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The Howling

July 1, 2010

I had no idea what I was getting into when I downloaded Wolf Chick and her Seven Slaves (Loosely translated back into Japanese as Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi.). I didn’t even realize it was that anime with the chick that looked like that tiger chick from that other anime I never watched and only knew about from “Taiga Uppercut” Sagat parody art. I just knew that it was some new shit starting up with the new season and figured I’d give it a shot.

At first sight it’s something of a generic fantasy school comedy thing. Kids go to a high school in some sort of fictional fantasy whatever world. The kids that are the focal point are a part of some club/organization/super-secret sex club. The kids do stuff in this club that goes beyond the normal parameters of such a thing. Some of these things involve punching shit.

Right there all of those comparisons with Toradora or whatever it was called can be thrown right out the window. All of the stuff I ever say about Toradora had the main chick compared to Sagat, while Ookami here is clearly a Dudley fan with the bobing and weaving and Dempsey Rolling. So these two series are completely different in every way imaginable.

So, yeah, the boxing scenes had me interested in and of themselves. They weren’t spectacular, but they were better than most anime action scenes I’ve seen as of late. Not sure why someone who is apparently patterned after The Big Bad Wolf is a boxing enthusiast (Wouldn’t a character from a fairy tale with French origins be more into Savate?), but I’ll go with it. Then again, I’m just assuming she’s based on Big Baddie Wolfie, since she has a BB Hood cosplayer as her sidekick.

The fairy tale thing has me interested as well. If we have Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf, who are the other dudes and dudettes? One of the chicks is named Alice.  Alice in Wonderland is hardly a fairy tale in the strict Grimm’s tradition, but I’ll buy that if it turns out she’s patterned after that Alice. Then there was the whole Cinderella bit, which was pretty damn awesome with it’s S&M Happy Ending. No idea how far they’ll go with this shtick, but I hope they ramp it up and ape it for all it’s worth. It’d suck if it’s just a few cursory references.

Not sure what to think of the narrator. One the one hand her bits about Ookami’s flat chest were kind of lame, but on the other hand I liked her snarky comments about the nature of their “club.” They trade favors for favors and ensure that said favors get paid, and because of this she compares them to loan sharks. That isn’t an observation we’d necessarily get without the narrator, so she’s spouting some good shit to go with the bad. We’ll see how she pans out in future episodes.

Other than his power to be completely unnoticeable, the main dude sucks. That’s all I have to say about him.

But Riding Hood chick? She’s awesome. Didn’t think so at first, since she was a meddling mother-in-law type (Again, something the narrator pointed out. Otherwise I’d have assumed she was meant to be the annoying would-be lesbian adorer who doesn’t want anyone to touch the main character without her approval.), but once she went on her spiel about killing the street punks “socially” and wrapping a metaphorical noose around their necks, she won me over. It’s always the cute, innocent, quiet ones you have to look out for, since they like to hide a sinister streak behind their lovable smiles. I know this from personal experience, being a cute, innocent, quiet one in real life.

In the end, though, there isn’t much to say about Ookami outside of a bunch of cheap jokes meant to eat up my word count. It’s a shallow series with a shallow premise that somehow managed to be halfway watchable in its first episode. I’ll give it a few more episodes to see if it remains watchable shallowness or if it reverts into crappy shallowness.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2010 10:09 PM

    >I know this from personal experience, being a cute, innocent, quiet one in real life.

    PICS.

  2. July 2, 2010 1:13 AM

    This show is forgettable but thanks for pointing out what Ringo said about killing them crooks socially. That’s pretty good.

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