Shiawase Apartment no Okojo-san

(Okojo-san of the Happy Apartment)

Rating: 3 Rampages

Episodes seen: 1 of ? Okojo

This whacked-out "cute animal" show is up there in the running for funniest series of the year. It takes a classic plot a stranger in a strange land and runs wild with it in this story of a little white Japanese ermine ( an okojo ) and his adventures with his laconic "master" and the various animals and people that come into Okojo-san's life. This strange crossover from the "LaLa" manga is certainly aimed at kids, particularly pre-teen girls, but it has a lot more in common with the recently completed "Jungle wa Itsumo Hare Nochi Guu" than "Hamtaro". Despite its origin and time slot, "Okojo-san" is not really a little kid's show, unless the little kids are from the Addams Family.

Herself the Elf sez: Ah, the heartwarming tale of a man and his ferret (ermine, actually, but they're similar). Yup, this is one freaked-out show, although it's got nothing on Puni Puni Poemi...or, for that matter, Hare and Guu. Okojo-san is wacky and funny, but not brain-meltingly wacky, which is far more comfortable for most people.

The animation is fairly low-budget CG with bright colours, but it's cute and it suits the style of the show. The characters are kooky and silly, but it's nice to see that the animals do act as animals should (to a degree) if you poke your finger at what is essentially a wild animal, it *will* bite you. The storylines are farily simple, but they're done well and with humour. Okojo is very bossy and adversarial, and kicks the asses of pretty much everybody around him--he's simply a joy to watch, and his gerbil sidekick is just adorable. Okojo-san's not as gross or freaky as Ebichu, but just as funny, especially when the bishie vet with an ermine fetish shows up. ^_~; The music's nothing to write home about, but all in all Okojo-san shows a lot of promise and I definitely want to see more. Recommended.

Available fansubbed.

Created 02-02-03