Thoroughly investigating the secret behind soft, luxurious hair
Let’s be honest: you’re all here because of the goat. That is the only reason any of you decided to watch this show, because you had no clue what make of this hair-obsession nonsense. What other assets could this show possibly possess aside from a goat soulfully singing karaoke? Cuticle Detective Inaba simultaneously has a lot and a little to give. You’ll see why in a moment.
The only reason I got on this bandwagon was the seiyuu cast and supernatural element. Of course, it seemed like some lulz will be had as the villain is a goat. A GOAT! Oh god, I don’t even– Anyways, it’s been some time that I tagged with Cools, so let’s see what she has to say about the episode while I’ll concentrate on seiyuu cast (obviously), and thoughts.
Overcooled // The most prominent aspect about Cuticle Detective Inaba isn’t the fact that main character is a half werewolf hair-fetishist or that the villain is an Italian goat who steals money so he can eat it. It’s the speed at which all this happens. I don’t think I’ve seen a show run at such as frantic pace in my entire life. The joke pacing is furious and relentless, sometimes barely even giving you time to mentally process the previous joke before it springs into something entirely different. There were a few gags that actually made me laugh such as Yuuta sealing in Ogino with tape and the positive testimonial about Gabriella from a murder victim, but you are bound to get a hit with this many gags in an episode. Maybe most shows will have 20 gags and I’ll laugh at 1, whereas Inaba would have 100 and I’d laugh at 5. I may be laughing more, but there sure as hell are a lot of misses. Furthermore, because the jokes are so short, your reaction is generally shorter too. You won’t be rolling over with laughter for the entire episode unless every single 5 second jokes hits the mark.
I don’t know if this rapidfire comedy is a good thing or a bad thing. I hate jokes that linger for too long, waiting for you to get the punchline. I also tend to enjoy comedy that has a bit of a random, bizarre nature to it. However, this treads into the ADHD territory. All of the jokes are one-time things and there is no satisfying build-up and conclusion. They go for instant gratification each time. Compare this to Jintai which spent several episodes on time travel and showing a mute assistant just so it could make the pun “time paradogs.” Cuticle Detective Inaba is more focused on quantity, and I worry this will grow tiring after several episodes. I think it might actually backfire later on and become boring.
There is the slight promise (I mean VERY SLIGHT) of a more serious plot behind all the chaos. Inaba wants to see his brother again, and this remains his number one weak spot aside from hair in general. Any attempt to get us to sympathize with him is constantly thwarted by a gag or Inaba regressing into a goofy, childlike mode. The switching between the serious style and chibi style was very jarring at times, and I get the feeling this would do much better as a manga. It may have the benefits of a stellar seiyuu cast (which I will leave to Kyokai-sama to fawn over) but the jumpy cuts from joke to joke might fare better in a more static medium. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and see if it gets a little more organized as time goes on. If anything, it was silly and made me chuckle a few times. That’s worth at least something.
Kyokai // Just a few minutes ago, I finished the Hobo Kyousuke post, where I was fangirling over Yusa Koji and our main protagonist’s seiyuu Junichi Suwabe. Usually, you hear him in suave roles like Atobe from TeniPuri, Takashi from HoTD, Jinguuji from UtaPri to even anti-heroes as in GARcher from Fate/stay night and Greed from FMA. You can almost imagine Fukuyama Jun voicing Hiroshi but no, Junichi does it and so brilliantly! From moe to full ookami mode, he managed the variations quite well. Not to mention his owner, Morikawa Toshiyuki is a legend on his own. Ookawa Tooru (Ozaki from Shiki), Hikasa Youko (K-On! fandom knows her too well) and Nobuhiko Okamoto (Rin from Ao no Exorcist), were heard too but what stood out to me the most was Miyu Irino’s straight man narration. He did it brilliantly before in Nichibros as Tadakuni and goddamn, Kei seems to be an actual copy of the character. I’ll be looking forward to hearing Tomokazu Sugita and Mitsuki Saiga in the upcoming episodes so as you can see, a star-studded cast like Polar Bears to keep you entertained. Alright, seiyuu fagging done.
I swear, I had flashbacks of Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san, while watching this episode, with the only exception of jokes being PG rated rather than crossing of limits in Azazel. I was literally in between of laughing and thinking, what the hell am I watching and this was totally not something I was expecting. I mean, usually Detective themed anime are all about mysterious cases and characters but this is more of a comedy hour squeezed into half with unlimited joke works by a motley crew of characters. One after the other, they are delivered like a speeding train, punctuated by Kei being Shinpachi (from Gintama), of this series, trying to talk sense into others but for naught.
Though, not all jokes hit home and sometimes good jokes are sped over by others that are not that good. Still, overall the enjoyment factor was there because of the resilience and unexpected pacing. When the episode ends, you at least know that Hiroshi had a sad past and his only partner in crime, his own brother left him when he was finally making some progress in coping. The cast of characters has fetishes and quirks and even when this is not the first time we are seeing a doting father or a cross-dresser; not to mention an Amazonian who likes to torture people, it still might have some novelty in the mixture. I’ll say if comedy is your thing and you just want to laugh rather than think about deep plots, you can give this a try. The fantabulous seiyuu cast will keep you busy between smiles and laughs.
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