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.
The anime I'll be looking at this week is based on a series of light novels by Arisawa Mamizu, who I've never heard of before this, with an anime adaptation by Seven Arcs... Wait, the studio behind Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha? That's got to be a good sign. This is Inukami.
There is a story, but it only really starts in the last six episodes or so. Everything before that focuses more on setting up the scenario and attempts at humour. The scenario is simple. Our protagonist is Kawahira Keita. He comes from a family that works with Inukami in order to protect the peace
and seek justice. What an original concept... Wait, no. What's the opposite of original? Oh yes, trite. What a trite concept. I'll talk about the comedy for a bit. Most of it doesn't work all that well. Most of the jokes are quite predictable and play on the concept that Keita being a pervert is funny, or that nudity is funny because... modesty is a thing. Suffice it to say, there aren't many legitimately funny moments. Some of the subversive humour works pretty well but aside from those rare moments it doesn't offer much. I won't go into too much detail about the story since, as stated earlier, it doesn't really get going until towards the end. Which is a problem with the series. If you want to have a comedy, fine. If you want to have a light-hearted story with some dark elements, fine. The issue is that most of the episodes don't tie into the main storyline. You could remove a good eighteen episodes and lose nothing that's needed for the story. If they were going to take this route they should've started introducing actual important elements earlier on instead of just throwing a bunch of characters who showed up earlier in the story focused episodes to try and pretend that they mattered. That being said, I do like that the big bad has an actual reason for toying with his opponents instead of just being too incompetent to finish them when he has the chance. Kudos for that one. The ending is really predictable though, which is kind of to be expected in an anime like this, but it's still kind of annoying. Then there's the romance. The romance in this is not only devoid of chemistry but it's pretty disgusting when you consider both the age difference of several centuries and the fact that it's bestiality. An aspect which is played up for humour on several occasions.
Most of the characters aren't particularly interesting. Part of the problem is that there are a lot of major characters including twelve inukami, three masters, an investigator and three antagonists. The ones we spend the most time with, Keita and Youko, are thoroughly unlikable and stock characters. Keita is basically an identical character to Carrot from Bakuretsu Hunters, a pervert who chases everyone, except the person openly interested in him who supposedly has a heart of gold. Except that Carrot was consistent and Keita will claim not to be interested in, say, the twins in one episode but'll fantasise about and flirt with them in others. Youko is more like Akane from Ranma 1/2. The jealous and possessive love interest who has no personality outside of the guy she's connected to. The minor characters fare a little better and not just because they'd pretty much have to. There's an episode that explores Kayano and Hake's past and makes it look like it was quite interesting. Some of the other secondary characters have potential but they don't get the time to develop it into anything interesting.
The art in this isn't bad, but it is really lazy. Everything from the largely blank backgrounds to the mediocre designs just speaks of a lack of effort. The fight scenes are quite possibly the worst. They tend to be a lot of repeated motions and coloured balls slamming into each other. I'm not really going to complain about the fan-service in this one just because it's pretty equal opportunity with both male and female characters being put into questionable positions. And that bothers me a lot less than an anime that constantly strips its female characters while leaving the men untouched. It just doesn't seem nearly as objectifying.
The voice acting is the best part of the series. They got some pretty big name and talented actors to do the vocals for this. Hayashibara Megumi, who I'm going to mention first even though she has a really small role just because she's awesome, Horie Yue, Canna Nobutoshi, Hayami Show, Mizuki Nana and Nazuka Kaori to name just a few. The music is really good too. Which makes the sound the best part of the series.
The yuri factor is a 2/10. There are a few scenes between Kaoru's Inukami that come off as kind of homo-erotic, but there's no real pattern and they're quick to remind you that they all love Kaoru so huggy muggy much.
My final rating for Inukami is a 3/10. There are a few funny moments and the voice acting and music are great. Aside from that, however, it's a mess of predictable jokes and under-developed characters. If you think that seeing perverts run around is funny you might have fun with it. Otherwise I couldn't recommend it. It's few genuinely funny moments just aren't worth enduring the romance, which is so bad it could've been written by Stephanie Meyer.
