Ever wished you could live in an anime world, interacting with the characters and fighting monsters and maybe finding your one true love? Well, we’re not quite there yet, but Studio Silver and SMIRAL Animation have taken the first step with a pair of “first-person” anime series: OneRoom and RoomMate.
OneRoom casts you as a male protagonist living in a one-room apartment. Three stories unfold in his room, each connected to one of three young women: your new neighbor Yui (voiced by MAO), your little sister Natsuki (voiced by Rie Murakawa), and your childhood friend Moka (voiced by Suzuko Mimori). The bite-sized episodes are storyboarded as though they’re taking place through the eyes of the protagonist, rather than a third party watching.
So, how good is it? It’s cute, that’s for sure. There are a few moments when they take liberties and the camera strays from first-person, but other than that it’s a very interesting way of framing a story. The plots are simple and short — nothing world-shaking, just slice-of-life scenarios that are fun to watch and pretend to be a part of.
But I hear what you’re saying… where’s the version for a female protagonist meeting three guys? No worries… it starts this month!
OneRoom‘s spinoff, RoomMate, casts you as the female manager of a building divided into apartments. On moving day, you meet your three residents: the athletic Takumi (voiced by Tomoaki Maeno), the young actor Aoi (voiced by Natsuki Hanae), and the distinctly underdressed Shinya (voiced by Kosuke Toriumi).
It looks like the story of RoomMate may follow a single thread, rather than the isolated personal stories of OneRoom. Where will it go? It’s anyone’s guess, as it only just started. But it’s certain to be interesting!
More information about both shows is available on the official website, including clips and character profiles for both shows.
So, is there a future for “first-person anime”? Would you watch it? Tell us what you think, perhaps Viewster will take note.