Haneda Takashi has a secret he cannot speak of. To leave his dull school-life, he was supposed to have escaped to another world. However, he is reeled in by certain ties on his heart. One of these is Kobato, his awkward younger sister. The other is Watarai Asuka, his negligent girlfriend.
Chitose Shuusuke is a poor freeloader. He passes his days working at various part-time jobs. One day, he has a disastrous first encounter with Tamaizumi Hiyoko. The next time they meet, Shuusuke discovers that they are fellow employees at his part-time job.
Narita Hayato sees himself as a "hard-boiled" person. Back-breaking jobs are nothing to him. Hayato shuns normal human contact, but, during the nights, he would get together with delinquents and other denizens of the night. One such night, he meets the cheerful and oblivious Otori Naru.
The relationships with these girls will greatly affect these 3 young men. But what, exactly, is the relationship these young men have with each other?
I know it's unjustifiable to give an 8 to an anime that has a GOD DAMN AWFUL FIRST EPISODE but before you hover that mouse pointer on top of the "Not Helpful" vote, please do take the time in actually reading this first.
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 past 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.” (Yeah it's that random)
Once upon a time the world considered mental illness to be a taboo subject, so much so that those who suffered were often shunned or locked away, and it was often the case that stories dealing with the issue were thought of as ... controversial. Nowadays there is greater understanding of the ailments of the mind, and with that has come a rise in the number of tales featuring the subject as a central theme. That said, there is a tendency to focus on clinical depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, and other well known illnesses, which may seem a little odd until one realises that the most
commonly fictionalised ailments have one underlying connection - they all made the national news. The press is rife with tales of psychopaths, suicides, serial killers and more, and while there are stories that are based on one (or more), of the lesser known mental illnesses, the majority of authors and screenwriters will immediately utilise those that the public finds familiar.
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?
So i just finished OreTsuba for the 5th time and i spent an entire hour writing a review (and then closed it by accident so this is the 2nd take and i'm not even gonna bother trying to sound smart like all these other kids do) even tho i normally don't write reviews or care about reviews or about monkeys that get infuenced by reviews but this anime is so good that if my review made 1 more person watch it, it'd be worth it
This anime is the best, not even exaggerating. I have no reason to be biased and i only watch animes for
entertainment and i have plenty of other shit to do so if you think fanboying over some random stuff on the internet is healthy or good for me you better think twice, the only reason i'm saying it is because its actually true - i still have yet to see a better anime than Oretachi ni tsubasa wa Nai and when you read this you should have in mind that at the end of the day this is a comedy, romance, ecchi anime so you can't possibly watch this and expect robots or space exploration or some shit like that so if you're going to hate on it only cause its an ecchi then you have some issues - no one is forcing you to watch animes that you normally don't enjoy just like how i don't watch animes that i normally don't enjoy. Oretsuba is awesome for its genre and discriminating it based on genre is stupid and i seriously don't see how can i rate this any lower
The art is 10/10, the anime was made seven years ago (2011) and it still looks better than animes coming out to this year. The backgrounds are detailed and well-drawn and the waifus are top tier and you can't really get better art, just different, which is subjective and taste based so my rating of its art is based on the execution not the style but i do like the style as well cus they're cute af.
The sound is 10/10, there's barely a single character who's voice annoys me a bit but all others sound perfect, they also sound unique (not like other animes where everyone sounds like a character from another anime) and the background music is actually good as well so the production value is quite high
The plot to me is 10/10, mainly because of how it's portrayed but the story is also good and a believable one. The portrayal of the story is unique and it's also a big confusing which is why you shouldn't watch this anime on autopilot else you'll get angry cus you're a lil triggerlord. It does take a few episodes to ramp up and become a bit more clear on your first watch but if you pay attention perhaps you'll be surprised in a good way instead of confused little rage god diva
Characters? Well - 10/10 obviously. There are a ton of characters in this anime and most of them are awesome and the only 'downside' is that we don't really get to know any of them that well but for the amount of time we see them they are clearly defined and good. I don't think the length of the anime is a downside as well because i think that the anime's story progression is perfect and doesn't feel slow or rushed and this may not be the best anime to get overly-attached to some of the characters but nonetheless they're still good.
