Chako Ishibashi is a normal middle schooler at a normal school having normal school days. However, there is one oddity in Chako's everyday life—the student sitting at the desk next to her, Shibainuko-san. What is it about her that Chako finds strange? The answer is simple: Shibainuko-san doesn't look like a human at all. Instead, she looks just like a Shiba Inu!
Polite, well-meaning, and with the mannerisms of both a dog and a human, Shibainuko-san is loved by all. However, Chako notices that her classmates seem oblivious to Shibainuko-san's physical appearance. Can a dog go to school and be a normal student?
Join Chako and her best friend Naho on bite-sized misadventures with their unusual classmate, who may or may not actually be a dog.
Judging a series by the length of the episodes can be quite difficult to refuse but looking past that, Shiba Inuko-san is a very entertaining series of VERY SHORT episodes that involve 3 characters. With plenty of funny moments in this series under the major constraint of having only roughly 90 seconds of actual content.
Considering the fact that you are only spending at most 2 regular episode lengths watching this, you are getting the bang for your buck. If you want a few chuckles, Shiba Inuko-san is a good place to start.
Each episode of Shiba Inuko-san contains one to two mildly amusing jokes and/or sight gags, and that's about it. If that's all you're looking for, you'll get a pretty good return on your investment (1 minute and 30 seconds per episode). What you won't get is anything very memorable or interesting. The characters have essentially one trait each, the voices are your standard high-pitched moe performances, and even the art is fairly dull; the character designs, aside from Shiba Inuko-san herself, are utterly forgettable.
To be fair, you can't expect much more from a show that asks so little of your time. The question does remain,
though: if an entire episode is going to be devoted to building up one single joke, shouldn't the joke be a LITTLE better than just "mildly amusing"? If the producers had felt like constructing some kind of narrative to weave the jokes into, it could have made for a decent 30 minute OVA; as it is, each episode just left me with a feeling of "why did I even bother?"
It should also be noted that the theme song is 30 seconds in length, and thus makes up 1/3 of each episode's running time. This turns out to be a pretty poor production choice, given the show's format all but guarantees that the audience will be watching multiple episodes in one sitting. It's not a terrific song, and it becomes more than a little irritating when you hear it start to play for the fourth time in six minutes.
So far, this series has become one of the reasons I love short, quick ONA or TV anime.
There really is no story. Do anime like this ever have story? No, not really. However, the characters are enjoyable, and tend to make me giggle every episode. Of course, with the short length, you don't get much, but this anime will bring a smile, however slight, to your face.
And that's all a show needs for me, really, is enjoyable characters.
The art is nice. Nothing less from a 4-koma adaptation, really. And as for sound, there isn't much during the show itself. The voice actors all do
well. The OPs are enjoyable, and the first one will forever be burnt into my brain.
If you're looking for something to watch with a couple spare minutes, then watch this. I guarantee you will smile at least once.
This was my first review, so thank you for reading. (I probably won't update the review when the series ends, because I don't think my opinions will change form here.)