It is one of those shows I picked up late and probably the one that everyone is talking or complaining about. Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi is a slice of life, romantic comedy that parodies a good number of folklore out there. If you have seen in the picture above, Ookami is the wolk and Akai is Red Riding Hood. A better and comprehensive explanation written by Aorii from Major Arcana gives you a very good idea which folklore the characters are based from. If you know a lot of folklore, you probably recognize them pretty easily.
It is always a trend with JC Staff that involves tsunderes. They always seem animate shows that has a violent tsundere girl such as Misaki from Maid-sama, Taiga from Toradora, Nagi from Hayate no Gotoku and etc for example. Ookami is no exception to the rule as she always treats Ryoushi like a punching bag by pounding the crap out of him or insulting him. In addition to her tsundere personality, she has good fighting abilities, a soft side for adorable animals and is a pettanko. She is ridiculed constantly because her lack of a chest by the narrator. When her flat chest gets mentioned, she is not amused.
Since I have mentioned about the narrator, she is very obnoxious and sounds like a grandmother. The way she forcefully cracks jokes on the audience causes the joke to be humorless. Also, why does she have to tell every single action that the character is doing. The narrator in Hayate no Gotoku and Amagami SS don’t tell every single action the male lead is doing, so why should she? Does she think that the viewers are stupid? Perhaps because of the stuff she says.
The show is basically about Ookami and Akai working for an organization called “Otogi Bank,” which the purpose of helping people out with their troubles. Ryoushi, a painfully shy guy meets Ookami and confesses to her even though she denies it. Soon after, he gets pulled into the organization to protect her at all costs. Seems simple enough, right? If you noticed some of the plot in the episode, some of them are parodies of folklore. For example, a parody of a Cinderella story was shown in Episode 1 with the girl wanting to prevent her crush, who is a tennis player to resign from the tennis team. She prevented him from resign, but she lost one of her shoes. When she gave the same exact kick on him when he was finding the girl who kicked him; she joins the tennis team as a player to continue his dream with the former tennis player being the coach.
Lastly, the animation is pretty average since there is no eye candy and everything looks so plain. Even though it looks plain, it was not a really important factor that will make the show enjoyable since the comedy will drive the show. In addition, I liked the opening theme that was sung by May’n since it was really catchy and fun to listen to.
After I watched the first two episodes, Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi is a fairly enjoyable show with some obvious flaws. The parody of the folklore is probably going to be the biggest thing that will make this show unique and fun to look that. Even so, the narrator is probably going to ruin it by the time I go through the whole thing. I am hoping that she does not ruin it too much, or I will have a handful of complaints when I finish the show and start reviewing it.