Kawahira Keita is a descendant of a historic Inukami tamer family; however, because he lacked in its ability, he was forsaken by the family. One day, an Inukami named Youko came. She looked graceful, obedient, above all, beautiful. Soon he contracted with her, and she paid homage to him. However, she was a problematic Inukami that no one had been able to control.
This is a slap stick comedy of an Inukami Tamer, Keita and an Inukami, Youko. Keita is a man of worldly passions, and he likes money and girls very much. On the other hand, Youko likes to destroy things and is very jealous.
When I first saw a screenshot of Inukami, and read the synopsis for the show, I thought to myself "it's just another harem based rom-com". Oh, how wrong I was.
If you don't laugh at this show then you've probably missed the point (or you're not human). No other show will drop the lead character naked in the town square just for looking at women, or let him spend a night in a police cell surrounded by perverts (who believe he is their king I might add). If you're expecting a lot of fanservice then you're watching the wrong show.
In this show you get MANSERVICE!
The art and sound are of a very high quality, but what really separates this show from others is the characters. The characters are quite simple fantastic (especially the kid who keeps telling his mum he's just seen an elephant - you can figure out what that means yourself).
This show is just SO wrong it becomes right. This is no-holds-barred, gloves off, UN-politically correct humour at it's best. Just make sure you wait half an hour after food before watching it.
Inukami! is a difficult anime for me to write about. On one hand I really loved many aspects of it but on the other there were things I absolutely hated. This show is not for everyone. It features some pretty crude, perverted, and offensive humor but most of the time you can’t help but laugh anyway.
Story wise Inukami isn’t all that special. It is much better towards the latter half of the show and really did a lot to save the series for me. The main problem and the reason I overall don’t rate this show that high is because
of some of the humor. Don’t get me wrong this show is at its best VERY funny. But a lot of the jokes, mostly in the first half of the series are over used, cruel, and start getting unfunny in a hurry. It wears you down and you find yourself asking is this how someone who claims to love someone treat them? Fortunately they move on from these jokes eventually and get on with the plot and different jokes.
What Inukami! does right is the characters. They are funny, well drawn and acted and are the strength of the show. There are a lot of them, and usually I would say this would be a weakness but because of the way the humor is delivered and the differences in them I couldn’t help but love them all. The two leads Yuuko and Keita will have you laughing and caring about them. However their relationship doesn’t ever really develop the way you would like. Just when they seem to have reached a new level we find ourselves back to the way things were before. They both can show great love and affection for each other at times but then tremendous cruelty five minutes later. The supporting characters embody all the various fetishes you find in harem anime but they are all get fairly well developed, particularly Nadeshiko and Hakee. In addition a number of guest characters appear during the course of the show that are hilarious such as the monks and jail perverts.
Really great music is featured as well, particular from Yuuko voice actress Yui Horie. Her performance and that of Keita's Jun Fukuyama are the highlights of the cast as they really brought out their characters. The animation was a bit inconsistent, I didn’t care for some of the character designs and some of the colors were a bit boring, but there are many great magical battles and smooth action scenes.
Inukami!, in the end, is a mixed bag. There is no doubt the show is at its best hilarious, but at its worst I just wanted to drop it all together. There is also a lot of good action that fans of shounen will enjoy this. There is a lot to love about it but the mean spirited and too often repetitive humor limited my overall enjoyment.
Anime is not always what it appears to be. Truthfully this shows that any anime that is created with passion can be a joy to watch. The hook for this anime for me was the unique comedy and wanting to find out what situations the characters manage to get themselves into.
Story: The story follows some clichés but is extremely original at times in episodes that are stand-alone. I liked that there’s a healthy portion of the series that didn't use cliffhangers to keep you hooked which allowed me not to feel guilty by stopping and picking up later. I’m impressed that they turned
some clichés upside down and actually had references to other anime within the show.
Art: The art is rather good in most respects; I like the style they use quite well for the characters and battle effects. There are some rather weird designs for some characters though, for example, they may wear very odd clothes since some of them have weird fetishes or even no clothes with a trademark elephant animation covering up the guy’s private area.
Sound: I loved the opening and ending that this series used. They had a great upbeat feeling and they never made me feel like skipping them. I enjoyed the music played in the backgrounds, the voice actors’ performances, and effects used for the sounds. The music was used in a nice way to enhance the tension or comedy of the dramatically different situations.
Character: I found a large amount of the characters to be interesting and likeable mainly Youko and Keita. Youko has a quick temper and Keita gives into his male fantasies in ways that are rather humorous.
Enjoyment: It’s a very enjoyable anime particularly when it doesn’t take itself too seriously and the ecchi is a nice bonus for it. The yaoi-ish humor my turn some people off from enjoying it fully though. For others it’s a bonus since it’s definitely a large part of the comedy that I enjoyed.
Overall: There is much fun to be had with this anime and it’s highly recommended for people who want to watch an anime with a large amount of original comedy and enjoyable characters. This is one of the few anime that I would recommend anyone to who wants to see something not mainstream.
Highs: Hilarious, light-hearted fun; character interactions; surprisingly good plot
Lows: Romantic moments are out of place; thin characters; comedy not for all; unsatisfying conclusion; repetitive at times;
Review: Girls? Nudity? Fanservice? Check. If this is content you wholeheartedly enjoy, then you might as well stop reading this review right now. Yes, faithful reader, Inukami fulfills all of your dormant inner desires. But I digress, for the audience who want a little meat with their potatoes, you may continue reading. To be blunt; Inukami is hilarious. Maybe I have become so desensitized to risque comedy that I am no longer embarrassed to be caught watching it.
The character interactions
and situational hilarity is where Inukami! truly shines. Keita is a womanizing, skirt-chasing fiend who perfectly fits the lead role. Along with Youko, the destructive and extremely envious female lead and the twelve lovable Inukami, we have mesh of unique personalities that serve create wonderful comedic chemistry. The characters involved ensure that the comedy never falls flat. Nevertheless, the type of comedy in Inukami! is not for everyone. To find the same enjoyment as I have, requires an acquired taste for sexually suggestive humor.
Inukami! follows a simple, yet surprisingly good plot. Following the actions of Keita and the Inukami as they battle to exorcise evil spirits has its charm. However, this same solid plot affects the anime in negative ways. The story has its share of the “more serious” moments that tease the character-driven viewer with a tug at the emotions. But, the dedicated stance to getting "the laughs" makes much of this attempted “seriousness” and romance feel awkward and out of place. There are efforts in character development, although much of the large cast feels thin, receiving no more attention than a few scenes in a single episode.
Inukami! leaves you with mixed emotions. Drama manages to sneak its way into the conclusion, but the producers seemed content with ending the series along a “status-quo” which is disappointing for those who had hoped to see some last minute growth in the characters. Inukami! is truthfully, very entertaining. If you look past the flaws and do not expect too much, there is much fun to be had. If you are looking for a light-hearted, ecchi comedy, then Inukami is waiting for you. Just remember to leave your brain at the door and sit back, relax and enjoy the show.