Ookami-san 10: heaven together with fire
September 3, 2010
Heaven together with fire: the image of Fellowship with Men. The I Ching tells us that
Men bound in fellowship first weep and lament, but afterward they laugh. After great struggles they succeed in meeting.
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi episode 10 only shows the weeping and lamenting phase, as various members of the Otogi bank are kidnapped by the delinquents from Onigashima High School. With their forces divided, the Otogi bank looks all but conquered, but I’m not worried, because it looks like we are heading into the final showdown.
Several of the anime I have been watching seem to have abandoned telling a story in a forth-right manner to explore all sorts of side adventures. Of course we have a name for such episodes: filler. Why filler is needed in a show consisting of 13 or so episodes is beyond me. I obviously am not the only one who prefers to see the bigger plot developed, as Hanners said, “If only the whole show could have focused on this bigger picture”.
Ryoushi is actually in a more ambiguous situation. He is technically under attack, and he is definitely not aware of what is going on, as his friends (and his beloved Ryouko) are kidnapped, but his opponent is Puss-in-Boots, which is a good thing … probably.
Anyways, the Otogi bank falls to the old “divide and conquer” trick, which is fairly impressive, given that they were on the look-out for some sort of attack from the start of the episode.