Inu X Boku SS Review — C+

Ririchihyo decides to strike out from home onto her own, and moves into the Ayakashi Kan, a house where demons gather. There she is assigned a secret service agent, Miketsukami, to guard her, and begins to make friends with the other residents.

This show is easily separable into things I liked and things I didn’t like, so I think I’ll make lists of pros and cons.

Pros

  • Ririchihyo. Her aggressive attitude keeps everyone on their toes. And those legs!
  • Karuta (shown above with lobster). She is too cute, and always eating!
  • Karuta and Watanuki. Gyahh! Karuta is such a tease. And poor Watanuki is led around so easily.
  • The other side characters. We have raging lesbians, a cool older friend, a badass bartender, an SM fanatic, and more. They certainly keep things interesting.
  • Comedy. We have an entire episode devoted to labeling inanimate objects as S and M, and an ED with Karuta eating sweets. When it wants to, this show knows how to make you laugh.
  • Costumes. Half of this show is an excuse to play dress up with the characters. I enjoyed this aspect of the show greatly, it’s much more interesting having characters who do laundry.

Cons

  • Ririchihyo. Her attitude and her signature “Hmph!” do start to get stale after a while.
  • Miketsukami. Although he improves slightly toward the end, he spends most of the series being a subservient wet rag for Ririchihyo to step on.
  • Ririchihyo and Miketsukami. I just can’t see this relationship working, nor do I particularly care about it.
  • Melodrama. Teenage girls worrying about not having friends, worrying if boys who obviously do like them or not, and more. Yawn….

To summarize, I liked all the show’s bells and whistles, but not the main story itself or the relationship between the two main characters.

  • Storytelling – C - The storytelling was great, but the story itself was so-so.
  • Voice – B - Manage to make the show unique with the costumes, S+M, etc.
  • Characters – C - Not a fan of the main pair, but the rest were excellent.
  • Attention Grab – B – I dozed off for the melodrama, but was hooked for the rest.
  • Production – B - Looks good.
  • Overall – C+

Recommendations – Otome Youkai Zakuro, Hayate no Gotoku

5 thoughts on “Inu X Boku SS Review — C+

  1. Nice review. Very clear and neat.
    By the way when you say melodrama, what do you have in mind exactly? If it’s indeed over the top to the point of laughs, I’m not sure I’ll like it :/

    1. Thanks!

      The melodrama isn’t far enough over the top to make me start laughing. It’s just a lot of time spent on something I don’t particularly care about (these two’s relationship). For example, the female lead spends a lot of time worrying about whether the male likes her or not, even though he’s sworn eternal loyalty and devotion to her repeatedly. Your mileage may vary depending on whether you enjoy shoujo-style romances.

        1. The romance is a bit along those lines— it’s very shoujo style romance. But this show’s sense of humor in my opinion makes it much more watchable than Kimi ni Todoke (I couldn’t get past the second episode in that).

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