(Originally published on Livejournal on 7/8/10)
Anime Review in a Minute:
Ookami-san Episode 1
Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about.
tl;dr review: Ookami belongs to the secretive Otogi Bank that helps other students with their special requests; Mission to test out new recruit leads to pumpkin-carriage chase.
The Skinny: Ookami Ryouko and her best-friend Ringo are junior members of the Otogi Bank, a secret group within a private school that helps solve other students’ special requests (in exchange for their promise to return the favor in the future). Ookami catches up to a stalker and beats him to a pulp with her Neko-Neko boxing gloves. Worried about the danger, the Otogi Bank decides to recruit a new male member; Ringo thinks she has found the perfect candidate in Morino Ryoushi. Turns out Morino had confessed to Ookami the day before, and she turned him down cold, even after Morino had been secretly watching her from afar all week. He has the “special” ability to go largely unnoticed, but when he does draw attention to himself and people stare at him he is reduced to a quivering, paralyzed blob. They are all willing to give him a try, except for Ookami, who can’t trust him. To test him out, they send him on a mission to stop the captain of the tennis team from turning in his resignation letter, but due to his phobia he fails miserably. As a last-ditch effort, he teams up with the girl who has a crush on the “Prince of Tennis” in a wild pumpkin-bicycle-carriage chase, which leads to a horrific crash but the mission is completed. Ookami is confronted by the stalker again with his friends, and they manage to get the upper hand on her; at the last second Morino steps in and acts as a shield, giving Ookami time to regroup. Now able to trust him, Ookami welcomes him to the group.
As one of the widely anticipated shows of the season, Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi has built up high expectations. Everyone seems to be slavering over Ookami, comparing her to Horo from Spice and Wolf and especially Taiga from Toradora. But outside of some visual similarities, the characters are nothing alike, and the shows themselves are totally different as well.
Reactions to the show are all over the place — it has received a very mixed reception within the fan community. For me, I found it a little bit silly and ridiculous, and I’m less than pleased at the wimpy male lead, but overall entertaining enough to continue watching. The one thing I *really* dislike is the omnipresent narrator, voiced by the woman who did Kuroko from Railgun – her cracking voice is unmistakable. Annoying, but even *more* annoying is the narrator’s need to repeatedly make snide comments about Ookami’s lack of “assets”; Even more annoying than *that* is when the characters break down the fourth wall to give disapproving looks and grunts whenever that happens. ಠ_ಠ
So, is Ookami-san the tsundere show of the year? I’m not confident enough to give the show a solid thumbs-up, but willing to see how the next couple episodes pan out.
(P.S. The Cinderella bit at the end was actually the funniest part of the show. More of that, please.)
For more info:
Random Curiosity Review: http://randomc.net/2010/07/01/ookami-san-to-shichinin-no-nakama-tachi-01/
Anime News Network entry: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=11221
Watch the opening sequence online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1ZiRMsdLaw
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