English: Okami-San and Her Seven Companions
Synonyms: Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi, Okamisan and Seven Companions
Jul 1, 2010 to Sep 16, 2010
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisOokami Ryouko is a spunky and, by some accounts, rather manly high school girl. She is tall, speaks in a traditionally masculine way and is very proficient in fighting. Ookami-san's best friend is the small and high-pitched voiced Akai Ringo. Incidentally, the two are rather flat-chested, a fact the Narrator (voiced by Arai "Kuroko" Satomi of Railgun fame) is all too eager to point out.
Ookami and Ringo are members of the Otogi Bank, a club in Otogi High School that assists students with their problems in return for their assistance on a different problem at a later date; thus the Otogi Bank is effectively a loan institute for problems where you can take out a loan for a solved problem but you have to repay it sooner or later.
The Otogi Bank is able to solve any problem and will go to any lengths to do so, often leading the members to danger or mayhem. Since most of the members of the club are female, another male is needed for the more dangerous assignments. Thus, the scopophobic (the fear of being looked at) Morino Ryoushi is inducted as a member, right after he confesses his love for Ookami...
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"Ready Go!" by May'n (eps 2-12)
Ending Theme#1: "Ready Go!" by May'n (ep 1)
#2: "Akazukin-chan Goyoujin (赤頭巾ちゃん御用心)" by OToGi8 (eps 2-11)
#3: "Akazukin-chan Goyoujin (i-pop ver.)" by OToGi8 (ep 12)
Once upon a time there was a series of light novels by Masashi Okita that played around with certain well known fairy tales. Due to a strange twist of fate (or a complete lack of ideas), the series was chosen to be adapted into anime form, and they all lived happily ever after.
Well, not quite.
Directed by Iwasaki Yoshiaki (Gokujou Seitokai, Wagaya no Oinari-sama, Gunbuster, Love Hina), Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi (Ookami-san and her Seven Companions), follows the adventures of Ookami Ryouko and her colleagues from the Otogi Bank as they solve people's problems, right various wrongs, fight delinquents, and generally act as all round busybodies.
Now where have I heard that before?
The main problem with Ookami-san is that it suffers from the same flaw that almost every novel adaptation has - an inherent lack of detail. That's not to say that the story doesn't work as there are plenty of things already in the tale that are interesting enough. The plot, however, is haphazard in its approach, and a number of points never get explained over the course of the series. Because of these two factors, the story never really reaches the level where the viewer can become engrossed, and in all honesty the only reason I finished it was because I was playing "Spot the Fairy Tale".
As I mentioned before, the franchise plays fast and loose with several well known fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood (complete with wolf and hunter), Momotaro (with dumplings), The Hare and the Tortoise (which was changed to a turtle for some reason), Urashima Tarou, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Hansel and Gretel, The Little Match Girl, Puss in Boots, and probably a bunch more. Unfortunately, there's a side effect to incorporating specific elements of other stories into your own and that's exactly what happens here.
If one is able to disregard the lack of focus and detail, there's still the creativity barrier to overcome and it's here where the everything falls down. While the story may have some interesting aspects, the usage of fairy tales places quite a heavy dampener on innovation and it shows in Ookami-san in many ways, from relationships (Usami Mimi and Ryuuguu Otohime are inclined to hate each for example), to character design.
In all honesty, J.C. Staff have produced a fairly decent looking show for the most part. The animation is generally fluid throughout the series, but there are one or two telltale signs of corner cutting during the fight scenes. The backgrounds and settings are pretty standard fare for anyone familiar with high school anime, and while there are no real feats of originality, there are also very few major flaws. The real problem with the overall look of the show though, is the inherent lack of innovation I mentioned earlier.
This is where it all gets a bit tricky. On the surface the casual viewer may consider the design of certain characters to be quite original, for example Akai Ringo is supposed to be Little Red Riding Hood and this reference is prominent in her clothing throughout the series. Certain other characters follow this design pattern to highlight the fairy tale they are based on, while others are a bit more subtle with their reference. One of the main issues with this approach is that it impacts on the relationships between the characters, and the reason for it may not be obvious at first. Once the viewer understands the reference then everything becomes clear, however Ookami-san only really works on that basis.
