If you were a teenage girl, would you be insulted or thrilled if an eleven year old wanted to take you on as a bride?
What They Say
Searching for a wife for a wealthy eleven year old turns out to be no small task for the Otogi Bank. The Academy's entire female student body is left scathed by insults from the boy's choosy butler.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Okamisan takes an amusing turn this time around as the club gets to deal with a new task that's a bit outside the norm. While they've worked mainly with students within the school in order to secure future favors for use, they've gotten a request from the outside now about helping a wealthy young man find a wife that will properly suit him. The twist is that the young man, Nezumi, is actually about eleven years old and comes across in his initial introduction as a darkly spoiled young man who wants what he wants. The club does take on the task since there's a chance of a good favor being owed in the long run, but the real fun at first is just watching the butler and the maid characters flirt with each other in a somewhat subtle way while everyone else watches on.
As we get to know Nezumi and what he's looking for from a woman within the Otogi Academy, he comes across more as someone who is in a difficult situation by being a young heir and having a lot of pressures placed on him. Much of the episode involves the club members walking around with Nezumi to check out prospective brides, which includes a nice callback to Ami from the earlier episode. Nezumi knows what he wants and his butler has all the details of everyone on hand which leads to some rather cutting and biting summaries of what makes each of them tick, including a particular club member or two. Watching Nezumi go around and asking these girls that are about five or six years older than him is rather cute since he's earnest about it, but you have to wonder what they really think about the whole thing in their hearts, or if they're even giving it any serious thought after it happens since they're so focused on their own interests.
Some of the commentary on the characters is amusing, especially when the butler goes on about how breasts are important and they show off one who has quite the rack that's "full of adventure" for a young man. Though they talk about them being important, there's the balance that must be found with it because of what gravity does to them over time. Nezumi is getting quite the amusing education here at the expense of quite a few characters and even Ryoko and Ringo get drawn into it as an example of how gravity will not affect some women. Suffice to say, they're both lucky to not be dead after saying such things. The fun of the episode is in how the regulars and supporting cast of characters get examined throughout this and are cut to the bone with commentary by the butler on why they're not acceptable.
A lot of basic anime clichés are covered in this episode in the pursuit of a bride when it comes to what a man should look for, especially a wealthy young man who has to look at status and how a bride will affect his standing. The episode does go largely as expected, but there's a lot of fun in the journey rather than the destination and it's one of those times where you can really appreciate there. With Okamisan being largely episodic anyway with some mild adjustments to the relationship between Ryoko and Ryoshi, this works well overall. This episode is pretty much fluff from start to finish, but it's fun fluff, even if the voice over narration gets to be a bit too intrusive at times and distracting.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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