Inu X Boku: Special Service, yokai anime with a twist

Inu X Boku: Special Service, yokai anime with a twist

Inu X Boku: Special Service review!

Join us as Lala-chan reviews Inu X Boku: Special Service, a supernatural romance comedy about a half-human, half-Yokai girl in a coming-of-age journey.

Information:

Episodes: 12
Studio: David Productions
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Supernatural, Shounen
Duration: 24 min per episode
Rating: PG 13+
Release date: Winter 2012 (January 13, 2012)
Status: Finished Airing

Synopsis:

Ririchiyo Shirakiin is a fifteen-year-old half-human, half-yokai with terrible communication skills who moves in with others from her kind. There she meets various characters and they each help her to become a better person, and overcome her inability to communicate efficiently with others.

Review:

This anime is a romance, comedy, supernatural anime. The story starts off with the main heroine, Ririchiyo Shirakiin, who has terrible flaws in her character. She is terrible at communicating with others and has appalling social skills. She has no friends due to her lack of expressing herself properly. She usually says the opposite of what she means and as a result, she comes across as harsh, cold and self-absorbed. She grew up as a sheltered daughter of a renowned family. However realizing that she will never overcome her flaws by staying there, she moves away from her family and takes up residence in the Maison de Ayakasi, a secluded high-security apartment complex. There is a twist awaiting her here as all the residents who live in the Maison de Ayakasi are all, including Ririchiyo, half-human, half-yokai. She meets an array of strange characters with quirky personalities. They are the least of her problems. One of the rules of living at the Maison de Ayakasi is that she has to be accompanied by a Secret Service Agent. Thus she meets Soushi Miketsukami. He is a quiet, handsome young man but has serious flaws in his character. He is clingy in a way that can be considered creepy and very submissive. His entire being seems to evolve around Ririchiyo and realistically that could be seen as very disturbing. As you follow the anime, there are scenes where he is shown in his room and his entire wall is covered with photos of Ririchiyo. Quite disturbing, but as the story progresses, viewers will learn the truth about his obsession with her and it could possibly come across as sweet, making him less of a creep and more of a character viewers can sympathize with.

One of the rules of living at the Maison de Ayakasi is that she has to be accompanied by a Secret Service Agent. Thus she meets Soushi Miketsukami. He is a quiet, handsome young man but has serious flaws in his character. He is clingy in a way that can be considered creepy and very submissive. His entire being seems to evolve around Ririchiyo and realistically that could be seen as very disturbing. As you follow the anime, there are scenes where he is shown in his room and his entire wall is covered with photos of Ririchiyo. Quite disturbing, but as the story progresses, viewers will learn the truth about his obsession with her and it could possibly come across as sweet, making him less of a creep and more of a character viewers can sympathize with.

The music was brilliantly selected for the anime and fits in well with the scenes. The art style of the anime is also very well done and the characters are designed in a charming and cute way, which helps viewers to easily fall for the characters. However, as far as romance is concerned, there is not much of it during the course of the 12 episodes. Except for a few selected scenes between Ririchiyo and Miketsukami, there is not that much development in their relationship. If you are looking for serious romance, this serious is not recommended for you.

If you enjoyed watching Kamisama Hajimemashita, you might enjoy this series as well. Even though Kamisama Hajimemashita contains a lot more romance, both anime deal with similar concepts. Both anime are yokai related and both main leads are Kitsune yokai with a dark past, who serves a girl. Another well-known anime that is quite similar is Fruits Basket. Both anime have very comical silliness, however underneath all that lays a much more sophisticated, darker story. They both contain about the same level of romance and in both anime, the male characters are all bishounen, especially the lead male characters.
It is a great anime, even though most characters do not develop throughout the series, except perhaps for Miketsukami. So if you want to have a laugh and enjoy a series that is not too sombre, watch Inu x Boku.

Rating:

Voice acting: 8/10
Art Style: 8/10
Music and Sound: 8/10
Story: 8/10
Overall: 8/10

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