Based on the series of light novels by Masashi Okita, the teen adventure-comedy Okami-san and Her Seven Companions plays off various Western fairy tales, albeit obliquely. At the center of the series is Ryoko Okami, a sort of distaff Big Bad Wolf, who helps run the Otogi Bank, a student organization that grants wishes--on the condition that they be returned someday. The exceedingly shy Ryoshi is hopelessly smitten with Ryoko: like countless other anime swains, he vows to protect her. His heartfelt affection feels misplaced as Ryoko has all the charm of a spitting cobra, and needs about as much protection. She fights with cat-faced boxing gloves that deliver an electronic jolt; Ryoshi's principle weapon is a slingshot and steel pachinko balls. They and the rest of the Otogi Bank group fight with the thuggish kids from Onigashima High, a name that plays off oni, the Japanese word for "demon."