Given this was the second last episode of the series (though, judging by the previews for next week, Episode 12 will be a write off, which makes me wonder why they even bothered with a 12th episode), I’d come to accept the fact that Sakaki’s final plan of revenge had to be something “simpler” like flooding the village by breaking the dam. So this week, when he 100% FAILED to see his plan through, I was more than just disappointed.
Here are a few tips for the future you don’t have, Sakaki: When you say you’re going to break a dam to flood a village, BREAK THE DAM. Blow it up. Or at the very least, blow the control panel up so that the hatch can’t be closed and the water can’t be stopped. Two: work on your aim. I get that you’re more of a knife-wielding maniac, but out of your five shots, you only managed to kill one Wolf – the one who walked in front of your gun. Maybe you weren’t really trying. (You could have at least shot Hiroshi.)
Though, I have to admit that Hiroshi standing between Sakaki and the others to protect them was the single bravest thing he’s done the entire series. At least he wasn’t as in the way as I thought he would be running after the others like he did. If he only died for them, then we could praise him as a hero! But in the end, it was Kaori who saved them all by sacrificing herself (FlareKnight you were right on with some of your predictions! Though this might not be the exact method of sacrifice you’d envisioned). In that way, I was a little disappointed with Kaori as a character too because she was the greatest mystery going through the series and exited more or less unexplained. What was wrong with her regarding her physical condition? Were all the other Shrine Maidens suffering from the same vein problem? Why was being a Shrine Maiden such a solemn role to take on? And I was also disappointed that there was no surprising relation between Kaori and Mieko. I feel like they could have done more with the fact that they look exactly the same (aside from causing Sakaki internal struggle because that’s a given) – or could have been the same person! But alas, the plot was just too simple to accommodate that in the end.
Why they spent ten minutes at the end focusing on Hiroshi calling Nemuru by her first name I’ll never know. It felt like a time killer to me. Did anyone feel like the story wrapped up a little too easily? Just because Sakaki is gone and the village is “safe”, it doesn’t change the fact that Hiroshi is the most delicious smelling non-Wolf in Jougamachi. It also doesn’t change the fact that there aren’t enough Hassaku to help suppress the Wolves’ impulses, nor does it mean that there is enough medication to go around. Sure Nemuru’s Uncle’s research is going to produce something that will help them in the long run, but what about the present? That’s not something that can be – or should have been – so easily over-looked, I feel.
All in all, the series was… okay. It started slow but in the middle, it really picked up and it had potential. Unfortunately, in the end, that potential went to waste. The mystery behind the story was much simpler than I’d hoped it to be, and while it was easy to follow and understand (in retrospect), I still wish there were a few more twists to throw us off. Foreshadowing is one thing, but predictability is completely different and not so enjoyable (though personally, I’m terrible at predicting anything – like when I was adamant that Nemuru was not the Huntress; whoops). I’m glad I watched Ookamikakushi, but I doubt it’ll be a series I re-watch ever.
And because the previews for next week’s episode seem completely unrelated to the actual plotline, I’m treating this episode as the end. I may put together a review for Episode 12 depending on how it turns out.