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Ookami Kakushi, also translated as Wolfed Away, is the story of a 16 year old boy, Hiroshi Kuzumi, who has recently moved into a new town in the mountains. The town is separated into new and old streets by the river, and many mysterious local customs still remain. Although confused and enjoying his new life, one person keeps her distance from him: class committee member Nemuru Kushinada. In their few encounters she gives him a word of advice: "Stay away from the old streets."The title is a play on the words o-kami ("god"), ookami ("wolf"), and kamikakushi ("spirited away"). The original Visual Novel came out on PSP in 2009, and the 12 episode anime adaptation, produced by AIC began airing in Japan on January 8, 2010 on Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS).Noteworthy is that the character design is by the mangaka duo Peach-Pit of Shugo Chara! and Rozen Maiden fame, amongst other works, and the original scenario is by Ryukishi07 of When They Cry fame (who was still in the middle of writing Umineko: When They Cry at the time).Currently has a half-filled out Character Sheet. Feel free to contribute.
This series exhibits the following tropes:
An Aesop: Hiroshi felt the need to point one out at the end of episode 11
Animal Motifs: Wolves are featured prevalently in Jouga, which is fitting...
Compressed Adaptation: The main reason the anime is hard to follow is because it is essentially made up of all the different arcs from the original VN, and then each arc is compressed and tied together to create one, singular storyline. This leads to a bit of confusion.
Conspicuous CG: All over the place in the anime, but the most conspicuous is Mana in her wheelchair.
Cosplay: Usaeru Nemuru and Isuzu and Kaname's maid/waitress uniforms in episode 12.
Diabolus Ex Machina: More than a few of the Bad Ends in the Visual Novel are downright cruel. Some can be achieved by simply making the wrong choice, but even when you appear to make the right choice, or combination of choices, that will lead you to a good end, expect those hopes to be ruthlessly dashed the second you hear the music that plays over the "bad end" credits.
Dream Melody: The Jouga Counting Song, first heard in each week's next episode trailer, gradually begins to enter the story for real. You'd better believe it's plot-important.
Facefault: Nemuru gets her turn around this trope in episode 12.
Fanservice: Every time a female Kamibito tries to seduce Hiroshi.
Fan Disservice: The maid in the second half of episode 12 advances on Hiroshi while simultaneously unbuttoning her uniform top and flashing her best Slasher Smile.
Fantastic Racism: Half the town's residents, the "divine", against the "fallen" other half. Or, as the Visual Novel refers to them, the "Kamibito" and the "Ochibito". The anime doesn't make the distinction between them.
This is expanded on further in the Visual Novel. The tension between them rises to the point where there's serious talk of eliminating the Ochibito, and, in the final arc, there's even a town war between the two groups. Also see Fantastic Slurs below.
Fantastic Slurs: Sakaki coins the term "Kyujin" in reference to the Kamibito, because of how they act like "dogs" towards certain smells. It doesn't take long for the Fridge Horror to set in as to why this is so horribly racist in that context.
Funny Background Event: After Nemuru's hooded assistants appear to change her into her Karibito garb in episode 12, we later see them sitting at booths in the cafe in the background. One is drinking a soda while watching Hiroshi being molested by the yakuza. They're also later seen randomly holding up Japanese-flag fans behind Nemuru's grandfather.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: All over the place. The wolf masks with glowing red eyes are bad enough, but when human eyes start turning red as well, you know bad things are about to go down.
Riddle for the Ages: For the anime, at least: Why and how does Nemuru's hair change color only when she's wearing her "hunting" gear? Made more inexplicable by having her change clothes on-camera, with no attention to her hair.
Sinister Scythe: At night, Nemuru patrols the city hunting down fallen Kamibito.
Sneeze Cut: Hiroshi's father and the creepy maid, both in episode 12.
Spit Take: Hiroshi in episode 12 when he hears that the TV station is coming to town.
Star-Crossed Lovers: Poor Hiroshi and Isuzu in their arc together in the Visual Novel. When the good end of that arc is Isuzu committing suicide and dying in a grief-stricken Hiroshi's arms you know this trope has struck with a vengeance.