It’s the last episode of the season and unfortunately they’re back to introducing one-episode-characters. This time it’s a girl from the poor side of the tracks, meant to be playing the little matchstick girl, Machiko-san.
She spots Ryoushi taking his cute but ‘expensive looking’ dogs for a walk early in the morning and quickly decides that he could be her chance to marry into a rich family.
The next day, she’s up and running and with the intention of literally crashing into Ryoushi cliché style dashes into the school with the token piece of bread in her mouth. Unfortunately for her, Ryoushi is quick to dodge and lands her almost on her face. At least she advertised her name on her panties…
Is she alright in the head?
In class Ryouko and Ringo ask Ryoushi what’s got him so down and Ringo quickly analyzes the situation to a galge plot, complete with a smug look on her face. Machiko-san takes the opportunity to march straight to Ryoushi and losing her temper at the last moment, drops the act and asks him out while skilfully tagging a proposal at the end of her sentence.
The class, including a frozen Ryouko and Ringo takes the opportunity to freak out. Tarou and Otohime show up in the class midway through the freak out, probably because they need to be in the last episode, to say that Ryoushi already has Ryouko for rabu-rabu feelings and dream engagements.
Machiko-san quickly jumps on Ryouko to find out if this is true but Ryouko is just as quick to deny that they have any sort of relationship between them. Relieved, Machiko attaches herself to Ryoushi, says something about fostering their budding love.
Normally love triangle set-ups really stress me out but in Ookami-san we really don’t have to worry about much since Ringo is on the Ryouko-Ryoushi team. Machiko-san marches up to Otogi Bank to demand Ryoushi for a Saturday date.
Machiko-san is as happy as anything to finally have a date set up with Ryoushi who she still believes is a “rich guy” type. She gets back home and we get a bit of insight on the life she actually lives. She turns on a candle for light and Kuronarrator picks up that she really must be going through tough times.
Meanwhile, Ryouko plays her cards pretty close to her chest but lets her stress over the situation break loose at the boxing gym. When she gets home, she has to deal with Ringo who reads her like a book and suggests they tag along for the morning date just in case Machiko-san is plotting something weird.
Ryouko ‘reluctantly’ agrees and the following day, they tail the new couple. Weirdly enough… they actually look cute together when Machiko-san isn’t talking… or revealing her underwear ;x Machiko has also made a bento to which Ryouko mumbles something about being able to do that herself.
The date continues with Machiko leading Ryoushi along at her own pace. They end up talking about themselves for a bit but Machiko changes the subject when the talk moves along to her family. Machiko ends the date rather abruptly and Ringo and Ryouko soon find out why when two thugs try to jump her. They end up being loan sharks her dad ran out on.
Just when the trouble is about to get serious, Ryoushi shoots a smoke bomb from his slingshot and saves Machiko. On a park bench nearby, Machiko tells Ryoushi the truth of her problems which immediately sets off his manly mode.
More of the loan shark thugs show up and Ryoushi starts taking them out along with Ryouko’s help. This of course gives Ringo the opportunity to stand behind Machiko and mention how well they’ve always fight together.
The trouble ends with Machiko’s debt being taken care of by Otogi Bank and with her moving into Okashisou, the place Ryoushi lives. Machiko asks Ryoushi for a private moment since it seems she’s actually fallen for him. Ryouko ends up tailing them and it’s just as well seeing as Ryoushi took the opportunity to explain his feelings and why they’re all for Ryouko.
All in all it’s a pretty sweet ending for Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi.
Let’s get the bad stuff over and done with first shall we?
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi if seen as a happy-go-lucky, something to watch in between waiting for the plot animes then it delivered just fine.
The core problem is though, that halfway through being a happy-go-lucky something-or-other, the series decided to pretend to bring in a pretty angsty bad guy that they set up to absolutely need destroying. He was 100% bad guy and even in fairytales… especially in fairytales the bad guy needs to be vanquished for the hero to earn his stripes and ultimately get the girl.
There was no vanquishing.
Where’s my vanquishing?! Well, since they left that part out, Ryoushi couldn’t really earn his stripes with his big training hurrah with Nekomiya ending up being more for Nekomiya’s sake than Ryoushi’s or Ryouko’s. The big thing that really bothers me is that Hitsujikai is kind of just lurking in his Onigashima hideout… still being a bad guy because Ryoushi didn’t get a chance to defeat him. Fail.
Ok to prevent this from ending up as a totally negative and disappointed review, for the next part I’m just going to believe that it was my fault for expecting a big fanfare finish for this show when to begin with they didn’t really promise one.
It’s characters were interesting, it was relatively funny throughout the series and generally kept me amused whenever it came time to do a weekly write-up on it.
Let’s look at the humour first of all, there were some pretty stand-up episodes within the lot, the ones that come to mind include Jizou-senpai and Jin-senpai’s little romantic interlude which in my opinion tops off the list for humour as I was lolling on that one.
Drama-wise it’s a tie between Ringo and Ryouko’s relationship reveal back in episode 6 and Ringo’s relationship reveal with her older sister. I preferred the latter since it got an actual resolve and I liked the title twist.
As for action, the best have to be Momo-chan-senpai’s first episode when everyone goes rushing into Onigashima and the Longest day episode which was such a great set-up, it made me wicked sad to see them waste it.
Taking a closer look at the episode itself the best part is the fact that Machiko-san is voiced by none other than Satomi Satou who of course voices the awesome Ritsu Tainaka. I’m gonna miss the K-ON kids quite a bit so the seiyuu popping up here and there is pretty much gonna be it for me ;_;
To be fair, the episode was pretty funny and had it not been the finale I would have been able to class it a lot better against the other ‘regular’ episodes because as a finale it really does fail quite a bit and I don’t even know what they were thinking putting it at the end.
Ryoushi and Ryouko didn’t get their be all and end all moment but in my opinion they did get a satisfying beginning to a would be relationship which fit the tone of the ending perfectly well so I can’t complain.
Obviously there isn’t a next episode for this one ;p but I’d just like to drop a line to say thanks to all of you that followed through with my Ookami episodics and that we’ll be seeing each other again soon when Fall comes rolling in with all its titles!