(Weekly Crunch) Episode 001 – Ore Monogatari!!

Ore Monogatari!!

Ore Monogatari!!

Title: Ore Monogatari!!
Japanese Title: 俺物語!!
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Shoujo

Synopsis:

Gouda Takeo is a freshman in high school. (Both estimates) Weight: 120 kg, Height: 2 meters. He spends his days peacefully with his super-popular-with-girls, yet insensitive childhood friend, Sunakawa. One morning, on the train to school, Takeo saves a girl, Yamato, from being molested by a pervert.

Could this be the beginning of spring for Takeo?

Usually in a shoujo anime, the main characters are already perfect with hardly a flaw – they already have the perfect hair, style, and life. Sure, they might have a flaw or two but it’s usually a personality flaw and it can usually be “fixed” within a 12 count episode. Granted, there’s always the supporting best friend of the lead guy but he doesn’t get the girls unless the ending calls for him as well.

Well, this shoujo isn’t unlike others but it’s still very much a shoujo story. In this case, though, it’s a big, unconventional looking male lead sharing his love story with us.

Granted, it’s clear that with Gendou Takeo, our lead, isn’t completely alienated from his peers (in spite of his looks). In fact, he seems really respected in his club back in junior high. However, it is unfortunate that almost every girl that he’s ever had a crush on ended up liking his best friend, Sunakawa Makoto.

And, honestly, it could have gone down hill from there. Takeo (and the writing/direction) could have easily vilified the girls – how dare they not give our unconventional lead the cold shoulder! But they didn’t. Sunakawa could be rubbing it in Takeo’s face that he is just so popular with the girls that he can’t help but go out with him even though it’s his crushes.

But he didn’t.

And that’s an important factor. Even though Takeo explained in the first episode that the two have nothing really in common and only grew to be friends because of convenience, it’s clear that the two are friends in spite of their differences; and it’s also very clear that Sunakawa very much respects Takeo.

It’s very admirable of Takeo to understand his position, to put it bluntly, that he’ll probably never get the girl. As long as Sunakwa’s around, the best thing he can do is just make sure everyone else is protected and taken care of.

Granted, it’s pretty clear that Sunakawa wanted to leave Yamato and Takeo alone but unfortunately, the misunderstandings start early. It’s not an annoying type of misunderstanding that’s so prevalent with this genre – but rather, “Well, I’m probably not going to get the girl anyway…” It’s an understandable misunderstanding which hopefully should be resolved next week!

This is a really cute shoujo from this episode alone and it looks like that it’s going just get better! Takeo is really endearing and could hopefully pave the way for better shoujo leads – and the same can hopefully be said about Yamato. Please don’t let me down!

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