Inukami are dog spirits, and Keita comes from a family that uses these spirits along with their own spiritual powers to rid the world of evil. Youko is Keita`s Inukami, but she`s not like the others. Not obedient nor respectful, she is a big burden on Keita financially. Youko does, at the very least, love him. She is prone to jealousy though, and extremely possessive, not to mention starved for attention, but Keita is a free, perverted soul who does his best to escape her grasp and hit on all the women he comes across. It`s too bad for him that Youko can teleport and
A vast majority of Inukami is episodic. Youko and Keita get caught in situations while extinguishing evil at the request of others. Very slowly, a central story line involving Youko`s father and a perverted wizard develops, but it works within the episodic Inukami framework. The smaller subplots all involve Youko and Keita abusing each other. Keita takes advantage of his Inukami`s naivete to hide his unfaithful intentions while Youko, ever the sadist, will often tease Keita into situations where he`s the most vulnerable, only to suddenly humiliate him. She`s not beyond outright delivering simple and straightforward vengeance when she feels wronged either. Youko, unlike most tsundere`s, makes it clear to all that she wants Keita, or rather, she already sees him as her property. Her innocent notions of romance, cuddling, going on dates, receiving courting gifts, gives her sadistic nature a playfulness that makes it easy to laugh at. Her favorite form of torture is teleporting Keita out of his clothing, buck naked in the middle of the street. It may sound harsh, but Keita`s closet exhibitionism keeps him from being traumatized. Youko`s violence doesn`t stem from misunderstandings ala Love Hina. Keita`s punishments are his just deserts. His humorous ambivalence, or even outright aversion to Youko`s tenderness alone warrants a smack. Add to that his shameless sex drive and a pompous chauvinism, and it feels good to see the bastard hurt a little.
For a harem girl, Youko is quite a joy to watch. She`s innocent at heart, mischievous with her lover, but at the same time easy to anger, and frighteningly belligerent. Her abusiveness with Keita is a slap on the wrist compared to the hell she`d unleash if prompted by her jealousy and possessiveness. The gloves are off for people who stand between her and her cozy relationship with Keita. It might sound biploar, a murderous violence with innocent affection behind it, but it all makes sense under her territorial nature; almost like a nurturing beast protecting its offspring.
Inukami is splashed with harem drama, but its sense of humor is its boon. At least half of the scenes that are built like a corny attempt at a tear jerker are, at the last moment, twisted into one of its ridiculous jokes. Aside from the lovers` spats of Youko and Keita, the humor in Inukami is totally inappropriate, and i mean that in a good way. The Inukami world is full of freaks with all kinds of sexual "hobbies". The villain in the first episode is a restless soul who shoots people with a beam from his genitals, stripping them of their clothing, and he`s one of the tamer ones.
The minor characters; the freaks, perverts, Youko`s ridiculous father and the exhibitionist wizard display their rather nasty perversions so openly and proudly, so earnestly that it`s hard not to laugh at how harmless yet disgusting they are. One of them is a salary man, complete with a suit, who spends all his screen time tied up in bondage fashion with ropes, screaming to be punished. He doesn`t even untie himself to walk. Most of the real cast was quite a drag though. Keita`s cousin`s 10 Inukami, which he encounters quite often, are a gang of shamelessly unoriginal harem characters. Keita himself is something of a cliche harem anime lead: perverted most of the time, but unnaturally caring at others. Keita is a functional, if simple character when he is a skirt chaser, but his sex driven mind is so extreme that it`s hard to see him in any other role, much a considerate prince charming that the girls swoon over. The kindness is such a sudden and contradictory shift that it feels unnatural.
As fun as it is to watch Inukami`s twisted humor, it is just as unbearable when it doesn`t have the good sense to stay away from drama. Towards the end, a story that actually takes itself seriously develops, which peaks at a long and melodramatic battle between the heroes, and a real villain. Not some exhibitionist or pervert, but maybe the embodiment of evil itself. Putting aside its unbearable cheesiness, it just feels completely out of place in the established Inukami world. It begs the question why a harem comedy based on perversion of all sorts suddenly wants a Sailor Moon-esque ending.
Inukami is quite long, and eventually Youko`s violence becomes more and more simple. It is too often devoid of the trickery by both parties that made the abuse fun earlier in the series. Keita doesn`t even attempt to escape Youko before setting his lecherous sights on some other girl. In fact, he`ll holler at girls when she`s right next to him, evidently, asking to be burned to a crisp.
It`s easy to recommend the first 2 episodes to anyone who`s okay having a little male nudity with their fan service, but the humor becomes more and more tainted with standard harem fare as the series moves on, and the ending takes an epic turn for the terrible.
At the time I first watched this anime, I was just randomly picking animes on myanimelist and watching them regardless of their score. Inukami in particular didn't look like anything special, but it turned out to be the shining gem buried in a pile of shit.
Story and Art were good. At times the story didn't follow the story arc format, and each episode possessed its own individual stories, but closer to the end of the series, Inukami does turn into a story arc show.
This show looked like just another ecchi comedy anime, but I was greatly mistaken with this judgment. While the humor is perverted
in nature, it veers away from the usual "trip and fall on top of the girl with the hand touching an inappropriate place," and the overly used sexual situations that usually occur in animes. The humor of this anime is just plain WRONG in a good way. The humor is perverted in nature, but not in a sexual way (I know that sounds like a contradiction, but you'll know what I mean when you watch it).
