I love new anime seasons! Even if this one looks very poor, I still get a thrill out of the prospect of all these new anime coming out. It begins today and with it comes the barrage of first impressions posts. My usual blogging schedule is thrown aside as I review each first episode as soon as I can get my hands on a subbed version (boy were Mazui ever quick with subbing this one).
Ookami-san is JC Staff’s latest attempt at a genre-savvy, winking-at-the-audience comedy fest. Not that it really excels on any of those levels. The genre savvy part in particular is quite a miserable failure. It’s as though the writers had only read about what genre savvy is meant to mean from urban dictionary and decided to give it a whirl. It’s certainly not helped by that accursed narrator. Asides from having a voice that grates on your nerves for the entire episode, nothing of what she says is even remotely funny. Having her narrate the entire episode is like having a someone sitting next to you during an unfunny movie, explaining every single joke to you. The series would be far better off without having her explaining that they are having a service scene right now and pointing out how small the characters boobs are.
Let’s be honest here. This is a fanservice show. Not just in the ‘look at these naked girls’ kinda way, although there’s a bit of that too. It is all one giant wink to the audience. The maid with Gainaxing boobs. The totally obvious tsundere. The fact that this show never once tries to hide the fact that there is no substance to this anime whatsoever. I doubt anyone was expecting anything other than that though. What bugs me is that it should still be funny. Kannagi managed to spend most of it’s time winking to the audience and yet stayed funny throughout. The only really funny scene of the episode was the Cinderella scene after the ending credits. The rest was worryingly bland. Still, a comedy anime rarely excels in the first episode so I’m willing to give it longer to prove itself. Especially when it has legs these nice.