The men who stare at scythes.
Well, this could be interesting.
Ookami Kakushi seems to be an entry into the Higurashi-style horror genre, and does share a number of explicit traits with that show, such as the existence of some big festival for a somewhat isolated town. Unlike Higurashi, though, I get this feeling we aren’t going to resets here – no, people are just going to get possessed by monster-things and then get hacked up by scythes – or so it seems. But, awesome!
What I found interesting, though, were the different things I was reminded of while watching. Kushinada, for instance, really reminds me of Miyu from Vampire Princess Miyu from what little we’ve seen of her. I also got vibes of the British horror film, The Wicker Man (NOT the remake), curiously enough, although I seriously doubt that’s where we’re going with things – however, the calm acceptance of the entire class that Ogasawara had moved away was reminiscent of that movie. And I mentioned Higurashi before.
So far, Ookami Kakushi doesn’t seem too bad. Yeah, we have a handicapped loli sister… but her dryness seems refreshing since most of the imouto characters these days are adorable and inclined toward borderline-sexual teasing. We also have a girl who hangs all over the main guy from the word go, but the eventual twist on this was pretty well-done – one of his female classmates remarks that there is nothing special about him, although many of the other girls seem interested. However, the aforementioned Kushinada seems to dispel this with a few words, and the whole thing ends up coming across as sinister in nature, a nice little trick on the usual trope.
I like horror shows. Ookami Kakushi is a horror show. It doesn’t look to be the best ever, but I’m mildly optimistic about it.
Oh, and just a note on the title – it’s a play on words, since kami-kakushi essentially translates to being kidnapped by gods, although the best translation of the phrase comes in the English language release of Sen to Chihiro no Kami-kakushi – Spirited Away. Ookami translates to wolf, so one can render it as ‘wolfed away’ or, perhaps less eloquently, ‘kidnapped by wolf god(s)’. Wolves have been extinct in Japan for about a century now.
P.S. Naruto Filler. Just doing my best to aid the noble cause of Baka-Raptor.