I regret liking this not because everyone hates it and is out to mock me, nor do I regret because the episode was bad. No, I regret liking it because I know this anime will totally destroy any expectations that I had after that first episode.
There were two things I liked in this episode.
The first thing I liked was Kidō Eita’s studious nature. I am used to MC’s that are blatantly plain and uninteresting or utter dweebs that fail at all non-otaku things. Eita at the very least is hard working. He has a goal in mind and he studies very rigorously in order to try and obtain that goal.
Being a hardworking student might not seem like a big deal, nor is it a terribly unique property, but it does enough to differentiate him from the glob of human goo that is the generic MC-tan. He even sort of inspired me to try harder next semester.
The second and arguably more important thing that I liked was the potential romance. Notice how I said potential. There are so many ways the romance could be screwed up. They could skip any development and jump straight to the blushing and tsun tsun whacks to the head. They could alternatively show development through random slips and face in boob shots. They could do so many things to make the romance sucky, but I had hope that they wouldn’t.
There is absolutely nothing original about a girl forcing a boy to be her “boyfriend”. It is a common trope that is played out again and again. (Interestingly enough, I have never encountered the reverse scenario. i.e. A boy forces a girl to be his girlfriend. Did that sentence give you the creep shivers? Don’t worry, I got them to.)
Anyway, despite the generic premise, there was potential here. I had hoped that given their similar viewpoints towards love and people in general, the two would get along. They would treat each other as people and not objects of affection.
Then, as their daily life dragged on and little developments happened here and there, their feelings for one another would grow. They would eventually fall in love with another. There would be a confession, a hug, a kiss and hopefully a “lived happily ever after”.
All would be right in the world of romantic anime. On top of that, Masuzu Natsukawa is pretty cute and attractive, so I naturally shipped her.
Then I read the complete title, “My Girlfriend and Childhood Friend Fight Too Much” and I pretty much gave up hope.
Up until this point, I had pretty much neglected the existence of the childhood friend. Okay, so he has a childhood friend who most likely has feelings for him. Maybe she will decide to support him in his relationship. Maybe she will get jealous once or twice and then realize her place in the friendzone. Maybe she will instead be Eita’s confident; you know, the one person he can confide his worries in.
I somehow even forgot about the other 2 girls introduced in the opening song.
Subconsciously, I might have been hoping that the romance was still the most important thing, but there would be a little bit of background competition that could be dealt with in due time. Or, you know, the opening was a red herring designed to throw us off.
Unfortunately, learning the full title killed most of my hopes. Yes, it is still possible that Natsukawa could easily fend of any incoming attacks by childhood friends and co. Yes, it is still possible that any advances by the other characters will mount to nothing but childish humor. Yes, the anime might still end up being enjoyable. But, I now know the focus of the anime.
This anime will not be about the romance between Eita and Natsukawa. No, it will be about the conflict between Natsukawa and the other girls (especially the childhood friend). It will be about a bunch of cute girls fighting over one guy. You have no idea how sad this realization makes me.
I can’t totally blame OreShura for all this. It is just another Light Novel adaptation like most other anime these days. It is also my own fault for ignoring the signs (the “we have 4 horny girls” opening and the title).
Don’t get me wrong, I am still going to watch OreShura. It might still turn out to be quite funny and touching in its own way, but I am tired of all this.
I am tired of useless harems.
I am tired of useless, jealous childhood friends.
I am tired of useless competition.
I am tired of useless blushing and embarrassment.
I am tired of useless imoutos (they will probably find an excuse to introduce an imouto here to…).
I am so very tired of all these anime that light a glimmer of hope in my heart only to extinguish it with a bucket full of raw sewage.
Sorry about the rant, but is it really too much to hope for a genuine romance that touches my heart and warms it to?