You live alone in an apartment in Japan. Nobody passes through for years. Then, one day, a couple of cute, cute, cute girls show up and claim to be your new neighbors. How lucky can you be?
OneRoom is exactly that scenario. It’s illustrated in such a way that puts you in the first-person perspective of the leading man–a quiet loner in a nice apartment by yourself. Perhaps you’re feeling lonely, because when Hanasaka Yui stops by, you can’t help but check her out in her school uniform. She tells you she’s studying to go to a university in Tokyo, and, at the end of the four-minute episode, asks if you will study with her.
Since the episode is so short, I have very little to go off of here for my review. I will go on record to say the animation is lavish and gorgeous–pastel sakura trees and sunshine-drenched scenery. The girls are all richly detailed, with those ginormous eyes we love so much on our shoujo ladies. The way our “eyes” move, though, does serve to be a little precarious. If you’re someone who has difficulty bouncing your eyes in the presence of a pretty young thing like Yui, you might find the camerawork bothersome, as it spares no angle of her body, allowing focus to fall on near-inappropriate places.
With only four minutes of content to go off of, it’s difficult to come up with any connections to draw. Of course, there is the issue of fanservice, but the outfits that Yui wears are pretty typical and modest for the average anime girl. I haven’t seen too much skin, beyond the short skirts and some dangerous camera angles that are quite normal for anime. There’s nothing inherently sexual or demeaning to be found, and with minimal dialogue it seems that dear Yui-chan only wants to be a good neighbor and get into a good school. We’ll see how this series goes, but nothing is flagging my attention as of yet.
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Mild. Some suggestive “checking out”; the camera pans up and down a girl’s body
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