Ookami Kakushi impressions so far

February 13, 2010 at 3:08 am 3 comments

After all, these are rules you can’t escape from. The fate of the Gods lives in this town.

The voices, they're out to get me!

Pump it.

Finally. Ookami Kakushi has picked up after a lacklustre start. Good thing it did, because I was about to drop it. However, what has been great since the beginning is the soundtrack, especially during the action sequences, which creates great atmosphere and tension.

This ain't gonna end well.

To cut to the chase, episodes 2, 3 and 4 sucked generally. With minimal character developement, minimal action and minimal interest, I found myself less and less interested in writing about the series. However a few new characters were introduced in 3 and 4, including Nemuru’s doctor uncle, and the mysterious lady, Kaori. Each episode w0uld have a short segment where someone random was killed, and it rather peeved me off seeing these formulaic chase/murder sequences shoved in the episode almost as if it were simply to keep interest as they added little to the plot. It should be noted that the homosexual content of episodes 3 and 4 was a little too weird.

Gang rape. Bloody footballers.

Episode 5 was much better, especially its latter half, which saw the death of Issei, Isuzu’s brother. FINALLY. Someone important dies. We also now know that the ‘disease’/condition that was affecting Issei made him go gaga for  Hiroshi, and that this virus is spread by a kiss. For some reason, this disease is being spread all over town, leading to the growing population of ‘wolves’, people under its influence. It’s up to Nemuru’s uncle to distribute limited sources of pills (assumedly made from hassaku, the local fruit), which calms down the affected.

Drinking tea - Britain's, I mean, Japan's favourite past-time

We also got full confirmation that Nemuru was the lead hunter of the ‘fireflies’, a group of people designated by the council of old Jouga town to ‘deal’ with the ‘wolves’. To my great surprise, Ryukishi07 actually gave her a heart and a soft side in episode 5. This is great, because it turns out Nemuru won’t be your stock-standard tsundere-type character, so she’ll actually have some depth!

Fireflies - not quite what I was expecting...

Episode 6 blew me away. Not only did it improve on and deepen Kaori’s mystery, but it gave more life and interest to the character of Isuzu. Her feelings for Hiroshi are confirmed, but even then we’re not sure whether it’s the ‘disease’ that’s affecting her. Episode 6 also came with a very unexpected fight sequence which is fantastic. It just goes to show what this series can potentially offer.

OOO! A fight scene!

I don’t know how many episodes are left, but as long as Ryukishi07 keeps up the pace and interest that was seen in eps 5 and 6, Ookami Kakushi should end very well. Despite a sluggish start, things seem to be picking up and the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that is Jouga are assembling by themselves. Stay tuned~

One of the more intimate moments


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Reltair  |  February 13, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Ah, I somewhat behind on this series due to a lack of interest in the beginning episodes. Nice to hear that it picks up the slack a bit.

    • 2. ippius  |  February 13, 2010 at 5:07 am


  • 3. Baka!  |  February 13, 2010 at 5:20 am

    The red moon….is just so annoying at times. I hope the series ends up having a good twist to it. I liked Higurashi no naku kori ni. Let’s hope the developers can reciprocate something on the lines of that.


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