Alternate titles: Noucome, Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru
Light Novel adaptation(If that wasn’t obvious enough.) by Diomedea
Simulcast on Crunchyroll
Premise: Kanade is plagued with a curse that forces him to choose between two scenarios or suffer eternal agony. Most of these decisions are personally humiliating. Also, a fragmented history of the world is put in a slideshow over a cover song for like five minutes for no rational reason. Seriously. There’s like Christopher Columbus and everything.
Marlin’s Verdict: Did Something Happen?
Look show, when you’re making “My Teen Romantic Comedy is Wrong, as I Expected!” look like a measured and brief title, something has gone terribly wrong. Let’s put your weird gimmicky plot aside for a second and just talk about what happened here. Was there really so little you could put into this episode before the falling magical girl scene that you had to fill it with as many history jokes and references as you could? Couldn’t you at least have turned the music down so we could hear the weird narrator guy better? Also, is it just me or is saying “History is founded on choices” like saying “People die when they are killed.” or “The Cubs will not win the World Series.” I’m pretty sure we already knew that, slick. What’s with the Lamarckian evolution in some of those scenes anyway? That is not how it works. Just trust me show, it isn’t.
Okay, now that I got that out of my system, it’s time to actually tackle the story. I’ll have to admit while it is still super gimmicky, the idea of him having to do stupid shit could lead itself to some good jokes, and the scene where he just runs around class without a shirt on at least had some visceral comedy. What I was hoping was, at the very least, the lead heroines would be interesting enough to carry the story. When I saw we got an inane tsundere and a genki psychopath, let’s just say I was mildly disappointed. The only way this show would remain interesting is if they’re able to keep making good use of the gimmick, like how Henneko was able to get a lot of laughs and some decent drama through the titular Stony Cat. I’ll give this show the bare minimum of a second shot, but if it doesn’t impress quick, then I’ve got plenty of other shows that can preoccupy me this season.
Jel’s Verdict: *PAIN!*
That’s the feeling in my head as I can’t decide whether or not I want to watch more of this. On the one had I admire the rather bizarre, creative approach (and no Marlin, they can’t turn down that gloriously cheesy music over the history montage, that was half the point). On the other hand, I’m not terribly confident they can use their gimmick to craft more than simple sex jokes. I suppose it makes sense since he’s a teenage boy and all, but I’d love to see more than just boobs and stripping. The two other characters were somewhat amusing, particularly the one girl pushing her endless array of failed products, but it remains to be seen where they go with the girl that fell from the sky. I might give it another look, but I’ll wait and see if I still have the voice in my head saying “ERABU ERABU ERABU” over and over again when the next episode comes out.
Lifesong’s Verdict: Mental
I’m often told my sense of humor is a bit… off? Well maybe it is and maybe everyone will think I’m crazy, but I found this to be one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. The stupid choices made me laugh every single time, and the subtle, or maybe not so subtle implications that a few of the protagonists classmates also have this absolute choice problem just made it that much better.
So far we have one chick who is constantly forced to say maggot over and over and another chick who climbs two stories in order to enter her classroom from the window, presumably there are two more nut jobs in this cast as well. So yeah, I’ll be watching this. I hope the rest of this show manages to be as amusing as this first episode was.