Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru" and "Maoyuu Maou Yuusha" Episode 3 Thoughts

Well this anime season is shaping up to be somewhat interesting thanks to Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru and Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. Both are laid back dramas that rely on the characters to put on a show. So have they started out of the gates in first or are they already trailing in the back of the pack?
Well let’s start by talking about Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru. It’s a harem revolving around the…idk the nice and average Eita? He is kind of a bland male lead but he seems like a honest and good person. We already talked about what happened in episodes one and two (Masuzu asks out Eita and uses a book Eita misplaced as collateral against his will so that people will stop bothering her) so what happened in the third? Well in typical anime fashion some tears were shed and some emotions went a little too far over the top (not Sword Art Online over the top but pretty close). In Masuzu’s quest to make Chiwa (who is adorable btw) the most popular girl in the school, she and Eita accidently trample all over Chiwa’s feelings causing her to get very emotional by the end of the episode. Masuzu’s plan consisted of trying to make Chiwa noticed by one of the boys in Eita’s class. The plan succeeds and she is asked out by said boy but in reality Chiwa wanted the plan to fail. It has become very obvious that Chiwa has no intentions of letting her feelings towards Eita disappear as she is being misinterpreted (oh anime male leads when will you ever not be so oblivious to a young maiden’s heart?). Other than that however nothing else really happened in the episode. There was a scene involving Masuzu showing some skin to Eita during a conversation between Masuzu and Chiwa that was interesting to watch. It showed that Masuzu may not have the social mannerisms as say a normal girl her age. Overall the episode was enjoyable to watch; cannot wait for the next one to air.
I have to say that I am ashamed that I did not notice the similarities between Maoyuu Maou Yuusha and one of my favorites Spice and Wolf. Both series revolve around a mystical female and involves trade and economic like characteristics. Both shows even have the same feel and pacing; it’s a very striking resemblance. So what happened in episode three? Well time has skipped ahead as the Demon King’s harvesting plan has proven to be a success. The episode also brings up that in the past so amount of time the relationship between the Demon King and the Hero has not improved (errrr progressed). They both end up taking a trip to a church in order to show off one of the Demon King’s food ideas. While there, they meet one of the Hero’s old companions, the female Knight. She informs the Hero that after he went missing, the female Magician went on a search in the demon’s country. After hearing about this information, the Hero leaves to find the Magician. We also see a scene where a large trading company is planning something against the Demon King. She sent the company an invention (a compass) and they rather not have to pay any royalties to the inventor. So yeah not a lot happened in this episode but it was still enjoyable to watch. Hopefully everything keeps going according to the Demon King’s plan.
Overall these two shows are very enjoyable (especially Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru). I wish there was a good looking serious anime this season but I cannot complain too much since there are a couple good slice of life dramas.

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