In OneRoom, a brand new short anime by SMIRAL Animation, you are the protagonist and through your eyes, three stories will unfold in the vicinity of your apartment – your one room (shut up CinemaSins). The first episode recently premièred on the anime streaming service Crunchyroll and being partial to short anime, like last year’s Please Tell Me! Galko-chan! and this season’s Ninja Girl & Samurai Master, I figured I’d give it a try. However, I soon came to a startling realisation – that the protagonist and by extension, we, might actually be snakes!
My suspicion was first around when, despite being billed as an anime where the viewer is the protagonist and the episode featuring a number of scenes from a first-person perspective, the camera angle would sometimes suddenly shift.
This scene started out with no cause for suspicion (except perhaps sexual perversion, considering where your eyes wonder); after all, it was just a friendly conversation with the new neighbour. Suddenly however, we find ourselves behind Yui Hanasaka, from an angle implying that we must be low to the ground, before suddenly being in front of her again – but noticeably higher up. Now, I don’t think humans are flexible or agile enough to pull off such seamless viewpoint changes, but you know what is?
My next hunch came from the above screen, where Yui is walking and talking with you – however, that angle’s a bit low down, don’t you think? Sure, a human could crawl on the floor, but wouldn’t she be creeped out by that? Do you know what could move across the floor without suspicion though, because that’s what they do?
I also feel the need to draw your attention to this still from the opening sequence, where the protagonist – you – are clearly up in a tree. Why? While it’s certainly not unusual for humans to climb trees for fun, given previous evidence, I decided to consult the world’s top scientific minds:
So as you see, the verdict is quite clear – the protagonist of OneRoom and by extension, you are actually:
I know this may be a lot to take in, but if you need help in coming to terms with your newfound snake identity, Crunchyroll fortunately has a handy guide for you: Monster Musume – Everyday Life With Monster Girls!