「夏期講習なのに修羅場」 (Kaki Koshu na noni Shuraba )
“Summer School Turns Into A Battlefield”
StrictEpic Hall Monitor A.
This week on OreShura, our fifth and final member of the main cast makes her official debut — and well, let’s just say that no cast is complete without a tsundere hall monitor. Especially one that oh… you know, only shuts down the club you’re in because she’s jealous, feels like she’s in heaven because you complimented her cooking, and is so outwardly stubborn that she digs herself a hole she just can’t get out of. Yes, yes… that’s exactly what this group needed. Wait what?
To say the least, that was a pretty interesting way to give Fuyuumi Ai her debut. Wasn’t quite expecting things to end up this way, but it seems like OreShura just knows how to throw in that extra flair to keep things interesting. Fuyuumi Ai just seamlessly transitions into the series as if she was always there, and it’s just nice to see how flawlessly she’s integrated into the dynamics of it all. Each of the characters just bounce off of each other — Masuzu starting things off with her fabulous lines, Chiwa following that off with her propensity to get riled up by the smallest things, Hime following that up with a direct attack on Eita — and it just ends up being a pretty good series to watch for not only the background subplots in each of our respective characters, but just for the interactions our characters have with one another. Admittedly, it took me a bit to finally pick this series up (and only caught up quite recently), but as each week passes, I just wonder to myself: “how the heck did you not watch this sooner!?”
In any case though, part of me can’t help but notice a bit of similarity between Oreshura and the recently finished Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai from last season — sharing aspects involving Chunnibyou syndrome and the concept of fantasy versus reality amongst others. Notably though, that’s not to say that’s a bad thing — as I had quite liked the latter while it was airing — but it’s just quite interesting how many aspects they share despite them being rather different in their execution and style.
And well, what else can I say? This episode pretty much continues the trend that Oreshura’s set up until this point, and with all the cast finally assembled, it looks like we can expect even more from the series’ remaining six episodes. For the most part, I think it’s safe to say that the Masuzu’s club should make some kind of reappearance soon enough and we’ll likely continue to get some nice enjoyable banter (and shenanigans) as a result — but one wonders also if we won’t hit some more serious bits soon as well. Each of our respective heroines, as well as Eita himself each have a share of their own feelings to sort out and situations that they’re going to need to deal with before its all said and done, and well, let’s just say it’ll be interesting to see how it works out from here.
Regardless though… there’s just one thing I gotta say. Kaoru is the man. Seriously. Just can’t ask for a better wingman than that.
Author’s Note: Just subbing in for Zanibas this week, as he’s a bit busy and can’t cover Oreshura this week. He chose quite the episode to miss though… But yeah, he should be back next week.