Perhaps it just goes to show that there really are countless angles to be taken on any story - - even one that’s been told and retold, and retold yet again, for centuries. Here we are in a year with at least two major motion pictures doing their own take on SNOW WHITE, and OKAMISAN still manages to do a spin that doesn’t resemble either in the slightest.
Credit where credit’s due, it’s unique and clever to make the seven “dwarves” into the Snow White girl’s little brothers and sisters. And I'm saying that as somebody who's long since been bored by retellings of this particular fairy tale.
To be honest, though, the set-up for Ringo and the Snow White girl’s relationship was a touch confusing. Even for a show that continually winks at you for how it adheres to hokey anime tropes, to have these girls not realize they’re half-sisters (right?) until their later teens stretches disbelief suspension a bit far. Or maybe it would’ve seemed more reasonable if it hadn’t been presented as unclearly as it was in the first half of this episode.
Ah… but now I’m judging this show too much with my head and not with my heart, right? None of these quibbles really matter so much when the girls’ reconciliation proves to be so moving. And I found myself smiling a lot more while the show was breaking out its higher concentration of risque, inappropriate-in-front-of-minors gags about cup sizes and make-up sex. The show does seem to be getting funnier as it gets along.
Still, the threads aren't necessarily tying together into some larger tapestry and, oddly enough, this is starting to remind me of ABENOBASHI a little. You know, copious pop culture shot calls, happy-go-lucky that briefly flirt with deeper implications...
Come back next time. I'll expound on this comparison in more detail there.
Watch this episode, “Okami-san and Snow White, Who Is Immune to Poison Apples” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.