Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru

Title:Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru
My girlfriend and my childhood friend are fighting too much
俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる (Japanese)
俺修羅 (Japanese)
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Notables: AKASAKI Chinatsu
Kidou Eita enters high school aiming for the National University School of Medicine. Because of his parents' divorce and his goal, he shuns anything to do with romance or love. One day Natsukawa Masuzu, the school beauty with the silver hair who's just returned to the country enters his life in a most unexpected way. But Harusaki Chiwa, his orange haired childhood friend since elementary school who shares quite some past with Eita-kun, will not let this go without a fight. And over time, two more girls show interest in Eita: The black-haired Himeko, a severe case of chuunibyou, and the pink-haired Ai from the school committee, a severe case of bipolar tsundere.

[2013, TV, 13 episodes, 23 min; based on an ongoing light novel.]
"修羅場" ("shuraba") = "scene of carnage (bloodshed)"; "すぎる" ("sugiru") = "to elapse, to go beyond".
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Watch 7 7 7 5 5 5 Ggultra2764 [series:2668#1552]
Oreshura's your run-of-the-mill high school rom-com that eventually devolves into a harem comedy in its focus on male lead Eita dealing with four girls from his school who take romantic interest in him. The gimmick for the series involves Eita being blackmailed into a fake romance with Masuzu and a love rivalry of sorts developing between Masuzu and Eita's childhood friend, Chiwa. This does have some comical moments coming from Masuzu's source of blackmail material being a notebook that Eita keeps his private thoughts in, that are quite embarrassing to hear read. However, the addition of Himeko and Ai for later episodes makes the series no different from other harem comedies for its focus and the characters lacked enough dimension to them for me to give a hoot about them, beyond whatever character types they are playing up. Overall, this is yet another forgettable entry of the high school rom-com and harem comedy genres.

Last updated Monday, February 12 2018. Created Monday, February 12 2018.
Rent 8 7 8 7 8 9 Devil Doll [series:2668#752]
[Score: 78% = "Rent"; similar non-fantasy romance series: Suzuka for the denial queen, Ai Yori Aoshi, Ichigo 100% TV, and Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi for the harem scenario]
Besides the fierce harem competition with four contenders this is a coming of age story about dealing with your fantasies, osananajimi, chuunibyou, facing harsh realities (including love issues), and becoming honest. And as so many romantic comedies, this one once again gets significantly better during the second half without resorting to melodrama.
The Japanese language has one distinct feature: Nouns are the same in singular and plural. So the title of this series doesn't give away how many "girlfriends" and how many "childhood friends" we're talking about, and that's essential for this nice harem competition show. And this one was fun for me, much more than I would have expected after a few episodes.

The main problem at the start is the blackmail used for setting up the scenario. Is Eita really so much afraid of the alternative that he didn't even consider choosing it over potentially being hated by everyone? Well, it's his call, and while being called to mind several times during the first episodes, the issue loses its importance over time.

Masuzu, the platin-haired bitch, is an interesting character, reminding me a lot of Ayatsuji Tsukasa who turned out to be the best arc of Amagami SS; she has an interesting history as well as a lot of potential for character growth, and she's the only really smart character in this show. And indeed, she becomes more likable over time, partially due to her younger sister being a much more evil bitch at her first appearance.
Chiwa, the bubbly childhood friend of Eita, is harder to accept despite showing a number of traits of Minorin (both being small and lively red-haired sports aces and gluttons); unlike the usual "established rival" she obviously lacks supreme housewife skills that would give her certain advantages, so it's hard to see how she could credibly compete against the school idol. It takes three episodes to even begin to understand this little girl though, and her character grows over time.
The two other contenders Hime (the aggressive chunnibyou girl) and Ai (the easily embarrassed tsundere) appear later in the show and add more comedy elements to the show than the first two girls, albeit A-chan does have her strong moments, occasionally surpassing her clichéd role.

