Ririchiyo Shirakiin is the sheltered daughter of a renowned family. With her petite build and wealthy status, Ririchiyo has been a protected and dependent girl her entire life, but now she has decided to change all that. However, there is just one problem—the young girl has a sharp tongue she can't control, and terrible communication skills.
With some help from a childhood friend, Ririchiyo takes up residence in Maison de Ayakashi, a secluded high-security apartment complex that, as the unsociable 15-year-old soon discovers, is home to a host of bizarre individuals. Furthermore, their quirky personalities are not the strangest things about them: each inhabitant of the Maison de Ayakashi, including Ririchiyo, is actually half-human, half-youkai.
But Ririchiyo's troubles have only just begun. As a requirement of staying in her new home, she must be accompanied by a Secret Service agent. Ririchiyo's new partner, Soushi Miketsukami, is handsome, quiet... but ridiculously clingy and creepily submissive. With Soushi, her new supernatural neighbors, and the beginning of high school, Ririchiyo definitely seems to have a difficult path ahead of her.
Inu x Boku SS was licensed by Sentai Filmworks for North America, while MVM Films licensed it for the United Kingdom. During April 2013, Hanabee Entertainment released the series on DVD and Blu-ray for Australia and New Zealand.
A teenage girl struggling with her interpersonal skills; a loyal man struggling with his intrapersonal skills. Inu x Boku SS tells of the tale involving these two troubled persons. Over time, it is inevitable that one will change depending on his/her surroundings. The influences that come from peers and others are undoubtedly strong. To be able to thrive in such environments, one must be able to filter these influences and only be changed by those which they feel will benefit them. In the end, it is always others that do the shaping; one cannot merely wish to be transformed and have it happen. Whether these changes are good or bad is a whole different story.
Soothing and calming visuals are few and far between. The light colors, the soft lighting, the detailed facial expressions of the characters - all these make for great artwork. Throw in some chibi drawings of the characters during the comedic scenes and the varying art styles are sure to impress viewers. Even the sparkles which are popular (and often overused) in shōjo anime/manga were moderated such that they didn't feel overwhelming. On the shōnen side of things, the handful of battle scenes and transformations were animated smoothly as far as I could tell.
First off, the supporting characters of the series, though unique and interesting, were a bit underdeveloped. However, the extensive character development of the two main characters made up for this. At first, the female protagonist, Shirakiin Ririchiyo, is your typical, sharp-tongued teenage girl who often unintentionally isolates herself from others. But as the series progresses, she slowly opens the door to her heart, accepting the warmth of those around her while trying to control her tongue. On the other hand, the male protagonist, Miketsukami Sōshi, is a self-despising and deceptive man who knows nothing about emotion and feelings. But, similar to Ririchiyo, he too changes drastically throughout the series. What's most heartwarming is that the two, although having totally different personalities, are actually the ones responsible for each other's development. Ririchiyo shows Sōshi the meaning of emotion and feelings while he proves to her that he will be by her side, no matter what, even if it means being verbally abused. Along with the other characters, the two end up transforming each other for the better, resulting in two solid characters.
The strong point of this category is the elite cast of seiyūs that were part of the project. All of them did an excellent job in their respective roles, with no character having an unfitting voice. The OP was quite good as well - a fast-paced song with gradual progression in pitch. The downside of having multiple EDs is that only the good ones will be memorable. However, the ones used in this series were more or less unique so, even though they weren't exactly excellent material, they were somewhat memorable. BGM did its job well, with some of the pieces successfully standing tall on their own during dialogue-less scenes, while others set the mood well.
To put it bluntly, for the most part, the story was boring. Save for the first and last few episodes, the pace of one manga chapter per episode caused the story to be dragged out longer than necessary. Furthermore, the anime original fillers were fairly poor in terms of entertainment value. The first couple of episodes were tolerable given that they were used to introduce the characters and the plot. In the last couple of episodes is where the plot actually picks up from the first few episodes. Those two episodes alone would make for an easy 9/10 as they were both interesting and content-filled. However, with more bad than good, the story gets a 6/10 from me.
Having read the manga prior to watching the anime, I can say that this was a faithful adaption with a couple of original episodes added in. I indulged more in the characters than in the story for the most part which, although not necessarily a bad thing, is slightly disappointing. To be honest, I wasn't quite satisfied with Inu x Boku SS. I felt like it could've been better if more chapters were to have been adapted. With that being said, the possibility of a season two, which I will anxiously wait for, is moderately high given the decent popularity of the show and the remaining non-animated source material. The good thing about Inu x Boku SS is that it has both shōjo and shōnen elements so I would recommend it to virtually anyone looking for a light-hearted romantic comedy with interesting characters.read more
When this anime first started airing recently I was unsure what it was going to be about. At the end of finishing this series, I still am unsure what this series qualify as. Inu x boku was supposedly a comedy story incorporating some supernatural and mysterious themes. However, it seems like the director changed their mind during the middle of the series.
The main plot follows around a young woman named Ririchiyo. Basically, she's a very delicate person, so delicate and shy that she can barely express herself. In fact, to the point where she almost expresses the opposite of what she means every time. Thus, she has no friends at school. But then one day she moves to a new environment where her lifestyle is replaced by supernatural beings. But that's all there really is "supernatural" about this series. Besides just the characters, nothing is distinctively different about inu x boku, than if you compare it to a cheesy school drama. Also, it can barely qualify as a mystery because no suspense was really built throughout the series. This series was very slow paced in this aspect.
