Jan 6, 2013

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Cuticle Tantei Inaba

What in the unholy hell did I just watch? No, absolutely not. I refuse to accept the fact that this actually got animated. The manga, as I understand it, is quite hilarious and interesting, but they failed to grasp that when making the animation, probably.

Cuticle Tantei InabaThe artwork in itself is quite interesting, although it’s by no means the best. In fact, it’s quite childish and sloppy. I have seen several mistakes in the artwork, as I’m sure you, a regular viewer, have seen, too. It happens, even in Japan.

Still, the artwork, as imperfect as it may be, isn’t the problem here. The problem lies with the story. Rather, it lies with the comedy. The comedy is so strange, so incredibly dull, that it makes me wonder why I’m watching the show at all. It was very difficult for me to the entire episode.

I don’t see to whom I could recommend this. I really don’t. The comedy is very strange, and the artwork doesn’t really help much either. I’m afraid that I cannot recommend this, even though it’s pretty good compared to several anime shorts I’ve seen so far.

Plot Summary: Private Detective Hiroshi Inaba is an artificially-created being, formed by splicing the genes of both a human and a wolf, who gains information by tasting and examining people’s hair, and pretty much has a hair fetish. He can transform into a more wolf-like form, and also gain special powers and perform different attacks depending on the type or colour of hair he eats. Formerly employed by the police and partnered with an officer, he now runs his own private detective agency with the help of his sadistic, cross-dressing secretary Yuuta (often mistaken for a girl), and Kei (a *relatively* normal teenager working part-time at the office. Ogino, the officer formerly partnered with Hiroshi, also often helps out with cases. His arch-enemy is Don Valentino, an evil mastermind goat with a taste (literally) for money, and a variety of messed up but extremely devoted henchman, including gentleman samurai Laurence, who always wears a bag over his head. Most chapters are individual stories revolving around Hiroshi and his friends trying to arrest the Don, always failing miserably.

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