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
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:39 AM)
    *here and there
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:33 AM)
    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:24 AM)
    I also find it easier to get an emotional response from a honest drama, live action film, largely due to the real people doing the acting. Sometimes you get an actor whose just that good too…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    I’ve gotten my odd emotional reaction here from anime and manga but a lot of the time it feels like the jump scare in a generic horror movie, I got shocked but I felt minipulated afterwards it wasn’t genuine, the same goes for some anime/manga drama when it takes a melodramatic turn instead of a bleak, honest one.

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