the sexual tension from looking at the girls and their cute blushing faces. The sporadic animation helps in giving the humor some great traditional face reactions that we are used to in anime. However, there were moments where CG was used in some cars in a few scenes that looked pretty dreadful but thankfully there's not much to be remembered in infamy for.
The quality of the music can be construed as underwhelming in the actual show itself with your typical synthesizers, but the opening delivers a great song in showcasing the tone of the show as a whole. Even though the actual opening is quite lazy in how it was choreographed, the song at least fits well to the things going on in the opening. However, I found myself a bit perplexed in how the ending song was put into production for Ore no Nounai. It didn't fit very well to the tone in that it felt like it was more fitted into an action show than a romantic comedy.
Surely, Ore no Nounai will be looked at as a strange attempt in trying to milk the high school comedy genre into grinding into slightly new territory. The result wasn't as fulfilling as the initial premise was shown before being released, but that shouldn't suggest that the show is of terrible quality. There isn't anything inherently offensive or needlessly degrading to anyone's intelligence, or at least the people who try to think too hard about it. It is convoluted as all hell in its subject matter and doesn't even bother to push it any further than what it generally tries to be another ecchi comedy. The fact that I'm even talking about how we look at ecchi comedies in anime in a different spectrum is at least a hopeful note in the future.
Note: This review may appear quite long, but its structure doesn't force you to read everything, so please give it a fair try (;
Imagine a life where nothing happens...
Imagine unspectacular schooldays, getting up early, disputing with your little sister at the breakfast table, chatting with friends about trivial issues, learning stuff you won't need to consider ever again in the future, going shopping on the way home, and finally fall into bed utterly exhausted as if the world has changed, but in reality you just repeat the same cycle over and over...
Escaping this kind of monotonous life is not as hard as you might believe, but one ability is indispensable in doing so: the ability to make choices. First off, everyone can swim along with the mainstream, not choosing anything on their own, and therefore repeating their everyday life. You have to realize all the possibilities to make choices which directly affect your future, most of them not even noticeable and done basically automatically. To stress the importance of choices even more, you will begin to recognize their relevance just by reading this review. Have you heard of "game books" before? Providing a formidable way to directly influence the course of the story, you will find this review having the same option to choose your own course.
Why do I start with this explanation about choice-making, and how does it influence the actual anime we are talking about? In order to start,
read on at -5-. If you aren't fond of making even the first choice here, and you also have the guts to defy this anime's god, the master of choices, proceed at -10-.
Typical for newer anime, the art consists of detailed and distinguishable character parts and overall colourful backgrounds. The animation is rather ordinary, but that's fairly normal for the genre at hand, so there's no problem to get accustomed as viewer. All in all the characters keep their moe-looking appearances and please our eyes in many ways.
To change into the Sound part, head for -4-, otherwise continue at -6-.
As is often the case with RomComs, we have an above-average popular guy trying to keep his life in order while also having to deal with the distinctive cast of females around him. In this anime the guy's name is Kanade Amasuka; a boy who would actually possess a rather boring and average personality if it wasn't for the curse of "Absolute choice": a list of possible choices appearing right in front of his inner eye at the most inconvenient times. If you are familiar with visual novels, you will recognize this idea's origin at once. And guess what, these choices practically always force Kanade to perform highly embarrassing acts in front of his classmates. So why doesn't he just ignore this choice-making? Well, there's this peculiar being called "God" causing him immense pain upon not deciding. The same God also provides the only way for Kanade to cure his curse, namely by completing missions. Does he choose to fulfil them all, regardless of what consequences it may have for his future social life? To stress the romance part of the anime and in order to get Kanade more sensible on this matter, these missions consist of dealing with various girls in not too normal ways.
If you want to know more about the female cast, venture forward to -7-, for just a small summary go to -12-.
The sound as well as the music are neither memorable nor anything special, rather simply the usual light-hearted tone suited for any school comedy. OP and ED are standard as well... but at least the handstand performance sticks out. The seiyuus are performing their assigned roles without apparent fault, and although they sometimes miss the final spark of emotion, I enjoyed listening to their diversified voices a lot.
That's it for sound, so either change into the Animation part (-2-), or continue at -6-.
Ah, welcome. You've just done the first step in order to get to know this particular anime.
Don't be confused by its exceedingly long name, "Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru" (engl. "My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering With My School Romantic Comedy"), usually shortened to NouCome. Adapted from a light novel of the same name, the title is summarizing the plot quite well actually. Therefore, you can expect a solid RomCom with a main character suffering over having to deal with all kind of choices he has to make.
If you aren't fond of RomComs or students doing embarrassing and crazy stuff, you can either try to sit through and change your mind about this genre, or you cut a long story short and skip right to the conclusion at -15-. Otherwise you get acquainted with the main character at -3-.
