Inu x Boku SS [ The Dog and I Secret Service] Episode 01 – First Impressions Review
I found myself taking to this anime quite a bit. It revolves around the character of Shirakiin Riricho, a tsundere type of female protagonist, who has a complex about her own personality and her consistent tendency to insult people without good reason. Although she cannot help but do so, she also desperately hates herself for it. So to remould her character, she enters the Ayakashi Kan. This is an apartment complex which features a Secret Service member per resident. Although Riricho has rejected an SS member to accompany her, Miketsukami Soushi turns up to serve her – she soon learns he was the fox spirit she saved in her past. The plot doesn’t sound majorly original but actually it is quite interesting. This show has action, humour and looks like there is a pretty good story behind it – I’m not sure if there will be a romance as its hard to tell how the characters see each other but either way, I found myself liking it.
The anime doesn’t seem to be trying to follow any kind of over-done character traits. Whilst Riricho might seem like your typical tsundere character, her background and personality actually seem to stretch a bit deep. She seems to have a back story which we as an audience can empathise with but it isn’t overly dramatic or trying to force us into tears. She doesn’t seem cliché and actually just from the first episode alone she actually gives us quite a bit of detail and managed to break any prior conception of her being generic. In the backstory, she is from a prominent family and ever since she was bullied by some people, because of her status, she started to become initially harsh to people without good reason. It does actually seem genuine and I did actually feel quite sorry for her – her situation wasn’t some clichéd over-drama or some sort of ridiculous idiosyncrasy of the tsundere class – she actually had a decent story and one we could relate to. So as a main protagonist, I did like her. Her design was well done and whilst we did get some ecchi-ness and a bit of fan service, it seemed natural. It wasn’t something that was shoved in our faces or portrayed in completely unrealistic situations. Despite there being fan service, it actually wasn’t highlighted nor was it even very explicit – its clear this show isn’t trying to be ecchi, there just are some scenes like that. This isn’t anything like High School DxD – the fan service is barely noticeable and it doesn’t draw any significant attention, rather, it seems very matter of fact. They’ve also given her quite a bit of a humorous role – she isn’t a joke character but she seems to react and have jokes in quite a natural fashion. The humour isn’t exasservated – it just comes out in the natural conversation. Despite her tsundere character, she doesn’t seem to burst into tears and become mushy when she does reveal her proper emotions – if anything, I’d question whether she was a proper tsundere. Either way though, I’ve enjoyed her character thus far and a good main protagonist is always the way forward for a new show.
Another thing I quite liked about this anime was the animation. We do not have an anime with a massive production budget however, for what it does have, the anime does pretty well. We get some really nice colours in this anime and there is a bright atmosphere about the anime. Whilst perhaps graphically, it isn’t stunning, visually, it is presented really well. The use of colour, the lighting in certain environments and the general character designs are coloured really well. Not much is particularly done to make this anime notable in terms of style of delivery which as a supernatural shounen, I was slightly disappointed about but, I guess there are some interesting character transformations. Every character in this seems to he a half monster-half human being and each with their own abilities and transformation – they did look pretty cool and I was impressed at how nicely they were presented. Despite the show having supernatural aspects and there being monsters who will come after them, I do not think this show will turn into much of an action anime, more of a story/mystery anime – especially since it is only scheduled for 12 episodes and the manga is only a few volumes long. So, it is possible that we may get a very odd ending, one that may differ from the manga or they may rush it to get a good ending that will leave viewers wanting more – I guess only time will tell. I can see it falling into a monotone but hopefully, it won’t.
So there are two ways this anime could go. It could be a very atmospheric, (minor) action, shounen with a nice mystery background, a bit of humour and some character development or it could also just turn into episodic mush where the female protagonist cries about her past and her faithful dog cries with her and tells her how wonderful she is. My initial thoughts were more in line with the latter however after watching the episode, I am now of the former opinion. Riricho and Souchi seem to have a good dynamic, there is quite a bit of humour, the characters are likeable so far and I empathise with them and largely, it does seem to be set to deliver some nice visuals and action. Its got a nice formula and it could turn out to be one of the better anime of the Winter 2012 season. I want to find out more about the characters, the story and hope to see some more of the supernatural aspects. So here is to hoping Inu x Boku SS turns out great, with a first impressions score of 8/10 from me.
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