Posted by psgels on 22 October 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews

Wagaya no Oinari-sama: a fox-spirit and a shrine maiden move into the family of our lead character and hi-jinks begin. It’s a premise that shouldn’t be good. It’s been done so many times in so many variations. Still, somewhere along the line the producers must have done something right, because it’s been a very enjoyable series from start to finish.

Everything seems to fit somehow, both the main- and side-characters are well-fleshed out and developed and very enjoyable to watch, the story is divided into a number of arcs, ranging from one to four episodes, and the creators make sure to keep every one of them interesting, with a story that’s complex enough to keep the viewer’s attention, yet remains simple and far away from convolution. The background music is very subtle, but also very effective. The only bad part I can think of is the lead character’s character-designs, but even that annoyance disappears once you get used to it.

…and that’s pretty much it. This isn’t a series you need to analyze from top to bottom, it’s a series where you just need to shut up and watch. All you need to know is that if you’re looking for a series that combines slice of life with supernatural stories, then you’ll like Wagaya no Oinarisama. It’s an enjoyable series, in both the light-hearted as the serious aspects. What else is there to say, really?

Storytelling: 8/10
Characters: 9/10
Production-Values: 8/10
Setting: 8/10

7 Responses

  1. AG says:

    Lol, I think the reason why this show impressed me was that it didn’t pigeonhole itself into a particular genre or type of show.

    From the first episode which wasn’t quite comedy or drama, to the end where they left the romance hanging, nothing was ever quite so predictable. Also, the animation quality was consistent, even if it wasn’t the best.

    I was genuinely surprised it got licensed (as Coo ~Our Guardian~) but it definitely deserves to do well over time.

  2. Cody says:

    hm reminds me faintly of Oh! Edo Rocket. No real genre but a bunch mashed into one…I haven’t started it yet, but it’s on my pc. I’m guessing it’s not as insane as what Oh! Edo Rocket had going on. Man…what a show that was. Drama, comedy, romance, awesomely designed characters in a crazy quirky ass world.

  3. I like this anime. Very dramatic.

  4. midenz says:

    Not much else to say hah xD! i 2nd that, this realyl good anime, anyone and everyone check it out

  5. thenullset says:

    This show took as it’s motto: KISS – Keep it simple, stupid and it worked brilliantly. This is one of those shows I’m going to miss watching.

  6. FlareKnight says:

    They really did slip in a lot of stuff into an enjoyable show.

    Though I would have liked to see more of characters like Mubyou who didn’t appear much after her little part was over.

    Overall pretty fun to watch.

  7. Greenie says:

    a very enjoyable watch
    very hilarious at times :)

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:23 AM)
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    @Kaiser: yeah, even tho it was his highest grossing movie it managed to brought his career to a stand-still. His next film Gods of Egypt looks like it could be fun, albeit it’s just as much as a CGIfest as I, Robot. Egyptian stuff is admittedly rather intriguing, I remember a 2004 French film Immortel ad vitam that blended that with modern themes that became popular for a while.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 04:50 AM)
    *remove second and
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 04:50 AM)
    @Bam: Regarding dark city, such a shame the director of that followed up dark city and the crow and with Irobot.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 04:41 AM)
    @Kaiser: oh The Celebration- I actually seen that as well, great movie. Didn’t know it was the same director, but thinking back now I can see the similar touches despite the difference in tone.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 04:39 AM)
    @Bam: I’ve seen him in flame and Citroen a WWII resistance/spy film and in Pusher II and the royal affair, bleeder, the door, the hunt.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 04:37 AM)
    @Bam: Thomas vinterbergs a genius, in addition to the hunt he made Festen, a film which gives me the very odd sensation of being depressed and dying laughing at the very same time.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 04:34 AM)
    @Kaiser: I’ve seen The Hunt, he was great in it. I don’t think I’ve seen any other foreign film of him tho.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 04:29 AM)
    @Bam: Mikelson has been in so many good movies outside his English speaking roles.

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