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OreShura First Impressions: The Power of Fake Love


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?

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  1. Posted January 8, 2013 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Also Yukarin.

    Mainly Yukarin.

  2. Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I wonder when will the rest of the harem members start jumping on the ship. I mean, MC-kun’s lap.

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:14 am | Permalink

      Within the next three episodes, surely.

  3. hint
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    lol Senjougahara pose.

  4. Andmeuths
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    To quote The World God Only Knows:

    “I can see the Ending!”

    Pushes glasses up.

  5. Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    This trend of “take interesting premise and neuter them” LN adaptations needs to die. Hopefully soon.

  6. hint
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    hehe almost there.

  7. Shawnistan
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink
  8. Fumoffu!!
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    If this somehow gets more than a 3 from me by the time this is over then I will frankly be amazed. This looks downright terrible, I was hoping he’s punch the girl straight in the face and steal the notebook, such a pity.

  9. Chipp12
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    It’s not watchable.
    It’s not watchable without sunglasses.

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