「俺は意外な一面を知る」 (Ore wa igaina ichi men o shiru)
“I Discover an Unexpected Side”
If my stalker turned out to be a good friend of my mum’s to the point where she’s getting invited around to bust my porn magazine stash, that’s about the moment I’d request a restraining order. But I think most dudes would put that on hold if it meant being in close proximity with a well-endowed and beautiful girl in her swimsuit.
And so we were blessed with the obligatory swimsuit episode. In other words, not much happened. That said, it remained a refreshing break that whisked us away from the usual drama. It also comprehensively established that relationships have now been properly patched up between each relevant party from the first arc. Also, for all his jerkass shortcomings, I really respected how Joro found forgiveness inside of himself to overcome the suffering each individual put him through – especially that red haired gyaru who really had it against him. More importantly, for the viewers who love fanservice, we got to enjoy the scintillating views that each individual girl brought to the screen – especially Cosmos and Pansy for me. Most shows can be quite upfront and brazen with the fanservice to the point where you become fatigued from being bombarded at every opportunity by oppai and oshiri. Yes, that happens even if you’re a devout lover of oppai. However, Oresuki largely focuses on its RomCom antics then teases us every now and then in high quality chunks. Now that’s a kind of trend that I could get behind within the anime industry. Not too much, not too little – somewhere in between like this.
To raise the stakes beyond gratuitous fanservice, all three girls butt heads and refuse to concede Joro to one another – leading to a situation where they decide to give him the best time they can in all kinds of steamy ways. I can’t say I’m usually a fan of this stuff where girls fawn over the protagonist like that, because I’ve seen it play it too many times. However, as usual, OreSuki finds way to subvert expectations. This time, we have Sun-chan to thank. When the water slide goes wrong, where Joro loses his swimming trunks and definitely would have been punched by Himawari, Sun-chan dives in to shield him. When Cosmos becomes lost in her fantasy world, leaving Joro alone on the pink dolphin, Sun-chan dives in yet again to salvage him from being perceived as a loser who got dumped. When Pansy is about to begin exposing Joro’s fetishes, Sun-chan dives in to protect his friend’s dignity. So it comes as absolutely no surprise that ultimately, Joro chooses Sun-chan over all three – a brilliantly executed subversion of the usual cliche.
At the end of the day, thanks to Sun-chan, nothing eventful happened at the pool. But it wouldn’t be OreSuki without drama and excitement. Just as they get back to school, a new transfer student rolls in. She immediately walks up to Joro and takes a knee, proclaiming that she is the perfect girl who will protect him from everything. Right now, I’m sensing nothing but ‘best girl’ vibes due to her chivalric, Saber-esque nature. However, there must be more to it than meets the eye. What fair share of troubles is this new character going to bring? It’s hard to say but coming forwards with such a strong stance, conflict with the other girls surrounding Joro seems inevitable. Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading my post and see you next week!