Preview: Inu x Boku SSPosted: February 9, 2012
As to be expected, I was/am busier than expected. So only one post today, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is short, either. Though I do have a few things circling in my head about what I want to say, so I guess it’ll really come down to how much I can say about everything.
So I decided to be an idiot and pre-ordered TERA. This basically lets me in to all of the closed beta tests, which is on the weekends, every other weekend, starting with this one. Not sure if it’ll hinder me getting a post or two out or not, but I’m considering waiting for the next episode of Shana and doing a double-episode post anyways. It’s pretty much five days late, so I may as well, right? Especially since I don’t have much to say for the latest episode. Then again, maybe that means I should just write it up real fast. Argh, I’m confusing myself. I’ll think about what I want to do.
I actually didn’t expect to enjoy this show as much as I am, considering I gave it a shot on a complete whim. I honestly think this show has some of the best characters I’ve seen in quite a while. It’s not really the individual characters that are fascinating though, it’s the interactions between all of them.
For instance, we have our main character, Ririchiyo, who’s sort of a morphed version of a tsundere. She acts bold, arrogant, and condescending to pretty much everyone that she doesn’t know (and occasionally even to people she does) whenever they say something to her. Usually tsunderes are only the way they are for the love interest, hence the odd take on it. Not to mention, Ririchiyo doesn’t get violent in pretty much any way. Instead, she’s aware what she does is wrong, and gets depressed immediately after she does it pretty much every time.
Then on the other side of the spectrum, we have Soushi, Ririchiyo’s SS (Secret Service) agent. He’s both cheerful and formal as hell, so even when Ririchiyo has her bad habit slip out, he isn’t just able to take it, he straight up twists it into something positive, and finds a way to praise her for being so kind. It’s like he can see her true nature, despite what she says.
This is the kind of thing I’m talking about though. All of the characters just bounce off each other so damn well, that the conversations are either interesting or hilarious.
Speaking of hilarious, this show has some great humor. As I said, the character interactions can be funny, but there are other moments that are also great. There’s one part where Ririchiyo has the standard heavy heartbeat that you hear when a character is in love, and as she’s sitting and wondering what it is as emotional piano music is playing, she thinks, “Could this be what they call… an irregular heartbeat?” as the piano music drains into nothingness. I nearly spat out my drink all over my screen.
I wouldn’t exactly say the show is a parody of shoujo or anything, especially since it does occasionally pander to its tropes, but it definitely takes an interesting twist on the genre and its quirks, and it’s definitely worth a watch.
…or is Mamoru Miyano turning into the new Jun Fukuyama? Not that I have a problem with it, I really like the guy, I’m just saying. The dude is everywhere.