At Otogi Academy, there is an organization that helps people out, the Otogi Bank. Headed by the Kiriki cousins, Liszt and Alice, their members consist of the maid Tsurugaya Otsuu, the mad scientist/witch Majolica le Fay, the couple of Otohime Ryugu and Taro Urashima, and a prominent fighting duo, Ryoko Okami and Ringo Akai, the wolf and Little Red Riding Hood. One day, Ryoko is confessed to by the painfully shy Ryoshi Morino, who finds himself shanghaied into joining the Otogi Bank to help people.Based on a series of light novels, an anime adaptation, Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi or Okami-san and Her Seven Companions, which takes its name from the first novel in the series, was produced by JC Staff and aired in the summer of 2010.Licensed by FUNimation in 2011, with the DVD/Blu-Ray released in April 2012. Not related to Ōkami.
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Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Onigashima High's student council president, Shiro. He claims to have only arrived recently and therefore not every student accepts him yet, but some of the other characters point out that the coordinated attacks could only have been pulled off if he were already in control of them.
A-Cup Angst: Both Ringo and Ryoko. It's the one thing that always gets a rise out of them, and is responsible for the narrator getting punched.
A Day In The Lime Light: Some of the secondary Otogi bank characters get some episodes devoted largely to them, such as Otohime in Episode 3, Otsu in Episode 4. Ringo gets some much needed Character Development in Episode 9 when we learn more about her backstory.
Also of mention is Majolica. When we finally see what she looks like without her Nerd Glasses in the opening credits (briefly) and later in Episode 4, it turns out that she's pretty to the point that Generic Cuteness doesn't cover it. Subverted a bit in that none of the characters call any attention to her during the scene in which it happens.
Although much more subtle, potentially used with Ryoko towards Ryoshi, as evidenced by his determination to help her despite her repeated attempts to reject him or push him away. Her attitude towards him and life in general seems to lighten up more as a result. And arguably why she befriended Ringo as well.
Cannot Spit It Out: Averted with Ryoshi, who immediately confesses to Ryoko in the first episode. However, played straight with Ryoko, who constantly either avoids the issue altogether, or something else happens that then requires their attention and is forgotten. Machiko calls Ryoko out on this in Episode 12, and she still doesn't exactly give a clear answer.
Chekhov's Skill: Episode 2. Ryoshi informs Ryoko that his Akitas are hunting dogs. This comes into play later in the episode, when Ryoshi uses them to track Ryoko's scent to where her abductors have hidden her.
Cruel to Be Kind: The reason Sebastian finds fault with every girl presented as a potential bride for Satou is he knows Satou and his childhood friend have a mutual crush and both would be miserable if he chose someone else. Silly Satou had heard a rumor that his friend liked a boy, but decided I Want My Beloved to Be Happy and went looking for another girl without even asking her who the boy she liked was!
Curb-Stomp Battle: Ryoko gets one in the beginning, and later Shiro delivers one to Ryoshi, but the fight is interrupted before they can finish it after Ryoshi manages to land a powerful blow on Shiro.
Cute Bruiser: Ryoko. So much so that she provides the page's image.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Shiro seems to know exactly how to fool the Otogi Bank members, and even utilizes some of their weaknesses against them in Episode 11, such as surrounding Taro with a bunch of bikini-clad girls, and showing a bunch of uniforms to Otsu. Fortunately Liszt is no slouch himself.
Date Peepers: Ringo and Ryoko do this to Ryoshi in Episode 12 when he's on a date with Machiko.
Dead Pan Snarker: The narrator. Sometimes the comments they make are "heard" or noticed by the characters as well.
Denied Food as Punishment: Ringo does this to Ryoko at the end of Episode 6 when the latter tries to hide that something nice happened to her earlier that day from the former.
Distressed Damsel: Averted. While the delinquents in Episode 2 have kidnapped and bound Ryoko, she's not sitting still and waiting for a rescue. We see her actively trying to cut her own ropes before the rest of the team show up to lend a hand.
Fan Disservice: The narrator actually lampshades this during Ryoko's shower scene in the first episode of the dub, if only because of Ryoko's lack of assets.
First Blood: Things got real in Ryoshi and Shiro's fight when Ryoshi's counter drew blood. Until Liszt and Ringo decided to show up.
Formerly Fat: Otohime wasn't always the cute girl she is today. Flashbacks show she was kind of chubby when she was younger, earning her the "turtle girl" nickname.
Fractured Fairy Tale: Most of the characters are based off of fairy tale characters or stories, though the characterizations often have been warped beyond recognition. See the character page for their tales.
Gainaxing: Otsu in the anime's OP, and Momoko all the time.
Hair Antennae: Chuutaro Nezumi has them in the shape of mouse ears. Alice also sports an ant-like pair.
Handsome Lech: Taro. He has a "perfect gentleman" persona that only emerges when Otohime "extracts his essence".
Happily Ever After: The final line of the Light Novels? "After becoming more comfortable with herself, and after growing up and becoming a better man, Ryoko and Ryoshi lived happily ever after, surrounded by their friends."
Karma Houdini: Nezumi's butler. Also, to date Shiro has gotten off very lightly for attempting to rape Ryoko, ruining her reputation at school, forcing her to transfer, warping her personality forever through trauma and kidnapping her twice. That's a lot to get away with.
