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Okami-San And Her Seven Companions- The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

Okami-san And Her 7 Companions- The Complete Series Blu-rayDVD Combo Pack

“Okami-San And Her Seven Companions” is an uneven anime series.

In this 12 episode anime series, the story revolves around a tough girl (Ryoko Okami) who is a member of the high school club Otogi Bank that helps fellow students out. Of course, as is the case with many anime series, this is a romantic storyline involving a shy dweeby guy (Ryoshi) who is desparately in love with Ryoko.

In terms of the actual episode plots, expect to see stories about Ringo (Ryoko’s pal), Machiko wanting to date Ryoshi, the Onigashima High School thugs, the Miss Otogi contest, Otsu becoming Ryoshi’s maid, Ryoko and Ryoshi’s romance, Ami and Jin dating, Ryoko getting amnesia, Ringo and Himeno’s friendship, Ryoshi training to be a man, and Otogi Bank members being kidnapped.

“Okami-san and Her Seven Companions” is one of those anime series that should be better than it is. From a comedic perspective, the series works relatively well as it pokes fun at anime conventions/clichés as well as fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and the Tortoise and the Hare. The most effective form of comedy, however, comes in the form of the sarcastic narrator who is far more entertaining than any of the actual characters we see on screen. And therein lies the problem. When it comes to the actual characters and stories, ‘Okami-san’ has very little to offer. Without the appealing comedic elements, the series is more or less a run-of-the-mill rom com/school club series. Had the writers created a more engaging universe for these characters (as well as more engaging characters); this could have been a more memorable anime show. As is, it’s watchable albeit largely forgettable.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The colors are sharp, but the brightness levels are a bit much.

Audio Tracks: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0. How do they sound? Surprisingly, I kind of prefer the English track here. The narrator’s comedic delivery is more effective. With that said, the Japanese track is well worth playing as well.

Extras:
* Trailers for “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: The Sacred Star Of Milos,” “Princess Jellyfish,” “One Piece,” “Fairy Tale,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “Sands Of Destruction,” “Spice And Wolf,” “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” “The Legend Of Legendary Heroes.”
* Commentary on episodes 1 and 6 by the English ADR director, writer, voice actress.
* Textless opening and closing songs.
* 5 original TV commercials for “Okami-San.”
* “Okami-San” promo video, a promo video from the Tokyo International Anime Fair, and a U.S. trailer.
* DVD Copy.

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April 8, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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