Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji, als known as Wolf Girl and Black Prince, is based on the eponymous manga by Ayuko Hatta. The anime consists of twelve episodes and follows the life of Erika Shinohara, a self-absorbed 16 year old girl who brags about her boyfriend to her friends on a daily basis. The only problem is that she doesn’t really have a boyfriend.
When Erika’s friends ask her to show them a picture of her perfect boyfriend she doesn’t know what to do, until she spots a cute guy walking down the street. Without thinking about it she snaps a picture of him with her cellphone and runs off. When she later shows this picture to her friends she realizes the gravity of the mistake she made, the guy in the picture goes to the same school as her! Her friends waste no time to approach the boy, Kyouya Sata, but Erika manages to talk to him in private and begs him to go along with her lie. Kyouya is known for being a friendly, good-looking and popular guy. This is why Erika is unaware of what she’s getting herself into. Kyouya agrees, but only if she becomes his pet ‘dog’. His true identity shines through very quickly as he orders Erika to do humiliating things for his amusement.
It was to be expected in a romance themed anime that Erika would fall in love with her fake boyfriend Kyouya. This was predictable, but didn’t make the anime any less interesting for me. In real life you don’t get to pick and choose who you fall in love with and the power struggle between Kyouya and Erika makes for funny and unexpected scenes.
The predictable storyline could make the anime less interesting than another romance anime with a more original storyline. It’s clear from the very beginning that Erika will fall in love with Kyouya and that he’ll eventually fall for her as well, but how this happens is still a surprise. If you like to watch anime with love-hate relationships then this is definitely an anime for you!
Kyouya’s unchanging personality was the funnest aspect of this anime to me, he doesn’t turn into a spontaneous and friendly guy along the way. It’s not in his character, but that’s exactly what makes the story a bit more believable. Erika doesn’t change much either, she is very naïve and as the story progresses she becomes better at handling her interaction with her fake boyfriend.
If you feel like reading the manga after you’ve watched the anime, or before for that matter, a new chapter is released around every 2 to 3 months. This isn’t often or much, but at least the story continues which is something I can always appreciate. This way you don’t have the lingering feeling of ‘what happens next’ after a short anime like this one.
Studios: TYO Animations
Started airing: 2nd of October 2014
Number of episodes: 12