「たとえばそんなメルヘン」 (Tatoeba Sonna Meruhen)
“For Example, That Kind of Fairy Tale”
Amongst all the words I could have picked to describe this show, interesting would be an understatement to just how odd this first episode was. There were some high points here and there, but in the end, I think I got lost amongst certain scenes.
Three different stories, three different characters, all living completely different lives within the same city. The premise of the show sounded really interesting at first, but the execution of the different story lines disappointed me a little. For starters, the problem I had was when a certain storyline was just about to immerse you in that world, an abrupt change on an old television or some random pantsu scene really disrupts everything and breaks the flow of the story. Don’t get me wrong about not liking tasteful pantsu, but this isn’t it. Second, I personally felt a little overwhelmed with so many characters being introduced at once — something that isn’t necessarily a bad thing but made it really difficult to focus my attention on any single group.
That said, I still had fun watching the first episode. Chitose Shuusuke (Miura Hiroaki) followed by Narita Hayato (Suwabe Junichi) are probably my favorite characters of the bunch. The former trying to be such a player, even when the world knows that he isn’t, had me chuckling when he was on screen. But with a bar/club owner whose mind is just as distorted as his? Perfect combination for comedy. With the latter, I just really liked his character. A hard-headed guy who’s doing odd jobs to get by, while it reminded me of a certain someone, I thought it felt perfect for this show. The last guy, Haneda Takashi (Shimono Hiro) really didn’t get a lot of screen time and I wasn’t really interested to find out that he’s some sort of “higher being” not from this world — is what I thought at first. After re-watching the episode to write the post, I must say that the ending sequence and preview clips really grabbed my attention. Something about seeing all of our protagonists together in some far off land, while completely random, looked pretty interesting.
At the end of the day, Ore Tsubasa is something for those who want to kick back and just have something to ogle at. While it’s full of well-endowed girls and their pantsu magically appearing through their clothes with x-ray vision, I’m staying positive that the drama side of things will pick up and get better. As Divine said in the Spring Preview, I also get the feeling that this show’s downfall might be the three simultaneous stories that are going on — I can’t see to just focus on any single one of them!