Okami-san & Her Seven Companions

Alt title: Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi

TV (12 eps)
3.85 out of 5 from 13,453 votes
Rank #1,925

Have a problem? Talk to Otogi Bank, a student aid group that helps people get what they need – for a hefty price. Led by Liszt Kiriki and staffed by tsundere Ryouko, inventor Majolica, jealous Otohime, flirtatious Tarou, serious Alice, nervous Ryoushi and maid Otsuu, Otogi Bank assists with everything from helping break into a rival school to convincing an upperclassman to not quit a sports team. Can Otogi Bank manage to make all their clients happy, and most importantly, will Ryoushi ever manage to win Ryouko’s heart?

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Wanginator
7.5

I swear, I've always considered myself to have strong ears for picking out particular voice actors and the like, but this series definitely solidified that belief. I've never sat through any series and been able to identify the number of voices as I did in this one, and the fact that so many of the voice actors I love and enjoy were able to portray the characters so well.... eh, well, I'm rambling, so I'll stop.To start with, Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi is quite possibly the most balanced blend of comedy and drama that I've viewed and watched to date (the only other contestant being Seitokai no Ichizon), and it's a balance I find to my liking. While I certainly don't dislike the ones that fall heavily on either side of that line, Ookami takes the best of both worlds and puts them together with incredible finesse.The story follows our main female lead, Ookami Ryouko, and her daily going-ons as a member of her school's Otogi Bank, a group specialized in fulfilling various client requests. Along the way during the first episode we are also introduced to our main male lead, Morino Ryoushi, a bum (at first glance) who looks up to Ryouko despite his severe case of scopophobia. There is also Ryouko's trusted friend and roommate, Ringo, as well as a fairly large cast of other characters that comprise Ryouko's "Seven Companions", and then some. Ultimately, Ryouko and Ryoushi are the main focuses of the series, and they certainly fulfill their roles quite nicely; Ryouko, like so many other characters from other series, is pretty much the embodiment of "tsundere", yet she has an interesting backstory of her own that slowly unfolds over the course of the story, adding in some nice drama. Ryoushi is introduced at first as a deceivingly weak and useless person that can't stand even being looked at by other people, and indeed, who would think otherwise when seeing his figure curled up in a fetal ball, squealing "Don't look at me!"? Yet, Ryoushi hides a few characteristics of his own, many of which prove to be cool enough to catch the attention of previously mentioned fair maiden. All the other characters, while perhaps not nearly as developed as the two leads, definitely find their niche, each one with some kind of story behind them that is touched upon over the course of the series. The series overall is mostly episodic, with only one exception later on. Most of them involve the group taking up and performing certain requests of various clientele. While this seems like a whimsical style of storytelling, each "request" is not necessarily a light-hearted walk in your backyard. In fact quite a few of them turn into expeditions into the woods where one ultimately gets lost trying to find their way back. And while to be sure, there are plenty of laughs along the way, there're also a few moments of serious, albeit somewhat short-lived (save for one) instances of drama, hence my previous statement regarding the balance of comedy and drama. And I'll also point out here that this is another series where I disagree with the "ecchi" tag. While there are a few situations where there is quite clearly ecchi involved, the overall feel of the series is not "ecchi", not by a longshot, so ecchi haters don't be afraid to approach this one!The opening music isn't top-notch by any means, but it's quite catchy, and the voice acting, as I hinted at before, is very well done. Unfortunately my only minor complaint lies with the narrator (fans of the To Aru series will probably be able to guess who the voice actress is right away). She does a fabulous job at voicing what the viewer is thinking at some points, and a few times even throws in comments that add to the humor of a scene. But there are also an overwhelming number of times where the narrator speaks over the dialogue between characters. Maybe viewers who understand Japanese wouldn't notice it, but I for one have a hard time reading two sets of subtitles going on at the same time. x_x That is, fortunately, my only complaint with the series. Otherwise the series ranks quite high on my scale, and I was even considering pushing it up to an 8 were it not for that minor detail regarding the narrator. (It's okay Satomi-chan, I still love the characters you voice) So comedy and drama and definitely tsundere fans, by all means give this one a shot. You won't be disappointed.

theSentinel
3.8

fake and lame.  I saw this anime in an amv.  Ive done this a couple times now, but I can safely say that the amvs make bad anime look incredible. Same with Okami-san, and her Seven little stereotypical and completely useless friends.  Well, as I said before, this anime was fake and lame.  Also, they added a commentator. . . and I wanted to strangle her the whole time.  she would pop into a conversation and completely drown it out while the characters were trying to speak.  9 times out of 10 it was when you ACTUALLY wanted to hear what the characters were saying.   Of course it was set in a high school.  Furthermore they set up everything so that its like the kids are running the show.  they have nice fancy offices and secret hideouts.  blah, its so over exaggerated its sickening.  On top of that we have one school that comes off as a bunch of thugs, all men of course, how sexist.  Then a girl in a maid outfit beats up 5 guys with a broom while they are using crowbars, more sexism and general ridiculousness.  One could also attribute this to catering to men's taste in women, not sure what the truth actually is though. by now you think im the sexist, but watch the anime and tell me that this kind of bs is immersive in any way.  go on, ill wait.  On top of that I would rather have a badass like Annie from Attack on Titan, who ACTUALLY TRAINED to be a badass.  she wasnt a cute frilly sweeping maid, she was trained to be a hand to hand combat expert. seriously, can we stop with this stupid moe sh*t? Now that you understand, lets move on to the bad stuff.  As I mentioned this is in high school.  Of course, and I absolutely hate this stuff, but rape came up(implied),  Im sure somewhere in the manga, the bad guy will turn around and say " muahahaha! I kissed her! muaha muahaha", but in this anime they implied rape.  I hate the idea of rape, and while I understand that it can bring tension and painful emotions in an anime, id prefer that someone just died to achieve similar effect. However, they implied rape, and it was on a character that was a first year high school student, and supposedly it occurred several years prior, which means the character wasnt even in high school yet, furthermore, they had been dating. . . . . my god, seriously? you are talking about middle schooler dating and implying that rape occurred? please stop this.  On top of that the main character professes his love in the first episode and before the target of said affection even knew he existed. wow.  this anime was bad enough without that crap.  I could go on for days about the flaws all over this one.  The light and fluffy comedy that tried to have a deep and heartfelt story.  Yeah, that was never going to work. There is a romance that will never come to fruition, so the story will never truly be 'finished' in my book. yet another one. the list goes on.   Story:  really trash, its a ridiculously simple story that tried to spice it up with terrible spins.  it is not engaging at all.  again, the main character professes his love in the first episode. hello? hello? character developement? ok well whatever then. Animation:  quite nice, I really enjoyed some of the fluid animations. since there were some 'fighter' characters in the anime it paired pretty nicely with them.  was a huge fan of the animation.  simple bu effective Sound:  nothing notable, the story didnt help to facilitate anything special in the music though. Characters: again, no character development.  it was just a trashy comedy.  Overall:  it looks cool, but dont waste your time.

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