Somebody call PETA! There be animal abuse up in this joint!
|Let’s talk real. This post comes a bit very late to the show so I’ve had the pleasure of hearing and reading people’s initial reactions. And to be honest, it’s not looking very good for InuHasa. Or at least, that’s what apparently most people will have you believe. But I have to say I do not agree with “most people”. Despite all the bad rap going around about this show, I hope I can convince you guys that InuHasa isn’t as unenjoyable as some make it out to be.|
|The very first new show of the Summer that I watched was Inu to Hasami, and the question was what kind of tone would it set for the season? How did I like the show? Let me horn in on Sumairii’s post to let you know!|
Addressing the Negativity
Something to be concerned about?
First, we should make one thing clear. Everyone is entitled to his opinion. But declaring a show to be dull and stupid from only one episode is largely unfounded. I can see it if the subject in question is a “one episode” OVA or something along the lines, as we have nothing more with which to judge it. But this is not the case here. And in fact, I don’t understand how people can find Inuhasa stupid. It may not be the next big thing, but it’s far from a bad show. Kazuhito’s dramatic reactions to everything are humorous to hear, and Kirihime’s sadistic streak is quite fun to watch (at Kazuhito’s expense). Sure, the concept of a guy turning into a dog may be silly, but that’s kind of the point. Despite the murder aspect, this show isn’t meant to be taken very seriously. Or at least, that’s my impression. InuHasa could very easily turn into a dramatic murder mystery. But a quick observation of the genre tags would suggest otherwise. No; this will be a comedy murder mystery instead. It’s supposed to be a goofy show about a dog being abused by an otherwise pretty lady after all. And that’s exactly what we get in the first episode. I will say, though, that the only legitimate criticism I’ve heard so far is that InuHasa appears to be relying on a rather small pool of jokes and running gags as of now. This is generally not a good sign for a comedy show.
Sadistic Writers and Bookworm Dogs
This’ll be good.
That said, let’s get on to InuHasa itself. I thought the show had a fairly strong debut, all things considered. They say that ghosts are people with strong regrets or attachments to the world, but boy must Kazuhito’s desire to read Kirihime’s Lust be strong. Forget astral bodies; he’s come back as a full-on, flesh and blood daschund.1 I was wondering how the show would handle his death, but it looks like it might be quite permanent; his death is already all over the news. I don’t believe they named him specifically, but I think his friends and family could have figured it out from just his address. Normally this would make the show quite gloomy and depressing, but evidently that’s not what InuHasa is like. Even throughout the premiere, Kazuhito’s death didn’t seem to have much impact. It’s almost as if it didn’t really sink in. But maybe that’s because we see him right there in dog form, even if his human one might have had its head obliterated by a shotgun. To me, this lack of severity suggests that perhaps there might just be a chance for Kazuhito to return to being a human. It certainly doesn’t seem that the show is taking the route of his desire being fulfilled when he reads Kirihime’s book -whenever that’s done- and his moving on from our world. That would be a bit too depressing for a comedy. There is already a bit of mystery panning out by the end of the episode which might support this idea, so we can only wait and see.
Immediate Comfort Level
As soon as the show started, I liked it, and it’s because Marina Inoue put me in a perfect mood for it. She’s definitely one of my favorite actresses, and this kind of self-assured, tsun, character is what I like the best. I think everyone knows by now how much I like Yozora, Tsukiumi, even Vice Prez Haruka, which have all been the same-ish character type, and again she delivers. And the way that her character interacts with Kazuhito is really interesting to me. I think I can already see the thing that’s going to be the conflict between them, because the only reason that Kazuhito was reincarnated was to read that last book by his favorite writer, the one she hasn’t written. I’m waiting for them both to realize that, and see if that becomes the way that Kirihime can get rid of Kazuhito.
See, InuHasa isn’t so bad after all, is it? I know I’ve defended it quite a bit, and the topic of how covering a show affects your opinion of it is fascinating, but that’s a story for another time. I just think it’s important to ensure that people realize the show doesn’t belong with the real trainwrecks at the bottom of the pile. At least, not as of now. InuHasa certainly isn’t the next big masterpiece, but it doesn’t make any attempt to appear as such. And while not trying to be a masterpiece is no real defense for not actually being one, the fact remains that not every show needs to be remembered for years to come. InuHasa is enjoyable enough as it is, and though it may not be groundbreaking in any way, I think I’ll continue to enjoy its S&M humor for weeks to come.
I do wonder if scissors have been this popular in culture before, or if it’s just a coincidence that we’ve had so many scissors based protagonists in shows lately, even going back to Nazo no Kanojo X. Or maybe that it’s just that I like fetish-type shows, which this seems to be a bit of. Either way, I really enjoyed the premier episode of Inu to Hasami, and was left wanting to watch another episode right away. A great start to summer for me!
1Correct me if I’m wrong here. I’m no dog expert.