THAT First Impressions – Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi and the Legend of the Legendary Heroes

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So flat, it’s good.

Summer is upon us. As usual, I will try to cover as many shows as possible for your reading pleasure!

Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi

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Ookami is a deliciously flat chested bishoujo that is wild, strong and powerful and we saw it through fighting off a delinquent who was stalking her client. As Otogi Bank is a group that is tasked to help the Otogi academy students (their clients) in solving their issues. Headed by Kiriki Liszt, The first episode discussed how they wanted a new male member in the group to improve the balance of the group. Morino Ryoushi popped out, a wimpy boy who cannot stand being stared by anyone. He then picked up a task to stop a tennis playing senior from submitting his resignation due to his injuries. He made a whole mess out of it, and the client accidentally gave an excellent kick to the face to the senior. Amazingly, all ends well as the senior is in fact a pervert (likes to be kicked) and they are happy together.

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I usually won’t bother about such shows because they seem to be quite lame but I find myself chuckling quite a bit at the silliness. I mean, the whole mission thing is a total farce but I am already bought into the whole quirky character. I amazingly like Morino Ryoushi for his refreshing “I am so scared at being stared but I will try my best to be GAR” character. I guess I seldom watch shows where a somewhat wimpy character manages to be quite cool and pretty much harmless (rather than bloody annoying) that might be common in such silly comedy series.

The animation is pretty decent too, and there are no glaring issues from the first episode at the very least. JC Staff are always competent in the animation category, if not spectacular like PA Works or Production I.G. I do wonder if they are going to go at it with a case every episode, or there is in fact a plot. My personal guess is the former, which will make it a good mindless series to follow if you are like me, intending to follow serious stuff such as Shiki. It’s always good to watch everything in moderation by balancing the shows you are thinking of picking up.

The flat-chested joke went really boring by the second time round, and I find it quite lame. I really hope they stop focusing on it and let me focus on it subtlety so that I feel normal staring at a 2D girl’s deliciously flat chest. I also like the two kitty boxing gloves, and they better have Ookami go tsun tsun and then dere dere a lot. That will make me very happy. All in all, it is most likely to be a fluffy comedy series with some fanservice. Tread carefully if you are the type who might be turned off by fluff or fanservice (that said, there is little in this episode, just speculating)

Recommendation: 6/10 (You might like it, if you like comedy, DFCs and some quirky characters)


The Legend of the Legendary Heroes

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Lyner and Shion are two adventurers ordered by their bishounen king to find the artifacts of a Legendary Hero across the lands to save the world. Or something. However, Lyner is a lazy bum that is somewhat blessed with the power of magic, while Shion is an expert swordswoman sent to protect him. This episode, they stumbled upon a relic (some giant robot) and eventually had to run away because they cannot deal with it. Interspersed in the episode were Shion random comments and Lyner’s complaints about having to do work.

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The episode is somewhat all over the place, what with Shion’s continuous attempt of cold humor and yet there is some vague but actually interesting story revolving around many other characters. The thing is that this series feels somewhat like a frivolous show with Lyner and Shion around, and it becomes all manly serious with the other characters. I am not too sure where to place the compass for this show, but I do hope that they stick to mostly one genre because let’s be honest, Zexcs isn’t that great of an animation company, and they should not try to do anything too smart. It feels like Slayers, but not that funny and weaker characters. I will be glad to be proven wrong.

The OP and ED are pretty run of the mill for such fantasy stories, so it is really about the characters. In that aspect, I feel that Lyner and Shion feels a little cardboard at the moment, but I have a niggling feeling that there is something about Lyner that will provide some emo scenes in the future. Shion, on the other hand, feels like mere comedic humor for now, interjecting with smarmy jokes that can be either mildly funny or just distracting to the actually quite serious undertones and plots that are presented by the other characters in this series.

It’s hard to really pinpoint what is exactly wrong with this that makes me feel that this will be at most a below average series with some silly attempts for fanservice in the future. It’s just a vibe, I guess. With so much negativity said about this anime, it is actually a decently enjoyable first episode for me. I am not sure if I can really recommend this to anyone though…

Recommendation: 4/10 (ZEXCS’ track record is not that great, and doesn’t feel like it will break any mold)

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7 Comments

  1. Posted July 2, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Just by the first episode of Ookami-san, I’m committing to watch the whole series. The amount of silliness is just about right without going completely over the top, just really really close.

    • Impz
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

      Ya, that’s what I feel. I am not really the best person to talk to when it comes to fluffy shows, but I am actually fine if I go into any show not expecting any form of serious stuff and that it will be absolutely fluffy. I can deal with that and I think Ookami is just like that.

  2. Posted July 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    I got pretty much what I expected out of Ookami-san. It looks good and is silly. As you say, I am mostly watching it to balance Shiki, which looks like it will be fairly intense.

    Legend of Legend looks uneven and unfocussed, so I’m holding off until braver souls have slogged through it and given their impressions. If I have time to watch that, I would rather spend my time burning through some titles in my backlog.

    • Impz
      Posted July 2, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      Aye, same here for me. Shiki is a must watch and a must blog for me, so I will use it to balance my viewing pleasure. Plus, I can feel Ghost Hunt vibes all the way from the source material.

      LOLH is really unfocused at times but I feel that there might be some backstory that can be a tad interesting. I really am not sure how it will go, but it is worth taking just a quick look. I ought to blog on Campallea whatever the hell it is, and Kuroshitsuji 2 soon after I finished viewing. :P

      • Posted July 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

        I haven’t seen it yet, but I have a feeling Campanella is going to look good and have no other redeeming qualities; it will be interesting to get your take on it.

  3. Posted July 4, 2010 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    I just realised how much I base my will-I-won’t-I-watch decision on the animation style alone. That said, regarding Ookami-san, I doubt there’s anything for my tastes as I’m not usually into such young/cutesy looking characters getting up to silly things. Re: Legend of the Legendary Heroes, now with a title like that you’d expect a fair amount of irony and comedy, but again not sure if there’s enough substance to hold my interest. Still, might check it out for the bishies.

  4. Mabui
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t agree more for Legend of the Legendary Heroes, while the story behind it might be interesting, everything they do for it seems to cause make it fall completely apart. The anime feels cheaply made – and doesn’t offer much in the way of hope for the future. I know I won’t be following this particular one.

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