The series draws to a close with another knowing nod from the narrator about how sad it all is.
What They Say
Machiko, a poor girl who mistakenly sees Ryoshi as her ticket to riches, does her best to pocket him in hopes of marriage. When an underlying dilemma comes to light, the Otogi Bank offers a helping hand - or Neko glove.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Okamisan's final episode brings everything to a close in the way a show like this can in way that I wish more did, outside of what happened in the last two episodes. We got a two part serious storyline before this that felt rather out of place in the scheme of things as it took away from the light and fun feel of it all to give us something threatening. For its final episode, Okamisan goes for a bit lighter feel as there's a girl named Machiko who has her sights set on Ryoshi after an amusing panties-revealing encounter where she intends to use him to get ahead in life.
Machiko earns some respect from me in a classic sense as she continually refers to Ryoshi as Darling, something I haven't really heard done since such classics as Urusei Yatsura or Kimagure Orange Road. Machiko does her best to get close to him and she's pretty interested in what kind of money he has, though it's hard to see how anyone could view Ryoshi as having any money. Ryoshi's really uncertain about the whole thing but the club tries to get a helping hand in all of this to make things better for Machiko, but she's not playing straight with them as there's something more to her story than just this. Machiko's actually a fun character, especially after the last couple of episodes, as she's got a plan, is flirty and fun and seeing Ryoshi put into such a difficult position for someone like himself only adds to all of it. Even better is that Machiko really does seem to write her name on everything and that certainly draws the eye to certain places.
Being an end episode, and having Ryoko and Ringo following the other two around so much as Machiko tries to win over Ryoshi as best as she can, it inevitably leads to a rather frank discussion about how Ryoko really feels about him. Not with Ryoshi of course, as he's still playing something of the clueless guy role with this, but between Machiko and Ryoko and that is actually really nicely done. Having them deal with each other directly after everything is said and done to clear the air and make it clear where they stand gives the episode, and the series, a bit more closure than I would have expected. It doesn't make any radical changes, unfortunately, but it does show where things are going to go in the future. Which is hopefully well covered in the manga at least.
I have really mixed feelings about Okamisan overall. The elements of the series that I liked the most tended to not get all that much attention as it moved forward. The series opened with the usual introductions and it gave us Ryoshi, who as something of a stalker was interesting in how he got close to the one he likes and that he can see things about her that others often don't. But that part of the show diminished over time and the other characters weren't as interesting, not that many other members of the club got a lot of time spent on them. When the show turned serious, it lost me even more. This episode certainly helped it recover since it's light and fun overall and Ryoshi has a hard time being chased after like he is, so it's being sent off on a positive note. But as a whole, I think Okamisan is fairly weak and that its strengths are too easily overshadowed by its weaknesses.
And I still don't like the narrator.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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