One point in the show's favour is the sound quality, as the effects are fairly well realised and choreographed. Unfortunately the music isn't up to the same standards. That's not to say that it's bad, no, it's simply that it's all been done before.
Here's what I mean. The OP, "Ready, Go!" by May'n is a boppy J-pop track that doesn't leave any impact whatsoever. The ED, "Akazukin-chan Goyoujin" (Careful Akazukin-chan), by OToGi 8, is a strange mixture of J-pop and chip tunes that is equally forgettable. The rest of the music throughout the series doesn't really add much to the atmosphere of a given scene, and the proof of this lies in the numerous occasions where no music is used as there is very little difference in terms of impact.
One of the main sound problems with Ookami-san though, is the narration. There are far too many occasions where the viewer will be trying to pay attention to what the characters are saying, only to have it drowned out by Arai Satomi pretending to be an old time storyteller. As for the acting itself, the seiyuu are generally pretty good, with Itou Shizuka and Itou Kanae playing the roles of Ryouko and Ringo with a degree of aplomb (one does have to wonder if the casting was purposeful though). Irino Miyu gives a respectable performance as the sociophobe and prospective beau Morino Ryoushi, especially when he switches between coward and manly mode.
The rest pf the cast deliver some good all round performances but, like the rest of the series, the lack of originality means that they simply can't sink their teeth into the roles. The prime example of this is the fact that Ryouko is, yet again, quite literally the "sheep in wolf's clothing".
Now I will be honest here. I'm tired of the typical tsundere loli character and would personally like to see more variety in that department. Surprisingly, it seems as though Ookami-san has made some efforts to move away from the archetype. There are attempts to justify the persona of each character to a degree, and although the results are a bit of a mixed bag, the fact is that this makes the show more interesting than it would otherwise have been. The series takes great pains to delve into the personal history of its lead characters, and some of the resulting stories are handled rather well.
But that's all there is to it. Once their stories are told the characters go right back to how they were before, with the only real exceptions being Ryouko and Ryoushi. But that's not my main gripe where the characters are concerned, no, the real problem here is that there are no reasons or justifications, either in the story or otherwise, for the actions of Hitsujikai Shirou, and the lack of any information leaves the viewer wondering what the hell is going on.
Now, while Ookami-san isn't a truly great show, it's not actually that bad on the whole. The series has a number of interesting aspects and relationships, and is entirely watchable as long as you aren't overly critical about it. Unfortunately there are occasions where there is simply too much going on at once, and the viewer may find themselves going back over certain scenes in order to fully understand what has occurred.
One thing I did like were the cameos from ToraDora! and Toaru Kagaku no Railgun as, while they may not be my favourite shows, it made the anime into something more of a visual game (spot the reference).
It's strange how many shows these days are adaptations of other media, and it does make one wonder if anime studios have hit a creative wall. Whatever the case may be, Ookami-san is a decent attempt at adapting a novel series, and while it does have its flaws, the show is entertaining enough for at least one viewing. Granted it may not be everyone's gingerbread house, but those that like school based romantic comedies won't find themselves too disappointed.
Now can we please find a different character type as I'm tired of of all the tsundere lolis.
[b]Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi[/b]
The fact that this is a wasted potential is a shame, this could have been greater than what ended to be.
The story started very good i was really interested to follow it but then just started to be more of a comedy/parody without the romance that at some point you think will happen, never happens, and that was annoying, it was really interesting almost every job they did for people, so for me was good.
[b][u]Art & Sound[/u][/b]
Both were like you think will be, good character design and colorful landscape. The sound was good, it was really enjoyable, the VA was good.
This is what the anime is, they really were very good and funny, there's a great variety of characters from fantasy books and you will recognize them, the ones that i liked were Ringo and Ryoushi who at first might seem like a wuss but he shows that he can be a badass for Ryouko and Ryouko was too tsundere for me, she hides her feelings for Ryoushi and never accepts them, not even when everyone sees it, and i hated that she didn't appreciated what Ryoushi did for her other and they have backstories and almost everyone were well developed deeply.
