Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi – 2

Episode two, and Ookami-san still hasn’t made a strong impression on me one way or the other. On the plus side, there are a few flashes of actual chemistry between the leads. Ryoushi shows that he can be pretty GAR when no one’s looking, and even brave when someone is – refusing to leave Ryouko’s side when they’re ambushed by a gang of thugs from a rival school. He even challenges the leader of the gang to a one-on-one fight after decimating their ranks with his slingshot. Over the course of the episode we begin to see more of Ryouko’s soft side – she loves cute animals (like Ryoushi’s dogs) and even begins to appreciate the boy himself.

There are issues here. Lots of pretty derivative themes, though that isn’t too surprising from a JC Staff series. Ryouko is shaping up as a pretty run-of-the-mill tsundere. Worst of all is Satomi Arai’s grating narration, which grinds the pacing to a halt every time it happens (way too often). Narration shouldn’t be intrusive, and this narration – worst of all – attempts to be funny and fails miserably. It’s a major problem and I don’t think its going away.

I’m on the fence with this one – one more episode to show me something more.


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