The greatest thing about anime is how, like any other art form, it learns from itself, changes, and grows. The romantic genre of anime has its own set of unspoken rules, rules which have come to be synonymous with romance in anime. Things like the emphasis on handholding, delayed kiss scenes, unheard confessions of love, and of course, the unfortunate yet consistent development of the protagonist’s childhood friend as an often-long-standing romantic option doomed to never be seen that way.
Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Comedy (Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won't Lose) is challenging the tendency of romantic anime to sideline the childhood friend. While these characters tend to be the closest to the main character, they are often only so because of unresolved feelings of romantic affection for their oldest, closest, bestest friend! Osamake seems like it’ll bring a new dynamic to romance anime and we simply can’t wait to get a taste!
Shiny New Trope
One of the best things about anime is seeing how it changes and, lately, the romance genre has seen a lot of evolution. Osamake is going to be the direct answer to the aged trope of the osananajimi – the childhood friend. Romance anime tend to follow a formula of a protagonist falling in love with someone who is out of their league, but they develop a special relationship. Often, watching them is someone the protagonist has known a long time – their childhood friend, who either realises that they have always had feelings for their closest friend or is introduced as someone harbouring secret romantic feelings that they want to take to the grave. Osamake is making that character who is doomed to fail in their romantic endeavour into the heroine of the story in a fashion that we haven’t seen, which is really exciting!
Romance anime have had brilliant seiyuu (voice actors) give life to the characters, making them even more memorable. Osamake is following that same trend, giving us a stellar cast of seasoned voice actors. The main roles are going to be performed by a quartet of actors who have worked together extensively in various kinds of shows, featuring an impressive list of collaborations!
This list includes titles like Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars!), Sword Art Online, 5-toubun no Hanayome (The Quintessential Quintuplets), Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru (My Teenage Love Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected), Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Re:ZERO – Starting Life in Another World –), but this combination of actors is particularly exciting because of the chemistry and experience they have working together on romantic harems.
- The protagonist, Sueharu Maru is voiced by the talented Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, who has played various other romance anime protagonist roles including Uesugi Futarou from (The Quintessential Quintuplets).
- Minase Inori, whose vast repertoire of voice acting roles has had her acting alongside Matsuoka several times, like in her role as Nakano Itsuki from The Quintessential Quintuplets). This time; however, Minase will be playing Shida Kuroha – the childhood friend and main romantic interest!
- The stardom continues with the casting of Sakura Ayane, who played Nakano Yotsuba in The Quintessential Quintuplets, in the role of Shirokusa Kachi – the protagonist’s first love. Ayaneru has worked with Matsuoka and Minase extensively, especially as a romantic interest to characters played by the former, and as a rival in love to characters played by the latter.
- Oonishi Saori has worked together with all three in various capacities in different kinds of supporting roles. She played Arato Hisako in Food Wars!, where Matsuoka was the protagonist; Ais Wallenstein in Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (DanMachi), where Matsuoka played protagonist Bell Cranel.
The point is that the wealth of the dialogue will be performed by four highly experienced, highly talented voice actors who have worked together on numerous other projects and will easily lean into all that experience for these roles.
Osamake could be one of those breaths of fresh air that come once in a while to remind us that a small twist can turn a well-known storyline into something interesting! Romantic anime has been on the rise in the past couple of years because of shows like this that somehow find a comfortable space in between the familiar tropes we have always seen, and uncharted territory. The show still isn’t out yet, but you can trust that we will be there from the day it drops! Are you going to watch Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Comedy (Osamake)? Drop a comment below and tell us what you find the most exciting about this Spring 2021 release!