Ookami Kakushi, episode 2 – You are winner!

It’s a bit of a risk, but I’ve decided upon Ookami Kakushi as the second show I plan to write about. Not because there was anything brilliant about the first couple episodes, but because I want to get in on the ground floor for when Ryukishi pulls the rug out from under everyone and turns it into something special.

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The mysterious disappearance of Ryoko Asakura Hiroshi’s former best bud doesn’t seem to have put a damper on his popularity. In fact, it’s just gotten one peon out of the way for the rest of the class to crowd to gather a little closer to him. To that end Nemuru still hasn’t warmed up to Hiroshi either, so it’s pretty much same old, same old as far as the classroom goes.

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So I’m going to toss out some random speculation since this is a Ryukishi07 production, and that’s what I do. But the argument between Nemuru and Isuzu seemed less to do with Hiroshi, per se, and more to do with some hand of God that seems destined to punish Hiroshi. We know that Isuzu and her family came from the old village, I wonder if Nemuru has as well (in addition to the wolf-masked killers we saw in the last episode, and at the end of this episode). As a new import, I would guess that there is some punishment or rites of initiation that Hiroshi seems destined for, and Isuzu, already angry at the people of the old town, wants to protect Hiroshi, while Nemuru is trying to keep her from getting involved. It’s never that easy, right?

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Kaname is also a newbie to the town. I don’t know if they mentioned this in the show, but I read it on MAL. Hopefully, you don’t consider that a spoiler, because I figured as much, especially after seeing that she’s the only one besides Hiroshi who seems perturbed by their missing classmate. She apparently also has a taste for the occult. Which I’m going to guess is not going to end well for her.

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The second episode was as much about character introductions as the first episode. We get a little more background on Kaname, but we also meet Isuzu’s playboy of a brother, Issei. I can’t say that there wasn’t anything he did that felt overtly sexual – the drive, the multiple girls, complimenting Hiroshi’s sister about her beauty – but there was something a bit off about him. I wouldn’t trust him. And this is even before we see the very disturbing scenes for the next episode.

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It’s all fun and games when the gang’s altogether. Issei instantly takes a liking to Hiroshi, whose appeal continually perplexes Kaname. But there’s something unique about Hiro that attracts the attention of everyone who’s seemingly born in that village. Perhaps new or old. Does it have anything to do with Isuzu’s touchy-feeliness, and Issei’s deviancy? Shinmaru has a good post that delves further into this thought. It’s perhaps too easy to pinpoint the two of them as villains in this, but there was something decidedly sinister about Issei’s comments to his sister, after meeting Hiro. Hiro is the perfect neighbor? Or the perfect victim? The perfect sacrifice? I couldn’t help but feel like Issei especially was talking about Hiro as if he were a dinner special to be served up.

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On the other hand, I’m willing to give Isuzu the benefit of the doubt. I’m willing to think of her advances to Hiro as nothing more devious than young puppy love. Unlike Issei who’s clearly at an age where he understands exactly what he’s doing. I think Isuzu’s simply following her heart, and doesn’t understand that she’s being a little more forward than normal. But perhaps I’m blinded. And if I was in the game, I’d end up being killed by the villainess.

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At the end of the episode we see the wolf army take another victim. This time a young woman who seems to have been recently engaged. I assume the guy they show is the guy who she was engaged to and found the body, but it was hard to tell with the lighting.

I’m not sure I understand why people are referring to Ryukishi07 as a one trick pony. For one, Umineko wasn’t very much like Higurashi, except for the time restarts. But even that was handled differently. Ookami Kakushi is two episodes in, and the only explicit Higurashi comparisons I see is that it takes place in 1983 and it occurs in a small town.  Who knows, Ookami might turn out similar to Higurashi, but to compare it to Higurashi at this point, and to call Ryukishi a one trick pony because of that, just seems like people making lazy analogies.

8 Replies to “Ookami Kakushi, episode 2 – You are winner!”

  1. I doubt Isuzu is just experiencing puppy love, myself. I think her advances are unnatural, creepy, and therefore undoubtedly suspicious. It’s not as though she even had a reason to fall for Hiroshi in the first place.
    .-= mefloraine´s last blog ..Oto x Maho / ??×?? =-.

    1. Puppy love is probably too extreme on the other end, but if it weren’t for the whole class falling for Hiroshi, I wouldn’t call her advances unnatural. Maybe a bit creepy. But not terribly over the top. I think the yandere scenes we saw and the weirdness of the town throws off our lens

  2. Issei definitely seems off to me, but I think with the bit of yandere!Isuzu in the beginning and the strange looks in general when the wolves and whatnot are brought up that the series is laying it on a bit thick with pegging Isuzu as a potentially villainous character, which gives me pause. After all, after Higurashi’s first arc, both Shion and Rena looked positively batcrap bonkers, and look how they turned out by the end. So like you, I’m holding back on declaring Isuzu a villain.

    I’m going back and forth on Nemuru too. She seems to have a position of power, but we don’t know of any sort of agenda, or if she’s affiliated with the wolf army (though the show has strongly suggested she is), or anything else, so I’m holding back a bit with her, too, although my instincts tell me she has more up her sleeve than Isuzu.

    1. Yeah, I definitely think Nemuru has some ins with the wolf army, although I don’t think of her as a co-conspirator. But it seems like the town overlooks the disappearances, either because of fear or maybe because they condone it. Perhaps Isuzu is a hero fighting that tide then.

  3. I wouldn’t say that Nemuru is evil or the one pulling the strings. Everything seems to be pointing at her to be the bad guy but it might not be the case. She could be like the Mion of the show. The police thought she or rather the Sonozaki family were behind the killings but that wasn’t exactly the case. If she wanted to get rid of Hiroshi she would’ve done it a long time ago. I’m unsure why they’d want to kill him in the first place though. Also, I’d say that it’s possible that Isuzu’s strange behavior is due to her brother. Btw, have they ever mentioned their parents? It makes a difference. ❗

    Umineko and Higurashi and completely different shows. I usually stop reading when someone makes the claim that they are the same as his or her main argument. It looks like someone got stuck on the first arc.
    .-= keikakudoori´s last blog ..Ookami Kakushi – 02 : A Little Too Friendly for Comfort – Clingy Girl is still Clingy =-.

    1. Hmm, I don’t remember anything about their parents. In fact, I don’t remember any references to parents, besides Hiro’s dad. You think something happened to Issei and Isuzu’s parents?

      1. In these stories parents in general are absent or their involvement is very little. Because their guidance not to mention restrictions are gone it’s unsure to know what it is really going on. Not to mention we don’t get any additional info on the said characters aside from what we see on screen or hear from their friends and by friends I mean accomplices. That’s not always the case, of course, but it usually is. This is a small town after all.

        We don’t know what kind of life Isuzu and her brother lead or used to lead. Also the lack of parental love could lead Issei to become overprotective and see anyone as an enemy that gets close to her little sister. Yet he doesn’t seem that much concerned, which is strange to say the least. Similarly, Isuzu’s strange love could be her needing somebody else to care for her that is not her older brother. As we’ve seen she displays too much interest for someone she just met a few days ago. It’s irrational. Almost like she knows Hiroshi or least he reminds her of someone else. A safe bet is that Hiroshi is a symbol of something she doesn’t want to lose. Maybe one of the sacrifices was her own family or a close friend?

        This is a work of Ryukishi07 after all. There are plenty of clues and hints to go around. People just need to look for them. 💡
        .-= keikakudoori´s last blog ..Ookami Kakushi – 02 : A Little Too Friendly for Comfort – Clingy Girl is still Clingy =-.

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