The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs angle gets played bluntly this time around.
What They Say
Ringo dodges a request from senior and beauty pageant winner, Himeno. Their unfortunate past has Ringo in a fuss. Until she can face the upperclassman, the rest of Otogi Bank must entertain Himeno's seven tyke siblings!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The fairy tales and the like of the series have varied so far in how strongly they're played out, but this episode goes a bit more blunt than some of the other ones. The central focus of this episode revolves around the request from Himeno Shirayuki, who was last seen winning the school beauty pageant. As a senior, she's a busy young woman to begin with but her life is even busier because she has quite a few younger siblings, which plays up the seven dwarves aspect of the fairy tale theme. It is cute at the start as Ryoko and Ryoshi are babysitting them for a bit and Ryoko has turned a lot of them into easy servants while Ryoshi himself seems like a plaything for them. Sadly, Ringo is just watching from the distance as she has her own issue with Himeno.
Going back into Ringo's past, we see her as a young child with her mother who is teaching her the right ways to be so she can grow up into an intelligent young woman. Adding formality to her speech is, as the narration goes, very anime-esque but works nicely in this context. One of the reasons for this is that she and her mother began to live in a very big mansion with a wealthy man who had just finalized the divorce with his wife, who had a daughter that was Himeno. The two kids had played together briefly before either really knew what was going on, and Ringo has held that pain in her heart ever since, even after seeing that Himeno was at the same school and seemingly unaware of who Ringo was.
A lot of the episode focuses on the gang from the club entertaining the kids, which includes a really good bit of fun when they go to the pool where there's lots of kids toys to be had there. And lots of skin showing for those wanting some fanservice from the older characters. There's the usual kind of silliness associated with this, which includes Ryoshi getting all hands-on with Ryoko in a way she doesn't approve that he didn't intend, and lots of fun with the kids getting involved in everything. The main focus is really on Ringo though as she wants to get closer to Himeno to get through to her about things. There's some drama to be had as well, which isn't done badly but the music associated with it makes it all manner of 80's pop drama that had the unintended effect of making me laugh when it was trying to be serious. It's a good moment after that, as it leads to the resolution of things, but the show went in a rather odd way for a moment that was very noticeable.
Okamisan has a nice episode overall with a lot of good feelings to be generated by it, which isn't a surprise since it revolves around Ringo. She has that kind of aura about her that works well in creating such an effect. The story itself is kind of disjointed in how it's told, but the fun for me was seeing really young Ringo and watching the club members all hang out with the little kids at the pool and elsewhere. The character material here is good, and it gives Ringo the background we needed for her, but I was more drawn to the silly side of this episode, especially after the big drama came across as so very cheesy.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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