Back in the day, when H.C.Staff was an anime blog, I lamented that the first glimpse America had of the wonderful art of the moe illustrator Goto-P was largely a waste of time.
Fortunately, Kantoku, one of the greatest moe illustrators of all time, makes his US debut with a series of much higher quality: The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat. With the anime already showing and the translated manga already in print, it is one of two titles (the other being Daily Lives of High School Boys) that I am looking forward to buying for the first time in forever.
But don’t worry. Saito Hiraga eventually won the heart of the short-tempered Louise and became the hero of her kingdom. I have no doubt that although Tomoharu Saito has to restart from zero, he will climb all the way back to the top of the professional Magic world, without cheating.
Welcome to the fairy-tale world of the latest J.C.Staff Tsundere Heroine and the boy with the stealth skills who loves her.
Placeholder image, somehow appropriate
I regret being away from home because I can’t properly upload screenshots of the first episode of Okamisan and Seven Companions.
I regret my reputation as a J.C.Staff fanboy that makes nobody take my recommendations of Okamisan seriously. But think of it: this has all the requirements for being a great J.C.Staff show (namely, cuteness and comedy), and it’s in the hands of a director whose experience with tsundere shows goes all the way back to Love Hina and continues through The Familiar of Zero and Hayate the Combat Butler. Ryoko earns points for beating up (mostly) those who deserve it, and Ryoshi earns points for showing signs of courage beneath the cowering surface.
So far, the show that I guessed would be the best show of summer has been the best show of summer. From the first cat-gauntleted punch to the recruitment starefest to the Cinderella parody at the end, I too, fell in love with Okamisan.
Synopsis: A love comedy parodying fairy tales such as “Little Red Cap”, “The Ant and the Grasshopper” etc. Okami Ryoko (Okami-san) is a spunky high school girl. She is a member of a “fixer” club so called Otogi High School Bank. She runs about to fix the problems of the school with her partner Akai Ringo (Akazukin-chan).
So it seems like the cast consists of characters representing various fairy tales. Ryoko and Ringo are the Big Bad Wolf and the Little Red Riding Hood, although Ringo seems to be more like B.B.Hood from Darkstalkers than the canonical Red Riding Hood.
Other characters seem to be modeled after Taro Urashima and Otohime (actually where the names of some Love Hina characters came from), and the school they go to, Otogi High School, is named after Otogi-zoshi, a book containing Japanese folktales. And there’s an Alice in Wonderland Ant and Grasshopper, a Morgan le Fay, and so on.
The novel is published by Dengeki Bunko, and the manga runs in Dengeki Daioh, much like Railgun, Toradora, and Shana did before it. Why do I bring this up? Because Ryoko, the titular Big Bad Wolf, is yet another face in the long line of Dengeki tsundere heroines.
And finally we have our male lead, Ryoshi. No idea what fairy tale he comes from. Kimikiss maybe? Edit: I should have seen this, but he’s the hunter from Little Red Riding Hood.
Trailers always look good, and this one is the tsunderiffic, lolitastic stuff that people didn’t find in Maid-sama and Uraboku this season.
Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki, known for Hayate the Combat Butler, The Familiar of Zero, Skygirls, Bottle Fairy, and, didn’t we mention Urashima and Otohime? Love Hina.