Title: Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou
Summary: The absurd mystery comedy centers around Kazuhito Harumi, a high school boy who is obsessed with reading books. One day, he is killed in the middle of a robbery — and resurrected as a dachshund dog. Unable to read in his new form, the hapless Kazuhito now belongs to Kirihime Natsuno, a sadistic novelist who uses scissors on Kazuhito to abuse him.
Review: Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou was probably one of those anime that caught most people’s attention front the first couple episodes. Maybe even held onto it for the first four, but soon it turned into a mess of pointless banter, stale comedy, and unappealing characters. I ended up being one of the victims of false hope and continued to watch despite knowing nothing was going to come of the series. I don’t really know why I bothered because the romance aspect was more of an awkward bestiality trap that would awaken the socially unaccepted fetishes of its audience. It can’t even be called a harem since a majority of the character couldn’t even hear the dog let alone fall in love with it. Though I think that saved the anime more face value in the end. A mixture of decent art, poor story, poor characters, and poppy music left me with a sour taste in my mouth after watching the final episode.
I’m not going to talk too badly of the art because I really didn’t have anything against it. It seemed to do its job by getting the characters to be unique but not over the top. It also didn’t lose consistency like many other anime who tend to drop off toward the end of the season. Though that might be because they put more money in the art than the story. Of course I wont praise the art either considering the clothing was static, scenes repetitive, and body motion average at best. It didn’t do anything that stood out except maybe creating a character with a giant afro that had birds living inside. Even Natsuno’s trusty saber (scissors) weren’t anything special when you’ve seen them for the thousandth time. I would have probably enjoyed the series more if the cruel messages she cut out of Harumi’s fur were a bit more permanent and not only there for one scene. Sadly I can’t even move on and give this anime praises in other areas because there was nothing much there.
I will say that the anime knew how to draw in an audience because I was truly interested when I saw the first three episodes. I thought that Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou would continue to be a strange comedy, mystery with Natsuno taking the helm. Instead it dropped off and became a sort of romantic, comedy, battle anime splashed with some mystery and dashed with a hint of drama. The anime was all over the place that I could never really keep up or care enough to understand the point. I don’t think that the series really had a point other than to try and be funny and failing at that as well. It’s not necessary that a comedy anime has a story, but if you throw one out at the start (and a pretty decent one at that) you might as well continue with it. They did try to create multiple story arcs and introducing new characters, but no one was interesting enough for me to tag along. I found myself drifting off half way through the season and still not feeling like I missed anything. I was going to question the reason the anime decided to make Harumi into a tiny, useless dog, but I find it difficult to question if I’m readily accepting Harumi’s sister having a chainsaw as a cooking utensil. While the anime may seem like it could’ve been interesting because it was all over the place, it ended up shootings itself in the foot by bringing up the same jokes over and over again. There was no new material from start to finish and for that I say this comedy just couldn’t keep up.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of the cutesy opening “Wan Wan Wan Wan N1” but I was very happy with the way they performed it. They had all the main VA for Harumi (Takahiro Sakurai), Natsuno (Marina Inoue), Akizuki (Yuu Serizawa), Madoka (Kana Asumi), Hiiragi (Shizuka Itou), and Oosawa (Ai Kakuma) sing in the opening of the series. That right there shows the talent of all the VA in this series both new and old. Admittedly the opening music did fit the theme of the anime as well. Even the ending was the same poppy sound but it was still performed by Yuu Serizawa which gives it style points. I’m quite looking forward to what roles she gets in the future. The rest of the OST was the pretty standard comedy BGM that you hear in any other anime.
Final statements: As a comedy this anime isn’t worth watching. As a action this anime isn’t worth watching. As a mystery this anime isn’t worth watching. As a romance this anime is definitely not worth watching. Overall it’s an avoid watch. I suggest picking up your laughs from somewhere else *cough* Servant x Service *cough*.