Anime Studio Challenge: 3xCube's Jitsu wa Watashi wa (Actually, I Am…) (Review)

Alright, another anime studio challenge review.
This time, it’s 3xCube’s Jitsu wa Watashi Wa.

There were only two choices here, so it was basically either a supernatural school harem, or an adventure romance. And I went with the school harem, of course! In reality I was just in the mood for some comedy.

In the spirit of transparency I will disclose that I did skip the studio / producer 33 Collective, whose only work was a 40 episode children’s show. I hadn’t originally factored kids shows into the rules, but I’ll probably end up skipping those too if they are the only option. We’ll see though on a case-by-case basis…

Spoiler-free as usual.

Synopsis

The English title for Jitsu wa Watashi wa is “Actually, I am…”.
And that fits the premise fairly well.

Basically, this is an anime about a very transparent boy, Kuromine Asahi, who has trouble keeping anything a secret because of how honest his body language and reactions are. One day he goes to confess to the girl he likes, when he stumbles upon a big secret of hers, one that if it got out, she’d have to leave school.

Asahi promises to keep her secret, but then one after another he begins learning the big secrets of other girls in the school…!

Fun While It Lasts

Jitsu wa Watashi wa has a great premise. I went into this anime knowing nothing, not even the synopsis. All I knew were the tags. So I actually ended up getting a real laugh out of seeing Asahi for the first time and how terrible he is at hiding his thoughts and intentions. It’s really well done.

And for the anime to then up the ante and put Asahi in a situation where he has to keep big secrets? It’s excellent. For the while that the premise is the main focus of the anime, which is maybe the first half, it’s really funny. There was one episode in particular where I had to pause because I was laughing too much.

Unfortunately, eventually, like many similar anime, the premise sort of falls by the wayside and the character relationships end up taking precedence. The idea of Asahi being terrible at keeping secrets, and having to keep secrets, gets a little buried underneath the romantic elements of the show. It basically turns into a standard school harem anime by the end.

Not terrible I guess, but after such an amazing opening, I was a bit disappointed at the change. But there’s a reason for it…

One Too Many Genres?

The full genre list for Jitsu wa Watashi wa goes something like this: Supernatural, School, Slice of Life, Comedy, Harem, Romance.

Perhaps this doesn’t officially count as a harem anime, but in my eyes when the main cast of the anime is the male protagonist and then all female characters, and many of those females are interested in the protagonist… it’s basically a harem anime, right?

Jitsu wa Watashi wa is a lot like Rosario to Vampire, in that it’s a “harem” anime, but it’s clear from the outset that the protagonist is only interested in one girl.

And of all the tags, I think that the romance tag is the one that derails the anime a bit. Because what happens when the anime shifts away from the “secrets” premise is that it begins to focus on romance. Basically we go from some very comedic moments involving secretkeeping to Asahi trying to court Youko, the green-haired heroine of the story.

Maybe they couldn’t have kept the initial premise going, I don’t know for sure. But what they did go with lacked the impact that we saw in the earlier episodes, and I don’t think that the anime needed to focus on romance as much as it did.

Nonsensical Comedy

I don’t actually have that much to write about this point, but I wanted to point out that Jitsu wa Watashi wa is a very nonsensical anime. Not just due to the supernatural elements, but just because of the way the jokes are delivered. Common sense often takes a backseat to some crazy occurrences, And I love that.

I’m reminded of anime like D-Frag!, When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace, Invaders of the Rokujouma!?, Kore wa Zombie desu ka?.. and many more.

Make no mistake, Jitsu wa Watashi wa doesn’t break any records here. It’s just another fun, ridiculous comedy with harem elements. Which is what I was hoping for when I went into it!

Rating

I loved the premise, I love the genre, and I had some real good laughs out of Jitsu wa Watashi wa. However, the first half is the real highlight of this anime.

I’m giving Jitsu wa Watashi wa a 7.5 / 10.

Good anime, very similar to many other comedy harem types, however the second half just didn’t work for me. Coming off of such a strong start, it’s a tad disappointing. Still, that start is really good and I think makes the show still worth watching if you’re interested in this type of nonsensical, harem comedy.

And that does it for 3xCube’s Jitsu wa Watashi wa.

I’ll be honest with you all, watching this one really makes me want to go and watch some of those other anime I listed earlier like Invaders of the Rokujouma?!, because it’s been so long since I originally saw them!

Maybe I will, we’ll see.

Worry not though, because I’ve got more anime studio challenge reviews on the way as well!

Until next time,
Thanks for reading!

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