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Hyakka Ryouran SAMURAI GIRLS
Motto To Love Ru
Ore no Imouto Konna ni Kawai..
Otome Youkai Zakuro
The World God Only Knows
Yosuga no Sora
Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Megane na Kanojo
To Heart 2
Un-named GONZO 2011 anime
Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka
Oniichan no koto nanka zenzen suki janai dakara ne
A lot of people would say this episode was a bit of an odd way to finish of the Ookami-san series, and I'd have to agree with them! After a more climactic and dramatic finale last week, what's the point of regressing back to the episodic format for the final episode? I do see the point, the idea was to finish off on a poignant, romantic tone by giving one final test of Ryouko's love in the form of a new rival. And this would almost justify the time spent introducing a new character for the final episode, if it had actually progressed their relationship. If I'd heard Ookami-san come out with "I love him" instead of the "I don't dislike him" cop-out, I would have been more satisfied. Sure, it's in character for the wolf-tsundere, but something's gotta change - she can't stay dishonest with herself forever!
I did like the scene with the "fireworks", which had a nice romantic aura to it, but the rest of the episode just felt too out of place to be in the final. I didn't mind the new girl's character design, but her character was .. very odd! At least she gave us the second panty-shot of the anime so far! But why'd she have to ruin it by writing her name on her panties like that!? More importantly, this episode really wasn't executed very well from an animation production stand-point. Animation direction was poor, with many off-model drawings, and the key animation in the fight sequences was ugly. According to the japanese wiki, this episode had a whopping 6 animation directors, which, given the lack of demanding cuts, leads me to believe they were behind schedule for this episode.
Wow, this weeks' outing really felt like the final episode of the series, which kind of caught me off guard. I actually hadn't stopped to think about how long Ookami-san was going to be, I simply took each episode as it came with a growing fondness for the series. And now that I really love the show, I suddenly have to face up to the fact that it's a 1-cour, 12-episode series!! It's a real tragedy, especially because JC Staff are known for doing 2-cour anime, why the exception for Ookami? At least I'll still have Shiki, and the prospect of more Ookami-san to come. While this episode was a sudden rush towards a climax that did a pretty good job and wrapping up most of the emotional stories of the last 10 episodes, it was still open ended. The villains are still at large, and the core romantic story of Ryouko and Ryoushi is yet to be finalised (it's like another Spice & Wolf!).
But Ryoushi did get to prove his worth by taking on the arch-villain and Ookami-molester, Shirou, in an epic hand-to-hand showdown. That was the action climax of the series (as well as the brawl between the Otogi Bank alliance and the deliquents), and featured some good animation. I'd like to find out who animated that scene. Without reading into it too much, it looks like it could've been the person who animated that famous Toradora fight sequence, the rough lines during fast movements seem similar. Anyway, it was a nice touch, and one of many well-animated moments of Ookami-san.
I was surprised at how quickly the Otogi members were able to unwravel the predicament they were pulled into at the end of last episode. In some ways it felt a bit quick and easy (and hard to believe). But it was all in good fun, so you have to forgive a bit of missing realism! Again, some of the perversity of the girls came through, with Majou-san trying to get Otsuu to dress up in sexy costumes, and then there's Ringo's suggested reward for Ryoushi~ Ookami-san has been a good series, with a mix of fanservice, laughter, profound character stories, and action. I'm looking forward to the final episode, and I hope there's more to come!
Yep, I'm still loving this show! I love the way it swings from pure hilarity like episode 8, to really poignant emional stories like episode 9, and then over into serious mode to deal with the ongoing conflict between the Otogi Bank and the deliquent gang, led by Ookami's past abuser. I don't think anyone predicted just how brutal the twist at the end of the episode would be, after a carefully planned attempt by the evil gang succeeded in capturing most of Ookami's friends. It was really quite shocking (especially the threatening phone call to Ringo), and left the episode on a thrilling cliffhanger! The animation didn't really stand out for me either way this week, so I won't try and comment on it. It wasn't an episode handled solo by a talented animator or anything this time.
I think I'm too tired at the moment to comment further!
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