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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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:30 AM)
    Watchmen was deemed ‘unadaptable’ for about thirty years, so just getting what Snyder got out of the material is a huge success; it is said that what he did was to write a book version of Ingmar’s Holy Mountain. Watchmen is the only graphic novel to ever win a Hugo award and is easily the most intricate and multilayered Alan Moore comic, so it’s no surprise that it continues to top ‘best comics of all time’ charts to this day.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:20 AM)
    I beg to differ. Doctor Manhatten is the most intriguing character of Watchmen and the comic is a giant in ,not only in the comic world, but the history of literature itself. It is a deconstruction of superheros and Dr. M shows how afraid the world would really be when faced with a ‘superman’ and how a creature in such a higher realm of time and perception would show apathy toward humans and their foolish struggles.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:15 AM)
    GitS just won’t work. Maybe in a world before the Matrix, but not now with so many elements of it borrowed liberally by so many franchises in various mediums. Scarlet Johansson is decent in roles that fit her. She was enjoyable in Lost In Translation, but race aside she has nothing in common with Kusanagi. This is a travesty and the franchise is dear to me so it especially burns my ass.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:10 AM)
    While I am no fan of man of steel, Nolan and Snyder, just about anyone would have a hard time taking a difficult character like superman and making him work on screen.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:08 AM)
    Apart from Veidt and Rorshach I could never get into the characters all that much in watchmen. I also found the film overly long and mediocre acted for the larger part. But to each there own. For Alan moores works I always preferred his Miracleman, swamp thing, V for Vendetta stories.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:06 AM)
    Nolan can produce the action plus personal and dark story that Alita would need, and he also brings talent such as composer Hans Zimmer and Cinematographer Sally Pfister to the table. Him and Snyder have too much combined integrity to make a mockery out of Alita like Spielberg did with the GitS license.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:03 AM)
    Well Snyder has respect for his source materials and that is key in anime-to-film adaptations. Hell I’m a big Watchmen fan and I thought his version was (almost painfully) close to the comic. You’re not going to get that anywhere else in Hollywood. Also the combination of Nolan/Snyder is quite different than them individually.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:34 AM)
    And directed it as a co-production with America, using a Japanese cast.
    Yeah…this is impossible…
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    Wait wait…his Van helsing film is a reboot sorry I confused it with the other one.

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