Unremarkable Music with childish OP and rocking ED song, nothing special about Art and Animation, the latter sporting some more stills than necessary.
  • Episode 01 (0): Setting up the scenario. This show may still go into any direction, becoming a slapstick fest or a character development drama. Let's hope for the latter.
  • Episode 02 (0-): A cruel Masuzu and a clueless Chiwa? I can see why Stretch quit this series after two episodes. But I saw Masuzu's reaction on Eita caring for Chiwa's dangerous stunt, and I still hope her character will develop over time, becoming more than a one-dimensional bitch.
  • Episode 03 (+): Now that's the real thing! Masuzu is still trying to ridicule Chiwa and not even noticing how the little girl isn't as clueless as she appeared. And we learn why Eita became the top student at school. Maybe Stretch quit one episode too early?.
  • Episode 04 (++): This is like a completely different series now. Drama, action, comedy and romance all get their valid share, and Chiwa becomes the unexpected hero of the day. Masuzu is visibly losing ground but not willing to let go and strikes back late in this episode.
  • Episode 05 (0+): With both Masuzu and Chiwa in battle mode, the appearance of two new girls causes new turmoil, with one of these girls kissing the boy and the other one hugging him. Looks like we're in harem territory already.
  • Episode 06 (0): A weird episode. Hime makes this show more of a harem now; Masuzu's family issues indicate how she became who she is today. The blackmail element should be gone by now, which I consider an improvement. Eita's monologue would have been appropriate for a final episode already, so were are we going from here?
  • Episode 07 (0-): A-chan, the fourth harem member, adds to the slapstick component of the show by being an extremely bipolar tsundere, at the expense of development for the other characters; more ruckus and silliness ensues. Compared to this stupid Ai, Hime is actually funny with her weird antics, a bit like Kuroneko from another "Ore..." series with a very long name.
  • Episode 08 (0+): Double date at the cinema, and a kiss out of nowhere. This was fun, despite a few embarrassing scenes; the "war zone" was excellent. Now we know who Ai actually is and why she's important for this show.
  • Episode 09 (0+): A-chan's feature episode, and the competition gets ever more intense. Chances are rising for a "Rent" rating overall.
  • Episode 10 (0+): The bikini shopping episode was surprisingly good with Eita carefully keeping the stalemate intact.
  • Episode 11 (++): Excellent performance by Eitas aunt, adding exactly what this series needed - the formal rules for an open harem competition, and questioning Masuzu's status in the process.
  • Episode 12 (+): Despite certain revealing camera angles, the summer beach episode wasn't that bad, actually pushing the story forward and ending with a surprising behavior of a surprising guest.
  • Episode 13 (+): Not the epic showdown one might have expected but a solid ending with dramatic as well as funny parts, and closing all open ends.

Last updated Friday, July 12 2013. Created Wednesday, May 08 2013.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:2668#628]
(Two episodes watched):

Well, this show seemed a little different and interesting at first: a guy who claims that he is totally uninterested in love? And seems to have some sort of warrior alter ego ('Burning Fighting Fighter')? Maybe he really is a warrior in some alternate reality, and just hides out as a modern-day Japanese teenager. That might be cool. But it didn't pan out; after the prologue there was no more mention of the fighter guy, and with Eita being a fastidious studyier, it's hard to see where he would find the time to even play a video game. Instead, what we get is a case of blackmail which feels thoroughly familiar somehow. Just another romantic triangle, apparently, involving a guy's longtime nextdoor neighbor as one contestant. One curious sign: it's generally the first girl to be introduced who wins out in the end (if anybody does), but seldom if ever the childhood friend--but in this case it was. I'd like to see, just for once, the sweet girl winning. I'll need to watch another episode to judge this show accurately, but my expectations have fallen by a good deal.

Episode two leaves me still feeling ambivalent about this show. It seems likely to be the usual shallow love triangle, the same stuff as we have seen countless times. The jokes are unremarkable. Maybe the characters who have yet to appear will have something interesting about them; but Eita doesn't seem to be resisting his blackmail, I don't like Masuzu, and Chiwa seems clueless. So, what is there to watch for?

Last updated Wednesday, January 23 2013. Created Thursday, January 10 2013.

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