Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Okami-San and Her Seven Companions Part 1
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 276 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: 8/4/2013
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

Otokibana City is where school girls rule and deal with any bad guys or girls in and around the city. Ryoko Okami and Ringo Okai are the ones who kick ass and keep order around there, also known as the Flat-Chested Wolf, and Little Red Riding Twerp - much to her annoyance they don't suffer fools gladly, or wait for things to happen or they will, and they'll hate that.

Ryoko and Ringo are all part of the Otoki Bank, at the high school along with Liszt Kiriki, Alice Kiriki, Otsu Turugaya, Taro Urushima, Otohime Ryugu, and Majolika Le Fay. All the characters are in some way based on English fairy tales or mythical Japanese ones. In their club they get together and share ideas among many things when they aren't sorting out other people's problems.

Ryoko is popular enough at the school without getting interest from a boy called Ryoshi Morino who we find out is in the same class as her and outside during break proclaims his undying love for her in front of the other classmates. This embarrasses her a great deal as does his description of her as "looking like a guy - but hotter!" This, as you can imagine doesn't impress her either, and when she refuses him point blank and leaves his sorry ass in the dust, he doesn't know what to do to win her back. 

According to the story, Ryoko and Ringo go way back, they have been the best of friends and lived together for years, and Ringo takes it upon herself to see if Ryoshi is worthy of her friend's affections. He is in the same class as her, but neither of them remember him. The thing is, he doesn't stand out, he's shy and quiet in everything he does, so it's no wonder no one remembers him. He plucked up the courage to tell her how he felt about her, so that should tell her all she needs to know, but as they want a new male member of their team, Ringo thinks he would be a great choice. Ryoko thinks she has gone mad, but she has an idea that Ryoshi would be great at infiltrating the enemy as he doesn't stand out, he's practically invisible to all who see him - the perfect new addition to their team!

The upshot of the story is that if Ryoshi is worthy, he will look after Ryoko when she might be in some danger, and not wimp-out on her when she needs him most. At first she isn't overly happy about him joining their team, but when she is captured by humanoid rats and kept a prisoner, he finds his true fighting self while infiltrating their hideout and going up against their enemies.

The funny moments come thick and fast, Ryoko has some custom made kitty knuckles which are a couple of boxing gloves that have tasers inside them so that when she comes into contact with any foe, she electrocutes them.

Bonus Material: Original TV Commercials 1-4, Text less Opening Song, Text less Closing Song and US Trailer.

Verdict: Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in  a comedy - I don't think any other anime could match that - it's funny and witty, the perfect anime!

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