In the darkest depths of the Harem RomCom Abyss dwells a bizarre subgenre, where a regular antisocial boy and an attractive girl enter into a business-like relationship often centering on the latter blackmailing the former, with the standard childhood friend and ever-growing harem complicating things further. As they’re forced to spend more time together, and more girls inexplicably flock to join the slightly-antisocial boy’s harem, the icy façade of the girl melts before the boy’s eyes, and he sees that behind her constantly exuded cold front sits a lonely, scared girl who wants nothing more than companionship and a warm shoulder to lean on. If this specific chain of events isn’t a predictor of Oreshura’s direction, society has failed each and every one of us, and we’ll inevitably be Mad Max’ing it by the end of the season.
Indeed, the first episode follows that synopsis pretty much to the letter, following a slightly antisocial boy who decides to exclude everything related to happiness, unity, and kindness from his life after his parents flake out on him, basically aiming to become the anime equivalent of Stinkmeaner from The Boondocks, sans blindness. One day, his overwhelming standoffishness and devilishly average looks draw the attention of the class idol, who decides that his noticeable apathy toward love and compassion would make him the ideal fake boyfriend. Also, the OP is pretty neat.
As relentlessly awful as this sounds, the first episode is vaguely interesting enough to go in a myriad of directions, even if it’ll most likely settle on the generic route of having the lead surrounded by a bevy of attractive girls who aim to teach him about the power of love through the lesser powers of barely-concealed nudity and accidental compromising situations. Still, it’s watchable, and I’ll at least be continuing it until the infectiously terrible OP stops running circles through my head. Sometimes reasons motivated by self-loathing and superficiality are fine, right?