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Anime` fail is a syndrome common to most anime`s — they start out with a bang and then quickly devolve into stupidity, perviness, lameness, or all three. Somewhere along the way (usually episode 6 or 7) the writers will come back from their sake-inspired hiatus and create another good episode, and then leave the rest of the series to rot. Ookamikakushi is a case study in anime` fail.

That they took such a potent mix of theme, atmosphere, and characters and just peed it all away is even more frustrating. Basically, Hiro and his family move to a new town for his father’s employment. Hiro is immediately liked by everyone (especially Suzukara), but people quickly start disappearing. The camera angles and the special effects cooperate, early on, to create a tense, pulse-pounding conspiracy of fear. Later, why Hiro is so irresistible is explained as the mysteries around the town start to reveal themselves. There is occasional blood, but not gore; there are a few profanities every other episode, and there are some suggestive scenes that were not handled with much class or taste. Towards the end, the theology wanders off into typical Shintoistic crazy-land, too.

Here’s the short guide if you’re interested.

* 1– When I saw the preview, I thought that it was another perv series. It’s not. It’s a horror series that creeps up on you and unsettles you pace by pace, at least until the very end where it gets a bit obvious. It gives a different spin on some familiar anime` settings and there’s no profanity.
2 — Not as good as the first. The preview looks even stupider. Geez, what happened? The atmosphere is still unsettling, just not as intense as the first. I get the feeling that while the point may be good, they will just trash it up en route. This episode has a hint of perviness and it looks like it’s downhill from here.
3 – Pervy. Why do series always have to take a trip into the toilet?
4 – Good. Eerie but herky-jerky. The MC gets a big clue as to what’s going on.
5 – Middling, but the ending is a revelation.
6 – Not all that. The focus going in and out is annoying, and there’s perviness. The whole atmosphere isn’t consistent from show to show. I want to quit.
7 – Good. Things get complex.
* 8 – Very very good. One profanity. The whole episode is tense.
9 – This is a really weird and disturbing combination of barely-repressed erotica and horror. It’s a little bit more than I can handle. I don’t think this is a good thing to watch, really.
10 – Just kinda there.
11 – LAME. The ending is stupid on about twenty different levels; the whole feel is totally different than the series, and it’s just not convincing. There is a preview at the end for something that looks even more unrealistic and crazy.
12 – LAME. I get the feeling that this is a bonus episode, but it’s basically a self-parody. Why bother?

Welcome to the graveyard and screw you for wasting my time, Ookamikakushi!

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I’ve seen most of the previews, and Animesuki has a great list of the shows. Of all of those, there are only two that look promising.

Ookamikakushi — When I saw the preview, I thought that it was another perv series. It’s not. It’s a horror series that creeps up on you and unsettles you pace by pace, at least until the very end where it gets a bit obvious. It gives a different spin on some familiar anime` settings and there’s no profanity.

Sora No Woto — It’s a post-apocalyptic sort of coming-of-age series. It could be excellent, but it’s probably going to be just good to very good instead.

I did make it through Hanamaru Youchien (Gold Star Kindergarten), but I just don’t think the writers are going to climb upwards when they’ve already got one foot in the gutter. It’s a shame. This series could be bedazzling innocent, but it won’t be.

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