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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    (Friday, May 6. 2016 06:10 PM)
    @Mario: But for a movie like this White ribbon was much much better.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, May 6. 2016 06:09 PM)
    @Mario: While I didn’t like it as much as you probably did, I feel I got more than enough out of Neighbourhood sounds, I liked the behind close doors feel to it, the way it made the viewer very much an observer with its kind of voyeuristic approach and I didn’t feel some of the stranger scenes in the second half took away from anything, they were interesting. The ending caught me off guard.
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    Can someone send a request shiz to make a movie about the Sonata of Darkness of Melody? It would be pretty interesting…
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    Langrisser certainly makes me appreciate Fates a little bit more, this is the video game equivalent of The Asylum’s rip-off movies.
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    @Hellfire: lol I do too. This had good lyrics as well, but the line in Hellfire which says “he made the devil so much stronger than a man!” hits really hard.
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    @Bam: yes, This performance was a gem, but truthfully any version would be more faithful than the Disney one. I still prefer Hellfire though :)
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