Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Come o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru – Episode 1 [First Impression]
What is up with these long ass titles?! I mean seriously, can’t they name it something nice and simple? You’re not going to see a series with a convoluted title like that in English (unless you’re talking about a Panic! At The Disco song title) and, whilst I understand there are cultural differences, I find it completely ridiculous to think that this is acceptable in Japan! That aside, it’s pretty fun to complain about and therefore I can complain no longer… So here it is, Noucome! Perhaps one of the most ridiculous anime I’ve watched in a while…
Let’s talk about the plot. Kanade Amakusa is your average high school boy in almost every aspect… a part from the fact that he is burdened with the curse of ‘Multiple Choice Mind Questionnaires’… Or, at least, that’s what I think the shows main concept is all about. Kanade goes through life being forced to choose between two options, for example, early in the episode he is asked if he wants to (A) sniff and porn magazine, or (B) eat said porn magazine. Firstly, Japan, seriously, nobody uses porn magazines anymore (I guess that’s why it was discarded on the ground. Secondly… urgh! What the hell? What kind of sick pervert freak makes someone eat/sniff a sperm covered porn magazine (okay, maybe it wasn’t ‘sperm covered’, but it might have been!)?
But I digress.
The plot itself is actually pretty poor, although I suppose when you spend half of the episode retelling the history of choices in the world so far, you’re not going to have much time for actual ‘plot’. Oh, and here’s every single historical and cultural reference made in the show so far: the painting of Jesus from the church in Borja (Spain), Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Columbus, Julius Caesar’s Civil War, Evolution, Prince Shitoku authoring the Seventeen-Article Constitution, the Isshi Incident, The Little Mermaid (the original story), Zhuge Liang, the Wright Brothers, Naomi Uemura climbing solo, Yoshida Shouin training Ishin-shishi, the song Hotaru Koi, Matsuo Bashou, Oda Nobunaga and the Matchlock Ashigaru, the Honnou-ji Incident, the Shinsengumi, the famous quote from Hamlet, the Mass–energy equivalence equation, Einstein’s famous tongue picture, Florence Nightingale, Pablo Picasso, the Satsuma-Chosu Alliance, and Walpurgis Night from Madoka.
That is all.
I’m not sure if I’m impressed by their utilization of world history or if I’m pissed of about it… regardless, I actually found it pretty interesting and, I suppose, it did, sort of, tie in with the… ehem, ‘plot’. That said, I suppose the only other (real) plot point worth talking about is Chocolat and her ‘surprise’ appearance… But, before we talk about that, I’d first like to talk about this ‘Multiple Choice’ concept… it’s a bit weak, isn’t it? I mean, sure, it’s funny (or, at least, I found it funny), but plot wise it’s actually going to be really annoying. I can see it becoming one of two things, a way for Kanade to do perverted things for no particular reason and or a comical plot device. I can’t see it being a ‘real addition’ to the show in any way and, honestly, that disappoints me. It’s a gimmick. And, whilst I can’t really complain (considering the fact that they outlined this in the synopsis), it does annoy me. Back to the point. Chocolat’s appearance. I found it odd how they introduced the integral character at the end of the episode, my impression being that she was the ‘second protagonist’, but I suppose it makes sense considering the amount of characters needing to be introduced and the amount of time left after that rather unnecessary montage.
The characters themselves are… firstly, what’s Koneko doing in this show? Secondly, Kanade… ew. And Ouka? Eh, she’s cute, in a sort of ‘accidentally hit the big red button that launches nuclear missiles everywhere and says “he he he, oops”‘ kind of way… Honestly though, I can’t say much about the ‘Reject Five’, namely because they haven’t all been introduced yet, but also because there’s really not much to say. Whilst they’re all comical in their own respective ways (Ouka and her mother’s female Viagra issues being one of the more comical moments in the episode), all of them fail to leave a lasting impression, Kanade coming across as simple and silly, Furano coming across as cute, witty and somewhat bland and Ouka coming across as your typical big-boobed derp bag. I suppose it’s these traits that make them appealing, said traits allowing for them to fit into the rom-com genre with ease, but with a plot as weak as this you need good characters and the show lacks even that… it’s sad really.
But, before you think I hate everything, everyone and am a pessimist in general, I actually really liked this show. I like shows that can make me laugh out loud and Noucome managed to have that affect on me several times. It is funny. Don’t forget that. But, in equal measure, it is weak, and I can’t blog about how funny it is for twelve weeks without, firstly, boring you and secondly, boring myself.
Therefore, we come to the conclusion of this post. Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Come o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru is good, it’s funny and it’s weak. The plot is weak, the characters are weak and, honestly, I can’t blog about this. I apologize. I tried.
Possibility of Blogging: No.
Possibility of Watching: Yes.