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Cuticle Detective Inaba Episode #05 Anime Review

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Cuticle Detective Inaba Episode 5
Cuticle Detective Inaba Episode 5
Beware the goat.

What They Say:
Ogino requires the help of Hiroshi to take down Don’s genius doctor. An Onsen is always neutral territory for rival groups.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The bringing in of Hiroshi’s brother in the previous episode wasn’t exactly unexpected as I figured the cast would grow at some point. What I didn’t expect was that I’d like Haruka as much as I did since he has his issues and brings a certain kind of style to things, especially just in his attire which makes him a good one to blend in with Don Valentine’s group. The show proved to be more fun than I expected, but it didn’t really change much of anything for me when it comes to Hiroshi himself. There’s just a feeling here where I like some of the gags they do and the wacky nature of it, but I still can’t quite bring myself to like the show as a whole.

With the first half of the episode here, the focus is on the cute fourteen year old doctor girl that Valentino has as Ogino has decided that their best bet is to take her out of the picture so that it weakens the Don. She’s an amusing character as she’s super smart and pint sized, making for a personality that just doesn’t stop. Getting to her is half the problem though as she comes up with a variety of security countermeasures, such as hilarious looking robots, that guards the place. Some of her other creations are just amusing but seeing the way she messes with the gang is a decent bit of fun, though it gets weirdly focused on this goat that she’s created which is a powerhouse. Not surprisingly, the story goes about as you’d expect, but it was worth it just to see Ogino fight the super-goat.

With the second half, the story goes in a whole other direction as it seems like everyone ends up at a hot spring. Which, in this world, is like a church as it’s pretty much neutral ground as nobody will fight or get into things with each other. At least in terms of violence as there’s plenty of wacky situations that happen, both when by themselves and when meeting up with others. A lo tof it focuses on the Don’s group and we see how everyone is getting along, especially with Haruka being a part of the group now. Friendly competition is how everyone handles things in the end, such as some tabletop tennis, but there’s still an intensity behind it all. There are those that are just full on crazy in their own way and it’s cute to see how they manipulate and push others.

In Summary:
With two different stories in the episode, there’s plenty of fun here that lets the series grow on me more than I would have expected after the first episode a few weeks back. Getting a fun story about the way Don’s doctor operates and what she brings to the group is quite amusing, but it was the second half that I think I enjoyed more since it went for the friendly competition angle at a hot spring. The gags are smaller overall but there are some good ones, such as seeing what Lorenzo looks like without his hood and seeing more of the softer side of Haruka. The supporting characters carry the show overall though as they push others in a variety and end up getting the brunt of things at times, especially the poor Don Valentino.

Grade: B-

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70″ LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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