OP: 「わんわんわんわんN_1!!」 (Wan wan wan wan N_1!!) by 犬っ娘くらぶ (Inu Musume Club)
「犬も歩けば棒に当たる」 (Inu mo Arukeba bou ni Ataru)
“Even a Dog will Bump into a Pole when it Walks”
What would a season be without an anime about scissors? As discussed in the latest podcast, scissors are the new “in” thing so be sure to jump on that bandwagon! Luckily, Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou isn’t focused too heavily on the protagonist’s obsession of scissors; rather, it’s about the relationship between an author and her pet dog. So have no worries, this is a show centered more around comedy than it is around fetishes.
Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou starts with the introduction of Harumi Kazuhito (Sakurai Takahiro) who is your typical bookworm. He loves books, reads them religiously, does well in school and he’s seemingly so average that even as a human-being, he’s given a generic body (and no face). His favorite author happens to be Akiyama Shinobu whom is a bestselling author across many genres in Japan, although very little is known about the author. One fateful day, his life ends after he protects a girl in a cafe during a robbery. The robber manages to escape, but unfortunately for Kazuhito, he dies and ends up in limbo for a brief period. By acts of God (and possibly Kazuhito’s strong desire to read Akiyama Shinobu’s books) Kazuhito ends up with a second chance at life – in the form of a dog. He retains his memory and his love of books, but aside from that, nothing seems to be going his way.
As luck would have it, the girl who he saved at the cafe ends up finding him at a pet store and buys him! This girl introduces herself as Natsuno Kirihime (Inoue Marina) and happens to have a strange connection with Kazuhito because she can read his mind. She also hordes a large collection of books in her library, free for Kazuhito to read. This is when he finds out that Kirihime is actually an author herself – and not just any author, but Akiyama Shinobu (his favorite author)! I would think that Kazuhito died and went to heaven, but that’s just about where his luck ends. As it turns out, Kirihime is a bit of a maniac herself and likes to carry around scissors just to torture Kazuhito every time his thoughts get out of line. She also seems to be talented in other areas besides writing, but she’s clearly lacking in the area that matters most to Kazuhito 😉
This pilot episode was a great setup for what’s to come for our unlikely couple. It brings together two strangers and gives the audience a feel of their relationship (even if it’s a violent one). As crazy as Kirihime is, she cares enough about Kazuhito to keep him around and let him indulge in the things he loves (reading and eating). Sounds like a good life to me! The series is actually more than just a comedy about the antics between the two though. Future episodes are going to revolve around mysteries that Kirihime and Kazuhito get themselves involved in – which I’m sure will include Kazuhito’s missing wallet and the cafe robber. Judging by the intro and ending, it looks like there’s also going to be a vast cast of characters to join them so I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of sh*ts and giggles along the way.
As the first episode I watched this season, Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou exceeded my expectations, especially being primarily comedy. It didn’t make me laugh out loud (anime rarely does sadly), but can be a good breather for breaks in-between all the moe and thoughtful anime this season. The characters feel very standard at the moment (with few distinguishing traits) but there’s potential between the two that can lead to many comedic scenes if executed properly. I’m looking forward to see how this actually plays out for the series later on – especially with more mystery tones layered in.
ED: 「レモネイドスキャンダル」 (Remoneido Sukyandaru) “Lemonade Scandal” by 秋月マキシ (Maxi Akizuki)