Almost certain to be one of the worst shows of the season, Dog & Scissors is trash. Delicious, delicious trash.
What They Say
Based off of light novel published in Japan as Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyo, Dog & Scissors is a mystery comedy series that centers around a book-loving high school boy named Kazuhito Harumi who is killed in the middle of a robbery, but is then resurrected again in the form of a dachshund dog. In his new form, he is adopted by a sadistic, scissors-wielding novelist, Kirihime Natsuno.
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Spring season was disappointing because it started with so many promising series that lost their way at the halfway point. It was very depressing to see so many would-have-been classics fall apart before your very eyes. Summer season looks refreshing already, as Dog and Scissors lets you know it’s awful from the very opening. It’s poorly animated, awkwardly written, amoral trash and I cannot look away.
Based on a series of light novels, and animated by the “new” studio Gonzo, InuHasa is the story of a book loving young man (with no eyes) who’s gone to the dogs. He’s a huge fan of a mysterious author named Akiyama Shinobu who’s written hits of every genre, a talent of almost limitless potential who has sold over 30 million copies. One day Harumi is reading a book in a café, when a shotgun wielding man tries to rob the owner. The gunman, looking the part of a complete evildoer with a stubbly face and an intimidating hoodie, orders Harumi and another patron, a mysterious woman in black, to stand up. She, however, is too busy writing to pay attention, and when the man threatens her, Harumi tries to intervene. For his trouble, he gets a shotgun blast to the head.
Harumi’s life, and the various stereotypical female archetypes of which his life consists, flash before his eyes. He realizes there is one last Shinobu book he has left to read, and so is reincarnated as a dog, as natural law commands. He finds himself in a pet store owned by a man with an afro. After a ninja maid and an idol (sure to be important later, if the OP is any indication) are shoehorned in for a few seconds, the woman in black breaks the fourth wall and enters the pet store. She seems to sense something mysterious about the dog, and adopts him. She then proceeds to tie him up in her basement, threaten him with scissors, and walk around in her underwear. And, shock of shocks, she turns out to be the novelist he has admired for so long! Her real name is Kirihime, or “cutting princess,” so the name works on two levels. That’s pretty cool. She figures out that he was the young man who was shot at the café, and so decides to help track down his killer.
InuHasa has all of the tell-tale weaknesses of light novels: Plot progression is told through narration, characters are almost all women defined around their specific fetish type or breast size, and things don’t necessarily make a lot of sense. Why can Shinobu read the dog’s mind? Why does she hate animals so much? Why would she bring a dog to the gym? Why would the gym allow a dog? Why go to the gym in the first place but to show Kirihime in a sports bra and make fun of her breast size?
The show makes no sense, but when a show makes no sense, it can go anywhere. I am intrigued, because I hate myself.
It’s hard to tell if Dog and Scissors is so bad it’s good, or so bad it’s terrible. But hey, I like the cut of Kirihime’s jib, and I’m always on the lookout for the new Rio: Rainbow Gate. Will this be the heir to the legendary classic, or just a horrible fanservice show that’s sure to be licensed within weeks? There’s only one way to find out, and that is through!
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
Review Equipment: Sony VAIO 17″ HD screen