NOTE: THIS WORK HAS BEEN REVISITED AS OF MAY 8TH, 2014. CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED POST.
Ever seen a series not get the attention it deserves? I’ve seen plenty, so I’ve decided to start the first recurring segment for this blog: Under Your Radar.
So, what work do I consider worthy of kicking this segment off? Well, I can almost guarantee you haven’t heard of it.
To kick us off, I’ll be talking about Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (literally Too Much Carnage Between My Girlfriend and Childhood Friend and officially abbreviated to OreShura, Google Translate gives you the hilarious translation of “And childhood friend of my girlfriend is too shambles”). Did the title catch your attention?
OreShura is a light novel series by Yuuji Yuuji (with a manga adaptation and two manga spinoffs) about a guy named Eita Kidou, who sees no point in love. He’d rather focus on his studies. However, his childhood friend, Chiwa Harusaki, nicknamed Chiwawa (ha ha, very funny), has other ideas. Chiwa thinks love between childhood friends is especially romantic.
Now, both Chiwa and Eita live alone, as neighbours, despite being high school students. Eita says he’s like that because his parents divorced and neither one wanted him, but no explanation has been given on Chiwa. Chiwa’s story is that she was really good at kendo until a car accident had her trapped under a truck. Even after she survived critical surgery, she still couldn’t do anything hard on the body for extended periods anymore, so she had to give it up. Eita’s actually focused on his studies for her sake, to become a doctor that can come up with a way to fix Chiwa’s problems where current doctors failed her. Rather ironic that he’s against love, in that case.
But back to the premise. The first year of high school starts, and Eita gets assigned to the seat next to the new transfer student, Masuzu Natsukawa. She’s received 58 confessions in two months, so she blackmails Eita into going out with her to stop the annoyance, since she also sees love as a waste of time, to Chiwa’s chagrin (although Chiwa doesn’t know about the blackmail). The series then goes on to show the lulz that ensue between the two of them fighting over Eita and Chiwa’s attempts to get popular to get back at him (again, not knowing he was blackmailed into it).
The light novels have only been slightly translated, as a teaser, but the manga adaptation is being (slowly) translated. It’s not for everyone, but I recommend taking a look.