Ookami Kakushi – review

April 5, 2010 at 6:28 am 3 comments

“He’s a demure glasses character… All you notice is his smell.”

Why do losers always get the ladies?

What a waste. Ookami Kakushi’s concept showed some decent potential initially, but ultimately the series fell flat, a demise solely caused by its generally poor characters.

"I can't believe I'm watching this sh!t... in a bunny costume"

Welcome to Jouga, land of overgrown oranges, superhuman villagers and mysterious murders. Our hero, Hiro is new to the town, and is uncannily welcomed by all. However there’s unsurprisingly, a darker side to the people of Jouga, concerning the legend of the Jouga wolves, and the hassaku fruit.

I'm angry too Mana.

Let’s start off with the good. Generally animation work is done well. This is especially scene in the chasing/hunting/whatever action sequences, which are relatively numerous for the genre. However, I thought character design lacked inspiration and imagination. The soundtrack was also surprisingly good, once again during the action sequences. The OP and ED tunes were both decent to boot as well.

To be fair, there were a few pretty awesome episodes late/in the middle of the series. It was actually building up to a pretty good climax, but as mentioned before, Ookami Kakushi’s characters simply fell flat.

Nor do I understand why you sucked so much.

Hiro for starters NEVER CHANGES. You’d expect at least some change/development to the pathetic bespectacled thing, but he still ends up (1) useless, (2) with a high-pitched voice, and (3) doing absolutely NOTHING in the series, besides being kidnapped. His sister Mana is just annoying, and plays very little role in the plot.

The waitress costume suits him.

At least Izusu is given some time to change as the plot develops, leading to some very intense moments regarding her ties with Hiro and Nemuru. Nemuru’s initial tsundere personality also develops. However, the main antagonist Sakaki is very flat. The reason for his actions is over-emphasised, and he can be read like a book.

OM NOM NOM

The resulting conclusion as a result was rather unsatisfying. We saw no change in our protagonist, and Sakaki met his predictable end. If you enjoyed Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, don’t watch Ookami Kakushi: though they shared the same directors, the latter will disappoint you.

Animation: 8.25/10

Sound: 8.5/10

Story: 6.5/10

Characters: 6/10

Enjoyment: 6/10

Overall: 7.05/10

One of the more intense moments... so spaghetti anyone?

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Fabrice  |  April 5, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I personally feel like their wasn’t enough violence to really label it as a horror anime. Yea people died, but they didn’t even show the actual blow with any kind of weapon. The most you would see is the blood splattering on the floor and a scream. 6/10

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  • 2. ippius  |  April 5, 2010 at 7:56 am

    fair enuff. not quite like higurashi lulz

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  • 3. Baka!  |  April 5, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Nowhere near as good as Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni. Quite boring tbh at times and I was looking for more development where there should have been more. Disappointing but I guess it was amusing enough for me not to get bored.

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