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Wagaya no Oinari-sama
(11 episodes watched):|
The traditional Japanese magic and mysticism, and the fox spirit remind me of Inukami, but this show seems to be at the other end of the comedy spectrum. Magic in itself doesn't interest me much, but a fun story might be beginning with episode two, as Noboru and Tooru will apparently be bringing fox spirit girl Kuugen home with them as a sort of magical bodyguard.
Okay, after three episodes I am confident that the keyword "Comedy" is appropriate here. Indeed, comedy seems to have priority and it's not bad by any means. Watching "Kuu" and "Kou" make a mess of the household then Kuu visiting Noboru's school was fun.There is also an emotional side, such as when Kuu acts as a sort of median for the boys to communicate with their departed mother. After all the early confusion I felt about ths show's premise, I'm now pleasantly surprised at how much fun I'm having as I watch it.
The overall quality seems a little rough around the edges. For instance, a character says something unexceptional, and suddenly the credits are running. How should I summarize WnOs? A mix of fairly funny but thinly spread jokes, and not too serious fights among supernatural beings who normally look and act like ordinary Japanese citizens (the local God doubles as a convenience store manager). Sometimes things get serious and dangerous (though not to the extent that you think), and sometimes it's just goofy fun, as in episode 11 where Kuu and Kou go looking for part time jobs. It is a little different, though I'm not certain whether that results in more enjoyment or confusion. Probably the former, with a definite dose of the latter, because though it's not one of my current favorites, I faithfully watch this show.
Last updated Saturday, August 02 2008. Created Sunday, April 13 2008.
Wagaya no Oinari-sama
(twenty episodes watched)|
Reminiscent of the story told in Shounen Onmyouji, this is a story of the mystical or spiritual world intersecting with the ‘ordinary’ world. Two boys (Toru and his older brother, Noburu) are the direct descendants of an important spiritual or priestly family, who find themselves targeted by spirits and deamons from the ‘other world’.
To help protect themselves from these attacks, they find themselves having to depend on and living with a fickle and troubling fox-deity named Ku-chan and a spiritual servant (or sentinel) from their family named Kou-chan, both of whom have been sealed away for many hundreds of years and have no clue about living in current day Japan.
The adventure in this series comes from their encounters with the various spirits and magical creatures (drawn from Japanese folklore) and the humor comes from the misunderstandings and odd circumstances that befuddle Kou-chan and Ku-chan as they learn to adapt to life in modern day Japan. There is even a hint of school romance as Sakura, one of Noburu’s classmates, worries about the appearance to these two ‘girls’ in Noburu’s home and tries muster enough bravery to share her feelings.
This is proving to be an interesting and fun story appropriate for all-ages that cheerfully mixes the issues and concerns of modern life with the mysticism and lore of older Japan.
Ok .. 2008 is the anime year of the cute and sexy fox-girls. Horo (of Ookami to Koushinryou) represents the mature and sultry type of fox-girls. Chizuru Minamoto (of Kanokon) can represent the wild, loose and gregarious type of fox-girls. And this series fox-character, Kugen, can represent the transgender or gender-ambiguous type of fox-girls (or is it fox-its?? ... errrr ...you know what I mean.)
Last updated Monday, September 29 2008. Created Sunday, April 06 2008.
|Japanese Series Web Site||http://www.mediaworks.co.jp/contents/oinarisama/index.php|
|Wikipedia Entry for this series||http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagaya_no_Oinari-sama|