「いぬとぼく」 (Inu to Boku)
“The Dog and I”
This is the story of a disagreeable young woman and a stupid young man…but not in the same way as most anime. There are no angry tsunderes or perverted peeping toms to be seen here, or if there are, they’re at least not headlining the show. No, our heroine this time is the tiny Shirakiin Ririchiyo (Hidaka Rina), daughter of the noble Shirakiin household and verbally abusive loli extrodinaire. But unlike most characters of that type, Ririchiyo realizes that her words are all just a front, and she hates herself for it. That’s why she has come to the Maison de Ayakashi, to be alone so that she can build up the confidence to interact with people properly.
Now, don’t misconstrue what I’m about to say as a criticism of the show, nor of the writer, nor even of Ririchiyo herself, buuuut that’s a really stupid plan. You want to be alone so you can learn how to be with people? Come now Ririchiyo-chan, you’re only kidding yourself with that junk. Or maybe you honestly think it will work, but it won’t. I know there was some trauma i your past, but the only way to get better at talking to people is to actually do it. Anything else is just self-delusion.
Yet, I have to say that I’m quite fond of Ririchiyo. Her plan is silly, but she honestly wants to change, and I find that admirable. It’s just lucky for her that a certain handsome, loyal and weepy Miketsukami Soushi (Nakamura Yuuichi) arrived a day earlier to become her SS, or her Secret Service agent that waits on her every need. An earnest guy who will do anything for his tiny master, I found myself immediately liking Miketsukami, especially when he was making Ririchiyo-chan uncomfortable. Awww! It’s looking like Miketsukami will be the key towards helping Ririchiyo open up and interact with others. After all, if she can deal with his antics, she should be able to handle anyone.
But let me bring this back to the question I like to ask about every show – is Inu x Boku SS entertaining? Entertaining things certainly happened, from Yukinokouji Nobara (Hikasa Youko) going all yuri-crazy over Ririchiyo’s stockings to Roromiya Karuta (Hanazawa Kana) transforming into a big ass skeleton and then saying she was scared of the human robber she completely owned. Oh, did I mention that? They can all channel spirits, which is why Nobara can become a snow woman and the guy she is guarding, Renshou Sorinozuka (Hosoya Yoshimasa), can turn into a flying cloth monster. …yeah, I’m not really sure what the deal is with that last one, but I’ve seen weirder things, so whatever.
The thing is, I don’t really think any of that is the point. Strange as it may sound, I felt no mystery from the fact that they can all channel spirits. That’s just who they are. No, whether you will enjoy this show will depend on whether you can empathize with Ririchiyo, on whether you can understand the pain of bulling, regret and social anxiety, and whether you too have ever wanted to change yourself for the better. Personally, I can certainly understand these quite well things, having dealt with a couple of them myself, so I feel for Ririchiyo, and want to see her overcome her past. For me this was entertaining show because I was able to get into Ririchiyo’s (very tiny) shoes and really feel for her plight. If you can do that too, you might just find you’ll enjoy Inu x Boku SS as well.
…and if all that fails, David Production was kind enough to include some interesting shots of Ririchiyo. Let’s just say that you don’t need to have a foot, leg or stocking fetish to enjoy this show, but it would probably help 😛
A quick note: I’m not going to be blogging the rest of this show, but I will be watching it, so if you’d like some more Stilts commentary on this or any other shows, feel free to follow me on Twitter.
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OP: 「ニルヴァーナ」 (Nirvana) by ムック (MUCC)
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