DVD Review: Okami-san and Her Seven Companions – The Complete Series

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The fairy-tale styled spin-off, Okami-san & Her Seven Companions, has finally reached UK Shores, but is it a happily ever after or will the house be blown down? Find out in our DVD Review of Okami-San & Her Seven Companions.

Synopsis:

Ryoko Okami, the “wolf,” and her BFF Ringo, also known as Little Red Riding Hood, are members of Otogi Bank – a high school club that helps classmates out of grim situations. One day, a meek young man proclaims his love to Ryoko, who does nothing but bite him in return. “You’re much too weak for me,” she huffs. So the boy joins Otogi Bank to prove he has the stuff to protect his beloved – even if it means taking a blow to the head with a lead pipe. He’s no Prince Charming, but will Ryoko allow herself to have her own happily ever after? (via Fetch Publicity)

Our view:

Ryoko Okami and her best friend Ringo are members of the Otogi Bank, a ‘debt collection service’ that provides requests in exchange for favours, these requests can vary from household chores, such as shopping, to dangerous tasks such as beating up bad guys off-school grounds. While this may seem like the main plot, as it does take up most of the screen-time, it’s not, as it is in fact the love story between the two main characters which is the main focus of the show, even though it mostly takes place in the background.

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At the start of the series Ryoshi Morino, a classmate of Ryoko, confesses his love to her in the middle of the street and from that point on Ryoshi tries to proove himself to Ryoko, with a little bit of help from Ringo. This helpless love story between Ryoko and Ryoshi goes on in the background throughout the entire series, with some of the requests even being tailored to these two characters. However it doesn’t get any easier for Ryoshi either, as not only does he suffer from Ophthalmophobia, which is the fear of being starred at, but Ryoko doesn’t want to rely on anybody for anything. The secrets of Ryoko’s stubborn atiitude later become apparent when an old acquaintance of hers makes an unwanted appearance and threatens to stir up trouble for her and the members of the Otogi Bank. Trouble and dark-secrets revealed are definitely ensured during the last segment of the story, all of which contain surprising results for the viewers.

Story and plots aside, Okami and her Seven Companions features a ‘unique’ point of making references to traditional fairy-tale stories, with the most obvious being Ringo, as little red riding hood, and Ryoko, as the big bad wolf. Throughout the entire series the narrator (voiced by in Luci Christian in the English Dub) mentions ‘Wolf’ and ‘Little Red’ rather than Ringo and Ryoko, furthermore certain episodes throughout the series feature fairy-tale themed roles, such as the episode where Ryoshi is the horse of a pumpkin carriage, which is mimicking the events taking place in Cinderella.

Extras:

This UK release of Okami-san and her Seven Companions features a variety of extra content, so much so that it spreads over both DVD Discs. On disc 1 we have two promotional video’s,  one of which is from the Tokyo International Anime Fair.

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While on disc 2 we have the original Japanese TV Commercials, Text less Songs for both the opening and closing of the show and the inclusion of the US Trailer, which suggests that Manga UK used the original FUNimation DVD master to produce this DVD Set.

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Overall:

Okami-San and Her Seven Companions looks complicated and amusingly fun on the out-side, but on the in-side it’s a long-winded dreary love story between the main characters Ryoko Okami and Ryōshi Morino, with Ringo (and the rest of the Otogi Bank club) trying to stir things up between them by giving them amusingly insane requests to pull off. While the love story provides plenty of ‘slice-of-life’ style of anime the show does eventually wind down to provide a darker tone for the more ‘mature’ anime viewer with surprusingly dark secrets of Ryoko’s past being revealed.

While the main story fails the provide any ‘in-depth’ entertainment, other than the odd comical outbursts from characters, the cameo appearences from other anime shows and the frequent nods of approval to traditional fairy-tales makes it an interesting viewing experience only made better by the soundtrack, which is enjoyable and enticing that leaves you wanting to hear more.

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In the end though, Okami-san and her seven companions is a ‘marmite’ show, you either love it or hate it, as it has plenty going for it, but only a minority will enjoy it, this is confirmed with the Narrator and becomes problematic during the Subtitled version. The narrators talks throghout the entire series and narrates whats happening on-screen (even though you can see if for yourself) and at several points in the series you will be listening hard to hear whats being said by the main cast. Watching it subtitled doesn’t get any better either, as subtitles are either missing or are being quickly replaced by another characters conversation, while this doesn’t happen often you’ll notice it when it does, thus making the show rather annoying to watch at certain points. Overall it’s not a terrible show, it’s an interesting but enjoyable one, however it will only appeal to those who enjoy this style of anime entertainment.

In terms of this UK DVD Release by Manga Entertainment it seems that they have reproduced the original FUNimation US author, which means we receive the exact same content and layout that the US DVD had, which is all 12 episodes of the series over two dvd discs and plenty of extra content to keep us entertained when the show has ended.

Score: review-stars-3

Okami-san and Her Seven Companions will be available on DVD from the 8th April 2013 by Manga Entertainment UK.

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About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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