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Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi Episode 4

July 22, 2010

After being saved from an errant baseball by Morino, the Otogi Bank’s resident maid Tsurugaya Otsuu turns out to be somebody who simply refuses to be in debt to anybody. So, she moves in with a bunch of oddball characters under a bridge and has a plethora of madcap adventures with them.Whoops, wrong show… In fact, rather than living under a bridge with crazy people Otsuu instead decides that she needs to be Morino’s maid for the forseeable future to repay her debt to him, leaving the poor guy with neither privacy nor sleep. Then again, Otsuu herself is hardly doing her health any good, as is proved when she finally collapses from exhaustion after all of those continuous attempts to help out.

From here, we find out the real reason for Otsuu’s fear of being in debt to anybody via the Otogi Bank’s president, and needless to say it’s a pretty typical sob story for this kind of series, the kind of thing that makes me worry that I’m dead inside for not reacting to it when in reality it’s probably because it’s a scenario that’s been presented within anime a million times before. Anyhow, the club members gang together with a plan to load Otsuu with so much debt that she can’t possibly repay it all, thus hopefully breaking her from the vicious cycle into which she has entered herself, meaning that she can live happily ever after.

I have to say that viewing Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi so far has been a pretty bizarre cycle in itself, with an opening episode that left me unimpressed before episode two had me fall in love with it, only to fall back out of love with it again last week. Thankfully, this forth instalment is an improvement again – Despite its boringly typical sob story and occasionally frustrating moments, the episode as a whole is much sharper in terms of both dialogue and story, perhaps because it once again returns at least some of the focus to Ryouko, who is turning into quite a likeable tsundere character all in all with a bit more depth and human interest to her than I initially expected. Overall then, I really rather enjoyed this episode, although of course judging by current form that means that episode five will suck…

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