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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously narrated slice of life action
The central premise of Okami-san as a series is a quaint spin on high-school clubs. Essentially, favour-trading. Our intrepid heroine is a member of the Otogi bank; a society of individuals who'll perform favours for students with the understanding that said favour will one day be repaid. This process largely forms the backdrop to the first disc of episodes, which...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light Frivolous Entertainment
This is a piece of light entertainment that revolves around a group of school kids that are part of an extra-curricular activities group called the Otogi Bank, in a school called Otogi Academy. This bank performs favors for other school students in-exchange for those students returning favors at a later date. A bank dealing in favors instead of money, an excuse for our...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously narrated slice of life action, 2 Jun 2013
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L. Green "Feltano" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Okami-san And Her Seven Companions Complete Series Collection [DVD] (DVD)
The central premise of Okami-san as a series is a quaint spin on high-school clubs. Essentially, favour-trading. Our intrepid heroine is a member of the Otogi bank; a society of individuals who'll perform favours for students with the understanding that said favour will one day be repaid. This process largely forms the backdrop to the first disc of episodes, which admittedly, rather drag at times. It's all very safe, very staid; with your classic sub-plot of a shy lad and his un-returned love for the strong female main character. So far, so very average high-school anime.

But where Okami-san earns its shelf-price is in the fourth-wall breaking narration, which for the record - is hilarious. Addressing the viewer directly, the narrator is full of witty, numerous diatribes that act as a running commentary to each episode. The commentary becomes full of in-jokes, and any anime fan will soon find themselves chuckling at snide comments.

What's more, things pick up quite a bit in the second half of the series. Episode 7 drops a massive tone-shifting bombshell, revealing Okami-san has some kind of horrific backstory of sexual abuse at the hands of the student president of a rival school across town. It's a rare streak of adult darkness within a series that for the most part is all smiles and cheeriness. Much is left unsaid, which in this instance only serves to darken her backstory further - and on Okami re-encountering her tormentor, his leering, perverse comments toward her leave a particular chill in the air.

Characterization across the show is strong - you'll find yourself rooting for most of the titular seven companions who comprise, among others; a well-heeled ladies' man, a cross-dressing club-leader, a goofy mage-type and Okami-san's diminutive best-buddie, Ringo.

The closing episodes see the male protagonist Ryoshi overcoming his shyness and battling against all-odds to show his loyalty and devotion to Okami. And while the series seems to end a touch prematurely - with the question of whether Ryoshi and Okami will partner up still left unsaid - it's for the most part a fulfilling conclusion to a show that centres around good-feeling and coming to your friends' aid when they need you most.

As a series, Okami-san is far from perfect, but it works well within its means - a cheap and cheerful run-through of classic high-school tropes, and with a cast that admirably pushes the feel-food factor the max (as does the brilliant theme tune, 'Ready, Go!'. And really, the narration is worth the price of this set alone. You'll laugh. A lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review 7, 27 May 2013
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Let me tell you first off, this anime is(not)for children despite how it looks on the cover as there are a lot of scenes that deal in adult violence/themes. Don't get me wrong this is an extremely funny series which is well written and witty, especially the narrator's lines which pop up frequently. But it can also be quite tense and dark in parts. I do think they need to make a second series to properly finish things though as S1 left too many loose ends, all in all however Okami-san and her seven companions is a good buy in my book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light Frivolous Entertainment, 2 Nov 2013
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This is a piece of light entertainment that revolves around a group of school kids that are part of an extra-curricular activities group called the Otogi Bank, in a school called Otogi Academy. This bank performs favors for other school students in-exchange for those students returning favors at a later date. A bank dealing in favors instead of money, an excuse for our heroes committing good deeds. This is a school yard anime merged with aspects of well known fairy tails.

The main story is a pretty typical affair of awkward unrequited teenage romance. A shy boy falls in love with the stories protagonist Okami-san, he bucks up the courage and tells her his feelings, and she shoots him down and things go from there. The side stories during each episode are where the real fun is, each usually revolving around some juvenile romantic encounter, girl likes boy or boy likes girl and wants to help or date them or some other bizarre twist on a well established tail. In between these stories there are non-violent fights and battles (or what passes for that these days) between the Okami-san and her companions and various bullies and thugs.

A warning to sensitive people or those buying this for children, there is a very dark back story to the protagonist Okami-san that implies, but never explicitly states, sexual abuse at the hands of the series main antagonist. As it typical with these types of shows there are more female than male characters and plenty of juvenile breast jokes.

This series main story is simple to follow which makes it easy to watch. An additional entertaining feature not seen in any animes to date is that of the elderly female narrator who keeps things entertaining. This is a good time filler.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it WAY more than I expected!, 4 Jun 2014
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I won't say too much about this as I do not want to give away any spoilers, however I will say that at it's core, Okami-San and her Seven Companions is a comical take on some well known fairy stories, these are usually pointed out by the episode titles and the comments by the narrator (most of which, as other reviewers have commented on, are extremely funny).

The basic storyline is about a boy who is in love with the title character and is prepared to do whatever it takes to prove it, despite being afraid. It's another one of those shows that are set around a high school (a location I do feel can be overused), however it doesn't take up all that much of the focus. Instead, it focuses more on the club activities that the main cast are engaged in. The club itself works as a "favour for a favour" kind of market. Anyone can go in and ask for help, all the club ask for in return is another favour at a later time.

I should also point out that despite being mostly light harted and funny, there are some darker tones to the plot line and a little bit of hand to hand combat.

I found this very easy to get into and enjoyed it very quickly, after taking quite a while to decide whether or not to try it. I hope they make a second season one day as it could easily be continued. I would recomend to any Anime fan who likes shows such as "Ouran High School Host Club", "Baka and Test" and "Haruhi Suzumiya".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great find, 1 Jun 2013
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If you enjoy watching manga I would recommend this to you. Its got an intresting story that makes you want to whatch it even more, and has episodes that will make you lol.
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