The characters were the only unique part of this series. Ririchiyo along with some supporting characters have some very interesting conversations. And, with Ririchiyo's personality, it just makes it so much more fun to watch. The comedy included in the show was based mostly on the stupid conversations, thoughts, fantasies, or actions some character started. It will fit the taste of basically anyone with a sense of humor. But don't be fooled! There really is only one character development in this series. His name is soushi, and a servant of Ririchyo"sama."Not very much is known about soushi except that he has a strange attraction to his master until the very last few episodes, and that is why I think the characters turned out a lot worse than they could of. This goes back to my point about the series being seriously paced; therefore making it an anime not everyone will like. But this anime is 12 episodes so it's not a big deal.
The artistic aspect of this series was probably the strongest. The producer made the characters with very cute designs, thus making the audience more connected to the characters. The delicacy put into Ririchiyo almost made it express her personality better. The music put into this anime was worth some efforts, and could be very favorable. But what I liked most about it was that they played it during some of the most appropriate scenes and it complemented very well.
The results of inu x boku was definitely unexpected than what it seems to be on the surface. Although not what I expected, which was a mysterious drama about the supernatural of some sort. This series still impressed me in the end concluding with a relationship I did not think would blossom in just one season. However, it was still very slow paced for that one season. So if you're looking for an anime with character developments, you may or may not like it.
I will end it in this paragraph and keep this review short and clean. Because that's what this anime really was, a short and innocent story about our kind Ririchiyo and her adventure with her air-headed friends in the Ayakashi mansion. To be precise, that's exactly how this anime played out until the last few episodes, then it's all out surprises. If you're going to watch this series, do keep in mind the old cliched saying "never judge a book until you're done reading the whole thing." But if inu x boku really was a book then I'm pretty sure it could be described as one of those trending books that becomes famous after its first publish, soon to be forgotten as the decade carries on.read more
[b]Inu x Boku SS[/b]
To clarify i haven't read the manga and after i finished the anime i was reading comments that the story is a lot more different from the manga and i read a little about the manga and i agree is way too different, it has more of a tragic approach and the anime is more comedy, even in the serious parts something funny happens, but because i have just watched the anime and not the manga i liked the anime a lot, maybe because i laughed a lot and really enjoyed it.
The story is about a girl (Ririchiyo, who in fact is a Youkai) who wants to be alone in this special mansion, because she tends to make people go away with her harsh words, she then meets this man in this mansion (Soushi) who appeared all of a sudden and tells her that he will be her SS, she wants to make him go away but she fails because he knows her from a long time, but she can't remember and that's where their relationship could seem close but it's distant at the same time. The story was good, but from what i read from the Wikipedia characters, it could have been outstanding and thought ''why didn't they adapted the things like that?'' tho i didn't change my score on the story because of that, it's just that it was just good for a supernatural rom-com, nothing new to see but keeps you entertained, overall was good.
[b][u]Art & Animation[/u][/b]
The art style and animations were very well made, nothing much to say, i liked it and felt it was very good.
The music was great, the background music matched the moments and were really enjoyable, the VA and the OP were great, there are different ED and all of the were really good, specially the one from Ep. 5, that one was hilarious, overall was great.
The character development was really good, they were really memorable even tho they have weird names you can remember their personalities and all of them were funny and interesting.
-Soushi could seem the typical guy who is in love or tries to be the kindest guy with the girls but he's not, and sometimes maybe you feel he's too kind for your blood to handle but that kindness is presented with comedy and it was ok and i was surprised but kinda expected his back story.
-Chiyo was really good and you can feel the chemistry between Soushi and Chiyo.
-Karuta for some reason was adorable.
-Natsume is funny whenever he talks.
-Rensho was damn hilarious and the music they put on him everytime he transforms made it even funnier.
-Kagerou was funny with his S and M division of things, and the support characters with their little on screen time were funny too, but it wasn't perfect and it showed at times, overall is very good.
I have to state that the comedy is a strong point in the anime for you to enjoy it and the romance was satisfaying even tho it's almost at the end, not to mention the music and characters made it more enjoyable; It has flaws and if you have read the manga obviosly you won't like it because the story has a lot of changes for the anime to be more happy, the ending was good and i wanted to see more after seeing their dialogues, the OVA is really great, go watch it too, overall the enjoyment was very good.read more
Does a very good job on sticking with the manga. Luckily the manga is ahead so for those like me who have read the manga way before the anime was released you know how things turn out and you can focus on the artwork and seeing your favorite characters in motion :3
Story: There really isn't a "story" per se. The manga is slowly picking up but as you can see from the first 11(?) episodes released currently it's mostly the main (what? 6-7 characters?) conversing with each other and little things between Ririchyo and Soushi. 7/10
Art: Very Nice. Nice style to it. 10/10
Sound: The OP is beast. It just goes so well with the animation. If you don't understand then read/watch the show/manga and then re-watch the OP and tell me if you understand how it flows so well with the animation. 10/10
Character: The characters are nice. Loyal bodyguard who has a past with the protagonist, tsundere protagonist, friends, etc etc. Everyone is suprisingly nice. There are times when certain people seem like "antagonists" but there really is no "bad guy". 10/10
Enjoyment: It's a light refreshing series to watch. I high ly recommend reading the manga thought since it has the anime + more. 10/10
Enjoy :) see you in my next review
Edit: Apparently me stating that this review was created at the time of the eleventh episode, the fact that I put "12 out of 12" for the MAL version of when I wrote this is bothering certain people. I understand completely what these people are complaining about. Why should I be limited to 12 out 12? Why not give me 20+ out of 12. I have knowledge on the manga which surpasses the limits of the animes episodes. Therefore 12+ is all free game as stated above. It doesn't matter what happens in episode 12 or 50 for that matter. That's like reviewing a restaurant that you've been to before anyone else had the chance. I'm allowed to review it however I want. I've sampled the dishes before the general public.
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