Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi Original Soundtrack “Otogibako” – Review

Album Title: Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi
Original Soundtrack “Otogibako”
Anime Title: Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi or
Ookami-san and Her Seven Companions
Artist: Megumi Oohashi, May’n, OToGi8 (Louise Sfozur,
Miku Doll Charlotte, Nana Hamasaki, Sayuri Hara, Shiori Izawa,
Shiori Mikami, Wanae Ookubo, Yukafin Doll)
Catalog Number: VTCL-60227
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: September 22, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia


Tracklist

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Track Title Artist Time
1. Youkoso! Otogihanashi he Megumi Oohashi 1:45
2. Ready Go! (TV Size) May’n 1:32
3. Subtitle Megumi Oohashi 0:08
4. Otogi Gakuen Gakusei Sougo Fujo Kyoukai Megumi Oohashi 2:13
5. Itsumono Nichijou Megumi Oohashi 1:52
6. Minaidee~ Megumi Oohashi 1:41
7. Sanpomichi Megumi Oohashi 1:44
8. Kasha no Kimochi Megumi Oohashi 1:50
9. Tohoho… Mina Kubota 1:38
10. Shizukanaru Onna no Tatakai Megumi Oohashi 1:36
11. Makeruka! Megumi Oohashi 1:32
12. Yowatta na~ Megumi Oohashi 1:46
13. Kyou Wa Oyasumi Megumi Oohashi 1:35
14. Omoi Megumi Oohashi 1:59
15. Sakusen Kaigi Megumi Oohashi 2:01
16. Action Megumi Oohashi 1:42
17. Contest! Megumi Oohashi 2:02
18. Taisetsu na Kokoro Megumi Oohashi 2:29
19. Eyecatch Megumi Oohashi 0:08
20. Karen na Onnanoko Megumi Oohashi 2:25
21. Hontou no… Megumi Oohashi 2:08
22. Otoko Rashiissu ne. Megumi Oohashi 1:38
23. Ano ne. Megumi Oohashi 2:27
24. Watashi wo Shinjite Megumi Oohashi 2:03
25. Yasashii Kokoro Megumi Oohashi 2:24
26. Hisou Megumi Oohashi 2:09
27. Anyaku Megumi Oohashi 2:16
28. Bikou Megumi Oohashi 1:43
29. Sennyuu Megumi Oohashi 2:16
30. Kinchou Megumi Oohashi 1:42
31. Arawaru! Megumi Oohashi 1:49
32. Niramiai Megumi Oohashi 2:01
33. Ketsui Megumi Oohashi 1:56
34. Battle Megumi Oohashi 2:00
35. Kanashii Kioku Megumi Oohashi 2:16
36. Ryoko he no Omoi Megumi Oohashi 2:25
37. Taisetsu na Nakama Megumi Oohashi 2:04
38. Akazukin-chan Goyoujin (TV Size) OToGi8 1:32
39. Medetashi Medetashi Megumi Oohashi 1:51
40. Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi no Theme Megumi Oohashi 1:37

Review: In composing the music to Ookami-san, Megumi Oohashi’s decision to stick with simple, dreamy melodies and ambiance is no accident. The anime focuses on reinterpreting well-known fairy tales through a modern lens while also building up character relationships. To match it, the music follows that premise by dispensing with a tracklist consisting of a mix of light, pleasant pieces to capture day to day life, ambient mood-setters during the introspective moments, and energetic electric guitar pieces for the action scenes. Save for a handful of pieces, Ookami-san’s soundtrack isn’t all too memorable; that said, it works best as tranquil background fare because it doesn’t distract one’s attention from the anime.

The first track, “Youkoso! Otogihanashi he,” is one of the memorable pieces. Starting with a slow, quaint oboe air, “Youkoso!” builds up nicely in its depiction of the early morning with a dreamy aura that soon picks up through a burst of energy carried by the lively xylophone sequence that works to waken you with its light taps. Soon, the sun’s warmth seeps in, driven by the violin’s elegance, which brings the opener to a wonderful close with its optimism for what the new day brings.

Youkoso! Otogihanashi he

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And yet, the dreamy feel is far from gone. “Otogi Gakuen Gakusei Sougo Fujo Kyoukai’s” slow tempo, combined with the flute melody, lulls you with its soothing sound and measured steps that leave you brimming with quiet contentment. The lethargy it induces is not unpleasant as the background piano and accordion sweep you gently along while leaving you feeling light and carefree. “Omoi” complements this general aura with its synth tones that calmly envelope you with their warmth as the languid flute part drifts to and fro, thereby rendering a tranquil, introspective moment fittingly. There are moments when the emotional turmoil pierces the calm surface, as it does in “Hontou no…’s” heartrending piano introduction, but in that instance, it quickly recedes, restoring the mood through a trickling of hope and joy.

Omoi

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Hontou no…

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Although this album is dominated by balmy tracks, Oohashi does vary it up a bit by cultivating a wide variety of styles and genres to make this soundtrack more engaging. Towards the beginning, “Itsumono Nichijou” departs from the calmness with a jaunty piano tune that hearkens back to the early day of vaudeville even if it drawls on just a bit long. “Contest!” is more to my liking as the track takes on the form of a march, complete with an opening fanfare that segues into an animated, yet regal section led by the violins with flute trills to back it up. But it’s not until you reach close to the end that you encounter a major genre shift into the realm of rock music.

Contest!

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Starting with “Arawaru!” and ending with “Ketsui,” Oohashi delivers a trio of electric-guitar driven tracks that evoke action, tension, and determination. Of the three, “Ketsui” is my favorite. The pianos lead off grimly and once the electric guitar makes its entry, not only do you feel the hopelessness and despair that issues forth through the buildup, the release is also exquisite, exhibiting purpose and determination. The other two are a mixed bag, though “Arawaru!” isn’t too bad in its use of punk rock to depict the action. It’s “Niramiai” that, though initially impressive with its ominous tones, becomes tiring rather quickly because of its repetitive ambiance.

