「俺ってほんと、どこにでもいる平凡なモブなんだ」 (Ore tte honto, doko ni demo iru heibonna na nda)
“I’m Really Just an Ordinary High School Student”
Ore Suki seems like a generic romcom. The key word being ‘seems’. It is anything but.
A while back, predating Ore Suki by three years, my secondary school friend coined quite literally the same concept. Guy plays the smooth handsome guy with plans to amass his own harem, is asked out by a couple of girls to meet them, only to be told that they were actually in love with his friend. Unfortunately, it was something of a oneshot. I had always wondered how what the continuation would have been like. Now, I no longer need to speculate. This is what I’ve been waiting for.
What did I love about that first episode? The way the anime know exactly what trick they want to play, by building up a cliched illusion for half an episode, before sucking punching us really hard. With how much of a nice guy he was being on the face of things, you would not have expected that Joro was a scheming bastard deep down. With how touchy feely Cosmo and Himawari were being with Joro, then asking him out on a date, you wouldn’t have suspected they were actually in love with Sun-chan. Both falling for him on the same day, when he shed manly tears after putting up a brave effort before losing the Koshien qualifications. There were also hints of Pansy throughout the episode, so people must have had their questions about her, especially because some people will get deja vu from her character design. Let’s say, I don’t recommend going down that rabbit hole. And it’s just Joro’s luck that the only girl who’s into him is an obsessive and crazy stalker. She appears in the background of so many scenes! Talk about how the turntables turn. Watching him go from optimistic and smug, to depression, to anger, then just acceptance, followed by misery in the space of 24 minutes was a thing of beauty. As for Pansy, she’s straight up darkness. The way she psychologically tears down Joro’s cool and calculated attitude by setting up her confession in exactly the same way Cosmos and Himawari confessed about their feelings for Sun-chan, only to subvert his expectations was brutal. Not to mention blackmailing him with all the information she gathered to force him into compliance. Looks like there’s no escape for him. But here’s a question, and it’s unfortunate Joro interrupted her before she could get to explaining it. Why does Pansy love Joro, even though she knows full well what a scheming bastard he truly is? I guess we’ll find out eventually.
In technical terms, the animation was really good, aside from some fuzzy background perspective shots. I appreciated the details they put into drawing key frames. And there are so many amazing reaction faces for me to add to my collection. Really couldn’t ask for more from this show in terms of its visuals, and the foreboding Imperial March style OST that played when Pansy deconstructed Joro bit by bit alongside fitting sound effects were absolutely perfect. Incredible adaptation by all rights, and I highly recommend that people stick along for the ride, because it will only get better from here on out. Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. What did you all think? As always, thanks for reading my post and please do comment about your opinions below!