Announced long ago, Hori-san to Miyamura-kun’s OVA has been confirmed for a release summer of 2012 – bringing yet another romance comedy to an already full slate of them, although at least this one varies a bit.
The story of “Hori-san to Miyamura-kun” isn’t entirely original – a tale of a girl and boy who are completely contrary in personality to their appearance end up meeting through an unbelievably convenient incident, thereby marking the start of a relationship. However, that’s certainly a fine divergence from the usual premise for a romance series – a male lead is an automatic sex magnet, thereby having to deal with 10 or so different females fighting for his love.
This series started as a webcomic, and was later serialized onto becoming a full manga series – there’s a fair following behind it, and thus assuming the upcoming OVA carries after the manga well, it should be quite a respectable watch, if nothing else, as its history is promising.
With an excess of repetitive and recycled romance series, the genre has truly been in the dumps recently – with little to none actually being worth watching, and the better romance series simply being ones which aren’t even “romance” explicitly, yet only featuring it as a side-component or detail. Actually, Hori-san to Miyamura-kun isn’t bulk romance either – it’s main forte is perhaps slice of life comedy, yet the concoction of genres should be an interesting balance given its synopsis.
Summer 2012 has, yet again, gotten a bit more peculiarly spiced.