How we are able to comprehend something that is inherently dumb and insipid in shows such as these are let loose into the anime medium has always made me wonder what drives us into having such a thing as guilty pleasures. Now, when you imagine a show with those two terms in my mind, could you ever imagine a show like that trying to put in deep themes of free-will and choice into consideration? The answer to that question would be yes… and no.
Yes because something like Ore no Nounai, and no I refuse to spell out the absurdly long title, could’ve been thought out by writers just like in any kind of imaginative process of writing out ideas for shows. On the other hand, no because it would be impossible for an absurd RomCom like this to try to implement these kinds of themes perfectly, or at least it would take the skill of a talented writer to actually pull that off. Which, sadly, isn’t the case for Ore no Nounai; but that’s not to say it doesn’t have its charming moments in some areas.
The major emphasis that the show really wants to drive its plot towards is the notion of how our lives are often being created by ourselves through the choices we make in them. Since this is a RomCom, our bland perverted protagonist is confronted with many choices that threaten his social status from girls around him, hence the title. Already the logic that is thrown at us is beyond erratic and not given much thought into how the “Absolute Choice” works exactly. For comedy’s sake, there is an unfortunate lack of wit to the humor that these choices give to the audience in the sense that: Why are there mostly only two choices? For the record, most of the choices that are shown to Kanade aren’t very imaginative or creative to say the least. When you have this opportunity to think of what you want the humor to go through, you need to bring out the big guns or else it’ll just become tedious after a while.
Where the comedy does work is through some of the character interactions that do not involve the choice system. The chemistry between the girls and Kanade isn’t the greatest because of how the girls don’t leave much of an impression. There are definitely exceptions to this, them being Yukihira and Chocolat. Yukihira does come across as a vapid dandere character until she finally comes out of her shell and we get to really see what she actually is and thanks to the surprisingly well-done performance of new-comer Yui Kondou, who gives Yukihira a really funny mood swing-type of vibe to her archetype that works quite smoothly. Chocolat gives a larger-than-life personality to Ore no Nounai, despite her cliched nature when she is first introduced. While not as unique as Yukihira, her presence provides some nice needed wholehearted fun to the comedy and story.
RomCom protagonists that are generally considered entertaining, or more specifically not annoying, are a rarity and Kanade is no exception to this fact. Not everything that he does or says are immediate eye-rolls. There are a few notable moments where he is quite humorous, but he eventually does go full force into bland, stereotypical protagonist territory where he acts extremely against the odds of what a normal teenager in the real world would react. This kind of thing would be done good in a comedic sense if the jokes weren’t stuff that we have already seen on countless shows like Ore no Nounai and doesn’t do anything with them than just copy and paste them into the narrative.
Inevitably, the artwork tries its best to make the girls look the cutest and sexiest that they can be. They definitely succeeded in this domain in giving a lot of emphasis in coloring the characters that make them very easy to identify and help us remember a particular part of their design. The amount of blushing skin was a pretty nice touch in escalating the sexual tension from looking at the girls and their cute blushing faces. The sporadic animation helps in giving the humor some great traditional face reactions that we are used to in anime. However, there were moments where CG was used in some cars in a few scenes that looked pretty dreadful but thankfully there’s not much to be remembered in infamy for.
The quality of the music can be construed as underwhelming in the actual show itself with your typical synthesizers, but the opening delivers a great song in showcasing the tone of the show as a whole. Even though the actual opening is quite lazy in how it was choreographed, the song at least fits well to the things going on in the opening. However, I found myself a bit perplexed in how the ending song was put into production for Ore no Nounai. It didn’t fit very well to the tone in that it felt like it was more fitted into an action show than a romantic comedy.
Surely, Ore no Nounai will be looked at as a strange attempt in trying to milk the high school comedy genre into grinding into slightly new territory. The result wasn’t as fulfilling as the initial premise was shown before being released, but that shouldn’t suggest that the show is of terrible quality. There isn’t anything inherently offensive or needlessly degrading to anyone’s intelligence, or at least the people who try to think too hard about it. It is convoluted as all hell in its subject matter and doesn’t even bother to push it any further than what it generally tries to be another ecchi comedy. The fact that I’m even talking about how we look at ecchi comedies in anime in a different spectrum is at least a hopeful note in the future.