There’s a wide and deep vocabulary of visual metaphors (gags by a fancier name) for anime comedies that really takes a long time to totally grasp. There’s the obvious stuff like nose-bleeds and enormous sweat beads, of course, but then there are more subtle flourishes - - like when the color totally drops out to signify a character’s mortification. Most of the time, I’m really not a fan of this stuff (especially chibi), but I’ll tip my hat today to ORESHURA, since the moment captured above is definitely the best use of this particular gag I’ve seen so far.
In short… I LOL’ed.
These high school romances really start blurring together after a while (I literally just watched another show about a boy and girl having some semi-fantastical meet cute in the back corner of class), and it speaks to just how similar they are that the most notable difference I see in ORESHURA is that the kids’ uniforms are blue.
Actually, I do think the premise of this would be comparatively easier to transplant into an American high school flick. Give the leads’ aversion to “love” a better translation - - specifying it as an aversion to “dating,” perhaps - - and it could fit on some three decade slide taking us from RISKY BUSINESS to… say… SHE’S ALL THAT. Hell, this really does feel like the first ten minutes of set-up for a breezy romcom, and yeah, I’d be down for it.
The leads actually do have more observed characterizations. Specifically, I did appreciate how the girl really does seem like she’ll grow up into an ice-hearted femme fatale and how the guy sees right through her assorted attempts to play him. (Indeed, you’ve got to wonder if the rest of the series is going to get more raw; since she’s so predatory, you’ve got to figure that this "fake boyfriend" thing is really more so she can have a pretext to cover up her sleeping around). At the least, we’re not getting yet another custom-made masturbatory fantasy which the hapless lead character somehow doesn’t know how to handle.
Watch this episode, " The Start of My High School Life is a Battleground” here and decide for yourself.