One of the new anime airing this season is Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (My Girlfriend and Childhood Friend Fight Too Much) or OreShura if that’s too long. It is a 13-episode series produced by Aniplex and based on a manga by the same title. The original series was written by Yuuji Yuuji with art by Ruroo.
OreShura tells the story of a high school boy named Eita Kidou who is aiming to get into medical school. Due to his ambitions and the suffering he has seen as a result of his parents’ divorce, he is vehemently anti-love. In other words, he refuses to get involved in a relationship with a girl. During seat assignments for a new semester, the hottest girl in the school, Masuzu Natsukawa, is placed next to Eita. Despite sitting so close together, Eita and Masuzu never talk until one day Masuzu confesses her love for him. Eita calls her bluff and refuses to go out with her until she pulls out a notebook from her bag – Eita’s old diary. With notebook in hand, Masuzu blackmails Eita into going out with her. Her reason? She needs someone to pretend to be her boyfriend so all of the other guys will leave her alone. This of course does not sit well with Chiwa Harusaki, Eita’s childhood friend, and sparks start to fly.
At first OreShura seems like a pretty dull excuse of a harem anime, but the first couple of episodes aren’t too bad. The major driving force behind the series seems to lie in creating interesting characters. Eita has an embarrassing past that involves skewed views of the world and how to be cool, a far cry from the studious doctor-to-be that his classmates see him as. Masuzu appears on the outside to be the perfect girl: pretty, popular, good at everything; but she’s actually incredibly sinister and enjoys toying with people. Chiwa is a bright and cheerful girl, but under that cute exterior is an insecure girl grasping onto the few things that she has.
These characters give OreShura some potential above similar anime that use the standard helpful male lead and well-meaning female characters. The games that Masuzu plays with people and Chiwa’s ability to take things to the extreme are also sure to provide some good comedy.