Lets just say all of the villains are unbelievably likable. They all seem to have a male genital complex. Instead of using their hands or swords for weapons, THEIR GENITALS BECOME THE WEAPONS that the heroes must fight against (I know WTF). Just try watching the first episode and I know you will definitely be hooked.
Inukami! is a slapstick comedy following the adventures of Keita and Youko as they face enemies and spirits that must be vanquished. After 26 episodes, I must admit I was a bit bored with the episodic, repetitive style Inukami! follows, but the comedy throughout each episode was worth watching.
There's very little character development, even among the main characters. Inukami! is meant as a pure comedy anime, and as such, things such as story and characters are definitely not strengths here. The reason for watching is to enjoy and laugh at the hilarious situations that come up.
The art is well done. There is very little CG
effects; heck, even the explosions are drawn. What's really different is how the characters are drawn. Most anime have skinny characters, but Inukami! has very chubby (and I might add, a little on the short side!) characters. It looks a bit ugly at the start, but you'll get used to the style after a few episodes.
The sound is fair. Nothing that stands out as fantastic or terrible.
Overall, I enjoyed the pure hilarity in Inukami!, although due to its lack of story and engaging characters, it shouldn't have been 26 episodes. The only thing that's worth watching for is the comedy, and with 26 episodes, after the initial humor dies out, there isn't much of a show to watch. The ending wasn't too bad, although it was EXTREMELY cliched and predictable.
In the end my evaluation of this series when my friends asked me about was that if you don't mind like a thousand penis jokes then go ahead and watch this series. That's right so sue me if that's wrong but that how I felt.
Story- The story itself is a new twist on numerous generic plots those being the animes where there is a master slave scenario (though not in the evil hurting way and more cutesy pokemon way), there is a play on the spirit world/spirit hunter type of anime, and of course your basic girl meets guy plot with a harem scheme thrown
in to keep things interesting.
Art- Okay it wasn't terribly drawn but I think things could've been done better so in the end I was a little unimpressed with the art.
Sound- Voice acting was okay and so was every other sound I heard of course jap lang eng sub is best for optimum watching experience.
Character- I felt more could've been done with character development I mean this series had a lot of episodes and plenty of them were just plain unnecessary so what would've been so bad about some deeper character development episodes.
Enjoyment- I liked plenty of aspects about the series but because of some of the blatantly unnecessary stupidity and cruddy jokes my enjoyment was far less than it should've been.
Overall- I summarize this series as a bad joke that's good for a cheap laugh. The romance aspect of it is a little mediocre and the action is equivalent to that which means your watching for the comedy and since I'm not a big fan of penis jokes I kind of rolled my eyes alot.
This show is all around pretty good. Its funny. But it can be very serious. It has romance. But also some ecchi. The fighting is done well. The characters are very realistic and likable. The only bad thing I have to say about this show is. The amount of MALE NUDITY! really disturbed me. You will see ten times more naked men in this show than any other. Ya that part sucks. they should have shown more girl nudity. but oh well. the girls in the show are really hot. so in conclusion. If you can stand some male nudity than you should defineatly watch
this show. beacuse it is really good.
Seven Arcs is amazing... with classic works such as Magical Lyrical Nanoha, (in my opinion) Sekirei and a few other famous shows I've yet to seen.
Inukami reminds and far surpasses a lot of other shows I've watched, e.g. Kanon (2006), Zero no T, ToraDora, Lovely Complex etc.
It consists of several genres, such as comedy, supernatural, slice of life, action, shounen, tragedy, romance etc., and does very well in all of them. There is not one genre that is dominant (if there is it would be comedy) and there aren't significant one-path arcs (unlike Princess Lover!, first 6 vs last 6 eps), except the ending
episodes, which solved all of the mysteries covered earlier in the series.
Notably, in the supernatural genre, its skills development were pretty stagnant, as in the case of Wagaya Oinari-sama, but Inukami does not adopt a mainly slice-of-life approach, which Wagaya does.
Another supernatural genre show, Nurarihyon no Mago, is not bad too, except that its events usually take 2 to 3 episodes to resolve, thus resulting in low content, which is unlike Inukami,which has a lot of events that start and end within 1 ep.
The story is undeniably constructed in a sense of enjoyment first, plot later. The first few episodes were mainly gag, but setting a clear direction for the show to follow: a show filled with perverts.
As the story continued on, there were tons of tear-jerking moments, hot-blooded action, tragedy etc. which in a way reminds me of Ai Kora manga.
The ending, lasting a few episodes, was not exactly fantastic as some parts seem too easily resolved and there was sort of a "cliffhanger" at the end. But what was fantastic was the studio's ability to incorporate humour even in the darkest scenes. Therefore, although there was a lot of tragedy, the viewer still can enjoy it at the end.
