「おおかみさんとねずみの嫁探しとやっぱり豚はこういう扱い」 (Ookami-san to Nezumi no Yomesagashi to Yappari Buta wa Kouiu Atsukai)
“The Wolf, The Search for the Mouse’s Bride, and How Pigs Should Be Treated”
Ask and you shall receive, as Ookami-san goes on a Toradora and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun cameo blitz in a matter of seconds. They weren’t shy about introducing them all with their proper names either, much like they had Otsuu’s Kawasumi Ayako say Mahoro’s infamous “I think perverted thoughts are bad” line. I figured if they were going to go that far, they probably could have had Kugimiya Rie, Horie Yui, Itou Kanae, Toyosaki Aki, and Arai Satomi say some lines as Taiga, Minorin, Uiharu, Saten, and Kuroko respectively too. The five of them are already in the studio as Mimi, Alice, Otohime, Ringo, and our narrator, so if we’re really going to milk the popularity of other series for Ookami-san’s benefit, we may as well go all out and risk some real copyright infringement! To the unsuspecting viewer, that’s more or less what it came off as, but in reality J.C. Staff was having a field day with their previous works.
In light of that, they probably could have brought in the Shakugan no Shana girls as well, since they have the starring seiyuu from that series, plus Liszt’s Nojima Hirofumi around to voice Ike Hayato if need be. I gather there’s a fine line between a cameo and actually having the characters say something that might tarnish their image in their actual series, but I’d be all over the crossover anime that results even if it’s just a few greetings. It would even be better if the characters talked to the one voiced by the same seiyuu, such as Mimi giving lip to Taiga and shit going down consequently. Some of their personalities contrast so much, so imagining Otohime talking to Uiharu, Ringo talking to Saten, or Alice talking to Minorin would be absolutely hilarious. We just have to have the narrator making a jab at Kuroko too. I’d definitely pay good money to hear that.
Anyway, there was actually a story this time around, focusing on the young Nezumi Chuutarou (Kotobuki Minako) and his search for a bride before his upcoming twelfth birthday. Apparently being filthy rich means you have to pick out your woman well in advance so you can mold her into whatever you desire, or something along those lines. In any case, Chuutarou himself wasn’t that annoying aside from him inadvertently snubbing commoners for not having money exploding out of their wallets, leaving a lot of the episode for his butler Hammel (Aoyama Yutaka) to take the spotlight. And boy did he ever, as it was absolutely hilarious with the way he ripped into every girl they came across as a candidate for Chuutarou’s future wife. In jaw-dropping fashion, Hammel was relentless in taking one potential flaw in each of the girls and blowing it ridiculously out of proportion to eventual guide Chuutarou towards his childhood friend Uika (Kanemoto Hisako).
It’s not often we get to see a cast of characters insulted and having a lot of what’s said hit really close to home, so my sadistic side did enjoy the girls’ anger and dismay that resulted. It was quite amazing how Hammel even went so far as taking a shot at Momoko’s kibi dango and how they’re in a losing fight against gravity before attacking the flat-chested Ryouko and Ringo right after. Just vicious I say. Vicious! Incidentally, Otohime was the only one who didn’t get insulted because she never hesitates to profess her love for Tarou, even though the same can’t be said the other way around. After all the crap the girls put up with, I’m surprised that Liszt got away with scheming everything related to this job by simply treating them all to cake. I would’ve expected a pretty good thrashing after all the shots to their egos and insecurities, which I’m wiling to bet Liszt himself documented in that handbook he gave to Hammel. How the president weaseled himself out of what I figured would be a “death by bludgeoned beating” is impressive to say the least, regardless of how much it may have dented his wallet. Good times though. Good times.
More so than the actual plot, Ringo’s movie involving the wolf and the three not-so-little pigs was pretty cool and funny at the same time, because it tried to be serious yet wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. The movie-like narration was awesome to that end, and I got a good laugh out of the gas masks to fight off the stench and Ringo looking like she was going to die when some of it got through to her. The surprise treat of course was the lesbian kiss at the end from the King’s Game showdown. Ringo sure knows how to work those lips on Ryouko and manhandle her with that little frame of hers, making me wonder what happens at night after Ryouko’s fallen asleep. Ryoushi and Ryouko probably would’ve been better, but we all know that would’ve probably ended with the latter punching the former before anyone’s tongue went down anyone else’s throat. Between that rehashed ending and this one, I’d say we got the better deal this time around.