• Titles: Ore Monogatari!!, Mon Histoire, My Love Story!!
  • Genre: Romance, school, slice of life, comedy
  • Episodes: 24
  • Studio: MADHOUSE

Takeo Gouda is enjoying his school life. He has lots of friends, and a best friend who is really cool and always looks out for him. His grades aren’t the best but they’re ok, and no one can beat him at phys ed. It helps that he’s a foot taller than most people. Takeo is happy and fulfilled, in fact, the only thing that could possibly make his life better is a girlfriend. But girls would much rather go out with his handsome best friend Sunakawa and he can’t blame them. Suna is a great guy. Still, when he meets Miss. Yamoto, just for once, he really wishes it would be his turn at love.

My older readers probably already know this drill. I’m going to warn everyone right off the bat that I am not a fan of romance in fiction then try to explain why I nevertheless picked up yet another romance series knowing full well what I would be in for. It’s the same excuses: Sometimes, I end up really enjoying romance shows, I like comedies, this anime has been recommended to me for years…yadda yadda yadda… So how did Ore Monogatari do? The Japanese title is more fun to say and for a long time, I didn’t know the English title to this one so I’m going to be switching back and forth…

foreshadowing?

Production

I usually like MADHOUSE productions and this was no exception. Not that anything really stood out to me. It’s a pretty well-made anime that looks like a pretty well-made anime. I would say that the most interesting thing about the visuals is Takeo’s character design simply because we rarely see that particular body type for leading characters, especially in a shoujo. But that’s more a virtue of the plot than of the production.

I should point out that the voice acting is very charming. I’ve liked Takuya Eguchi for some time now. I think he has a very impressive range. And he captured both Takeo’s innocence, his charming dorkiness and his nobility quite well. There is a lot of inner monologue in this series and through it, Eguchi managed to utterly convince me that Takeo was a good friend who deeply cared about others around him and that he really loves his girlfriend. Like a lot. Honestly, I don’t know that My Love Story would have held together without that.

the face of nobility!

Story & Characters

Ore Monogatari is a show that relies entirely on the strength of its characters. The events are not really that important, it’s all about the people. Also, it’s the type of love story I like a lot. Let me explain.

In essence, the two romantic leads meet in the first episode when Takeo saves Yamoto from a groper on the train. They both have a crush on the other but don’t realize it. There’s a little will they won’t they for…3 episodes. That’s it. In episode 3, Suna who clearly sees what’s going on decides to help his friend out and they confess their feelings to each other and start dating. They then proceed to have a happy, respectful relationship for the other 21 episodes. No breakups, no crazy misunderstandings that leave them in tears, whenever someone else tries to interfere with their relationship they discuss it honestly and openly and resolve the issue without conflict.

Yup, that’s the romantic content I’m here for! I honestly really liked it. It was so sweet. And it reminded me of what can be so attractive about a nice romance. When it’s written in an optimistic and sincere way, it really is a celebration of love and that’s heartwarming. To me, at least.

or heart-burn giving – same thing, right?

Beyond that, there are in fact two love stories in My Love Story!! Talk about an amazing deal! Of course, there’s Takeo and Yamoto who we follow as they proceed to have a relationship so sweet it would give any reasonable person diabetes. I loved it! But there’s also the deep and eternal bromance between Takeo and Sunakawa that’s treated as just as important and meaningful to Takeo as his budding romance. Sure, those feelings may be platonic but there’s no doubt these two love each other and that was great to see.

Since fiction is such a streamlined and simplified version of life, we often see characters only have room for a single relationship for some reason. And if there are more, either one takes a backseat and doesn’t really get any screentime or it creates pressure for the other. Not here though. Apparently, you can have friends and a girlfriend and everything’s fine. Generally, if you choose to be with someone you have a lot in common with your friends will like them and if they have a lot in common with you, your partner will like them. Funny how that works. And that’s precisely what happens in My Love Story. Suna and Yamoto get along really well. They are friends in their own right even if they are not that close yet.

Suna turned out to be way cooler than I thought he would be

I find that too many romances focus on the romance itself to the exclusion of all else. And I do understand that there’s an element of time. Not all series are going to have enough episodes to develop much more than their main romance. But then again, My Love Story did it in 24 episodes, mostly by not putting any time on melodrama or contrived obstacles. I encourage more romances to follow that route!

So in case I haven’t made it clear, I really liked Ore Monogatari. It made me smile a lot. Although there is a definite connection between episodes and you should watch them in the proper order, the structure is still more or less slice of life which makes this an easy anime to just pick up once in a while, when you’re in the mood for lurve!

You might like this anime if:

You enjoy happy love stories!

My favourite character:

hhhhhmmmmm, this one is a tough call. It’s an anime about a bunch of really great people. I guess at the end of the day I fell for Takeo as well. Nice boys are the best boys!

Suggested drink:

Manhattan Love Story

  • Every time Suna laughs – take a sip
  • Every time we hear someones iner toughts – listen!
  • Every time Takeo thikns someting is delicious – get a napkin
  • Every time anone has dessert in the park – get a snack
  • Every time Takeo bardges into Suna’s room – take a sip
  • Every time Suna’s studying/reading – take a sip
  • Every time Takeo has no sense of personal space – oh my!
  • Every time Yamoto texts Takeo – squeee
  • Every time Yamoto blushes – take a sip
  • Every time we see Takeo’s awesome mom – take a sip
  • Every time Takeo really loves Yamoto-san – awwww
  • Every time Suna would rather not participate – take a sip
  • Every time Takeo’s not watching where he’s going – oh no…
  • Every time it’s somone’s birthday – sing
  • Every time a gilr falls for Takeo – agree

I save all my screencaps on my Pinterest and you can find more there if you are interested. But I still like to show you a few in the post. If you’re like me, screencaps are something that really helps you decide to watch an anime or not.

16 thoughts

  1. OMG this so sounds like something I would LOVE. You know – normal, real life type love and romance where it works because the couple want it to work. And a great friendship as well? See, people, it actually CAN happen in real life – doesn’t have to be a fantasy or some fraught awful angsty life – you can have a nice, simple, happy life with love and friendship. Count me in!

  2. I love this show. Pure delight. I haven’t seen the live action film version yet but I can’t see how it can translate successfully, especially Takeo! :-/

  3. I really enjoyed this anime and it is one I love to binge watch for a pick me up. Would love a second season if only to see more of these characters.

  4. It’s one of those shows that fizzled out for me. I liked it a lot for around the first three episodes, and then I gradually started to lose interest. I wouldn’t have needed two cours of this one. I think I’d have been better off binging this one than watching weekly. I think the show’s obvious charm would have carried me through if it wasn’t interrupted by a weekly cool-down. At some point I just started to feel you saw this very episode last week…

    That said, they were all darling characters and I liked them a lot.

      1. I’m not sure that’s it. There are other shows that get better when they get together (say Momokuri), and others that just change track but pretty much stay true to themselves (Itazura na Kiss). I mean, I do like the courting period; that much is true – but I like relationships, too. Not sure why I react like this to some shows and not others.

  5. Yeeeesss!! This one was so pure and fun! I find myself enjoying romances where they get together early on and handle all challenges with respect and care and just have a great drama-free time. More like this one please!

  6. I actually ended up watching this anime in 2020, and wrote about it a few times. It’s a really good watch, glad you ended up liking it!

  7. Irina I reckon you are just a romantic old softie masquerading as a curmudgeonly anime otaku! 🤣 They’ll make a biographical anime series about you one day, with the appropriately absurd title “Irina’s Love Story: How.I Met.My True Love By Pretending To Dislike The World!” 😍

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