Final Thoughts: Okamisan

Topic started by FoxxFireArt on Oct. 16, 2010. Last post by Destinyheroknight 3 years, 11 months ago.
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,643 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Often times, we are introduced to an anime series by articles as it's beginning with an author's initial thoughts, but it's hard to get a feel for what a show will really be until you are either deeper in or it's finished. I just recently finished watching the new anime called Okamisan and her Seven Companions. These are my thoughts on the anime now that it's first season is completed and available online through many official websites. Should you check this series out, or skip it for something else? I would suggest you check it out, and here's why. 

Okami-san and her Seven Companions

Episode count: 12
Rating: TV-14
Avg Episode length: 24 min.

Long, long ago... well, not that long ago, in a land far, far away. I was first introduced to the series of Okamisan by the article that was written HERE on Anime Vice back on August 4th. FUNimation had recently acquired the rights and was going to start simulcasting the series on their video website. It's brought to you by the same people who created Toradora and A Certain Magical Index. Based upon the light-novels written by Masashi Okita. Okamisan is a romantic-comedy anime set in a fairy-tale world, but with a modern culture. In Episode 11 one character is using an iPad. It follows a school club called the Otogi Bank as they take on the requests of their fellow Otogi Academy class in return for favors in the future.

I followed the show regularly, and each episode profile on Anime Vice has a full listing of cast details, concepts, and objects for your information needs. There are also written reviews for all twelve episodes. In the first review I made for this series. I pretty much described it as if Shrek had been an anime, and I really think it applies. The way that the Shrek series took numerous classical fairy-tale characters and put them in a new setting. Okamisan does the same thing. Every character you meet is in some way based upon classic fairy-tales of both Western and Japanese cultures. Through the run of this anime, it covered stories such as Little Red Ridinghood, The Tortoise and the Hare, Momotarō, The Little Match Girl, and many others. It's a huge Easter Egg hunt if you love classical literature.

The series is extremely well written, and at times tells such a moving story with great laughs. I would easily rank this show as a much watch of the year. The character designs are interesting, the personalities of the Otogi Bank members are strong, and the production value in the animation is pretty top notch. The Otogi Academy also appears to have the most lenient school dress code in history, outside of Ikki Tousen.
 
My only regret about this series is that the season finale's end isn't much of an end. It feels completely open for a second season, but that's sort of par for the course when dealing with these animes based on long running light-novels. I wouldn't be surprised to hear about season two being in the works by early next year. The narrator of the series takes some getting used to, at first. She talks a lot over dialog scenes, and that can make things confusing in subtitles.

Please, give this show a try. Let's get you started with Episode 1 - Okami-san and Her Otogi Bank Companions HERE courtesy of FUNimation's own youtube channel. This episode plays on the Cinderella story, and be sure to stay after the credits for the full ending. 
 
Watch the Full Season at:
FUNimation.com - HERE
FUNimation (youtube channel) - HERE
HULU - HERE 


-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.-
Post by sora_thekey (1,097 posts) See mini bio Level 16
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This sounds like a very fun series... It seems to fall under the same anime style I enjoy!
I will definitely have to check it out someday. Great Wrap Up... 
 
Too bad FUNimation and Hulu don't allow Mexicans to watch their videos!
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,643 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@sora_thekey: 
Well, I have reviews written on all the episodes, and I think their youtube channel may also work for outside the US. I'm unsure about that.
Post by sora_thekey (1,097 posts) See mini bio Level 16
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@FoxxFireArt said:
"I think their youtube channel may also work for outside the US. I'm unsure about that."
Sadly it doesn't!
I have to wait for DVD releases to watch a lot of anime...
Post by Destinyheroknight (10,277 posts) See mini bio Level 21

I think I have an anime to watch now.

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