Shinnosuke TachibanaRei MatsuzakiToshiyuki ToyonagaNaomi Ozora
My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy
Also known as: Noucome
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2013
Director: Takayuki Inagaki
Writer: Hiroko Kanasugi
Actor: Akiko Yajima, Ayumi Tsuji, Hiromi Igarashi, Kaori Sadohara, Misato, Naomi Ozora, Rei Matsuzaki, Shinnosuke Tachibana, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Yui Kondou
Keywords: anime, harem, fantasy
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 11 episodes including an OVA
Website category: Anime 2013
Review date: 2 May 2024
The show's funny and imaginative, but I suspect I'm becoming allergic to harem genre conventions. It's based on a light novel series that had only started the year before and continued until 2016. The anime thus can't choose between its potential romances, because the parent novels are still years away from doing so.
It's a parody of multiple-choice computer games, in particular visual novels. Which of these will you say to a girl in front of all your classmates? (a) "Hey, boobs, let me touch your boobs." (b) "Hey, boobs, touch my boobs."
This is one of many horrible choices offered to the protagonist, Kanade, by the disembodied bastard that we'll call Absolute Choices... and it's mild compared with some of them. Absolute Choices is trashing Kanade's life for laughs. Everything he's forced to do is horrendous and/or social suicide. People think he's a freak. On two occasions, Ultimate Choice's voice actor (Jouji Nakata) cracked up while delivering his ridiculous dialogue and the show kept it in. Another example from ep.1 is for Kanade is to shout like a warrior in class while going naked either from: (a) the waist up or (b) the waist down. Obviously, not choosing is forbidden. If he ever tries not to, he'll suffer unbearable headaches until he surrenders.
Also, these choices are often functionally identical, being only trivial variants of each other.
This is a laugh. Kanade's choices are so ridiculous that it's impossible not to find at least some of them funny. I laughed aloud quite often. Also, the idea's quite clever, giving us a comedy protagonist who does outrageous things while being likeable. God is hilarious. (No, really.) Meanwhile, of the girls, Furano Yukihira's deranged rudeness and filth is particularly funny, especially since she's shy underneath but chose to create this false personality. Finally, the end of episodes often have a What-If scene that explores the possible ramifications of Kanade taking a different option. One of these is set in the 30th century. "Were people from the old days all morons?"
The harem stuff is usually bearable. Most of Kanade's female friends have a crush on him, but he's oblivious to love... except at the end, when he refuses to choose one of them even under orders from Absolute Choices. Apparently, he'll refuse choices that "involve trampling on the feelings of others". The implication would be that girls like being kept dangling alongside their rivals by a boy who wants to keep it up with all of them. Furthermore, Kanade will be released from Absolute Choice if he chooses one girl and accepts love. Bloody hell. So he prefers non-stop humiliation and social death to choosing a single girlfriend? Furthermore, the girls themselves adhere to harem genre tropes, e.g. at the end of the OVA episode when they had an opportunity to talk about what's just been raised and say what they feel. They don't. They just act like harem comedy characters, then run off.
That annoyed me (to put it mildly), but otherwise this is an outrageous comedy with a fun cast, a distinctive premise and lots of surprises. (The OVA episode even drags Kanade into a multiple-choice computer game of the kind that's being parodied, whereupon he observes that its game choices are more sensible than Absolute Choice's.) Girls in short skirts do handstands in the opening title sequence... yet there are no panty shots. Amnesia and memory erasure are examined. Kanade is capable of making "NO NO NO NO NO STOP IT" wrong choices, which startled me.
However, this show would only have been worth recommending had it fixed its harem ending.