Well, the new season has kicked off and there’s one show, or rather one character, who has piqued my interest.
The first episode of OreShura (Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru) started rather blandly. If MC-kun’s childhood friend vanished from the show forever, it’d be for the better for everyone involved – mostly for anyone who had to listen to her. However, the second half made up for the first and then some. It’s no secret that MC-kun and Natsukawa Masuzu were going to be involved somehow. I never thought it’d be because she’s blackmailing him in order to make him her fake boyfriend.
Let’s step back for a moment from OreShura to take a look at a character who I think may be very similar to Natsukawa Masuzu. When Toradora first introduced Kawashima Ami, she was presented as, in Ryuuji’s own words, “a real nice girl … a bit of an airhead.” Then we see the other side of her: pretty much a total bitch.
However, we’re led to believe that these are the only two faces she possesses. The reality of it is, she’s many times more complex than we’re led to believe initially.
Who is the real Kawashima Ami? Attempting to unravel the mystery that is Kawashima Ami left me with more questions than answers. The deeper I dug, the more fascinated I became with her and the more I wanted to know. Yet as I went deeper, that image of Kawashima Ami became more murky and muddled. She has so many facets to her, there was no way to tell which is the ‘real’ Kawashima Ami.
Coming back to OreShura, Natsukawa Masuzu seems to have a few similarities with Kawashima Ami. She’s not exactly pretending to be a ‘nice girl’ but she’s certainly more complex than what she appears to be. After all, she’s going as far as to blackmail MC-kun in order to basically stop getting harassed all the time by boys asking her out. She also seems to have the same ‘hatred of love’ as our MC-kun. While her image as a ‘perfect princess’ is mostly due to the rest of the school spreading rumors, she does seem to have that air about her.
What I’m really looking forward to is what she exposes as her and MC-kun try to put up this facade of dating and being lovers. Whether he likes he or not, he’s stuck with her. And whether either of them like it or not, they’re going to end up growing closer. I’m certainly not expecting OreShura to be as amazing as Toradora. I do expect to enjoy unraveling the many layers of Natsukawa Masuzu. If you know what I mean.