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Inu x Boku SS Review

June 05, 2012 By: Nopy Category: Anime

In my Winter 2012 Anime Round-up post, I commented that Inu x Boku SS had gotten off to a shaky start, but could potentially turn into a good series if it was done right. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much; for reasons why, just take a read through the synopsis from MAL:

The Shirakiin house’s daughter, Shirakiin Ririchiyo, who has a complex about being unable to live independently and unprotected, feels the need to move out and live on her own under the condition of residing in the mansion named “Ayakashi Kan.” In this mansion, only those who have cleared a very strict examination could reside in it, and for each resident, they are accompanied with one agent of the Secret Service (S.S.). Although Ririchiyo has rejected the company of the S.S., while residing in the mansion she finds out that the agent dedicated to protecting her is actually the Fox Spirit whom she previously rescued.

Sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it? From the synopsis alone, I would have assumed that the series was a slice-of-life with a fox spirit thrown in to make it “unique”. I would never have assumed the series would be a comedy that’s actually funny, nor that it would have a character that matched Victorique’s adorable haughty personality (from Gosick).

I’ll admit that the story wasn’t great and felt a bit rushed near the end. Inu x Boku SS is a character-driven series so story never really paid a large part except to give some background information on the characters. Antagonists are almost non-existent, with only a couple of demons showing up to cause mischief. The only real conflict was within the characters and whether or not they could sort out their true feelings.

The strong points about Inu x Boku SS are the crazy personalities that each character has and the comedy that comes along with the interactions between them. Ririchiyo, for example, is a tsunshun, someone who acts cold towards people but then gets depressed afterwards for acting that way. Another character called Kagerou is an S&M obsessed freak that likes to label everyone and everything as either a sadist or masochist. One of the bodyguards, Nobara, has a fetish for cute girls and she’d probably be labelled as a creepy perv if she were a guy. It’s hard to describe funny moments though, so here’s one of my favourite scenes from the series:

Another of Inu x Boku SS’s strong points is the style. Ririchiyo is one of the most fashionable anime girls I’ve ever seen, just think: how many people can pull off a stylish look with a lab coat? She also does PJs very well, wearing just a white over-sized dress shirt. It’s simple and hot, but it’s in no way dirty. Other fashionable outfits include Ririchiyo’s school uniform and her “book worm” look. I was disappointed when Gosick ended because I wouldn’t get to see Victorique wear any more fancy dresses, but Ririchiyo more than made up for that.

The only thing that I really didn’t like about the series was Soushi, Ririchiyo’s bodyguard and the fox spirit. With the quirkiness of all of the other characters, having a perfect butler-type sweep-you-off-your-feet character just felt out of place. I also found him a bit annoying since he always had the same expression on his face and didn’t add anything to the comedy. In fact, Soushi was the one character that killed the comedy in the series. My view of him only shifted a bit near the end of Inu x Boku SS when the series shifted from comedy to drama in order to wrap things up.

Inu x Boku SS is by no means perfect, but the lovable characters, light humour, and non-ecchi eye candy was just enough to make the series enjoyable. At just 12 episodes, it’s a good anime to catch up on during a holiday when you just want to sit at home and relax.

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8 Comments to “Inu x Boku SS Review”

  1. Yeah, from the synopsis alone, I didn’t expect that everyone at the house would be atavists (evetaku’s translation), including Ririchiyo herself. That made me stay and watch the rest of the series, and I came to like it for pretty much the same reasons you did. Also, I do agree with the bit about Soushi. I didn’t care for him too much until the end.

    I heard that the manga is a bit more “action packed” and actually gets really dark in some places. Unfortunately, the scanlations for Inu x Boku SS are painfully slow so this is one of the few series that I actually wish would get licensed.
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    • I hadn’t even thought about checking out the manga. Now I need to find some time to go read it, hopefully it’s as funny as the anime, even if it is a bit darker.

  2. This is one of those series that actually turns out to be far surpasses my initial expectations. I agree about Soushi too, he is too emotionless to even work in the comedy, though like you said, Inu X Boku is a character-driven story, and his emotionless is actually incorporated into part of the story too.
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    • His role in the conclusion was nice, but for the most part he was just an eyesore. It would’ve been better if they could somehow make him more entertaining.

  3. The manga is pretty much the same till a certain point in the story and then diverge deeply with darker tones. Give it a shot, its worth it! :D
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  4. Ririchiyo was a refreshing kind of tsundere, I actually don’t like tsundere girls, but surprisingly I could relate to this female main character to a certain degree. I really liked her inner monologues and self reflecting.

    Miketsukami was a bit strange with his submissive behavior torwards *copy name from text* Ririchiyo, but for me he wasn’t that annoying overall.

    I also had fun with the supporting characters, Karuta for example was enchanting and funny.

    • Well, she was a tsunshun for most of the series, she only turned into a tsundere near the end. Ririchiyo’s inner thoughts were what made her funny, I think she would’ve just seemed like a mean girl if we didn’t know what she was thinking.

      I loved the relationship between Karuta and Watanuki, it was funny seeing him try so hard.


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