Ryoko Okami, the her BFF Ringo, also known as Little Red Riding Hood, are members of Otogi Bank – a high school club that helps classmates out of grim situations. One day, a meek young man proclaims his love to Ryoko, who does nothing but bite him in return. “You’re much too weak for me,” she huffs. So the boy joins Otogi Bank to prove he has the stuff to protect his beloved – even if it means taking a blow to the head with a lead pipe. The school itself is then part of a larger group which owns the city. The concept of a feudal society mixed with mafia tones in how things run, is very prominent.
Okami-San and Her Seven Companions requires a certain amount of patience to enjoy. It is really annoying that the narrator and characters talk over each other the entire show. While I like the narration, the subtitles become atrociously hard to follow. However, if you relax and let the slowly evolving relationship between Ryoshi and Ryoko run its course, there’s a lot to enjoy in this series. Through a series of adventures the two try working out a troubled but ultimately sweet relationship.
On that note, presented through Ookami’s relationship with Ryoushi, the show doesn’t seem to know whether it wants to celebrate her strength or claim her weaknesses. This is always a tricky thing to accomplish when an anime has a female lead. For me, I found it a little bit silly and ridiculous, and I’m less than pleased at the wimpy male lead, but overall entertaining enough to continue watching. Second, Ookami-san is too light-hearted for the seriousness of the Shirou plot-line, making it hard to take seriously when the show reverts to lame high school teen drama missions. All in all, the anime is centered around a romantic storyline that moves at a glacier pace that just doesn’t do it for this reviewer.
I’m not confident enough to give the show a solid thumbs-up, but the interactions of these characters, coming from their fable roots, brings a degree of freshness to the anime that gives it a step above others. At times it takes itself way too seriously, and at time it doesn’t take itself serious enough. Though the constant fairy tale parodying throughout the series may seem like an easy gimmick for fan appeal, it manages to do it in a way that’s endearing and comedic. So, as you can see, there are very prominent good points and bad points. Lastly, I will say it will cause you to rethink your opinion of the Big Bad Wolf and Red Riding Hood! Is it worth watching? I’ll say yes. However, do keep in mind the faults that I mentioned and you should find some slight enjoyment from this series.