Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi (otherwise known as Ookami-san and Seven Companions) is a short romance/comedy anime based on the Ookami-san light novels written by Okita Masashi. It centers around the members of the Otogi Bank, a high school club that “loans” out favours. These favours can range from things like helping someone get a date to battling it out with thugs from a rival school. The more loans that the bank gives out, the more people they have to collect favours from, which really helps with some of their tougher requests.
One of the bank’s members is Ryouko Ookami, an aggressive and tomboyish girl that packs a mean punch. She fits the typical definition of a tsundere – tough on the outside, but soft of the inside. When she’s not beating up thugs and hooligans, she enjoys reading girly romance novels and playing with puppies. Ryouko is also the main love interest of Ryoushi Morino, a timid guy that doesn’t stand out too much and has a fear of being stared at. However, he does prove his manliness by fighting alongside Ryouko and spouting stereotypical hero lines like “I’ll protect you” and whatnot.
Other characters I found interesting were Ringo Akai and the narrator. Ringo is a cute, short, red-headed girl (also known as little red riding hood) that also works at Otogi Bank. Despite her looks, she’s actually one of the more mature characters and likes to plot ways to get Ryouko and Ryoushi closer together. The narrator is voiced by Satomi Arai, the Japanese voice for Kuroko from the anime A Certain Scientific Railgun. Unlike most narrators, she doesn’t just narrate but also likes to poke fun of the characters, often making remarks about Ryouko and Ringo’s flat chests. It seems the characters are aware of the narrator’s presence though as they interact with the narrator on a few occasions.
While Ookami-san is a romantic comedy, the anime leans more towards the comedy side rather than the romance side. Several characters from other anime such as Toradora, A Certain Magical Index, and A Certain Scientific Railgun do make some appearances, which is a relatively common occurrence in shows produced by JC Staff. The fourth wall is also broken a few times to add to the comedy, but it acts as a double-edged sword as it takes away from the seriousness of the anime.
All of the comedic elements really push the relationship between Ryouko and Ryoushi to the sidelines despite being the main focus of the series. Of course, this could all just be due to the fact that the light novels are still being written, meaning that the anime only covers the very beginning of the story when things haven’t gotten too deep yet. Overall, Ookami-san is a funny anime to watch, but don’t expect many romantic scenes or an engaging plot until at least the second season.