OP: 「学園総館 Zoo」(Gakuen Soukan Zoo) by Ranka, Kurumi, Yukari, and Miyubi
「おおかみ親分ランカ」 (Ookami Bosu Ranka)
“Ranka the Wolf Boss”
New year, new anime, and what’s that? New waifus? Something like that. Winter season may not be kicking into high gear until next week, but Murenase! Seton Gakuen isn’t about to let its moment in the spotlight fade that easy. Between the setup, the comedy, and the host of incoming characters this one aims to be a blast, and frankly it’s not hard doubting it. When you’re leading with stuff like this, what comes next will be a riot.
While the handy dandy RC Preview sums it up nicely, Murenase can be thought of as the animal version of Centaur no Nayami/Demi-chan Kataritai (or an adventure-less Kemono Friends). It’s cute, it’s simple, it’s school life, and while comedy is the primary focus, the feels intend on making their presence felt. Barring wrapping your head around the premise—i.e. school for animals our main man Mazama Jin (Ishiya Haruki) just so happens to enroll in—it won’t pay to dwell too much on the details. Why is it a school for animals? Why is Jin and fellow human Hitomi Hino (Miyamoto Yume) the only humans around? Why are the males the only actual animals? How did life find a way? Questions we’re unlikely to find out any answers for, and questions unlikely to be that important in the end. With school-life/slice-of-life series it’s all about the comedy and feels, and Murenase has gone all in on them.
The main driver for Murenase’s humour will be the relationship between Jin and lone wolf Ranka (Kino Hina), and so far at least it works like a treat. Ignoring the ubiquity of the setup (childhood friends in all but name? You got that right), Ranka nails the cute yet dumb tsundere-esque personality providing for many glorious reaction faces, while Jin plays up the straight man that simultaneously keeps Ranka in line while driving her into further hilarity. Sure comedy is always subjective, but between the many comedic opportunities animal quirks provide and Hina Kino’s voice acting I’d like to think Murenase will hit more than miss. After all, pulling tails and going for French kissing right off the bat definitely doesn’t rub the wrong way, especially when poor Hino (among soon to be others) is brought in on the action.
While it’s anyone’s guess whether Murenase can keep up the lighthearted comedy going forward, this certainly is one show more than suitable for a bit of weekly relaxation. It may not be the end all be all of school-life experiences, but you can bet this one has a few tricks waiting up its sleeve.
ED: 「オオカミブルーズ」(Wolf Blues) by Ranka