Anime Review: Ore Monogatari
Hey friends! Looking for an incredible anime series to become addicted to? Well, I am here to offer you one of my personal favorites! The title is Ore Monogatari and it’s such a pure, happy, slice of life anime. When I say pure, I mean you can expect nothing but great laughs and happiness in every episode, this anime is here to make you enjoy life for those brief 20 minutes.
Ore Monogatari is about a high schooler named Takeo who is not traditionally good looking: He is larger than most
folks, he has a deep, booming voice, he isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. His greatest attribute is the fact that he is a great person who always looks out for others, even at the cost of his own personal safety. He is never bitter or resentful in any way and just does good deeds because they need to be done.
Unfortunately, the girls that attend his high school don’t find his acts attractive enough to even consider him to date. Until one day, he boards a train and notices a girl being harassed by a man. Takeo steps in and then defends the girl’s honor. She then goes above and beyond to thank him for stepping in and simply won’t leave him alone after that. It might be the first girl who is genuinely interested in him and he must overcome his fears/anxiety of women to achieve his ultimate goal of having a girlfriend.
This show is drenched in so much comedy that it’s so easy to become addicted to Ore Monogatari because it is just a great time. Takeo always puts in his best effort for everything he does, even the smallest of tasks gets his 100% dedication so it’s amazing to see his professional wrestler sized highschooler do mundane tasks.
Another dynamic that is incredible is the fact that Takeo’s best friend, Suna, is a very attractive and smart man at their high school. So while Takeo gets rejected and ignored despite trying, Suna gets a flood of date requests which he declines just as fast as they come. He is more introverted which balances out Takeo’s extrovertness. The exchange between the two of them is gold and I found myself excited whenever the two were in the same frame because I was conditioned to expect comedy gold.
The characters are some of my all time favorite out of the many Anime series I have seen in the past. Takeo is a big loveable oaf while Suna is the charming, smart best friend to guide him through his confusion. Mako, Takeo’s love interest is this tiny, sweet, adorable girl who has more adult thoughts about Takeo. The combination of the three personalities mixed with various situations makes for a great time in every episode.
For the side characters, there are a huge range of personalities that help the show
Once again, the show is centered around being light hearted, uplifting, and positive so it’s rare to find any sort of betrayal in the series, what you see is what you get. All efforts made by every character is honest and good! It’s a great change from being shocked and awed by many other series.
Why It Appealed To Me
The reason I was so attracted to this show is that the main character is not traditionally handsome. Many times in Anime, characters will be ridiculously good looking and fit for their young age. In this show, the character is awkward and get rejected a ton from girls, it’s a situation many of us can relate to from our middle school or high school experience. The fact that he remaining a good guy and then is rewarded for it by getting a wonderful girlfriend and able to maintain his friendship was so refreshing to see.
Later in the series, his good nature continues to pay off with other folks noticing his good nature and enjoy him for it over his physical appearance. I needed this Anime since I, personally, get down on myself quite a bit for not looking like Goku or having the laid back personality of Spike. I’m much more a Takeo and if he can live a wonderful life, maybe I can as well!
In the end, Ore Monogatari is truly a gem in the vast sea of Anime. Even if you’re not too fond of slice of life genres, it’s such an incredible and light hearted show that you can’t help but watch it! After the series ends you’ll do nothing but yearn for more yet are somehow content because you know what you got was way better than not having it at all.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I must go and re-watch the series.