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Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu

Title: Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu aka Gonna be Twintailed
Genre: Action/Comedy
Companies: Production IMS
Format: 12 episodes
Dates: 9 Oct 2014 – 25 Dec 2014

Synopsis: Mitsuka Sōji is a closet twintail enthusiast. Not even closet—he revels in the hairstyle to fetishistic levels. His fixation is a pain for his close friend Aika, but for a mysterious woman named Twoerle, his obsession makes him the prime candidate to become the twintailed loli superhero Tail-Red. With the power of twintails on his/her side, Sōji must engage in battle against the Elmarians, a race of beings scheming to steal the affinity of twintails from the planet while at the same time taking refuge in their own personal obsessions. 

The Highlight
Humor: Better than it ought to be, but with no consistency.
Characters: As consistent as the humor.
Animation: Lacking.

The most surprising thing I found when it came to Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu was the lack of an obligatory beach episode. The second thing was how disappointed I felt, and I say that sincerely. I can’t say I was the most set when a show about a gender bending pigtail enthusiast was suggested to me. But for what I expected, I was left genuinely taken back my how many times Twintail caught me off guard or was genuinely clever. If only it managed to do it more often.

I wouldn’t think using the power of sexual fetishism to fight monsters each with their own fetish would make for good comedy. But the formula worked more or less in Akibaranger for Super Sentai, and I’ll be a little damned that they managed to pull it off at times here. Among the most successful set ups involves the diminishing interest in erotic literature (the light novel author clearly not having read Fifty Shades of Gray), culminating in a punch line which I dare say was glorious in its serious declaration. What works here is very much connected to its straight-faced approach to paraphelia; because while the show can be farcical, it is rarely mocking. Too often, however, the show is straight face to the point of having banal presentation, and the fetishism component amounts little beyond pointing out their existence. More than I would have desired, it was the most primitive jokes, such as Twoerle’s lecherous tendencies and Aika’s violent responses, which would hold me over. For some episodes it was the only refuge, but at least there was refuge.

As with the humor, the quality of Twintails as a whole borders on unimpressive. Walls of text carry the narrative, often at the expense of action and humor. Even then, action sequences are heavy on stills while being light on choreography. Visuals as a whole are hardly impressive either, with obvious glitches and character designs which often felt off model even when they were properly drawn. But while the characters are visually off, their personalities are fine. Although hardly complex and on the side of stock, the cast manages to leave a mark, granted that the humor allows them to. Protagonist Mitsuka Sōji hits that point of pathetic and passionate which is almost admirable while his mother’s vicarious lifestyle through him proves consistently amusing. Although, as with all that works here, her appearance is rather sporadic.

My conceit going into Twintail was that it would work as long as the humor did as well. This all rested on the assumption that the production staff knew how to best derive humor from sexual preferences and fetishism. But by the end, I’m not sure they they knew at all what worked. 

The Rating: 4

4/10

Reviewed by: Kavik Ryx

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