Posted by psgels on 22 January 2010 with categories: Ookami Kakushi



Well, so the animation was another step down, but the plot is progressing pretty nicely, and at the same time the characters also take their time to get fleshed out. While this episode started out as a bit of a pointless one, the second half was… disturbing to say the least. Though now that most of the characters except for one are introduced, we can start to develop this story a bit.

The set-up bears quite a few resemblances to Higurashi, actually. There’s something going on in the village that effects probably all of the original residents. There’s probably some sort of beast of wolf instinct that’s taking control over them, and the oranges are the only cure for it, it seems. My guess is that they’re either Jouga wolves in disguise, or it’s similar to the Hinamizawa disease of Higurashi.

And yeah, the near-rape scene. I definitely didn’t see that coming, especially this early. Could the reason be the same as why Hiro’s classmates are so attracted to him? Small villages usually are tight-knit communities who don’t like outsiders, but this obsessive fixation over Hiro may seem like they’re looking to either make him one of them, or waiting for the right time to do something horrible to them. I actually think that these fishermen we saw in this episode weren’t part of this plot, but they did know about it.
Rating: * (Good)

6 Responses

  1. m says:

    I’ve never made it through more than one episode of the adaptations of the author’s related works, so I’m walking into this blind.

    This obvious route is that the wolves have taken a human form, and instituted some strict rules of behavior to keep from being noticed and hunted to extinction by humans. I’m curious if the inhabitants are really just possessed or cursed by the wolves for hunting them to extinction instead. Either way the oranges seem to suppress the more aggressive behavior of the wolves/cursed. Our protagonist appeals to the wolves/cursed, because his odor does the opposite. He’s like catnip for them.

    Neither his sister nor his father seem to be of any interest to them*, which makes me wonder if he’s actually related to them or if he’s a lost pup from this town**. I gather from occasionally reading the discussions of the other shows involving the author’s writing that he isn’t above packing it full of unbridled crazy, so it’s hard to say that it’s not some coincidental magic.

    The pharmaceutical executive seems interested in his blood, since they went through the trouble of meeting with his doctor. It may be a red herring, but I’m used to economizing writers leaving a straight trail of breadcrumbs to the finish. Maybe some group of the afflicted want to throw off the social order being maintained by the moon girl and her gang of enforcers, and kicking the orange and taking up a Hiro habit is just what the doctor ordered.

    * With the possibility that they might want to eliminate the father for being too nosy.
    ** Perhaps his mother fled from this town.

  2. senerikfred says:

    Might as well give you the effect/affect grammar lesson. It’s one of the most common mistakes in English, even among the fluent.

    In most cases, affect is the verb and effect is the noun. Like, ‘she was affected by her friend’s death’ and ‘the effect of her friend’s death was too much.’ There are cases where this is not true, but the words have entirely different meanings. An affect is usually a mental flaw or handicap of some kind(it’s very rarely used, though). Effect as a verb that means to bring about/accomplish, like effecting a change. Saying that a person or any living thing is effected doesn’t make sense in any context I know of, but you could say that someone effected a change in a person. It’d be easier to say that someone affected that person, and more importantly, it makes more sense to say that something affected a person than to say that something effected a change in a person.

    I apologize if grammar remarks get annoying. For one, it seems I never have anything to say about the content of episodes anymore, even when I’m watching the series or consider it decent.

  3. teddybear says:

    I watch/ read BL stuff but this episode was REALLY disturbing. At least things make sense a bit more now. Even though the characters are annoying to hell (with the exception of Kaname) the plot is at least interesting enough for me to continue watching it…

  4. PL says:

    It was nice to see mr. perfect show a dark side, even if it was a little difficult to watch

  5. Reltair says:

    Disturbing to say the least. Hiro should be able to tell by now that he wasn’t joking. Best get out of there asap!

  6. kyuzo says:

    i wonder how hard it is to change the clothes of the characters.

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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 10:10 AM)
    I’ve noticed Aidan you’ve had no additional words on rolling girls, yatterman night, Junketsu no Maria. Also I would definitely gladly read your Garo posts.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:59 AM)
    Fumoffu was considerably funnier than the actual show, but it only paid off if you were somewhat invested in the main series.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:50 AM)
    Man, making favourites list is so hard, I needed to fit some shoji Kawamori, Asano Inio and Tsutomu Nihei on the list…
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:47 AM)
    Side question, is anyone still reading black lagoon?
    The new arc isn’t the strongest the series has been at.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:45 AM)
    I ragged on about full metal panic pages back…you know I really wanted to like that I really did but after 6-8 episodes instead of a cool mech show I was bored by an unfunny comedy.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:38 AM)
    @Emma: yeah that was weird. Almost as strange as Alita not getting a long-running OVA series. But I think one day Alita will eventually be readapted as its too much of a goldmine to not be dug into. But you know some staff call Texhnolyze a spiritual successor to Blame!.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:34 AM)
    There’s a megacut of Gargantia that removes all the festival episodes and the sagging middle arc and moves bits and pieces around with reworked dialogue that is far far superior to the original show. It’s crazy how bad implementation ruins shows that have all the essential good parts.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:32 AM)
    @Bam: I feel so dashed that blame only got that 45 minute ova…
    He got a proposed zombie manga which got cancelled before it even got started =<
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:30 AM)
    While Macross zero may not have been the highest point of the franchise I almost felt Gargantia was a confused poor mans version of it.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:28 AM)
    Tsutomu Nihei’s works are criminally underutilized in the anime industry. I remember how hard I fangirled out when I heard the rumors of a Madhouse black&white Biomega anime that they called a ‘moving manga’, but all of that dissipated into thin air unfortunately =/

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