Here’s another show I’m picking up a whole year later. I didn’t even realize I was doing so, at first, because the box art on the DVD set conveys a totally different show that what you actually get. (Considering how the heroine’s visually conflated with a red fox, I was weary that I was in store for something like SPICE & WOLF.) If circumstances permitted, I’d definitely watch more of this and my reasons would be the same as they were when I was listing positives for the first episode. Seriously, this might have one of the most appealing romances I’ve come across in any of these shows because the guy and the girl are presented as equals with complementary strengths and weaknesses. Relationships tend to get a little lopsided in this milieu, as I'm sure you'll mostly agree, and, frankly, this is a much more appealing narrative.
That said, for the hell of it, I happened to give the first episode commentary a listen and it was reaffirming to find that the dub cast even had some of the same issues with the story that I did. That is, it presents a strong female character while, at the same time, it presents one that still needs rescuing. I don’t give two shits about whether a show like this has a positive role model, but I do get a little annoyed about protagonists with such a vague and contradictory inner conflicts. Like, our gal’s a big ass kicker, right? But she’s secretly very scared, right? So she’s got open up to her boyfriend about how afraid she really is, right?
Again, putting aside any potentially insulting politic statements therein, I’ve always found such character conflicts to be real eye-rollers - - or at least in need of more specific phrasing. You’re seriously going to try to get me to buy that a character who goes out and clubs the shit out of bad guys every day is afraid? Or more afraid than her friends who back away from such challenges? If she needs to show her vulnerable side to her boyfriend or something, fine, but she’s definitely not “a’scared” in the way they’re making such a fuss about. Let’s clarify the issue. Please.
I had more to say about other elements of the show, but now I’m out of space. That speaks well to the show being a little provocative, no? Maybe I'll cover episode three. Stay tuned.
Watch this episode, "Okami-san the Liar and Ryoshi" below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.