Ketsui

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That problem isn’t resigned to just “Niramiai” either. If there’s one major complaint that can be leveled towards this album, it’s that there are one too many repetitive ambient tracks that receive little in the way of melodic development. Pieces like “Yasashi Kokoro’s” dull ethereal electronica and “Sennyuu’s” uninteresting ostinatos that never do anything interesting beyond the addition of other instruments grate on my nerves. While the reason why these tracks exist is to complement the scene, it just doesn’t work all too well when actively listening to it on a standalone basis. That said, its dullness makes for some decent homework music since it won’t be too distracting.

Sennyuu

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Despite this niggling issue, Megumi Oohashi demonstrates some solid compositional chops through Ookami-san’s soundtrack. The pieces that are upbeat, dreamy, serene, or any combination of the three, are solid, and she’s also adept at sculpting melancholy tracks like a less-skilled version of Chopin. That effectively means she’s got a ways to go before being able to write something truly memorable, but for what it is, Ookami-san’s is a good start. So in this case, all’s well that ends well. Right?

Medetashi Medetashi

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Rating: Decent

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13 thoughts on “Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi Original Soundtrack “Otogibako” – Review

  • November 17, 2010 at 4:52 am
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    I don’t really know, I found a great amount of them to be somewhat similar, and like the ED, imminently forgettable. But the last track was good in my opinion 😀

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  • November 18, 2010 at 1:56 am
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    @Valence
    I do agree that it’s one of those soundtracks that you can do homework to and it’s pretty good if you have something else to hold your attention since it’s not going to hugely inspire and will actually be worse if you listen to each track carefully in hopes of a masterpiece. I did think the ED was pretty awesome in that oh god it’s horrible kind of way. But it does leave a good impression because of the chiptunes though!

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  • November 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm
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    I’m assuming that the Xylophone in the first sample occurs later in the track? The high-pitched instrument playing in the sample is either a high-register Celesta, Music Box, or Glockenspiel.

    From the samples presented, the soundtrack sounds quite static as well a pinch of daintiness. I would definitely find this appealing for background music when I’m working on my Theory homework, on a low volume of course…

    I’m sure the soundtrack has its gold nuggets lying around unrevealed in the samples. Nice Soundtrack to cover. Definitely check out that Hayate no Gotoku soundtrack if you still haven’t ;). I finally got around to ordering it and awaiting its arrival.

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    • November 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm
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      @Rhythmroo
      I’m probably incorrect here since I have difficulty trying to tell xylophonic instruments apart (for that matter, I’ve been having issues with reed instruments too :p). Based on the youtube samples for each, I’m inclined to say that it’s a Glockenspiel.

      On the whole, it is a pretty static soundtrack and it doesn’t have the type of engagement I’d prefer to have. It’s hard to fault it beyond that and some of the general repetitiveness, and so, I had a problem in rating it since it teetered between Good and Decent… and Good won out in this case.

      As for nuggets… nah. If you weren’t able to find the samples to your liking, I’d give it a pass. It’s not worth your time. Hayate no Gotoku though… yeah, I’ll need to give it the full shot it deserves.

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  • November 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm
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    Anyone know the name of the BGM with the kickass violin part that plays in episode 11 when they try to break in the school?

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  • November 22, 2010 at 12:55 am
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    @iode
    Can’t really help you there since I never watched the show. Perhaps, someone who has seen it will come along 😛

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  • November 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm
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    I’m a sucker for music like Omoi and Hontou no… Medetashi Medetashi isn’t bad either. I don’t know if any of this is particularly memorable though. Well, certainly not Senyuu.

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  • November 24, 2010 at 12:22 am
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    @Yi
    It’s good mood music and if I could term a genre for unobtrusive music that’s good for doing homework, this one would be pretty decent for that. It’s not memorable, but bits and pieces are solid enough that it’s enjoyable without being distracting.

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  • November 24, 2010 at 10:53 am
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    I thought the ballad pieces stood out. You didn’t like “ano ne”? They are simple, but that’s why they’re so good, IMO. Similar to the way Yukari Hashimoto does solo instrument ballads, but not as ambiguous in their harmonies. Hashimoto likes to waver and flutter around, using a lot of color tones. Oohashi’s ballads, like Hashimoto’s, are not complex in their texture or instrumentation, but are so…innocent? It’s hard to explain.

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  • November 25, 2010 at 1:42 am
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    @lelangir
    “Ano ne…” does have that mix of heartful, enchanting, sleepy tones to it that really works when I’m doing something else like when I’m gaming, writing, or doing something in tandem with the music since it doesn’t distract my attention and provides a good bit of background ambiance. Because of that, it’s not really music that’s made to be heavily focused upon.

    I do totally agree with the whole innocence bit though. The whole idea of this fairy-tale-ish show being set to this kind of music feels fitting and I don’t think I’d have it any other way despite some of my grumblings. And if you link fairy tales -> childhood -> innocence, the bonds are even stronger.

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  • March 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm
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    Anyone know the name of the BGM with the kickass violin part that plays in episode 11 when they try to break in the school?

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    • March 17, 2011 at 12:42 am
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      @bona88milan
      You’ll have to ask someone who’s seen the anime. Hopefully someone pokes around here with a response!

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  • October 6, 2015 at 12:04 pm
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    So,did you guys find it ?

    the OST in the episode 11 when they were trying to break down the Onigashima school ?

    I tried all song on the OST album but I didn’t find it.

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