First Impressions: Oreshura


Alternate Titles: Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru, Caught In the Carnage Between My Girlfriend and My Childhood Friend
Light Novel Adaptation by A-1
Simulcast on Crunchyroll

Premise: A boy who is resentful of love gets coerced into playing boyfriend with a popular girl who shares his opinion.

Lifesong’s Verdict: Entertained

Eita Kidou is our protagonist and probably the best thing this anime has going for it as of episode one. He has a disdain for love after his parents split to look for new love. He is also the top student in his class and feels it is his responsibility to his aunt to put in his best effort. His childhood friend is also a big part of his life, but there doesn’t seem to be the same type of generic childhood-friend romance that plagues similar things. The childhood-friend antics are there, and will probably scare off quite a few people, but Eita himself feels fresh.

Honestly, I sort of expected this series to be really bad. Another childhood romance/ecchi with all sorts of childhood friend moe that most of the vocal western anime fans scorn with the fury of a thousand suns. I am pleasantly surprised to report that this anime is at least moderately entertaining, and not really what I expected at all. I am actually pretty curious to see how this plays out. I’ve heard a few things that sound kind of stupid about this series, but my first impression has been a fairly positive one overall.

Pet childhood friend, complete with collar.

Pet childhood friend, complete with collar.

Jel’s Verdict: Caught In the Carnage Between Mediocrity and Originality

Despite the fact I literally dozed off during the Childhood Friend bits, there are a couple positive things Oreshura brings to the table. The most notable is the main character who is both perceptive and ambitious, recognizing the feelings of the people around him and having specific goals he wants to achieve in life. I also appreciated the art style. The warm, vibrant colors and soft outlines are almost soothing to look at, and A-1 seemed happy to spend some of their Sword Art Online money on the long conversation scene in the park.

Unfortunately, I can only foresee our hero’s predicament producing the usual anime rom-com situations (start the countdown to the first accidental breast groping) and potential harem building. With only one episode to work with I can’t totally rule out Oreshura turning into something special, but if I were a betting man I wouldn’t put my money down on this one.

That moment when you realize she has your Chuunibyo notebook.

That moment when you realize she has your Chuunibyo notebook.

Iro’s Verdict: NOPE

Whatever points this show gets by having a sensible main character who isn’t a clueless harem protagonist, it squanders them with a boring and cliche  love comedy premise. This is as formula as formula comes, and a false romance being set up via blackmail with embarrassing childhood secrets is among my most hated inciting incidents. I’m done with this one.

Marlin’s Verdict: Another blackmail plot?

I agree with Life that I did enjoy the art style, and the beginning almost fooled me into thinking this might be at least enjoyable. Unfortunately, the crux of the plot came down with the blackmail scene and I was just completely turned off. I suppose maybe I have an irrational hatred of fictitious duplicity but I just do not like plotlines designed around exploitation and coercion.

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