Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose

Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose

Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won't Lose anime series cover art
Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose

Series Overview

Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose (Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Comedy / 幼なじみが絶対に負けないラブコメ) is the worst rom-com anime I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s the only rom-com I’ve rated 1/10.

Based on the name, you might be thinking “Finally, a rom-com where the childhood friend wins! It’s just what I’ve been wanting!” But, the reality is that the title of the series is much more literal than you might think. It’s not a rom-com in which the childhood friend wins.

It’s a rom-com (harem) in which every character is a childhood friend. So, technically speaking, the childhood friend won’t lose in the end. But it’s not as if there’s a specific childhood friend character who wins out against other character archetypes.

If I had to choose one thing about this anime I hate, it would be everything. Seriously, the OP and ED are bad, the characters are garbage, the plot is terrible and full of holes, the art is bland, and the animation is barely there.

The only thing that makes Osamake worth watching in any capacity is how stupid the plot developments are. For example, it’s revealed that the protagonist’s mother was an actress who died because she acted like she died too well for a TV show and it really happened.

And, in case you’re wondering, yes, this event is portrayed as completely serious and a tragic part of the protagonist’s past. I honestly thought it was supposed to be a gag at first. But once I realized it wasn’t, that just made it even funnier.

Unfortunately, even with that scene existing, I can’t recommend Osamake even to fans of bad anime. The truth is, most of the series is just extremely boring, not funny because it’s so bad.

Childhood Friends

Maru Sueharu is the protagonist and a former child actor (as are all the main characters, apparently). He’s an extremely bland character, but he’s not as dense as most harem protagonists, so he has that going for him.

Kuroha “Kuro” Shida is one of Maru’s childhood friends. And, to me, she’s the one who really embodies the childhood friend archetype. Yes, they’re all his childhood friends. But that’s basically all there is to Kuro’s character.

Kuro also has three younger sisters, Midori, Aoi, and Akane. I believe they’re referred to as the “color sisters” because midori, aoi, and aka are the Japanese words for green, blue, and red respectively. Kuro is Japanese for black.

Kuro, Shiro, and Momo from the anime series Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won't Lose
Kuro, Shiro, and Momo

Shirokusa “Shiro” Kachi is the next childhood friend of Maru. While Kuro’s nickname means black, Shiro’s nickname means white. And just like their names, these two characters are opposites.

Shiro is the girl Maru initially has a crush on. She’s popular among the boys, works as a model, and also acts and writes screenplays because that’s what everyone in this anime does. But, she’s still a childhood friend at the end of the day.

The third childhood friend is Maria “Momo” Momosaka. Momo is Japanese for peach, though that doesn’t really matter as much as Kuro and Shiro’s name meanings. Anyway, besides being a childhood friend of Maru, Momo also fills the role of the little sister who isn’t blood-related.

Kuro and Shiro do view Momo as another romantic rival, but she’s not their main concern. Most of their energy is focused on battling it out with each other, which allows Momo to sneak past and get close to Maru.

Romcom Where The Viewers All Lose

Earlier I mentioned that this anime isn’t really even suitable for fans of bad anime because it’s primarily just boring. It’s actually a very difficult anime to watch and I’m fairly surprised that I actually finished it despite the fact that I don’t drop anime anymore.

If you’re wondering why I don’t drop anime, it’s because every anime I watch is something I can review. And I generally don’t like reviewing things unless I’ve finished them. So, if I start an anime, there’s a very high probability that I’ll finish it.

With that said, this might have been the hardest anime to watch of the year so far. I know I said that about something earlier this year, but I can’t remember what. Ex-Arm is the other 1/10 I’ve given so far this year, but I don’t feel like I said that about Ex-Arm (maybe I did).

Momo, Kuro, and Shiro from the anime series Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won't Lose
Momo, Kuro, and Shiro

Perhaps I’m just not interested in all this random high school drama. I’m pretty far removed from high school, after all. But I think it’s more than that. The characters are genuinely poorly written and that makes it hard to get invested in any way.

They’re written like cheesy, cringey characters from a bad 80s movie. Maru literally has a dance-off against a romantic rival in front of the whole school. Imagine if the school election dance scene from Napoleon Dynamite was supposed to be serious. That’s the vibe of Osamake; it’s not funny, just uncomfortable.

Oh, and it’s not as if this is just a bad adaptation of a good light novel or anything. Even the light novel is rated low on MyAnimeList, so I’m not entirely sure why this was chosen to get an anime adaptation. I get that a lot of bad series get anime, but the harem genre is so saturated, why this one?

Conclusion

As I stated from the start, Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose is a 1/10. There are definitely anime worse than this one on a technical level — animation, voice acting, etc. But this one is just rough to watch for so many other reasons.

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