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OreShura

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

OreShura (which is known as My Girlfriend and Childhood Friend Fight Too Much in Japan) is an anime based on a light novel series by Yuiji Yuiji.

The main character of the series is Eita Kido, a high school freshman who has excellent grades and wants to do well in school so he can attend medical school. He also has a disdain for love, because his parents dumped each other, found new lovers, and abandoned Eita while he was in junior high. During junior high, he also had delusions of being the "Burning Fighting Fighter," which he documented in a notebook; however, he gave up those delusions after his parents' divorce. Eita now lives with one of his relatives.

Chiwa Harusaki is Eita's childhood friend. She loves to eat meat, and comes over to Eita's place to spend time with him and eat dinner with him. It appears that Chiwa has romantic feelings for Eita, but she doesn't say anything to him.

Masuzu Natsukawa is a popular girl in Eita's class, and they end up sitting next to each other when their teacher reassigns the classroom seating. Masuzu spent nine years overseas, and just returned to Japan two months before the series begins. During those two months, she has been asked about by 58 boys at the school.

One day, Masuzu confesses her love for Eita. However, it turns out that she only wants him to be her fake boyfriend, so the boys at school will stop asking her out. She uses blackmail to make Eita agree to this; she managed to come across a notebook Eita had written his teenage delusions in, and she says she will make the contents of the notebook available for anyone to see if he doesn't agree. Of course, when rumors spread about Eita and Masuzu, Chiwa doesn't take the news well.

From the opening credits, it appears there will be two other girls who end up competing for Eita as well. In other words, it appears this series will quickly become a "harem" anime, with four cute girls fighting over the rather plain Eita. The only real twist seems to be that Masuzu is using Eita and really isn't interested in him.

To be honest, between the way the story seems to be going, the style of the animation, and the execution of the series, there's really nothing to make OreShura stand out for me from other "harem" shows that I have seen. I'm not saying that it's bad, but I just don't see anything to differentiate it from other anime series that are in a similar vein. It's a series that I'm not planning to go out of my way and watch more of anytime in the near future. However, I could see this series having the most appeal with teenage anime viewers. Content-wise, there is the occasional bit of "fanservice," but it's rather tame and not very "in your face."

After watching the first episode, I would personally recommend OreShura to anime viewers who are 14 or 15 years of age and older.


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