I could have enjoyed this more, but i couldn't because of that bad ending and Ryouko being how she was so overall was good. read more
It could have been something decent, but instead Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi reeks of mediocrity. The art work and animation was actually pretty and appealing, but the terrible story and cast of characters makes this series a pretty little scab you want to tear off. The rag tag bunch of characters have a very minor development and role so it'll feel as if most, if not all, of the characters are a side note. Even the story leaves you hanging till the last episode. At the end of the series, you will ask yourself, "That's it? What the hell was I watching this for?". I'm sorry to say this, but I felt as if the writer of the series did a half-assed job and produced a story about kids doing random things without any plot or motive. I say this series was a wild goose chase. I recommend it to those of you who have nothing to do and just want to kill time. read more
There’s nothing I love better then ranting about bad anime in the afternoon. Which is why I’m here to talk about Ookami-san to Shinchinin no Nakamatachi, such a long title.
Anyway, this show is like having a glass of milk after having it sit on your counter for about a whole night after your house party. All your drunken friends and standing around it and they want you to drink it and you do after all the peer pressure. At first, you’re thinking it’s a bad idea, and after listening to your friends you think that this is a chance to redeem your personless self. So you drink it and giggle before it gets in your mouth, and when it touches your tongue you’re going to spew all over the place because you had so many god damn drinks last night and rotten milk does not mix with your girly cocktails!
And if you people say I’m wrong and that this is a great show. Then you ain’t worth reading this review to see how much you’re wrong. Plus, if you think I’m wrong, you’re probably one of those Type A viewers…
This show makes me just as angry as True Tears did. It went nowhere. NO WHERE.
Let’s talk about this wretched show… Why? Because I like to cause myself pain.
I need it grab it out of my recycle bin. Hold on.
TL;DR version: needless action, stupid antagonists, antagonists with no goal, protagonists with no goal, plight, or drama, stupid romance, no character development, sudden introduction of characters, characters with typical personalities, characters whose personalities change randomly back and forth, no reason for romance, forced romance, stupid club concept, no humor, overused jokes, simple plot (if one exists), it’s a picture slideshow that moves and makes noise, and and the stupid narrator they should've cut after the first episode, show stuck in one dimension, doesn't connect with the view, you have no reason to care for the characters.
(I love your Onee-sama voice, Satomi-chan, but I can't deal with it in this show)
Himura is the best character in this show. She has depth! But she's only in it for one episode...
The antagonist is stupid too. I like how they try to make his past with Ookami dark and spooky to make you hate you him. There is no reason for what he does and what he will do. He just does them. Because he's a bad man that runs evil school in town and he's all like, "you guys are going down!!!!111!!1111! D: read more
Ookami-san started to develop into something meaningful other than a plotless comedy over a few episodes. That development focused on romantic struggle of the main couple. Toradora development is pretty much the same, started of funny and increasingly dramatic over time.
Both main characters are tsunderes plus they look and act very similar! Ookami can be seen as an older Taiga =p
Both anime are pretty much slice of life, somewhat comedic, high-school setting, tsundere romance.
Same studio and again a badass tsundere protagonist.
When I saw first episode of Ookami-san my reaction was "Taiga? Is that you?". Both animes are romance, comedy, school and characters are also similar.
Both animes main female main characters are the same, both physically and attitude wise (EXTREME TSUNDERE ALERT), and both have animal attributes in their names ( Taiga= Tiger, Ookami= Wolf). The both anime's art are also extremely cute and while Toradora is based upon legend, Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi is based upon fairy tales.
- the main heroines have a similar character design.
- both main heroines are tsundere and know how to kick ass.
- both focus on comedy-romance ( but , at least in my opinion , Toradora! does a much better job ).
- both are adapted from light novels.
The main heroines act, look, and think alike. The "men" of anime both have a completely different personality to what they seem to be on the surface. plus, they are both hilarious and a good show to watch.
ryoukou and taiga look alike but one is tall and one is short
ringo and minori also look the same but short and tall
ryoukou has that tsundere type to her sort of just like taiga is tsundere
ringo is also there to support ryoukou like minori for taiga
they both have great qualities, the animes itself is somewhat different
Both Ryouko and Ringo have the same sort of relationship as Taiga and Minori, not to mention they look pretty similar too.
the main female character between these two anime is somewhat similar and both are a tsundere... BUT, ookami (meaning: wolf) is taller than taiga (meaning: tiger)... :)
The main female character is extremely similar to the main female character of this show character and looks wise (except for being taller)
The two main girl characters in these 2 stories are very similar in looks and personality and they are both tsundere
They both have the same type of humor, both main heroines are compared to beasts (Taiga = Tiger, Ookami = Wolf), both Taiga and Ookami are violent Tsundere. The animation is also very similar. The only difference between the anime romance-wise is that the guy fell in love with the girl on the 1st episode in Ookami-san, whereas in Toradora; they fell in love with each other part way through the series.
