“May peace prevail in the world.”
That is the motto used by the main characters of Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai, Takashi, Hayato, and Shuusuke. Its meaning is clear, but its significance is kept shrouded in mystery.
The thing that first drew me to OreTsuba were the character designs, which were done by one of my favourite artists, Aoi Nishimata. A lot of Nishmata’s work is for eroge, and OreTsuba happens to be one of them, so before the anime even aired, I knew to expect a lot of fanservice. If you can’t handle dirty talk, panty shots, or accidental exposures, then I can tell you right now that you won’t like OreTsuba. Beneath all of that fanservice, however, there is a story about the struggle to restore peace to a fragmented world.
One of the downfalls of OreTsuba is that the first few episodes failed to deliver any semblance of a plot. The viewer is overloaded with a wave of characters by following the daily lives of 3 distinct men with seemingly no relation to each other. It becomes rather cumbersome trying to keep track of who’s whom and what exactly is happening. Admittedly, if it were not for Nishimata’s character designs, I would have dismissed this anime as trash and stopped at the first episode.
It’s not until the 4th episode that we see the method to the madness. At this point we discover that Takashi, Hayato, and Shuusuke are in fact the split personalities of the same person (whom I’ll refer to as Haneda). Things start to get interesting from there as the actions of one personality can affect the daily life of another. OreTsuba also has an interesting take on how split personalities work, with some of them able to communicate with each other, some that are unaware of other personalities, and some that are so dormant that no one knows if they exist or not. The fantasy world of Gretagard, within the mind of Haneda, also brings into question the mental stability of some of the personalities.
While I liked the idea of Haneda’s different personalities interacting with each other, I thought it lacked some elements that would’ve made it believable. First of all, one of Haneda’s personalities is always active, no matter that time of day it is. The human brain does run non-stop, but that does not apply to the body. Haneda is split between Takashi during the day, Shuusuke in the afternoon/evening, and Hayato at night, all of whom are out and about when they are in control. I am surprised that the body did not collapse from fatigue. Secondly, it is impossible to figure out how each personality came to be. There were no hints as to what kind of trauma caused Haneda’s mind to split. The amount of time spent on the activities of each character (Hayato looking for Kobato’s bike, for example) could have been better utilized explaining the complex history of Haneda rather than condensing it all into the last episode.
With regards to the fanservice, most of the time it’s just some panty flashing, but there are some more extreme moments. X-ray vision and the need for “keep out” signs is present in most of the episodes. The most adult scene was when one of the girls “extracted” some poison from Takashi (I’ll leave it to you to figure out what that means). I guess one of the ways this series increases the number of girls that they can include in the cast is by giving each personality their own mini-harem. In essence, you have 3 harems worth of girls all in one anime.
In the end, OreTsuba felt like it was an anime being pulled in two drastically different directions. At times, it seems like nothing more than some near-nude anime girls playing around, but the next instance it seems like a probe into the depths of the human psyche. The result is a series with a great idea that failed to deliver. If you like Aoi Nishimata’s designs and some fanservice to go with it, then I don’t think you would be disappointed with OreTsuba, but for the average viewer, you’re better off with a different series.