Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ojui is a new anime this season adapted from a manga by Ayuki Hatta which follows a girl named Erika Shinohara who is a chronic liar. Well, she technically does it for good reasons since she always lies to fit in. Okay, so that’s not REALLY a good reason but it makes for some hilarious comedy even though I simply detest the fact that Erika is so proud of her lies.
Erika ends up taking a random picture of “some guy” in order to placate her friends. The “random guy” just so happens to be Kyouya Sata, the prince from class 8, the hottest guy in school… and that’s the gist of the start-up to the show. I’m not a big fan of either of the characters to be honest. As much as I can relate to the fact that Erika wants to fit in, she’s way too obsessed in appearances and Kyouya treats her like shit at the very beginning. In fact, he treats her, exactly. Like. A dog. But Erika is coerced into it because she wants to fit in. She doesn’t seem fazed at all by her lies nor the antics that Kyouya puts (and will order) her through.
The scenes in the manga don’t seem as facetious as when they’re animated. Kyouya of course must have his “jerk with a heart of gold” back story and he really just has a thing for dogs because they’re genuine… even though he’s a TOTAL SADIST. Somehow, I feel like part of the reason Erika goes along with Kyouya’s whims (aside from the fact that he’s blackmailing her) is because he’s good looking. Yes, girls can be shallow too *facepalm* This really twisted relationship generates a lot of hilarious expressions and exaggerations in the characters.
What backfires on Erika in this episode is that her so-called friends make a scene in the cafeteria and call her out on another of Erika’s lies. Yeah, this girl really needs to cross-reference her material with her “boyfriend.” I was impressed at how protective Kyouya is of Erika already – well, it is shoujo manga and they are fated to fall in love at the end – but still. They intimate moments told through Erika’s eyes are so sweet and sparkly that you almost want to forget the fact that these two are only stuck together due to a… unfortunate accident. But I do hope that Erika’s character is flushed out beyond the chronic lying insecure teenager and we get to see different sides to Kyouya. The only problem is the two main characters are almost restricted in personality to the title of the show which alludes to their most distinguishable and permanent traits. The thrust of the series’ theme is that appearances are usually pretty misleading and focusing too much on your appearances won’t amount to much; at times, even, it’ll get you into quite a few problems (see heroine here LOL).
I enjoyed the animation more than the actual story itself. They did a really great job animating Kyouya’s eyes, especially because they’re red. The anime design worked out nicely to complement his blonde hair and in contrast to Erika’s average brown features, Kyouya’s character colouring looks even more striking to the viewer.
However you look at it, Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji is just the cup of tea for anime fans who miss their all their classic shoujo elements. I personally prefer less sadistic manga heroes but perhaps you’ll find something quirky in the series to keep you watching.
What are you pondering today?