This is based on a visual novel but it doesn't really matter what its based on as we're only reviewing the anime and the only thing that matters is the anime and how good that was. I've seen a lot of people complain over bad adaptations or manga being better and what not but this doesn't matter at all when you're talking about anime so i don't think the VN has anything to do to the anime and what i'm judging and rating what i saw so i'm not going to get biased over visual novel this visual novel that.
Despite the overwhelming amount of fanservice the anime is actually grown up, the characters are grown up and they also swear and insult a lot plus they're members of a gang and there's actually some violence (well it's not that big of a deal) and i actually believe that the creators are grown up and reasonable as well, unlike most other animes where you're thinking "wtf who made this character dude?" I dont think the fanservice is triggering or anything like that, if you're getting triggered by small stuff like this you should re-think your internet life cus it doesn't sound very healthy. Just take it with a smile or something. The humor is absolutely fantastic, i've seen it five times and i still laugh at the jokes (altho it was over the years so it's not like i remembered everything down to the last line)
This is NOT your typical harem no matter what others are saying, i've seen a lot of typical harems and most of them have a ton of unreasonable characters or a garbage story or both and most of them are full of kids or teens which isn't the case here.
I don't think the anime ever tries too hard or forces things too much, to me it felt completely natural and it never felt like a drag like a lot of other animes do. The last episodes were wrapped up nicely as well (unlike most other animes.. again) and finishing it leaves me with a good feeling in my tummy instead with annoyance
I did read a bit of people's thoughts to understand oretsuba's low score and it seems like some people are blaming the anime for them not understanding the anime which is dumb as hell. I understand the anime so there's clearly no problem with that, don't blame something else if you're the problem in the first place. I also read some people comparing this masterpiece to some garbage and saying that this is bad cause it has pantsu shots, seriously? How does a pantsu-shot make the story irrelevant? You know panties exist in real life too right? At the end of the day this is a comedy and an ecchi anime so these two things are expected and it's supposed to make you smile not rage and perhaps you don't need comedy but a mental treatment if things like this annoy you.
I will almost certainly re-watch this anime in the future as Japan seems to prefer to release some utterly forgettable garbage as most of the stuff that's airing right now (that's almost a pain to watch and if not that it's also incredibly ugly with a low budget art , which simply isn't the case here) and we're not helping them by letting kids down-rate masterpieces like this. I was watching Oretsuba while it was airing and it had 6.8/10 before half of the anime was even released and that makes absolutely no sense as the story wasn't even remotely developed by then but then again this is democracy so everyone can vote and everyone has an equal voice. The farmer's vote is the same as the Doctor's vote even if the subject at hand is actual medicine so that goes to show you how stupid democracy is and why you should never trust the majority of people.. simply because they're not qualified to judge correctly (and yet they still do).
Watch this anime if you're into FUN and CUTE GIRLS and ROMANCE (those 3 things are basically the point of life). I can't find a better one, you probably won't as well. Hell this anime even has diversity (not that i care), there are black people and there are gay people what more do you want?
Don't watch this anime if you're a little rage-god diva and if you hate laughing and fun. I'd say "and cute girls" but this anime actually has good male characters so even if you dont care about cute girls there's more than that in here!
Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai, simply put, is probably the most confusing anime I have ever watched. The one weird thing for me, is that this is kind of my “guilty pleasure” anime. I know it’s horrible, but I enjoyed it for some reason despite not knowing what the fuck was going on for over half of the 12 episodes. I give it a 9/10 on my list simply because there I rate things based on enjoyment, but I’ll be more critical in this review.
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.
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 the main personality-split guy. There are three main characters and one not-as-important character. 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.