Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi – review

September 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm 4 comments

“And they lived happily ever after.”

"What the F*CK did I just watch?!"

With the 12th episode, Ookami-san’s run has finally ended and I can gladly say that I’m relieved that that’s that. Though it did have some pretty good moments, Ookami-san was riddled with faults that just let my initial impressions down. That being said, this series did have some sort of entertainment value, just not exactly what I wanted.

Aisaka Taiga... I mean Usami Mimi... o wait...

Let’s start off with the good stuff. Ookami-san generally had a decent and interesting main and supporting cast. I felt Ringo-san’s characterisation was well done, and I felt the pool episode where we learnt a significant amount of her past was definitely one of the strongest episodes in this series. Puss in boots was also an unusual but worthwhile addition to the cast, and congrats to all those who realised he was the one whom Ookami saved in the Ringo-Ookami flashback ep.

O deary me...

Animation was pretty much consistent too, being under control under the reliable J.C. Staff. It’s not amazing stuff, with some distortion here and there, but the various fight scenes are not bad at all. The character models also look nice (and are similar in style to another J.C. Staff work, Railgun), which is always a bonus.

What makes the world go round... and round... and round... so round...

Sound is often irritating. They unfortunately re-use the very average OP song, especially in a couple of very corny moments, which really pissed me off. Those scenes would’ve been actually decent to watch, such as Ookami’s first kidnapping, but pivotal moments were undermined by the gawdawful J-pop trying its best to be uplifting that interrupted the momentum.

O Majo ❤

The overall story wasn’t flash either, and pretty standard for your high school rom-com. However the addition of evil baddy Hitsujikai, and the past between Ookami and him added that extra bit to make Ookami-san a tad better than the average. While the character of Hitsujikai was pretty lame (conveniently being an ultimate type of villain), his former relationship with Ryouko was kinda interesting.

O_O

A couple of the side characters were pretty irritating to watch too. The Mouse and his butler were excruciatingly annoying. The butler’s breast-related gags were just terribad, and the Mouse’s stereotypical behaviour of a wealthy kid was just unjustified.

What the hell does Majo do there...?

Being a rom-com, you’d assume Ookami-san would at least get the com stuff right, right? I’m a little half-hearted here, as I must admit, there were a great number of moments where I laughed. I’m usually not a fan of fanservice-related gags, but the introduction of Momo-san’s ‘millet dumplings’ and the fact she uses a WHIP to fight were definitely highlights.

More Kodak moments...

However some parts were just inexplicable, like when everyone INCLUDING the guys, dressed up as maids. WHY THE GUYS?! SERIOUSLY, BUTLER UNIFORMS: GET IT RIGHT. If you’re going to have cross-dressing guys, at least make it funny…

Stalker win or fail?

Overall this is a fairly generic anime series with a semi-intriguing fairytale twist. I have to say, the way they incorporated many of these storybook elements was overall pretty well-done and they definitely had this Japanime twist. However, if you’re looking for a solid golden conclusion at the end of this yarn, you probably might want to look further elsewhere.

Animation: 8/10

Sound: 3/10

Story: 6/10

Characters: 7.75/10

Enjoyment: 7.5/10

Overall : 6.45/10

My thoughts.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Baka!  |  September 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    It was not very interesting and the humour was quite forced tbh…I’m guessing they left the ending open for a s2? Not dling that if that happens…..

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  • 2. Reltair  |  September 19, 2010 at 6:41 am

    The comedy part was definitely lacking. Instead of actual humor, we get repeated gags that aren’t even funny.

    Reply
  • 3. Gitadine  |  September 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    It was a pretty good story. I think it should have ended in the eleventh episode and they should make the second season to show what happened then to the evil guy (I forgot his name) and of course, Ryouko and Ryoushi.

    Oh and the narrator thing was the best.

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  • 4. Valence  |  September 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I think it sucks though D:

    Ringo’s face = my expression

    Reply

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