In the Flash-animated television comedy series, a sumo wrestler named Mikoshiarashi travels around the world to train to become the Yokozuna, the Grand Sumo Champion. He meets colorful characters along the way as he is determined to meet his goals.
Naked Wolves is a series that is highly dependent on an open mind to enjoy to the fullest. Using simple flash animation and a unique, yet simple story, it won't be for everyone, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth watching.
The story revolves around Arashi, a sumo wrestler who is traveling around the world gaining skills through the people he meets to obtain his ultimate goal, to be the grand sumo champion. In every episode Arashi is a new country/area of the world. The series starts off shaky in the United States, but soon becomes more stable as Arashi continues to travel.
The people Arashi meets
are a very colorful bunch whom he learns many skills from, such as sumo wrestling moves and morals. Some of the characters are just portrayed downright silly, particularly the black people. They're designed in the stereotypical fashion, you know, giant afros and lips. This kind of blatant stereotype doesn't carry over into all races of the characters, which is a good thing. Because in all honestly, it is a little awkward watching some of the first episodes that take place in the US.
The animation is very simple flash animation, most of which are solid colors and thick lines. Personally, I feel that it still looks nice and fits in well with the quirky story. But I'm sure it will very easily turn most people off of the series.
As far as sound goes, the voice acting is done well for Arashi and the music is enjoyable. The voice acting for other characters of the series varies, as some of it is purposely done bad to be funny. It's obvious when they do this with the characters so it doesn't really detract from the overall appeal of the voice acting.
Despite the fact that the story is obvious, it IS intended for a younger audience. This doesn't mean that an older audience can't enjoy it though. Overall I really enjoyed this series and urge other people to give it a try. The entire series is only going to take up under 5 hours of your life. And just trying it will only waste 5 minutes of your time. The series is actually easy to find as well, so there's no reason not to give it a whirl.
First thing you need to consider before watching this series is, do you have a good sense of humor? Are you open to all types of animation? Can you handle offbeat characters and quirky story lines? Do you posses a sense of adventure? If you can answer yes, to all, if not some, then this little series is for you!
Our hero, Sumo-san, (yes, he's a Sumo wrestler) is not victorious his first time up...after he meets with his master, he decides to embark on a journey to seek the 48 techniques he will need to learn, in order to become the world's greatest Sumo wrestler.
His search will take him all over the world where he will encounter many colorful characters, discover new cultures and experience some hilarious matches. While some may not be fans of flash video, Pony Cannon is the team behind this series, and the flash video is their specialty. They do a decent job. The music is quirky and fun, the characters are all entertaining and funny. I have enjoyed the series so far and I am up to 10 episodes already...if any of you decide to tackle this fun series, hoping you will laugh as much as I have. Gambatte Arashi-san!