Ookami Kakushi impressions

January 25, 2010 at 2:25 am 1 comment

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Red moon - this can't be good...

"And here's our potato peeler..."

Ookami Kakushi – the latest thriller from the guys who did Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni and Umineko no Naku Koro Ni. This time our remote hideaway of intrigue, secretive townspeople and murder is Jouga, where they basically worship a species of uber wolves that eat giant mandarins. Awesome.

TAKE HIM DOWN!

Hinamizawa... I mean Jouga!

As usual, our leading man is the new kid in town, Hiroshi Kuzumi. Though a seemingly normal guy,  he quickly becomes very popular amongst his fellow students, especially with the clingy Isuzu Tsumuhana. If only it were that easy to make friends… Slowly he gets sucked into the mysteries of Jouga (mysterious disappearances included).

"Oh my what large teeth you have!"

So far Ookami Kakushi has been great in setting the mood of the town, which isn’t surprising, considering the producer’s (07th Expansion) experience in the field. From afar, Jouga even looks and sounds like Hinamizawa with the cries of cicadas inserted pretty much anywhere. The soundtrack is used to good potential, being used to build up tension and climax.

"You know what else can fit in this mouth..?"

"Awesome! He-Man of the Universe is our homeroom teacher!"

What really annoys me is Hiro’s voice actor and personality. Though he’s one of the few anime protagonists who actually wears glasses and ISN’T a geek, he sounds and acts like a pansy, which is clear from the start. Apart from that, the intrigue surrounding the cold student rep Nemuru Kushinada and the secrets Isuzu holds are conveyed well. A lot of build up is evident, but it remains to be seen how the director maintains the suspense and paces the story.

I want it NOW!

Ookami Kakushi could be one of the few great watches during this dry anime season. The slowly developing story and the mysterious old half of Jouga keep viewers attached to their screens. The unusual relationship Hiro and Isuzu share is also a point of focus. Are they really a couple, or is there something more sinister in Isuzu… The other characters are somewhat forgettable, like Kaname Asagiri, an occult fanatic, and Hiro’s father, Masaaki.

"We're that hideous..."

Inevitably, Ookami Kakushi will be compared to its stellar predecessor Higurashi, which not only nailed it in the loli factor, but also aced in its atmosphere and thriller component. Both series share similar vibes: light-hearted fun during during the day and a darker setting at night, a small town with openly friendly folks hiding a murderous secret. Ultimately it will be how well  developed the relationships that Hiro shares with the other characters are that will set Ookami Kakushi apart.

"But Mommy, I don't wanna go to the dentist!"

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  • 1. Baka!  |  January 25, 2010 at 10:38 am

    As usual great captions for the screenies (and yes I did get ur reference to Dr Who right at the beginning) !
    Ookami Kakushi is very similar in many ways to Higurashi no Naku Kori Ni. We have the strangely popular transfer student, we have the cute kawaii girl, little kiddies holding sharp things etc. What stands out I guess is that Ookami makes itself out to be more mature. We don’t have the “Ni-Pah” which Rika is famed for saying in Higurashi. It will be interesting to see how the series turns out…

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