The enjoyment watching this anime won't reach any limit, if and only if you can cope with the general idea of visual novels, RomComs and don't mind fan service in a measurable, but not immoderate way. Coming this far through the review, you are most likely getting along with this idea and will eventually enjoy NouCome to the same great extent I did.
See, to mark the occasion, god just decided to eliminate the second choice, so there's only one way to go on... that would be -15-.
As with every good RomCom, you need to have a multifaceted bunch of girls providing a diversified view of the romance aspect. This cast consists of three main heroines and roughly the same amount of side characters. Within Kanade's class, we have the white-haired Yukihira Furano, a shy and more silent type who doesn't miss a chance to call him by insulting names. She has a strange kind of humour, and doesn't show it nearly as openly as Ouka Yuuouji, the class' cheerful airhead who is constantly participating in every joke and acting quite frankly around Kanade. "There's no point in doing something boring."... a statement that would describe her life fairly well.
Kanade, Yukihira and Ouka are also part of the so called "Reject 5", a group of the school's oddballs due to their overly antisocial behaviour. Since Kanade is forced to be in this group by the deeds of his curse, you can assume that he wants to escape his fate and therefore has a reason to complete his missions. The curse also provides him with human help in form of a beautiful sweets-loving girl suddenly falling from the sky upon him choosing it. She names herself Chocolat and causes Kanade to change even his life at home in many ways. Since she lacks some common sense, his life doesn't get that much easier even with the help of her knowledge regarding the curse.
All in all, these main characters deliver a lot of fun throughout the whole anime, and the curse provides the needed freshness to get hooked immediately. If you feel that you haven't read enough character outline yet, go on to -11-, otherwise you may also proceed with Animation (-2-) or Sound (-4-).
You defied god, your fate's 'bout to change
And no one dares to enter your range
There is pain up ahead
And no mercy instead
Your surrounding's slowly getting strange
With your senses going on decline
Barely managing to see a shine
Of a more blurry life
Nearly devoid of strife
Only one way remains, go to -9-
Decisions can save a lot of time
But only ones not including crime
You have to seize the chance
Which promotes the advance
Like I did when deciding this rhyme
The whole world of anime just right
Within your comedy-yearning sight
With NouCome on top
Not your average flop
So now head to -14-, keep the fight
So, you regard yourself special enough to defy god and the world's rules? I will give you one last chance to correct the taken path by turning round, now aiming for -13-.
Otherwise fasten your seat belts and continue at -8-.
More about the characters, eh? If you read these lines, then there's no denying you are already quite interested in this anime. A picture is worth a thousand words, and there's nothing inhibiting you to start watching it right after you finished reading this review. Female side characters include a little sister type, an abnormal teacher and the student council, and everyone gets enough time to come into their own. Experience them for yourself.
Story and characters define an anime, but without the framework of Animation (-2-) and Sound (-4-) they couldn't support themselves properly. So choose...
Eh... so you really thought that short summaries are sufficient enough to describe women? Don't get any false impressions of life.
If you are now ready for the "normal" female review, turn to -7-, otherwise you may continue with Animation (-2-) or Sound (-4-).
There's no fault in trying to swim against the current. Sadly though, nearly every world in confined by rules, and therefore you mustn't quail if a choice doesn't bear fruit. Other choices are awaiting you in your life as well as in this review, so turn your attention to -5-.
But regardless, there's one thing to mention
Some time ago, you turned your attention
To anime and more
And that's the perfect door
To be able to grasp the dimension
And so I hope for you to forge ahead
To escape this loop, conquer your dread
choose anime once more
don't care about the score
you've got time, head to -9-, relieve your head
(Only read the following lines if you have completely understood the poem's intention, otherwise head to -9- as described!)
The first version of this review wouldn't have contained any escape routes out of this loop. But after getting the possibility to contemplate your actions, there isn't any easily understood reason for you to not deserve a new chance to use your power of choice.
You may start into the actual NouCome-review now by going to -5-.
So, how does it feel? Ready for a romance apart from the norm concerning its premise, exhilarant characters providing nice jokes while the poor guy gets embarrassed and the constant recall about the consequences of choices? I have to admit: recently there are lots of anime about romance stories in a school environment... but the simple difference which distinguishes NouCome from the rest is the actual concept of these hilarious choices Kanade has to make, reminding ourselves of the importance always accompanying choice-making.
And hey, this anime just has ten episodes! At least trying it won't cause any problems.
The final choice is awaiting you, probably being the most important one in this review... read on at -16-.
Although you are bathing in this review's aftermath now, there's a high possibility that you will encounter at least one choice directly impacting the environment around you at least for the rest of the day. Maybe you choose to watch this very anime, "Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru", and suddenly your little sister bursts into the room, discovering your secret anime crush and in the end becoming your discussion partner for the newest shows. Life is a series of choices. But one thing's for sure: you won't advance if you don't choose...
So here's your final choice:
• Rate this review 'Helpful'
• Rate this review 'Not Helpful' (feedback is greatly appreciated)
• Just bid farewellread more