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Dec 22, 2014
Stark700 (All reviews)
Ever heard of the phrase ‘don’t bite off more than you can chew?’ Figuratively speaking, if you get a plain girl aiming for that dream guy, then that’s more than what they can ask for. Meet Erika, the main female protagonist of this series who is exactly the plain girl. Then, we have the dream guy named Kyouya Sata. With those princely like looks, it’s no wonder every girl wants to be his girlfriend. However, this show isn’t about a perfect romantic get-away with these two. No, it’s far from that. Wolf Girl (Erika) and Black Prince (Sata) unites two characters in a story of drama, abuse, and teenage youth by two complete opposite strangers.

As a standard shoujo series, Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl and Black Prince) is pretty generic from the get-go. It takes place in a school life setting where drama ensures. And judging by the ages of the characters, most of the girls seems to be interested in boys. No exception comes with Erika as she wants to a boyfriend, or at least someone to brag about. The funny part is that she ends up getting more than what she bargains for: Kyouya Sata. The first few episode depicts their awkward encounter that eventually gets her into a “relationship” with the guy. The quotation means that their relationship is fake although is used as a mask by Erika to prove her accomplishment of snatching the hottest guy at school. The picture isn’t really pretty from behind the scenes though. Sata is more or less so the type of jerk where he cares about nothing but himself. Actually, his action implies himself as a sadist who rejects romance and wants Erika as her servant/dog. It’s silly on the forefront and completely unexpected for someone like Erika. By some point, would you feel sorry for her? Perhaps but it’s her problem to deal with now.

The series explains the problems that goes on between Erika and Sata. From the beginning, Erika must somehow always maintain the posture that they are dating as a couple rather than being labeled as frauds. Several instances throughout the series lands them in cliché misunderstandings where their relationship become close to being jeopardized. While this is seen in many shoujo series, this anime goes into diehard mode to let the audience know exactly the type of person Sata is. At some point, you might genuinely feel sorry for Erika. However, there’s also cases where we see a different side of Sata, one which we realize he might not be the bad boy he tries to be. Examples include situations where Erika gets into real trouble and Sata has to save the day. Also throughout the series, it’s heavily implied that Sata develops real feelings for Erika and vice versa. As a controlling boyfriend though, Sata is one of those guys that is hard to please. Unfortunately, Erika is usually on the receiving end of punishments that lands her into even more trouble.

As for Erika herself, there’s development for her character. At first, she often cares about what other people thinks and does anything to establish a reputation. Because let’s face it, high school is about making an impact and youth really accelerates when you meet that special someone. Erika experiences this first hand later on when she realizes that special someone could actually be Sata. The question comes to matter is how far she is willing to go for Sata. At various times, she realizes that there may or may not be a way to change Sata. That isn’t really the point anyways since the show focuses a lot more on their relationship rather than see who can change who. On an even more frustrating note, we don’t really know much about Sata’s past in regards to his background story. For a guy with such reputation at school, there’s only very few that knows the real him.

Relationships can be a nutshell when other characters gets involved. And like many other shoujo series, we do have side characters that complicates Erika and Sata’s relationship. If the first two words that come to your mind are ‘love rivals’, then you are correct. As predictable as it can be, the show introduces both male and female characters as a seemingly way to test how Erika or Sata can cope when someone else asks them out. Characters introduced in the series ranges from shy loners to playboys. You can just imagine how this can influence their relationship when a misunderstanding between them can go out of hand. A problem with this is how the show neglects their relationship building but instead focuses on how they deal with it separately. Not only that but the comedy faded as well when certain situations become serious. Luckily, a good deal of the show has comedy, a factor that makes the series quite entertaining. There’s no denying that there’s comedy when it comes to this show whether it’s be Sata’s constant abuse or Erika’s life. Still, when the story gets on the melancholic side with what it has built, then the series suffers from momentum. The plus side is that comedy is present in good doses throughout the series when there’s opportunity. Timing is key and the show does nail that on most parts whether it’d be Sata’s taunts, zany imaginations, or anything you may see related in a couple who are nothing alike to each other.

For this particular shoujo series, the artwork would be labeled as average at best. The characters are designed with stereotypes with no particular character standing out above the others. Some noticeable features are probably Sata and his reactions that can strike as comedy gold. Otherwise, don’t expect some high quality delivery from this series when it comes to artwork or visuals. The background, settings, and character designs is a bad joke itself with uninspired effort.

Soundtrack is more or less of an interest to take notice. I say this because of the character voice mannerisms, a trait that is actually quite important for the main characters. This is especially true for Sata as he hides his true character. I do give him some credit for his tone of voice when he is able to quickly shift between the prince charming to the controlling master. On the other hand, Erika can sound like a child at times when she complains. It gets tiresome and frustrating when the series continues to recycle her personality over and over to express it in audio scenarios. Otherwise, the OP and ED songs are amusing to watch not because of the lyrics but the coordination of the scenes. Like I mentioned before, comedy plays out a large part of this show’s entertainment so those songs hit the right notes.

At its core, Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji is like a test to see how far Sata and Erika will score as a couple by the end of the show. I don’t mean it literally as this show’s score but rather their relationship and its development. To say the least, it is a mixed bag with obstacles and challenges. However, the show knows its intentions and highlights that with plenty of opportunities to make the audience laugh. It may not be a stand-up comedy but the show has that enthralling grip when it does try. Just be aware that the show is nothing less than predictable, conventional, and saturated with the usual moments that may make you go ‘been there, done that’.