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ORESUKI: Are you the only one who loves me? Episode #09 Anime Review

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This episode was basically a rollercoaster of Joro's feelings.
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“My Conclusion After Much Consideration”

What They Say:
Question: What would you do if a girl you liked asked you out on a date? Now imagine it’s not one, but two beautiful girls, the cool beauty, Cosmos, and the cute childhood friend, Himawari!! Of course, you would make plans with both. Except for the “feelings” they confess to you are… Asking me for “romantic advice,” since they’re both in love with someone else. Hahaha… That’s it! I’m not gonna take it anymore! I’m giving up on this obtuse, harmless persona and going back to my true self. But I can’t give up hope here. If I give them my advice, at least one of them may fall in love with me!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Joro has been working at Cheerful Skewers for a week now. It seems like he’s got the hang of it. Tsubaki praises him and says that he’s a fast learner. Joro believes he’s being praised too much. He feels like he’s nothing special and that everyone around him is amazing. He’s just a background character. Haha, that’s a good joke. Joro is being serious about that though. The next day, he’s enjoying a peaceful walk to school until Himawari shows up and smacks him on the back. She really enjoys slapping him on the back, huh? Joro wonders why she’s here since she should be practicing but Himawari remarks that the tennis team has the day off. Clearly, she’s lying. She just wanted to spend some time with Joro. And he thinks he’s a background character? Himawari notices that he’s holding the battered book Pansy gave him and wants to know the deal is with it. Joro shrugs it off by saying it’s nothing important but Himawari seems to think otherwise.

Everyone gathers at the library during lunch. Pansy is in a sour mood and it’s understandable. Joro hasn’t been able to stop by after school for a whole week. Tsubaki assures her that once he’s reached his goal that he’ll cut back on the hours. But for now, it’s back to work! Sanzaka finds her way to Cheerful Skewers by “accident.” We all know she just totally wanted to see Joro. Seriously, would a background character have so many girls after him? While working, Joro attempts to hold five drinks at once. This isn’t going to end well…and it doesn’t. He trips and pours all of the drinks on a customer. The customer starts yelling angrily at him and Tsubaki has to step in to smooth the situation. After work, Joro walks home feeling bad about his blunder. He’s intercepted by Pansy who’s not wearing her glasses and has her hair down. She confronts him about working a part-time job for all the wrong reasons. Joro is about to remind her that he’s doing it for her but she shoots him down immediately. She knows he’s doing it to save face. He constantly compares himself to the others and feels inferior to them. That’s why he wanted to solve this problem on his own. Not for Pansy’s sake but for his own self-satisfaction masquerading as benevolence. That’s the emotion she hates most of all. Joro doesn’t take this well and starts yelling at her. What was he supposed to do? He’s got nothing. Pansy tells him that he has her and that she loves him. How does Joro respond? He tells her to get lost and walks away. Okay, that was a pretty dick move. Joro even admits that he’s an asshole.

The next day at the library is pretty awkward for Joro. Also, he’s bringing the room down with his troubled face. Himawari inquires about the battered book but Joro just shrugs her off again. She thinks he needs a new book to feel better. When classes finish, Sun-chan gives him words of encouragement and tries to cheer him up. It was a nice effort but it doesn’t make Joro feel any better. He’s told to go home early at his job because Tsubaki believes his sad face is going to make the customers feel depressed. While wandering aimlessly, Joro runs across a random dude. The guy notices he’s feeling down and doesn’t mind listening to his troubles. Joro confesses to him that he hurt someone important to him because of his inferiority complex and he doesn’t know what to do. The stranger replies that it’s okay if he doesn’t know what to do. As long as his main focus is that person, then he should do what feels right. It’s okay to swing and miss if you’re trying your hardest. Dang, this random stranger gives some good advice. By the way, his name is Hazuki.

Joro apologizes to Pansy the following day. He acted pathetically when confronted with his true feelings and he took it out on her. He declares that he’s going to keep working not because he feels indebted to her, but because he genuinely wants to buy her a new book. Pansy smiles and tells him to work hard. And work hard he does! He’s feeling much better now. It’s also payday! Himawari texts him and says she wants to see him. Joro lies and says he’s too busy at work at the moment. In reality, he’s taking the money he just earned and going to buy a new book for Pansy. Sadly, he’s informed that someone just bought the last copy of the book he was looking for. Well, that sucks. He runs into Himawari as he’s walking back home depressed. She has a surprise for him! It turns out to be…the book he was going to buy!? It’s an expensive book though and Joro calls her out on it. Himawari comments that she had some money saved up. Joro correctly guesses that she used the money she was going to use to buy a new racket. She bought it for him to cheer him up. How does Joro respond? By telling her to shove it. Uh oh, not this again. He yells at her for skipping practice and not focusing on the tennis tournament. But she wanted to make him happy! Himawari notes that his happiness is more important to her than a tennis game. D’aww, that’s actually adorable. Joro isn’t happy at all about this. She should forget about him and prioritize her own dream. Himawari starts crying because he’s angry with her. Joro apologizes and admits he was being too harsh. He’s really touched that she bought the book for him. She feels better and hugs him tightly.

Everyone goes to cheer Himawari at her tennis match. She’s sporting a new racket which she’s very giddy about. That’s because Joro bought it for her as a birthday present! Smooth move my man. She declares that she’ll treasure it always and rewards Joro with a kiss on the cheek! Aww, snap! And this guy thinks he’s a background character, ha. After the game, they all go to Cheerful Skewers during Joro’s shift. Pansy wants to know what he thought of the book. He responds that it was interesting. Is that all? What she really wants to know is the answer to the question she left him in the book – would he help her if she’s ever in trouble? Joro winks at Pansy and it makes her extremely happy. We’ve got a smooth operator over here folks! In the kitchen, Tsubaki tells Joro that maybe it’s time for her to truly pay him back. She wanted him to recognize that he isn’t playing second banana to everyone. He’s actually the glue that holds them together. Everyone loves him and she wanted to make sure that he knew that. He admits that he is a lucky guy. I guess he’s your average run-of-the-mill main character. Huh, I guess Tsubaki didn’t have a nefarious plan. That’s kind of refreshing.

That would have been a nice way to end the episode. Naturally, there’s more. The next day a girl at school asks him if he can help her get Sun-chan and Pansy together. Also, they’re sitting on a bench. THAT BASTARD BENCH-KUN IS BACK! Joro is not liking where this is going. Looks like things are about to get messy again.

In Summary:
This episode was basically a rollercoaster of Joro’s feelings. He realized he was being a selfish prick and managed to confront his true feelings. It’s just funny that he thought of himself as a background character when he’s got all that protag mojo. Everyone loves the guy! I’m also surprised that Tsubaki didn’t have any ulterior motives and genuinely wanted to help Joro. Like I stated before, it was actually kind of refreshing. Happy times for our boy! It’s a shame he won’t be able to enjoy them now that his archnemesis, Bench-kun, has returned to make his life chaotic. All I know is that whenever Bench-kun is around, hilarity is sure to follow. I’m looking forward to the next episode! We’ve been severely lacking in quality laughs.

Grade: C+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll, VRV, HIDIVE, Funimation

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