Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Ore Monogatari!! Review

"When you fall for someones, everything about them becomes beautiful." This is an anime about loves. It shows that loves come in many different forms, regardless on how you look or personalities. And believe me, you will love it.

The anime  features Takeo Gouda,  not exactly your average high school freshman with his muscular build and tall stature. However, behind his intimidating appearance hides a heart of gold, and he is considered a hero by the boys for his courage and chivalry. Unfortunately, these traits do not help much with his love life. As if his looks are not enough to scare the opposite sex away, Takeo's cool and handsome best friend and constant companion Makoto Sunakawa easily steals the hearts of the female students—including every girl Takeo has ever liked. When Takeo gallantly saves cute and angelic Rinko Yamato from being molested, he falls in love with her instantly, but suspects that she might be interested in Sunakawa. With his own love for Yamato continuing to bloom, Takeo unselfishly decides to act as her cupid, even as he yearns for his own love story. (Source: MAL Rewrite)

The story explore the aspect of love in many different way. The most notable one is how loves can even bloom with two people with contrasting features shown between the huge gentle giant Takeo and small, fragile looking girl Rinko. The anime overall does not shown a clear, straightforward plot, but tackle the story in a slice of life feature most of the time. Each of the arc however addresses the issues of loves; from how hard it is to confess your love to a person, how sometime your feeling would not get returned but you must move on nevertheless, how loves is maintained between a mutual trust for each other, to a simpler form of loves between family. The overall pace is somewhat slow, but brilliant comedic act and hilarious scenes makes up for it.

The anime centres around three main characters; Takeo Gouda, Rinko Yamato and Makoto Sunakawa. Each of them are vastly different for each other, yet they share unbreakable bond. Takeo is a huge guy with giant heart. He is very nice to people around him, yet he does not speak his mind and always misunderstood what others feels. He tried his best on what he could do best, by working hard and using his muscle all whilst accepting his weaknesses. He is deeply in love with Rinko, and kept repeating "Suki da!" over and over again to a point it looks more like a punchline. Rinko meanwhile is a complete opposite is appearance. She is small, petite yet had a great smile that warms up everyone around her. She tries her very best to be a dedicated and hardworking girlfriend, baking food and provide support to his lovable boyfriend. Unlike Takeo who could be dense most of the time, Rinko is the one who takes the initiative in their relationship to propel it even further. Finally, we have Sunakawa, a handsome and cool looking guy with a lot of wisdom to share with his friend. He is not a third wheel, but rather a gear that connect both Takeo and Rinko together, supporting him as much as he could. Everytime Takeo or Rinko had troubles regarding their relationship, Sunakawa is there to help, and do it not because he feels obligated to, but to show how much he treasures the bond between his friends. The other side characters are also fun to watch, each with their own mini loves story that expand the overall narrative.

The art for Ore Monogatari is bright and cheerful, perfect for this light-hearted anime. Animation is fluid and pleasant, with little to no quality issue. The usage of variety of different sceneries are definitely a plus, each accompanied with vibrant colouring. The way they exaggerate characters expression are very enjoyable, and it never fails to amuse me to see how silly Takeo can look each time. The OP and ED music are cheerful and complement the overall theme. The soundtrack used are mostly violin and other classical feels that fit perfectly with the mood if needed.

Overall, this is a surprisingly great anime that manages to capture the theme of romance and loves perfectly. It is an enjoyable anime that surely warms up your heart even if you are still single (me) and captures the beauty of love in many different way. Ore Monogatari is a highly recommended anime for the season if you enjoy romance anime or just a person who kept wondering "what is love?".

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