22 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Scamp /

Ookami-san and the Seven Friends episode 1


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.

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  1. Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Not enough legs for me.

  2. Posted July 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Those legs are not really HNGGHHH to me. :/

    • Scamp
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

      It’s the clothes combination that brings out the legs

      • Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

        Short shots are the best imo.

        Zettai ryouki is a plus.

  3. Posted July 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    THOSE LEGS are quite nice. But yeah, this is pretty much how I felt about the first episode. It feels generic in every possible way, the narrating voice is incredibly annoying, but it’s still somewhat enjoyable. The after-credits scene was definitely the high point of the episode, way to leave a good final impression on the viewers ^__^

    • Scamp
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

      It was rather generic, but I felt they planned it that way. Not that it makes it any better, but it makes me believe they might do some deconstructing of said tropes later. Or maybe I’m hoping for too much~

  4. dood
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    If you imagine the narrator as a hardcore lesbian(watch Railgun…) than its a little more enjoyable (but not that much…).

    • Scamp
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

      I’ve heard about that comparison. Thing is, I quickly forget about any past performance of a seiyuu when watching a new anime. Just one of those things

  5. Scheniziel Lackward
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    it’s good that this anime is not ‘too over’ for the harem, phew
    lol at the legs XD

    • Scamp
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      pfft, the harem angle is already done. We all know who he’s gonna end up with

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t do it.

  7. Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Only the after credits scene made me giggle – not encouraging since it didnt feature any of the main characters!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

      Same here. That last scene was pretty funny though so you never know

  8. Posted July 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    This narrator could have spent another semester or two at the Hayate no Gotoku school of funny self-insert narrators. Not only did the VAs remind me of Railgun, its substancelessness and unfunnyness reminded me of that show too. :\

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

      *feels somewhat relieved I never watched Railgun*

  9. Posted July 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    This episode is boring as hell; like you, the only scene I laughed at was the post-credits bit. Satomi Arai is driving me from this series as quickly as possible — can’t stand her voice at all, ugh.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

      I honestly never really care for voices. It’s kinda annoying yes, but I wouldn’t mind if she was saying funny stuff. She’s not, and that’s where my annoyance with this series lies

  10. Posted July 3, 2010 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    :D I loved the narrator. I decided to watch this series when I heard the narrators voice in the preview. At the time it wasn’t translated, but it cracked me up any ways. Yes. I think the narrator is the funniest part of the whole show. I hope the Internet rumor that the second episode is largely dedicated to the narrator and her back-story is true.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 3, 2010 at 9:23 am | Permalink

      You have strange tastes my friend. Opinions of the narrator seem to range between hatred and OMG RAGING LESBIAN KUROKO!!

      • Posted July 4, 2010 at 2:33 am | Permalink

        I prefer “ahead of the curve”. When people look back, and wonder why they don’t make comedy gems like Ookami-san any more, they’ll sigh wistfully about how noone can match Arai Satomi (who, BTW, is turning 30 Sunday).

  11. Posted July 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    lol i’m with the same boat as Shinmaru & others,the narrator is annoying & not funny.Seriously,how can i laugh when a voice like that narrating the episode.

    The post credit scene is funny indeed :)

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