Anime Expo’s a couple months away, and if this series proves popular enough to inspire some cosplay there (and why wouldn’t it? Funi’s been putting it on every banner in sight,) I want to believe that Ringo’s going to be Costume Choice #1. Realistically, we’re probably going to be seeing more attendees running around with Ryoko’s “kitty klubber” boxing gloves, but Ringo’s been the scene-stealer as far as I’m concerned. She’s got this very appealing mix of innocence and precociousness that allows her to embody cuteness while almost goofing on it at the same time - - sort of the anima to the animus of characters like Kamina from GURREN LAGANN. Also, the notion of her being so eager to get her friends’ lives in order because her life’s had such a tragic tinge is always a reliably-likeable personality trait, no?
Maybe she should get her own spin-off? If Puss in Boots can get out of playing second fiddle to Shrek, why can’t she?
See, I can’t help but bring those flicks up because SHREK has so thoroughly co-opted fairy tales in the collective headspace that I can’t see the Puss in Boots analog in this episode without my thoughts turning to Dreamworks SKG. This is at least the second (and possibly third) time I’ve been compelled to bring draw that comparison... and it's not my fault!
However, it’s worth saying that, not until I saw the story of the cat and his extravagant footwear played out through the sakura-hued lens of high school anime, I never realized how many similarities it shares with CYRANO DE BERGERAC. A dashing (more than likely French) gentlemen with an unsightly disfigurement (big nose or cat-ness) volunteers himself as the life coach to an awkward boy? The connection’s there! I’m seriously not going to go through the trouble of finding out which one came first, but the connection’s there!
Once again, I’m out of space due to my own bizarre tangents. I do want to say that this cliffhanger really ratcheted the tension, dropping the school council into disaster with an absolutely diabolical net of double-crosses (never trust a girl who waves her “fan-service” around so blatantly!) Suddenly - - almost jarringly - - this series got epic.
Watch this episode, "Okami-san and the Otogi Bank's Really Long Day” and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.