Okamisan BD Review
and Her Seven Companions is a
pretty straightforward genre anime show. You have a
school-setting with the Otogi Academy being the place of education and
something that seems unusual about most of these school students.
school club where the students of Otogi are willing to do useful tasks
requested of fellow students and the price is that the club be paid for
services at some point in time. Pricing isn't discussed as much,
though. It is
in this club that Okami-san resides. She is strong-willed, intelligent,
leader of the group. Joining her in these quests to help fellow
her friends and a school-boy who crushes on her the entire show. Most
characters go on little quests throughout the show and adventures
most unique thing about Okami-san is probably that it
narrator in the Japanese dub version who always talks over people
This aspect was added for comedic affect. Sometimes it was an annoyance
to me and
at other times I barely noticed the awkward voice-over dubbing that
inherent aspect of the series. Surprisingly, the English dub was used
opportunity to altogether remove this aspect of the series. Your
mileage may vary;
however, I'm expecting some fans to be thrilled and others annoyed by
been a while since I've seen an
anime series that wasn't particularly mediocre, spectacular, bad, or good. I wouldn't say it's an exact
combination of all of these
things. Nor would I refer unabashedly to this series as something
uniformly awful. It would be especially
unfair to simply refer to the show as mediocre - taking that route
would be all
so easy but not accurate or useful,
because this is a series that somehow finds a way to defy any
bring to the show your knowledge
base of anime and the medium. It brings some minute rewards for the
Sounds simple enough in a way, but it's more complicated than that.
having a hard time putting into words the exact reaction I had to this
example of not-quite-there anime
because it never managed to do much for me as a series in perspective.
I had a
nice enough time watching it. In essence, the most favorable thing I
should be said about this series is that you'll likely enjoy it... enough. For many, I doubt the reaction
of enjoying something "enough" serves as a particularly successful
of high-quality. It's a been-there-done-that-and-done-better type of
so gave me a headache, to boot.
series doesn't go too many
places, ultimately. There are a couple of episodes in which the group
confronted by some menacing opponents of another school; these
fact seem to have confusing backstories that slowly unravel by the time
the concluding act. Most of the supporting roles feel one-dimensional,
frequently charming, but utterly uninvolved. There isn't room given to
character's to become more unique and memorable for the viewer.
majority of this series feels episodic with only a few episodes of
strings of note that bring together certain aspects. Most of the time
a consistent feeling that this is one of those series where missing an
doesn't necessarily detract much from enjoyment.
suppose one of the overarching
elements is a romantic one by nature. We are left pondering if
the boy who has a crush on her will wind up together in the end.
this is left unresolved on one-hand, and open-ended on the other. This
certainly ended abruptly, and it doesn't give one a satisfactory
ends up feeling like a collection containing short and mildly amusing
a puzzle with a few missing parts in the run. I couldn't possibly give
a full recommendation
to a series so unfocused, but I still think that a reasonable time can
with this show and it is worth a rental at the minimum for many anime
about the show clicks perfectly...
nothing about it manages to, in that twelve episode run, leave a
satisfaction. Okami-San is a series that
begins, runs its course, and then ends almost abruptly. It left me
I wouldn't want people to disregard this show, because I actually
At the same time it's not exactly something I want to give what could
considered a typical positive review. It needs to be clear by some
degree that Okami-San isn't a series receiving a
glowing recommendation by any stretch of the imagination. The series
flaws in abundance (especially because this is a series lacking that
aura of ambition). It's your typical genre-infused anime.
the show, you either take it or leave it.
and Her Seven Companions
looks excellent on Blu-ray. As far as anime titles in High
Definition go, this release is a real winner. Funimation has given the
wonderful transfer that retains the entire beauty of the animation.
designs are a bit indistinctive, but the overall artwork is clean,
pretty amazing to behold. The 1.78:1 framed transfer keeps the original
television broadcast ratio and with this 1080p AVC encode fans are sure
as pleased as can be expected for this high-quality outing. Note:
The HD image is native on this
presentation isn't going to knock your socks off in the same way the
does, but it doesn't disappoint. The clarity and crispness is there but
field doesn't use as much fun thunder to overwhelm the speakers. With
TrueHD versions, the included 5.1 English or 2.0 Japanese dubs are
enough technically and in terms of quality voice-acting. The series
little less involved than some more action-oriented counterparts but is
for having good clarity. English subtitles are provided.
and Her Seven Companions doesn't
boast much in the extras department. Perhaps the coolest
bonus-feature isn't even actively promoted as such. This release comes
in Blu-ray sized art-box packaging with two separate Blu-ray cases
(one housing the Blu-ray discs and the other containing the standard
DVDs). I'm a fan of cool-packaging and this release certainly has that
of sales-worthiness. All on-disc extras are High Definition (pertaining
Blu-ray discs only of course).
commentaries have been provided
on episode 1 and 6 - with some of the English dub "behind the scenes"
International Anime Fair (1080i,
2:47) is a brief subtitled introduction to the
series for fans (only). The piece is so short and uninvolving that I
anyone finding this of any interest besides dedicated series fans.
has included clean
opening/ending credit videos. In addition: promotional videos, original
commercials, and a US trailer have been provided. Trailers for other
releases are also included on-disc.
and Her Seven Companions is a
cute, lighthearted, and charming series. Too bad
things don't seem to go much of anywhere. The characters are
lack depth in development. The plotline is barely existent. While I
hesitate to recommend renting it, seeing the entire series may prove
unsatisfactory to some degree. Only purchase if you have viewed the
series and are a fan of collector packaging (this set is beautiful to
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.