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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
  • Menus Rating: NA
  • Extras Rating: NA
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Okamisan (Okami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tach)

Okamisan Episode #04

Okamisan Episode #04 Review

By Chris Beveridge     August 12, 2010
Release Date: July 22, 2010


Okamisan
© FUNimation

Debts, real or imagined, must be paid, especially if you're a maid.

What They Say
Ryoshi saves Otsuu, the maid of Otogi Bank, from a whack from a loose baseball. Obsessed with repaying favors, Otsuu starts doing housework at Ryoshi's place to show her appreciation. Her friends take it upon themselves to break her fixation for good.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sometimes an act of kindness can go the wrong way, especially if you're someone like Ryoshi. His doing the most basic of things a person should do when someone else is in trouble ends up causing him a fair bit of trouble himself. Saving Otogi Bank club member Otsuu from a baseball that would have given her quite the whack, she takes it as a significant debt that must be repaid. Where Ryoshi sees this as just doing what's right, he has a hard time understanding how Otsuu is seeing it. Especially when he returns home and sees her waiting there ready to serve him in every way possible. What's amusing is that everyone sees Ryoshi as ready to take advantage of the situation. Haven't they figured him out by now?

Since everyone wants to make sure this is on the up and up, Ryoko and Ringo go to visit Ryoshi at his house and take in the strange situation that. Where the humor lies is in that Ryoshi's aunt is a writer that Ryoko is just in love with. A romance writer in fact, whom she has to go other towns bookstores to buy so that nobody knows what kind of books she really likes. Naturally, Ringo is fully aware of what Ryoko likes and points out how she knows all the hiding places, much like how a young man hides his adult magazines or videos. Having Ryoko in the presence of her favorite writer, a relative of Ryoshi's no less, puts her on her best behavior as they take in the scope of what it is that Otsuu is doing there.

With a bit of explorartion, the gang does get to the root of her issue with returning favors while she's passed out from overwork. It's not something that they're able to really comprehend in that she takes it as far as she does, but they all do get the gist of why she does what she does. Being the friends that they are and caring for Otsuu as they do, they set about to try and break her of her fixation on repaying debts no matter the size. And that means forcing her to take some down time while they all, and I do mean all, wear maid uniforms. It's your standard cute light and silly kind of feeling as they work on getting things taken care of for her and show her that they can help as well. It is surprisingly short for this segment though, but that's a welcome thing as the majority of the episode focuses on the characters and their quirks without spending a lot of time on the generic sitcom cleaning angle.

In Summary:
Okamisan has a fairly basic and not altogether interesting episode with this one. Getting to the core of why Otsuu is like she is has its moments and it certainly makes for a good bonding piece, much needed at this point, but there isn't a lot here that really draws you into the show. Otsuu herself isn't all that interesting of a character even with her explored past, making her the weak link in the chain. The only real fun to be had here is with Ryoko and her romance writer fixation and how she handles the whole thing, from buying and hiding her books to meeting the author herself. Okamisan has an alright episode at best with a few good moments that made me smile, but it didn't engage me all that much.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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