Basically, i saw in them much familiar things. Of course, they are not he same, cuz Toradora is romantic novel, but Okami is little bit more fighting one. I think, you'll enjoy Okami.
Aisaka and Ookami are really similar, Tsundere Power! They both are comedy/romance and focus on the main couple.
The main female characters don't only look alike but have a similar personality. (some sites even claim there it's the same character only grown up). Both have great humor.
Art is similar.
Ryouko looks a little like a taller version of Taiga.
Both have near to no story at the beginning but develops into one(torradora does a much better job)and Ookami-San has many references to torradora and their are many similar characters. Torradora has alot of romance while Ookami-San has alot of comedy and parities.
Tsundere wolf girl who's like the taller and cooler Taiga, alongside the gentler and more delicate version of Ryuuji. Ookami Ryouko and Taiga Aisaka both have not-so-happy backstories, as Ryouko suffered an abusive relationship, and Taiga with a hopeless father. Ryoushi (Ookami-san) and Ryuuji are similar as the two are not the best one could possibly be, but are still their for their girls.
Both series have very similar characters overall, and progress in plot much the same way; focusing on comedy in the beginning before introducing stronger dramatic/romantic elements as the story progress. They both retain their humor along the way, so no worries there! If you're going to just watch one however, please stick with Toradora, as the writing and story-telling is significantly better, plus the pay off at the end is FAR superior.
The underdog fight for you. Underpowered protagonist help the heroine overcome her past by kicking some ass.
Ookami-san's past was kept safe along the series, until the protagonist beat up the bad guy and end the shows altogether.
In MM!, the hero simply beat the living hell out of the bad guy and help the heroine overcome it in a few chapters, leaving the rest of the season for comedy, or a new drama.
The tension of the shows however are kept lukewarm along the story, as both show has mixed both dramatical and funny contents in no formal pattern. It's pretty difficult to guess what you will have for each episode, maybe both.
Is that a good thing? Your call.
Both anime are about overcoming odd fears as well as taking place mostly in a club setting. The male lead is forced into the club. Both animes' episodes are episodic, until the end.
in both the main female character violent,and the main boy character is average.
and there are more similar characters like Tatsukichi Hayama looks like Liszt Kiriki.
Both have, one person who is afraid of something Yuno, Arashiko is afraid of men and Morino, Ryoushi is afraid of being confronted by other people. They both also have a "club" that wishes to help people with various things, and they both have a slight romantic atmosphere in it, and both have a humorous side to them.
Both give a similar feel, simple plot. The male leads are actually very similar when they are ''normal''. Both have a lot of fighting, and ''being a man'' kind of thing. If you liked one of them, you'll 95% like the other one, and if you hated one of them then it's the other way around. :D
When the show gets those serious moments I think Ryoushi cuz he's a total bum when people stare at him but is freaking awesome when he serious, while Taro is a full on masochist who also is freaking awesome when he's serious
Well, both have male characters whose butts always gets kicked by a female character, except one is avoiding while the other is asking for it, there is also a situation where the love interest of the male character is a victim of sexual harassment by the main villain which devastated the other while it made the other one stronger
There's no surprise that both of these series shares many similarities. When watching these two anime b2b, it's hard not to think about them. First, both series takes place at school life setting where the central protagonist needs help. The club that helps him also tries to solve everyone's problems.
Both series has a strange cast of characters with a variety of personalities that spice up the story a bit. They bring in the comedy and entertainment to the viewers.
There's also a main female character in both series that fits within the role of the classic tsundere.
Both series have a ton of comedy, drama, and some romance.