The color used seemed to be pastel colors, I believe. Seeing that this is a 2003 show, I wouldn't mind the color too much. What surprised me was the animation. Sometimes the action is quite fluid, while sometimes the animation moved in frames. Most action scenes were fluid though, which was commendable.
The art was consistent (as in character designs and the background, and of course the elephants :D)
The sound part was a bit unsatisfactory though. I liked most OSTs, although a few of them sounded out-of-tune somehow.
The OP was nice, both music and animation, except that the music was kinda melancholic and the tune was repeated a few times. This is in contrast to a mostly "happy" show (meaning light atmosphere).
The ED on the other hand, was good both by animation and music (esp with a few quirky versions such as ep18's ed, which was about machos and sung by machos). However, the lyrics were a bit out compared to the content of the show, and I felt it should not have been used there.
The character section was the ace of the show. Quirky frequently-aired characters numbering at least 20 played their roles well in making the show a huge success.
Keita and Youko's voices were very well done as they portrayed tons of emotions and scenes that ranged from a kids to a "more grown up" show (lol).
The huge number of cast was managed very well, and none of the characters seemed awkward in the show.
This is a very subjective section, some of the viewers might not accept the large amounts of MANSERVICE (quoted from Archaeon) that is truly truly unique in this show.
Well some parts may be a little disgusting to certain people but I certainly enjoyed this show more than most other anime I've watched (Well, its chaotic comedy seems to lose to Macademi Wasshoi imo though).
This seems to be an underrated anime. Overall, THIS IS A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED!!! Well, that is, unless you can't take the direction that this unique show took. To be honest, its tear-jerking parts could match that of Kanon 2006 (imo of course!!)
Let me just start by saying that this is one hell of an anime any way you look at it. I'm certain my judgement of its flaws are clouded by how much fun I had wa tching it, but what can I say. It was a joyride. The whole layput of the anime is a bit weird so I will split my review into 2 halfs and judge them semiholistically rather than going over character, story, art, and all that crap.
The first bit is full of carefree standalone or 2 part episodes that really just feature the
main 2 characters and focuses on the ecchi and comedy aspect. I remember laughing a decent amount. I myself have been super desensitized to fan service/ecchi, but there seems to be very little in this anime makes a bit of sense since its from 2006. Overall the first bit is carefree and easy to watch. You can watch it at your own pace as well.
Then we get to last 3rd/quarter which is an absolute treat. It starts ramping up a bit midway through and you sort of think that it is going to start to take itself too seriously and fall on its face, but it does the opposite. This anime will 100% make you say "gawd dayyum this shit just got real!" But the 0 to 1000 that happens is absolutely exhilerating. Every aspect of the anime amps up to the max from the story to the character developement, the animation and music, the romance, the action, and even the comedy. The final episode is really well done as well which is a rarity for me. I am so used to being dissapointed or longing for more but I think that InuKami really wrapped itself up nicely. The transition from the first half to the second was a little odd but idk it really worked for me.
Overall this anime of course had its problems and was quite a bit of a mess, however it was always incredibly enjoyable. If it was refined it would have been a classic, but I can respect the artistic chaos the producers went with as it gives it a lot of uniquness that will make it unforgettable. Absolutely loved this show.
The best way to describe it is a romantic comedy. And for everyone that hoped for an ending were Urusei Yatsura characters Lum and Ataru finally admit their feelings and start acknowledging each other then this is the anime for you. Although it has a lot of fillers there is a pretty solid (and funny) main story and a sort of resolution at the end. There are plenty of questions left unanswered (that is why it gets just 9) probably because they hoped for a second season or because they did not know in what direction to go with the manga still unfinished. Regardless of
this it is very funny and the ending is acceptable. As graphic I would say it does not try to be the most realistic but it is still acceptable (unlike Naruto) . Where the anime really shines though is at character development. Although the first few episodes it will seem it is none there is plenty of it. Some may believe this is harem type but it is not, it is just a romantic comedy.
I give this series an 8000 outta 9000! And lots of kittens too. And doggies are cute in this show. I love how the chocolate plays a role in the series. Truly a masterpiece children will watch for years to come. :) Many of us will look back on this series and be like "why haven't I ever heard of this fine work of art?" It's so good that you will be dropping your PS4 Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy playthrough and watch 26 episodes and a movie of this show back to back for 24 hours a day seven days a week. Screw One
Piece and their 9000 episode of filler cringe? This is the anime that's bringing the industry back from the stone age. Hopefully, Slugbox will make great fanart of this show just to show those haters that this show is golden and needs a second chance on the Toonami block. If Tenchi Muyo! can come back to television? So can this show. #InukamiOnToonami