Kevlard: During Episode 11, one of the Tonda brothers takes a lead pipe to the gut without even flinching.
Large Ham: The narrator, she even talks over the cast. note So much that you'll have to pause it to read the subtitles...
Late for School: Machiko does this very deliberately in an attempt to get Ryoshi's attention, complete with toast in her mouth.
Left Hanging: The anime ends with Ryoko admitting that perhaps she doesn't dislike Ryoshi...to Machiko. She doesn't manage to tell him that, though, leading to No Romantic Resolution with a strong side of Maybe Ever After. Oh, and Shiro is never quite properly dealt with, either. While he's on notice from the Otogi Bank that he'll answer to all of them if he messes with Ryoko again, he's still a complete Karma Houdini for everything he's put her through, and it's never made clear if he takes Lizst's threat seriously enough to leave her alone, or if he'll make yet another attempt later.
Load-Bearing Hero: Episode 11, the shutters are closing on Onigashima High before the heroes can get in to rescue Ryoko. Cue the three not-so-little pigs holding one open for Ryoshi and co.
Loan Shark: The Otogi Bank is an organization of them, although their "loans" are social ones — give them a request and sure, they'll do it, but they'll come back for similar repayment in a "manner that would make professional loan sharks go pale".
Mary Sue Topia: Otogibana City and Otogi Academy are set up to provide a secluded environment where the students can better themselves and use their free will, but Onigashima High was placed there to provide an idea of the negative outside forces the real world has.
Orekko: Ryoko fits both the "masculine pronoun" and "tomboyish appearance" parts of the trope.
Otogi Bank Calls For Aid: Liszt called in some of the favors the Bank had raked up in the request sale to get some back-up at the Big Battle at Onigashima High Part Two.
Pair the Spares: Not so much in the romantic sense, but Otsu and Majolica are often paired as a duo, since the other members of the Otogi Bank have long histories with another member (Ryoko and Ringo, Liszt and Alice, Taro and Otohime).
Power Fist: Kitty train-brass-knuckles-boxing-gloves are Ryoko's weapon of choice, ironic considering her "Wolf" nickname. It was later upgraded to act like a stun gun, then later to meow on impact. One more upgrade could result in a moe singularity.
Product Placement: Shiro's computer seems to have Windows 7 onboard, even with recognizable Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player icons on taskbar and also network, sound and alerts tray icons. Liszt is also seen with an iPad.
All of the image songs seem to count as well. Aside from Ryoko's (which goes for a remix of said ending), the most obvious are Otsu's ("Tsubasa wo Kudasai") and Majolica's ("Rouge no Dengon", the main theme to Kiki's Delivery Service).
Real Trailer, Fake Movie: Episode 8 opens and closes with scenes from Ringo's take on "The Three Little Pigs" as extra chubby terrorists who challenge our heroes to Cooking Duels in an over-the-top fashion. It's only when Taro turns off the screen that we find out it was a video.
Saying Too Much: After her bout with Easy Amnesia, Ryoko is walking home with Ringo. Ryoko informs Ringo that she doesn't remember anything from the time where she had regressed to her younger self. When Ringo asks Ryoko if she's hungry, Ryoko tells her she's still full from the parfait she ate. Except she ate that parfait during the time she claims she can't remember. Ringo quickly realizes that Ryoko does indeed remember, and uses that information to blackmail her into wearing a cute little ribbon in her hair.
Selfless Wish: Ringo's reason for being in Otogi Bank after Episode 8. She uses her wish to get her half-sister, Himeno, a scholarship so she can afford college.
She Is Not My Girlfriend: Inverted, Ryoshi immediately confesses to Ryoko in Episode 1. While the series goes on, she seems to lighten up a little bit, but still largely refuses to acknowledge anything between them. Ringo constantly calls her out on it and teases her about it as a result.
She's Got Legs: Ryoko. One could wonder why she doesn't kick when fighting.
Shout-Out: Loads of fairy tales and loads of anime.
Ami also counts. After being given an umbrella by one of the baseball players, she starts sneaking into his house to do chores/make dinner...and roll around in his bed and look at his girly mags (Ringo, of course, finds this delightful in an even creepier way).
Stealth Hi/Bye: Ringo does this at least once, and the club president does this as well occasionally.
Storming the Castle: Well, it's a high school, but otherwise played straight. Done twice, once during Episode 5, and again in 11.
Sugar and Ice Personality: Alice. Just look at Episode 9. In the light novels, she calls Liszt "Likkun" when they're alone together, which she also slips up a does a couple of times in the anime.
Teenage Wasteland: Essentially Onigashima High School, complete with dust flying around and decrepit walls filled with graffiti.
Theme Music Power-Up: The second episode sees the OP start to play when all of the Otogi members show up to save the day.
Same thing happens near the end of the final episode.
There Are No Adults: Well technically there are, but they're pretty nonexistent. Otherwise one would have to wonder how all these fights happen in the first place. Especially at Onigashima High School.
Token Mini-Moe: Ringo. She and Usami actually get in a fight about this in Episode 3 because of "character overlap".
Tomboy: Ryoko is one of the more extreme examples of this trope — her syntax and Japanese grammar is completely masculine, up to and including using the coarse-masculine pronoun of "ore" (as opposed to the feminine "watashi" and "atashi") when referring to herself.