Where “Let me cut you” is an acceptable pick up line
|Well, this is certainly a hairy situation ahahHAHAHA okay never again, I know, I’m sorry. Anyways, if you haven’t guessed, this series is about a dude with a serious love for hair…and a chick with a serious head of hair to match. I was also promised some murdering, which is 90% of why I’m here.|
|…I came into this hoping to see scissors and I was greatly rewarded. However, I don’t know exactly how I feel about said reward. Though on the plus side, think of all of the terrible puns I’ll be able to use blogging this in the future!|
Overcooled // Trichophilia: a condition where someone becomes sexually aroused by the presence or thought of hair. Haimura Kiri has this as well as a very strong haircut fetish. Now, even though I knew he had this fetish before watching the first episode, I was still kind of surprised how much he was into hair. Cuticle Detective Inaba claimed to be about a detective with a hair fetish, but it was such a goofy show that it never became anything more than a running gag. Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge takes a different approach and portrays Haimura’s hair fetish very seriously…which is honestly kind of creepy.
It’s one thing to get your rocks off to hair. No harm there. It’s another thing to like it so much that you are willing to trespass on property, smear your face against the glass and whisper “your hair sure is purrdyyy” to a complete stranger. Then again, the girl doesn’t seem particularly taken aback with letting a potential stalker into her home, so maybe that’s just how things work in that universe. Anyways, it’s still really unsettling the way he runs his fingers through the hair of a complete stranger and gets noticeably hot and bothered over it. He loves hair so much he can’t even control his impulses. Not only does he instinctively ravish her hair with his fingers, but he unconsciously whips out scissors whenever he sees hair he wants to cut. Slightly better than whipping out his penis, I suppose, but not by much.
Damn, this guy is a smooth talker
The real kicker is that Haimura explains his fetish stemmed from childhood. He used to enjoy (platonically) cutting the hair of his family members. Since Haimura only seems to like cutting and not dying, drying, washing, and all that other fancy hairdresser stuff, his family decided to switch to a hair salon. This made Haimura upset as he had to constantly suppress his desire to cut hair. As a result of all that suppression, he’s developed a sexual complex about hair. It’s a bit of a jump in logic, and it sounds like something Freud would say, but that’s apparently the origin story of his haircut fetish.
So does Haimura just really like hair or is he in danger of having some sort of mental condition? So far I think he just really, really likes hair. As long as he’s not hurting anyone else, then it’s fine. As weird as his hair fetish is…he’s only doing it with consent. In the end, they are both just big creeps who have found the perfect topic to bond over.
Karakuri // So we go right from learning that Kiri has a SERIOUS hair fetish right to fluffy romance. You know, if normal people found some guy was breathing heavily at their window, they would probably be severely creeped out. Not Iwai though. Granted, she was probably lonely since the only two other people she appears to know (maybe) killed her father and (maybe) might kill her. So unfortunately for Iwai, I think that Kiri might be the most normal person she knows. …Which is why the sudden romance (or at least extreme blushing) kind of works. …Plus there’s the fact that between Kiri’s scissors (which may or may not have killed someone before) and Iwai’s normally uncuttable hair, it’s like they were meant to be. They’re definitely forcing a couple on us here, but considering that Kiri and Iwai definitely don’t have a normal state of mind, it kind of… works. …It doesn’t make the hair cutting scene any less odd though.
This all seems like it escalated rather quickly. I have to hand it to Kiri and Iwai though, the two of them had some pretty deep conversations considering that they (presumably) only met a few days ago. Maybe it’s because Iwai seems a little sheltered. I can see why she’d be depressed since her father died, but she seems to have an awfully gloomy approach to life since she even said that she’d be okay with Kiri killing her. Kiri though… maybe it’s the being a descendant to a serial killer that makes him thus, but it seems a bit silly that his life was ruined because people wouldn’t let him cut their hair.
Sure, Iwai is like Kiri’s dream girl, but what’s he going to do now that her hair is all gone? If he was smart, he would open a salon or something. …I don’t know how the customers would react since he’s kind of creepy, but still. It’s better than sitting there fantasizing about it. I don’t know about laws in Japan, but I had a few friends who apprenticed at a salon while they were still in high school. Oh well, Kiri will be busy enough soon.
The hair fetish thing is a big of a turn-off for me…but oddly enough I still want to watch more. The promise of action always reels me in! Next week shows teasers at some fights with the Killing Goods. The kinds of weapons we’ve seen are a pair of scissors and a syringe. You can’t tell me a fight between those two things won’t be a grand old time.
Unfortunately, the stuff we are shown this week is really just…odd. They’re dead serious about the hair fetish to the point where it feels like a sex scene (kinda like the toothbrushing scene in Nisemonogatari) and yet they make a bunch of jokes about anything BUT hair. The tone switches from goofy jokes about random topics to erotic haircutting. All of this is accompanied by the most cheesy and repetitive music. While shows like Phi Brain are aware how dumb they are and fully embrace backstories about parents being killed by puzzles, I fear we were actually supposed to be upset when Haimura said his childhood was ruined by professional hairdressers. I’m a bit disappointed by how Crime Edge turns out, and if there isn’t enough action in the next 2 weeks to balance out the hair-touching and sappy romance then I don’t think I can take it.
Well, I enjoyed Dansai Bunri so far. Yes the romance, but I kind of like how it takes itself seriously. I mean, it’s nowhere near the level of sheer unadulterated awesomeness that Jojo was, but that show was ridiculous, took itself seriously and it somehow worked. I don’t see how this anime can’t do the same. Though I highly doubt it will reach Jojo level.
Plus, I’m pretty sure that absolutely everyone has a screw loose in here. Kiri is obvious, but even the other two characters that ‘took care’ of Iwai are really creepy. I’m expecting more serious things (well, ridiculous things that seem serious) to pop up in the future since everyone and their dog appear to be relatives to serial murderers. As for Iwai… well, I spoiled myself looking up Kiri’s name to see if was seriously written with the ‘to cut’ character (it is; I laughed harder than I should have), apparently the entire premise of the show is that the girl has killers after her due to some kind of killing goods game. …So in short, I highly doubt that she’ll become any more useful in the future. Kiri on the other hand, is the one protecting her, so at least he’ll become more useful. Let’s just hope he doesn’t solve everything by giving his enemies hair cuts. …Though that might be worth watching in itself.
So the premise is certainly interesting and the show takes hair REALLY seriously, but it should be interesting to see where this goes. This first episode kind of reminds me of C3, where things didn’t become worth watching until episode 2 or so, so let’s hope things improve. …And by improve, I mean get more morbid. That scene with the bloody scissors was great, let’s see more of that in the future. The pieces are certainly all there, so I hope this was just an exposition episode to explain why Kiri feels like protecting Iwai in the future.
Hopefully we learn more about these two as well.