ORESUKI: Are you the only one who loves me? Ore-tachi no Game Set

Alt title: Ore wo Suki na no wa Omae Dake ka yo: Ore-tachi no Game Set

OVA (1 ep x 71 min)
3.919 out of 5 from 1,648 votes
Rank #1,278
ORESUKI: Are you the only one who loves me? Ore-tachi no Game Set

I'm in a challenge with the superman rom-com protagonist of the century, Hose, with Pansy on the line! The stage is the regional championship baseball tournament! Obviously, I'll fight Hose fair and square… as if! He's better than me in all respects, so of course I'm going to use dirty tricks!

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Studio Connect’s 2019 harem-romcom comes from the light novels of Rakuda and is unsurprisingly based in High School. What is surprising is that this little number is really well written being constructed around various different story arcs. Amatsuyu "Joro" Kisaragi considers himself to be an ordinary kid who gets mixed up with a bunch of girls most of whom initially confess interest only in his best friend Taiyou Ooga (“Sun-chan”). The plot actually defies any form of summarisation but the individual story arcs enjoy common features: the confession to Joro on a park bench that suspiciously turns up everywhere for comic effect, the bromance between Joro and Sun-chan which often trumps the romantic entanglements with the opposite sex, Joro’s long-term indifference to the girl who says she loves him (Sumireko "Pansy" Sanshokuin), a falling-in-love moment at the end of a key baseball game that Sun-chan was playing in, Joro’s friendship with childhood friend Aoi "Himawari" Hinata, and the complicated sub-plots involving subterfuge by a key protagonist. Needless to say, not everything is as it first seems and each arc has its “reveal” moment when we get to unravel the mysterious goings-on. It may sound a bit formulaic but each arc pushes the boundaries on the relationships that surround Joro. The show is very funny and Joro occasionally makes remarks that break the fourth wall which works quite nicely. There is a lot of story to wade through and the show becomes quite sophisticated at times. Thankfully it never becomes too complicated to understand and the timing is all spot-on. The principal character rarely strays too far into harem stereotype territory and it is not clear for a large chunk of the season if any of the girls really love him at all. A lot of story is saved up for the final episode/OVA which keeps you guessing. Technically this is an exceptionally well executed piece of storytelling and deserved more attention than it got. It probably got let down by some of the hum-drum characterisations that left the impression of a work-man-like effort rather than a show you could fall in love with. It leaves the audience impressed but not really wanting anymore. It seldom had any emotional impact hence leaving little, if any, lasting impression. One for your head rather than your heart. Enjoyable, funny and worthy of your time if you have it to spare.


Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae Dake ka yo: Oretachi no Game Set I had huge doubts about this 60-minute Ova episode after you could clearly see how the anime had lost more and more of its potential. The final arc against Hose (which still sounds misleading to me, since it means Pants- in German) goes into the final round. And they deliver the top 10 of the most unnecessary and meaningless duels in the history of all duels. Honestly, I liked both the flow and the final result of their fight. BUT, it doesn't change how meaningless it was and that Sumireko has become a walking story blocker. What the Ova triumphed in, as opposed to the animated one, was the better-balanced humor, which was much more plainly combined with the drama. The better pacing, color design, and insight into Sun's personality. It basically had everything a little above average rom-com ova should have and got rid of most of the negative elements the anime possessed. The characters, unfortunately, were still a disaster and could only convince in small areas. Ironically, the "female" characters were all dull and empty. They like to talk about their own development and problems. But in the end, they are as empty as a blank piece of paper. Even Sumireko, the female protagonist, is nothing more than the typical smug girl who has "Ara-Ara" flowing right out of her nose, with no personality whatsoever. I liked Joro's approach, unfortunately, it constantly resulted in him seeming like a complete pervert instead of a self-critical character. This fluctuation was so great with him that I can hardly tell who he really is. As for Sun, on the other hand, this character shocked me several times. Not only his humorous moments but also his betrayal in the anime and the interaction with him in this Ova. His background resulted in an interesting resolution as to why his envy of the protagonist came about in the first place and what pressures it represented in his life. Also to my surprise, the title "Are you the only one who loves me?" takes on an unexpected new meaning here, as it had never been related to the protagonist. Conclusion There were plenty of wasted potentials, this anime could have been much better in general. With this ova, he managed to defiantly achieve his yet best possible result and for me, top the entire anime. That the Ova is better than the whole previous series, is already meaningful enough. Not to mention the relatively surprising conclusion and the emotional moment between Sun and Joro at the end. "Bro's before Hoes" gives the whole thing a whole new definition. [Enjoyment 7]

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