Winter Cleaning – A Couple of SS’s Go Kaput

Since our total watchlist has ballooned to fifteen series (sixteen once Black★Rock Shooter comes around) we’ve felt it necessary to trim some fat. First on the chopping block: Inu x Boku SS. We were not impressed with this. We likened it somewhat to Otome Youkai Zakuro, in which both Zakuro and Agemaki were immediately more interesting than the girl and slave-like servant in this. The former couple had decent chemistry that lifted an otherwise average series, this latter one doesn’t.

As for Amagami SS+, the fact the glutton girl’s arc is up next is the perfect opportunity for us to quit cold turkey. We were always more irritate then charmed by both the one-note Rihoko (I eat a lot! Teehee!) and Sae (I’m shy! Teehee!) We may have stuck with such shows in the past a little longer, but with not one or two but three quality sci-fi shows to keep track of, we couldn’t justify keeping these two around.

Inu x Boku SS – 01

Ririchiyo Shirakiin is a member of a very rich and powerful household, but due to being bullied for her wealth in her past, she has developed the bad habit of verbally abusing anyone who talks to her. She moves to Ayakashi Kan, a exclusive mansion for elites, in order to be alone and independant. There she meets the Secret Service agent assigned to protect her, the utterly devoted Soushi. She remains aloof and irritable towards him until a burglar infiltrates the mansion and accosts her. Soushi transforms into a fox spirit and stops the assailant. Everyone there, including Ririchiyo, are human/demon hybrids.

This is the story of a spoiled, bratty, petitie tsundere, and how many times per episode the animators can get away with showing her panties. Just kidding, but honestly, our first impression of Ririchiyo pretty much matches her own opinion of herself: boring and kinda useless. Everyone can magically transform into demons or spirits by making their eyes glow all spooky-like, but she never gets to transform this episode, which seems kind of odd. We learned so much about her, why not show her other side?

There are other problems: the butler/bodyguard/stalker Soushi seems like a nice enough guy, but there’s not that much to him either, at least not anything that jumps out at us. The pink-haired Karuta’s ability to transport seems like a somewhat forced opportunity for future fanservice; ditto the public bath. I guess what we’re trying to say is, this season looks really promising, but this series does not. It seems to us like a rehash of Otome Youkai Zakuro; not bad, but not that good either. Which makes this the first true dud of the season.

Rating: 2.5