Long time no see, Pluffei here, for an impressions of one of the first shows airing this summer season, Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou, otherwise known as InuHasa.
So, the basic premise, from what I found out from the first episode, is that the main character is a (male) high school student named Harumi Kazuhito, and his most defining feature is that he has an extreme obsession with books. (I’d call it an addiction, since he shows clear withdrawal symptoms when he runs out of books to read.) In fact, that is probably his only defining feature; Harumi’s human face is shaded out, like one of those generic guys in an eroge.
In any case, through some spur-of-the-moment heroics during an armed robbery, Harumi gets himself killed. However, his will refuses to let him die before reading the last installment of a certain series by his favorite author, Akiyama Shinobu. Through anime magic, he ends up reincarnated (almost immediately) as a dog.
As a dog, it turns out Harumi can still read, and he can also communicate (mentally) with a girl named Natsuno Kirihime. It’s pretty obvious, but Natsuno is none other than Akiyama Shinobu. Moved (somewhat) by Harumi’s story, Natsuno decides to keep him as a pet.
Now, plot aside, I have to say, the first things I noticed in InuHasa are the prominent voice actors hired to voice the two main characters. Harumi is voiced by Sakurai Takahiro, who most recently played villain-of-the-year, Makishima Shougo in Psycho-Pass. (Didn’t watch it? Inverseman’s review has got you covered.) Then, we have Natsuno being voiced by Inoue Marina, whose voice acting repertoire can probably stretch from Earth to the moon and then back. While I for one am enjoying the budget splurge, I do hope that this doesn’t take away from the important areas of the show. (As a side-note, it’s hilarious imagining Makishima Shougo as the one making all the boob-jokes in the show.)
And speaking of the important areas of the show, I have to say, Natsuno is a pretty unusual main heroine. Flat-chested adult aside, she’s a sadist, so she’s basically an awful human being. Her archetype usually at least exists in most rom-com’s, but they’re rarely main heroines. Even tsunderes, however willful and unbearable, want friends. However, in Natsuno’s case, it looks like she’s married to her job and has no close friends whatsoever.
That’s not to say she’s socially inept either. As an author, she personally explores all the fields she writes about, and so it’s safe to say that she can communicate just fine with other human beings. So, it just seems Natsuno chooses to not have friends, and her relationship with Harumi is likely an exceptional situation closely tied with some feelings of guilt (she indirectly causes his death, though I won’t mention how) and amusement. Any kindness she shows him is practically canceled out, as she spends most of her time with him trying to kill him with scissors.
Nonetheless, this is not to say that Natsuno is an unlikable character. It probably depends on one’s taste, but so far I have no qualms with her. Her personality is pretty different from what I’m used to, her flat chest rather endearing, and I’m looking forward to see how her development unfolds.
Ultimately, how much I enjoy this show will be very dependent on how well Natsuno’s character grows as the show continues. I don’t actually have high expectations for this show, but here’s to hoping for the best!