Posted by psgels on 17 February 2012 with categories: Winter 2012 Kaleidoscope

So, with Black Rock Shooter still in build-up mode, Ano Natsu coming with that horrid beach episode and Smile Precure still in introduction mode, I do have to return again to Inu X Boku. And don’t get me wrong: I have major issues with this series, but despite that, it’s consistently able to put a smile on my face.

This sixth episode was special: it was the first episode that didn’t introduce any new characters (aside from random classmates perhaps), and instead focused on Karuta (the skeleton). And with that, it did a surprisingly good job. At the very least, Karuta just was completely adorable in this episode. And on top of that, I also feel that the rest of the cast emerged from the better.

Still, my big issue with this show still stands: this is a David Production series, and it lacks ambition. Ristorante Paradiso was a unique look at the Iyashi-kei genre with a ton of really old characters who were all very well depicted, Armed Librarians was an awesome roller-coaster ride with awesome storytelling, Level E was one of the best comedies of the recent years, and Ben-To pushed the boundaries of the fanservice comedy genre. And here we have Inu X Boku… where we follow a bunch of half-youkai. This charm of the characters is nice, but this just isn’t up to their usual standards. Of course, it’s far from their worst (I mean, Dogs was an awful OVA), but still: I’d hate them to turn into another Manglobe.

Also, main character: the next time try to confirm that the monster you killed is actually dead… before turning your back to it.
Rating: * (Good)

6 Responses

  1. Random_Passerby_Number_612 says:

    Umm… The monster she had incapacitated is immortal. So confirming if it’s dead point is invalid. However, not turning one’s back to the youkai before it has left for good is good advice.

    Also, that ending theme was adorable.

  2. jzar says:

    I couldn’t really find the charm in this even in the manga. I think it’s just not that good of a basic story. To me it seems like it was trying to copy some elements from Fruits Basket. Where fruits basket was very charming, this just… isn’t.

    I really did try to like it. :(

  3. David A. Young says:

    This is not a series I’d go out of my way to watch — and certainly won’t buy — but I do find it mildly enjoyable. And the main character’s realization of what was giving her heart palpitations, and her subsequent outburst, actually made me laugh out loud.

  4. xxxholicwing says:

    Idk, is it just me or I find Karuta X Watanuki a cuter couple than Shoushi x Ririchiyo? Anyway, at least, this episode redeems this series…for a while.

  5. Anca says:

    You could say that this is the same genre as Otome Youkai Zakuro: anime that is at its roots a shoujo, bishonen and all, but with such females and hints of fanservice that it might as well be targeted towards males. Before Zakuro, there was Touka Gettan ages ago that also did this, although it was much more ambitious. These types of anime are my guilty pleasure. It also feels like that genre of adventure shoujo series that almost died out by now to which series like Tactics belong.

    …and I love how they hint that the bodyguard has had sex with both the guys from episodes 4 and 5-, and many others.

  6. mj says:

    I kinda like this series and I think this episode has been one of the best of it so far because it didn’t have so much useless fanservice bad comedy in it. Also the exaggerated “Oh I’m soooo happy to just breath the same air as you” stuff had been toned down considerably here. The comedic elements felt much more natural this time, too, making this episode alltogether quite an enjoyable watch.

    Let’s hope they can keep it up like that because I like the premise and the characters.
    It’s just that this series (or the producers of the anime) doesn’t seem to have a very good grasp on atmosphere so far, which always leaves me with the feeling that something is missing, like “this could be really good if only…”

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 12:35 AM)
    Its a bit long and gets kind of fillerly/draggy in the middle
    But I enjoy it enough to see myself putting it on my favourites list, its unpredictable, evolving and addicting. I’d recommended it strongly.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 12:33 AM)
    The artwork still looks good today and hasn’t aged badly.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 12:32 AM)
    There are also alot of stories going on at once. Theres stuff about politics, rascism, epidemics, rogue AI in there too.
    Hopefully the author can tie it all together.
    My issues with it so far I guess would be that I suppose it gets a bit overwhelming at times, it can be a little disjointed in parts, I would like a greater expansion of all it brings up/has on its plate. But as it is its a cool action flick manga that has at least some heart and brains to it.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 12:27 AM)
    It delivers well enough on the character backstories, has a solid emotional core, finds room for cyberpunk, war, espionage, I don’t even mind the gangster stuff, the world is interesting and theres always plenty going on and theres never a shortage of gorehound action/violence far away. Ontop of that it can call itself good enough to stand among appleseed, ghost in the shell and blame/biomega.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 2. 2015 12:20 AM)
    Currently up to volume 11 of Eden its an endless world. And, given that I’ve been so long at this anime/manga thing its not often enough that I find something that can still blow me away. But this manga is like a narcotic I can’t get off and I’m genuinely impressed with it. I even started BUYing the volumes.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 04:54 PM)
    Speculating is very hard with the current state of things
  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 04:53 PM)
    I’m looking forward to how it’ll unravel.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 03:21 PM)
    @Bam, I was thinking of 8/10 too. The extra 0.5 is out of bias.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 11:52 AM)
    @ratsgnoF: just look at Yukinon. She has major problems to get over before she can consider a relationship with anyone. In the end Haruno was right: she relies on Hachiman too heavily and it isn’t good. If anything they need space to let her disentangle her emotions and find solid ground to her life.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 10:42 AM)
    Now time to watch Fate/Zero and see what the fuss was all about.

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