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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  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 02:52 PM)
    @Emma: ah, yes.
    @Aidan: How so? A variety of weapons and abilities does not turn something into a shounen battle manga.
    I’d need a lot more random in-battle explaining secret powers to your opponent, and a lot more mercy to not consider it seinen.
    Also, torture, balls and limbs being chopped off as a sick joke, slicing people in half without warning, breaking half their bones…
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:44 PM)
    I felt that the story became too shounen battle manga When at first it was portrayed as seinien. Especially with the quineqes and such.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:06 PM)
    @Raggers: His past with the old lady ghoul where he was castrated =<
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    Oh, the priest? Yeah, definitely an awesome touch. Wonder how he feels about Amon’s death…
    Juuzou? I’d complain about Arima more, the guy is hax beyond belief. Juuzou was just a nutcase who was skilled with knives – and has pretty good development in the manga.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:21 AM)
    @Emma: I think the pacing thing isn’t a problem if read as a whole – that’s a bit like complaining about slow chapters in books if you read them week-by-week. For a story like Tokyo Ghoul week-by-week just isn’t a good way to read it, I don’t think.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:21 AM)
    Gah, Juuzou is one of those irksome shounen-esque characters that never sat all that well with me.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:17 AM)
    @Raggers: The part with that locked up ghoul who Amon went to meet up with who he had history with, that was a great moment for Amon’s character and it had a kind of silence of the lambs feel to it.

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