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Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyō
While attempting to be unique as a comedy, I was mostly indifferent to watching Dog and Scissors. The show's efforts at comedy stem from the chemistry between Kazuhito and Kirihime, as well as several of the eccentric characters they run into either serving as writing rivals to Kirihime or being acquaintances of hers. For the most part, episodes either are self-contained with their plots or are contained in arcs of two to three episodes with the only continuity between them being the addition of other characters into the title's comedy. Like any pure comedy title, your enjoyment of this series greatly depends on how receptive you are to it's comedy. Seeing as I had little interest in the style of comedy employed by Dog and Scissors, I highly doubt I'm hopping back to it anytime soon.
Last updated Saturday, April 26 2014. Created Saturday, April 26 2014.
Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyō
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There have been a lot of anime which start off with bizarre premises with a lot of potential to them, but just take the usual harem/fanservice/weak comedy easy way out afterwards. It was clear from the start that InuHasa would need something more than a guy (in the form of a dog) being subjected to bondage by a tsundare girl, while he strikes back by joking about her relatively flat chest. If the comedy isn't funny enough to carry the show, the question becomes whether the basic premise would be the only truly original part of it, or if the remainder of the plot will have unique twists and turns of similar quality. It would be nice if there was some sort of longterm plot, like a search for a way to resurrect Kazuhito as a human again. Better yet, what if Natsuno shook off her sadistic tendencies and became more likeable as the show went along? Or maybe they could collaborate on a book that turns out to be a big success. I don't know why, but a lot of anime comedies seem to fear having any sort of serious longterm plot whatsoever. Maybe it's just because that is more difficult than taking an episodic approach.
As it turned out, InuHasa never did develop much of a longterm plot and remained a pretty episodic show. Early on, the humor didn't seem to be cutting it either, and I was tempted to drop the show. But while watching episode three I noticed that it does have a touch of (relatively) sophisticated humor after all. The initially disturbing bit about the tied-up woman hanging in a net in the OP sequence turned out to have an amusing explanation. It turns out that the comedy of this show is mercurial, being sometimes dull and at other times showing hints of brilliance. Episode five was wacky and outlandish, while number six was pretty domestic and ordinary. Episode eight mystified me; why did all these people go into zombie mode for no apparent reason? The good episodes were what transformed the show from a loser into a winner. Natsuno, and the series in general, is handled in a not-too-serious manner, which makes her cruelty tolerable. The occasional craziness (like the weapon Kazuhito's sister employs) fits in as well. Perhaps there is a delicate balance between how seriously a show is handling reality and just what sort of jokes it is telling which has to be maintained in order for the end product to be entertaining and enjoyable. If that is the case, Hasami did a fairly good job.
There are a series of arcs, in which we meet new writers who are competing with Natsuno, each of which has a bizarre quirk of her own. It helped that the final episode was one of the good ones, as Natsuno gets drunk and acts in an strange way. Kazuhito remains a dog at the end, things will go on as before, but the show managed to eke out enough laughs to be worth watching. It had a silly spirit to it which helped as well.
My favorite line: "What are you, an action hero!?" -Kazuhito
Last updated Wednesday, October 23 2013. Created Thursday, July 04 2013.