Otherside Picnic Episode 8: Attack of the Ninja Cats

I’ve been looking forward to the adaptation of this chapter ever since I read it in the light novel, and here we are. A lass by the name of Akari Seto asks for Sorawo’s help with a very specific problem: she is being attacked by ninja cats.
I’m glad to see that the episode title remains the same as the chapter title in the light novel.

Akari Seto

Akari Seto

In this episode, Akari Seto approaches Sorawo, seeking her help to deal with the ninja cats she is being attacked by. Sorawo takes this absurd story to Toriko and Kozakura, but ultimately she ends up helping Akari.
This phenomenon does not take them into the Otherside, but the world between.

Kozakura

Kozakura hugs a “tanuki”

From what I recall of the light novel chapter, this episode is a pretty spot on adaptation. There is one small detail the light novel touches on that the anime does not: Sorawo’s eye. In the light novel, she admits that sometimes she gets a bit careless about putting her contact lens in. She just happens to be without it when Akari approaches her.

Sorawo and Toriko

It’s just business as usual for Sorawo and Toriko

That delivery that Kozakura signed for will be significant soon, but for the time being we’ll just have to settle for a brief glimpse at it. There’s something slightly more important going on in this episode.
Admittedly it’s also quite absurd, but that is something that is acknowledged by all of the characters involved.

Sorawo & Toriko

Partners in crime

The outfit Toriko is wearing when Sorawo introduces her to Akari is quite different from what the light novel describes. Fortunately, clothes aren’t all that relevant to the plot, so them not being a complete match doesn’t matter all that much. I guess we do miss out on Sorawo casually calling Toriko pretty, though.
Sorawo initially introduces Toriko as “Nishina” to Akari in the light novel. Not that it matters, because Toriko is fine with her given name.

Ninja Cats

Ninja cats

This episode is something of a rarity, as it is not the actual Otherside itself that Sorawo and Toriko venture into. This time around, it is the world between the normal world and the Otherside: the place where the Space-Time Man dwells.
Fortunately, it seems that Sorawo’s eye and Toriko’s hand still function as if they were in the Otherside in the space between worlds.

I’m glad to see this chapter get adapted, but I am still wondering when we’re supposed to get the adaptation of chapter 5. I can see them splitting the adaptation into two episodes, and saving them for the end. That leaves only one more chapter from the omnibus (volumes 1 & 2) to adapt, so we’re potentially headed towards unfamiliar territory for me.
There’s also the possibility of another anime original story, I guess.

Back to this episode, and I enjoyed it a lot. I enjoyed reading it, and seeing it brought to life on screen was a lot of fun, too.

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3 Responses to Otherside Picnic Episode 8: Attack of the Ninja Cats

  1. FoundOnWeb says:

    I see that Wikipedia is now listing two more episodes: “Sannuki-San..” and “Yakiniku by Elevator”. Sannuki is from Vol 3. Yakiniku doesn’t map to any of the four LN volumes I’ve read, and it’s listed as being written by Iori Miyazawa, the LN author and also the one credited with the anime original Ep 3 “Big Heads”, so it might also be an original. Which, as you say, leaves a two part Chap 5 to wrap up this season.

  2. cirno9fan says:

    It was lots of fun! Same as in the LN, it was nice to see them deal with something that wasn’t just outright attempting to kill them (they just wanted the charm).
    Hoping we get the bird box before this ends out. That was a really good chapter

  3. OG-Man says:

    Would be cool to see Akari again. She’ll most likely become a super friend like Kozakura.

    Adachi, I mean Sorawo defending her turf, not allowing any other girl to enter her love nest with Toriko.

    Best action scene yet and it was against Ninja Cats of all things.

    The mystery of Satsuki grows.

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