Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi , or how you combine the most unlikely of characters and the most awesome of narrators into one show

Boxing with cat gloves / That's just so adorable / Yet strangely bad-ass.

Just watched Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi episode 1, and I have great hopes for this show.

Episode synopsis:

At the start, Ryouko and Ringo hunt down a stalker who tried to attack Ryouko with a knife. Just before they fight, someone throws a stone at the stalker’s hand, conveniently disarming him and allowing Ryouko to beat the crap out of him.

They work for a organisation within Otogi Academy called the Otogi Bank, which basically helps students with their problems in return for their help in the future – like a bank giving out loans.

Unfortunately, most of the members, if not all of the members are female, the club president laments. They want a male helper.

Then, just like a fairy tale, Morino-san, an attention-shy boy from Ryouko’s and Ringo’s class, confesses his love for Ryouko, only to be flat-out rejected. Nevertheless, Ringo takes a shine to him and brings him to work for Otogi Bank. His first mission is to help out with a favour to prevent Kakari’s crush from resigning from Tennis, which he fails at initially, but cycling the girl in a pumpkin (not making this up), he fails yet again – crashing due to his fear of being looked at and flinging her towards him, knocking him out and thus effectively succeeding.

At the end, he uses himself as a human shield when Ryouko gets attacked by the stalker from the start of the episode. He becomes accepted by Ryouko, who decides to call him by Ryoushi, and thus the episode ends. After the ending, there’s a scene where the tennis ace tries to find the person who knocked him out, Cinderella-style – testing out the shoe and allowing Kakari to kick him several times in the face.

Impressions?

To be honest, unlike most of the other users over at MAL, I loved the narrator. Why?

No, not because her seiyuu’s the one who voiced Kuroko, lesbian teleporter of To Aru Kagaku no Railgun fame.

It’s because she’s funny. Since after all the entire series IS a parody of fairy tales , the narrator is a parody as well – instead of being the wise, humble narrator, this narrator makes jokes throughout the episode – and always take cracks at the characters. Not to mention that the characters are aware of the narrator’s omniscient existence – which is funny as well.

The narrator constantly makes jabs at how flat-chested the both of them are – which I find to have two levels of humour, since One: the way they react is funny, and Two: Kuroko is flat-chested as well. Irony? Never mind.

…but seriously, what I fear is that Morino will screw it up by being nothing but a wimp for the rest of the series. He’s like Araragi, only wimpier. Hope he gets better.

..to not fuck it up.

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11 Responses to Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi , or how you combine the most unlikely of characters and the most awesome of narrators into one show

  1. biotoxic says:

    I might have a look at this one – it’s not like I’ve got a huge watch list this season. Just going to hold off a bit, see if anyone legally streams it, then decide what to do from there.

  2. Ming Xuan says:

    Nowadays, it is a must for bizarre weapons like hand sonic version 4 and this neko punching glove

  3. Joojoobees says:

    “Unfortunately, most of the members, if not all of the members are female, the club president laments.”

    Unfortunate?? I think President Liszt is smarter than he looks.

    Anyways, fun show. I think the narrator’s voice is awesome, and I thought the lines were funny, but I have seen a lot of disparaging remarks about her around the ‘Net. Oh well, comedy doesn’t work for everybody.

    • Valence says:

      Yes, my sentiments exactly. They keep complaining how the narrator “spoils the mood”, but I think she creates the fairy-tale like feeling.

  4. Lenneth says:

    the kick…was beautiful…

  5. Fabrice says:

    One of the few shows I looked forward to this season, so I’m glad that it delivered.
    Enjoyed the characters, good comedy and the premise is interesting.

    I wish that they could have gotten another voice actor for the narrative though, I found her voice as Kuroko kind of annoying aswell. +_+

    • Valence says:

      I didn’t find her voice annoying :3

      But otherwise,you’re right, the premise is indeed interesting. Taiga-clone aside, the show is awesome. If only people would stop comparing the characters to other characters..

  6. Psycho says:

    Yes this show is awesome, I think. Just from ep 1 it makes me laugh.
    Sadly narrator volume is bit high, I think. Especially when the main character still talking, narrator also comment about them. I hope J.C staff makes narrator voice bit lower, at last sounded like BGM.

    • Valence says:

      Narrator should comment like, when nothing is happening. That’d be great, I can’t bear to hear her silenced to the bgm…

  7. Nopy says:

    I loved the narrator, I knew it was Kuroko when I started watching the episode ^.^

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