Ore-tachi Ni Tsubasa wa Nai Epsiode #03 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Friday, April 22, 2011
Release Date: Friday, April 22, 2011

Will it start to make sense soon? No.

What They Say:
Episode 3

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After two episodes that focused heavily on fanservice and a seemingly nonsensical plot that has a couple of guys going around getting involved in various states of naughtiness, depending on your definition of the word, the third episode kicks off with nothing but fanservice as a summer poolside swim meet day has lots of girls in swimsuits. At least until they all start falling off because of the festivities and we get the big caution labels thrown across the screen just to tease us all a little more. Because honestly, the show doesn't have anything to offer at this point besides fanservice and that's really the only reason to watch. But even there some of the fanservice feels far creepier than other shows which makes it all uncomfortable.

Chitose is set to take on the waiter job at the restaurant but he's run into the problem of having none of the girls wanting to show him the ropes since nobody actually likes him. And it's all said in a fairly brutal way that just beats down on him more and more. This just leads to further scenes of awkwardness as he goes through the ropes and the girls are there in very atmospheric settings that have a very charged feeling about them. You kind of don't want to be interest in it, but the way it's presented visually is certainly enticing, though there are some gags along the way that throws it all off, intentionally so, that make you laugh a bit even though you feel you shouldn't.

The Dora storyline continues to be even weaker as he hangs out with the younger girl who has a huge uniform fetish and gets into his work clothes in a big way while being all child-like and silly. And annoying as something about her personality grates, much as Dora's does with his couldn't care less attitude and the almost kind of drawl that he has when he talks. Even worse is that there's a small diversion down the path of a couple of local gang type guys, one of which spends all his dialogue on rapping, which just comes across very, very poorly. The further the episode got along at this point, the more I kept looking at the countdown clock on the episode and wondering why I wasn't just closing the window right now.

In Summary:
Once again, I really don't have a clue as to what it is I just watched, I mean, I can see the events play out and the characters interacting as they are but the point of it all just feels like it's non-existent. A good chunk of this is given over to gang posturing, ratcheted up music to create the mood for the fight and a whole lot of posing and exposition that doesn't seem to have any connection to anything. Frankly, the best part of the episode was the first sixty seconds or so and that was just a pure T&A fest. Everything after that, and especially after the Chitose sequence, makes no sense and seems to have no point. Few shows frustrate as much as this one does as it's still nowhere near clear as to what it's actually about.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Mania Grade: F
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 16 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Ore-tachi Ni Tsubasa wa Nai