Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi – 05
「おおかみさん桃ちゃん先輩と鬼退治に行く」 (Ookami-san Momo-chan-senpai to Oni Taiji ni Iku)
“The Wolf Goes Demon Hunting with Momo-chan-senpai”
The introduction of the public morals committee member Kibitsu Momoko (Kaida Yuuko) and her Momotaro-inspired demon hunt at Onigashima High School was only the tip of the iceberg, as the story delved into much deeper aspects this episode. Before getting there, “Momo-chan-senpai” as she’s affectionately called by her peers, did turn out to be a voluptuous bisexual hedonist of epic proportions, who’s taken an interest in Ryouko from their middle school days and scares the hell out of her. Momo only really sees Ryouko as a kitten that she wants to make hers, but that evidently opens the doors to some potential lesbian role-play the latter doesn’t want any part of. For those reasons and how she’s only in the public morals committee so she can do whatever she wants and dress scantily like she does, Momo is already a thumbs up addition to the cast. As per the Momotaro legend, she also has the three animal friends accompanying her as her henchmen — Inuzuka (dog), Saruwatari (monkey), and Kijino (pheasant) — who absolutely worship her two huge breasts and like to call them the “Kibi Dango” (a play on her last name and part of the actual folktale). The interesting part about that affectionate name is that she’s totally cool with it, and even has Tarou as a faithful underling for that same reason. That is, until Otohime would like to have a word with him in private to set him straight. In short, there was no shortage of lighthearted entertainment from Momo and her revealing outfit, which was only overshadowed by Ryouko’s cat-theme body armor developed by Majo. Props out to Ringo for coming up with the design and making sure it was all about style over functionality with the cat ears and all.
The somewhat deeper side of the story partly followed the formal introduction of the school founder and director, Aragami Ranpu (Ono Atsushi). Modeled after the “Lamp” Genie in the Aladdin folktale, Ranpu is nothing more than a perverted old man on the surface, who Liszt weasels free stuff out of using the girls of Otogi Bank. It’s a misleading personality to say the least, since he’s actually the representative of the almighty conglomerate that runs the entire city, Aragami Group. Everything at the school is under his watchful eye and he gets regular reports from Liszt as well. Ranpu himself isn’t all that menacing, but the revelation that Liszt makes about how the students Otogi Academy are treated as branded “products” that spread positive word to the world upon graduation to attract the most talented people to the city had a somewhat dark spin on it. It was mostly because he went on to explain to everyone that they’re given a false sense of freedom in this “miniature garden” of sorts and how they’re actually playing into the adults hands without even knowing it. Of course, the feeling that one is doing exactly what someone else outlined for them isn’t all that bad, considering it’s something we call “society” nowadays. As such, I like Liszt’s idea of not relying on adults while they’re here and using that false freedom to run things how they want.
In terms of story, this was more or less to explain the existence of Onigashima and the delinquents’ desire to serve as a blemish on the city out of spite towards the Aragami Group. It’s not a great reason, but it does provide our “last boss” of sorts for the series, Hitsujikai Shirou (Suwabe Junichi), who’s been pulling the strings as Onigashima’s new student council president. Most of the episode involved Momo and Otogi Bank raiding their school to find out his identity, only to end up leaving when he said he’ll talk things over with his students. Shirou’s gentleman-like facade and claim he only recently became president helped hide his true colors, but the deep aspect I mentioned above pertains to how he tried to rape Ryouko in the past. Clearly it’s no laughing matter at that point, especially after seeing how traumatized Ryouko was and still is by the fact that none of the other female students would even side with her. The one good thing that came out of this is Ryouko finally confiding in Ryoushi, so it’ll be interesting to see where their relationship goes from here. Ryoushi was pretty cool this episode on several accounts, which included taking on the leader of the delinquents yet again, so it was nice to see that Ryouko was appreciative of it. Shirou’s girl, Mikuni Reiko (Nakahara Mai), was briefly introduced here, but I gather she’s probably a bitch if she’s with him. In any case, we have an antagonist of sorts! *insert dramatic music*