Ore ga ojousama gakkou ni "shomin sample" toshite gets♥sareta ken specials
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「ようこそ庶民」 (Youkoso Shomin)“Welcome Commoner”
How would you like to be the only guy in a school full of rich, beautiful girls? Only there’s a catch. Several catches, actually. It’s pretty much all catches. Muscles, yay!
Gay Muscle Fetishist or Eunuch: Choose One
When I previewed this series, I mentioned the eternal conundrum of light novel authors: “How vì chưng I make my main character not bang the bevy of beautiful girls who are always crawling all over him?” và as I mentioned there, making him claim he’s gay with a muscle fetish if he doesn’t want khổng lồ be castrated is a pretty good solution! An uncommon one in the annuls of anime, at any rate. But that’s a symptom of something more endemic. The entire thiết đặt of Ore ga Ojou-sama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken is wonky, simultaneously embracing clichés while ignoring others entirely. In a way, much of what it does is deeply problematic, but it also sort of works.
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Take the series’ attitude toward homosexuality. (Stay with me, people.) Characters such as head maid Kujou Miyuki (Oonishi Saori) imply that straight is normal, thereby implying that main character Kagurazaka Kimito’s (Tamaru Atsushi) alleged homosexuality as abnormal. And while heterosexuality is more common percentage-wise (though sexuality is really more of a gradient), calling homosexuality abnormal is problematic in several ways. But on the other hand, they don’t treat being gay (much less having a muscle fetish) as bad. I feel like there are several problematic issues with homosexuality in this show, mostly coming from a place of ignorance, but I’m not sure I’m qualified khổng lồ parse them. So I’m going lớn bow lớn my ignorance on the issue, then mix it aside for now.
But one thing I do know is that, storytelling-wise, it kind of works. Kimito can’t go full Harem King, or even pursue a single girl, so we can’t get mad at him if he rejects any advances, và a misunderstanding he’s willfully perpetuating under threat of castration is a comedy hole (hur hur hur) they can keep going back to. This extends khổng lồ the ignorant ojou-sama school (do none of them have fathers? Brothers? Uncles? Anyone!?) and more. Lớn me, it’s lượt thích The Dark Knight Rises. If you think about it too much, you’ll realize that nothing much makes sense & it’s all held together by willful ignorance & wishful thinking. But if you take it for what it is, it pretty much works.
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A Lethargic Comedy
For all the oddities in the premise, the first episode did something that I’m eternally grateful for—it didn’t rush. Unlike Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai, which was a dizzying sprint through the source material, this one took its time. Which is why I’m perplexed, because the comedy didn’t seem to be working. Now, bear in mind that I have read past this point in the source material, so maybe I would have been chuckling if I hadn’t already known what was going to lớn happen next. But even though most of the jokes were there, the episode had so little energy so as to lớn make them fall flat. It was like listening to lớn Ben Carson give a speech (topical humor!). Which is especially surprising since Jinbo Masato is directing for Silver Link, & his entire oeuvre (Prisma Illya most recently) proves that he knows comedy, & he knows comedy timing.
The Characters & Plot
Fortunately, comedy is a YMMV (your mileage may vary) sort of thing, & the characters & plot were mostly done well. We don’t know much about Kimito so far, save that he likes khổng lồ take care of people, which is already proving to be a beneficial tendency in the strange new world he’s been thrust into. The character we got khổng lồ dig into most if Tenkuubashi Aika (Serizawa Yuu), who reminds me of OreShura’s Chiwa, and thus is already my favorite character (Chiwa5ever!). She’s got pretty darn severe social anxiety, and learning to khuyến mãi with that enough lớn get some friends looks to lớn be the arc we’re embarking on. Now, once again I don’t know if social anxiety manifests itself precisely like it is with her. I probably have some low-grade social anxiety myself, but it’s nowhere close khổng lồ the paralyzing sort Chiw—I mean, Aika seems to lớn have. And I have a feeling she may get over it a little too cleanly, whereas real social anxiety doesn’t just go away when you get a few friends. But that’s what they’re going for, và ya can’t help but feel for the girl. She just wants some friends! và is a bit of an idiot. Adorable all around.
I also appreciate the simple act of ending the episode on a good, round note. After the rush of Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai and the abrupt cliffhanger of the Heavy Object premiere, this episode had an identifiable point. It wasn’t, “Get some exposition across,” (though they did that as well, using Kimito as a fish out of water (trope!) khổng lồ make it flow smooth in the dialogue), nor was it, “Blaze through nội dung because we don’t have as much time as we need.” No, they introduced characters, revealed Aika’s social anxiety dilemma, and ended with the creation of the Commoner Club. The story stuff is there, they just need the comedy to follow.
This is a goofy episode for me, since it was good enough for me lớn respect it, but not so great as lớn rocket it up my potential-shows-to-blog list. As of right now there aren’t any plans for this khổng lồ be blogged regularly, but I’ll say the same thing I said on my 35 Shoutai post: What would you lượt thích to see me blog? This is still a “One Man, One Vote” kind of democracy, in which I alone am the Man, và I have the Vote, but I’d be interested lớn hear what you think. Either way, I’ll definitely be following this show, so kiểm tra in with me on twitter if you want to hear my latest thoughts. Until next post!