Based on a visual novel(aren't they always?) of the same title and featuring character designs from the person who brought us Futakoi and Happy Lesson, Myself; Yourself is a story that revolves around Sana Hidaka, who after leaving his hometown of Sakuranomori for 5 years, returns only to find out that while it has stayed the same over that time period, certain things, such as the people he knows, has changed. So far so generic.
Well, based on the first episode alone, it does look like it's going to be another one of those harem animes, but if School Days had taught us anything, it's best to sit through at least a couple of episodes before coming to such a conclusion.
As for the story, after coming home, Sana heads off looking for a place to rent, only to bump into one of his childhood friends, the clumsy yet adorable bespectacled Aoi. After catching up on old times, Sana heads to school the next day where he is put in the same class as his other close friends, twins Syuuri and Syuusuke. During break, the three are approached by another person, whom Sana remembers as the shrine maiden from the day before and greets her as though she was some stranger, incurring her wrath. An unexpected slap to the face follows up, to which Sana finds out that she is none other than Nanaka, his childhood crush(?)
Hmm, not bad. Being the shallow minded person that I am, I guess I'll be following the show after all, if just for the pretty girls. Lulz. A quick rundown on the heroines:
Aoi - Holy shit, a loli-faced kyonyuu megane dojikko all rolled into one. This bookworm is a walking pillar of turn-ons that will easily be a (male)fan favorite, if you take into account her voice and housewife characteristics as well. 10/10 on the moe scale.
Syuuri - Can't really tell what archetype she is supposed to represent, but if this twin is anything like her younger brother, I'm guessing she's the spunky tomboy sort, with a slight tsun-tsun side. 7/10 on the moe scale, since I don't really dig this archetype, although given the fact she's voiced by Yukari Tamura makes me happy fanboy. Hehe.
Nanaka - It's evident from the flashback Sana had that she is the central female heroine, being his crush and all. It's worth noting that despite being tsundere, the Nanaka of yesteryear was someone who is shy. Perhaps something happened along the way that caused a change in personality. 9/10 on the moe scale, given the fact she's also a miko. Will probably score higher once she shows her dere-dere side.
Judging from the intro, there will be more girls later in the story, although I really hope this won't turn into a crappy harem anime that's purely relying on fanservice to cater to the audience. With a high profile staff involved, this could very well be this season's sola. Shin out.