Both of these anime have a central male protagonist which needs help solving their social problems. MM! is based around comedy whereas Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi has more of a romantic feel to it, though both involve some romance as the tags suggest.
both anime have groups of people whom help others and as they do that they have more allies as they go on. many similarity occurs in both these anime, but SKET Dance have less romance
Organization in high school devoted to solving other people's problems regardless of how small it is. The main male protagonists are both exceptional with the slingshot and the main female protagonists are both exceptional fighters.
Both anime focus more on a club that does odd jobs, and their episodes contain the odd jobs.
The both anime's the characters fight to protect the school. In both animes the main characters take offers from people to help them. These animes also have similar generes such as: comedy, school life.
Both animes are about two school clubs who help people. Also the main girls are alike there both really strong and are well known street fighters. Also the main guys both use sling shots as there weapons.
Both are compose of clubs dedicated to help someone in need.
Both were set in a school.
Both have muchachos who uses slingshot as their main weapons and both are also a crack shot.
Both have a chiquita (lead female) who are fighters.
Both leaders of the club were street-smart.
Thought in both animes have clubs that help someone in need, in OSN, the club there is more of a businesslike thing, that is whenever someone approaches them for help, they have to pay it with favors, while in SD, them helping somebody in need is done in order to solicit members.
In OSN the club is compose of 7 members, while in SD, here were only 3.
In OSN the leader of the club is merely a support and rarely participate in any of the clubs operations, while in SD, the club leader is the main cast and does participate in all of the clubs operations.
In OSN the club geek is a witch while in SD the club geek is a computer wizard who would let his fingers (he types in his laptop that he always bring) do the talking.
The main chiquita (female lead) in OSN can fight barehanded, but is incapable of taking down toughest opponent (the one who sexually harassed her), while in SD, the chiquita (female lead) relies entirely on her hockey club when taking down the toughest opponent.
When it comes to romance, in OSN the muchacho (male lead) has feelings for the chiquita (female lead), while in SD, the feelings with the 2 muchachos (the 2 male leads) with the chiquita (the sole female lead) is purely professional.
When it comes to the clubs relationship with the student council, in OSN the club is at equal status with the student council, while in SD the club is at odds with the student council.
In OSN the genre of the anime is more like a parody, while in SD, there is an extra genre of mystery.
Both series are quite hilarious for starters. That's because they have parodies that has a strong and independent female protagonist that are present in both series.
Both Ookami-san and Sket Dance also has the theme of a club at school wishing to helping others in need.
Both series are very funny and contains a lot of parodies as well as references. Yet in some cases, there is also emotions and other factors that seems to bring out a more dramatic side in both series.
Both series also expands on the idea of friendship and how friends are one of the most important things to have in the world.
Fighting tsundere heroine with quite same character. Comedy, mostly girls on main roles and quite pacifistic but overprotective protagonist
Drawn by same company, has similar seyuu's, character personallities, physical looks, and chara types.
Kuroko's VA is the narrator on Ookami-san, and the first episode reminded me of the slice-of-life bits of Toaru no Kagaku.
both have brave characters with high skills...
both have a side-kick...
the guy has something special that attracts both girls...
both of the main characters look some-what alike...
Fighting for what they believe in, both series has a strong female heroine. Additionally, there are action, comedy, and some hints of romance in Ookami-san. Both series also has drama in later episodes that becomes somewhat emotional.
Just having Kuroko's VA is enough for me to enjoy both of these shows. On a more serious note, I especially like the slice-of-life comedy approach J.C. Staff focused on in both shows instead of the typical action-oriented approach most shounen anime appear to have.
The same character dynamics appear in both series, but they are both set in complete different settings and in the end Zero no Tsukaima is far superior to Ookami-san...
These two animes have a similar setting with a hero with hidden abilities and heroines with tsundere personalities. But Ookami has no magic like Zero, the male main characters are a lot different.
Ookami and Louise very similar.
This anime both have girls who don't have the best chests in the world, but theyre both spunky and mean. If you like Ookami you will like Louise :D
They're both funny, have an original (sort of) plot and great characters.
Also, Kiriki reminds me of Koizumi.
Both series consists of a club at school although for different goals and morals. Both the main girls of series are considered tsundere when dealing with certain situations especially with the main protagonist. Humor and drama are also imminent.
Weird kids doing weird things in a weird club. Both very archetype heavy and overall, pretty enjoyable.
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