Monday, 25 August 2008

Wagaya no Oinari-sama - Episode 16

If episode fifteen of Wagaya no Oinari-sama seemed to suggest that the Byakki arc of this series was (at least temporarily) over, then think again, as it continues apace here.

Perhaps unsurprisingly considering her supposed power, it doesn't take Byakki (or Shiro, as we first knew her) much to escape from the Oni, where of course she makes her way back to Tooru regardless of the interest of the Oni in claiming back their most prized possession.

Interesting and rather inevitable though this all was, I have to confess that personally this particular storyline was once again overshadowed by the ever-wonderful Sakura - I know I've said it before, but someone needs to get this girl her own show! Never mind demon foxes and oddly powerful white-haired girls, Sakura's misunderstandings and ponderings about Noboru's relationship with Kuu and Kou trumps it every time, and in an extremely funny fashion to boot. Although on that note, what was Miyabe's comment about Noboru's "scent" all about? Time for a change of socks perhaps?

Anyway, this was another pretty good episode, and even ignoring Sakura's fantastic turn as neurotic wannabe girlfriend it was a solid enough outing that sews the seeds for an intriguing continuation of this particular story arc (which in itself has proved to be one of the better ones on offer so far throughout this series). It's taken a long time to get to this point, but I finally find myself getting drawn into this series properly.

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