OreFuro was perhaps my favourite anime of Autumn 2014. It consisted of short, 4 minute long episodes surrounding the lives of Tatsumi, his merman friend Wakasa who lives in his bathtub and other characters that often visit such as Wakasa’s marine friends or Tatsumi’s sister. To sum it up, it was an adorable anime of comedy, beautiful colour palettes and characters that made it stand out of the rest.
OreFuro is based off its original yonkoma (4 panel) manga by Itokichi which has 5 volumes and counting. This pretty much explains the reason why the anime episodes are very short.
The show really appeals to me as a heart-warming anime which always puts a smile on my face at the end of an episode. As cheesy as it sounds, it’s a great anime for those who want to take a breather and just relax since it has no story or plot twists. Although each episode is short, it doesn’t feel like a chore to go through all the episodes and you’ll love how cute it is.
I really love the colour schemes they use in OreFuro. They consist of nothing too dark or heavy but just light and almost pastel-like which suits the overall mood of the anime.
Another major thing that I love are the characters, especially Wakasa’s friends. They’re amusing, a bit weird at times but still special in their own way and it adds more fun in Tatsumi and Wakasa’s lives together. Their introductions are a nice surprise and their personalities all vary: you have Takasu who’s flamboyant, Mikuni who’s calming and easygoing, Maki who’s self-depreciating and Tatsumi’s sister Kasumi who has a brother complex and considers Wakasa her rival. Their distinct personalities really make the anime more entertaining to watch.
While the show does have hints of homosexuality in it as well as plenty of manly naked bodies (yum), it is obvious that the show caters towards a female audience with its amount of fanservice. However, I believe anyone can watch and enjoy OreFuro as it is refreshing and humorous to watch.
I definitely miss the series and secretly hope for another season since there are 5 volumes out at the moment and hence, there are more adventures that they can cover. In saying that, Orefuro delivers with its characters, art and comedy and it’s something I’ll go back to and recommend to anyone looking for something cute and enjoyable to watch and without the effort to sit and watch for hours.