Inu To Hasami Wa Tsukaiyou

January 25, 2014

Say you are at the prime of your life. You have many things you want to accomplish, yet to accomplish. Suddenly you are killed by some unfortunate circumstances. Will you move on to the next world or reincarnate into something else, say an animal? Don’t get the wrong idea that Inu To Hasami Wa Tsukaiyou is about a guy being reincarnated as a dog and living out his dog days as a mutt. Instead, we have him in his new dog form and his sadistic-cum-abusive owner. Yeah. Don’t mistake this being some sort of heart wrenching drama either. It’s filled with silly comical bits. So for those of you who are pure and extreme dog lovers, you might want to stay away from this anime because despite the dachshund looking cute and will probably melt the hearts of every girl in town (okay, maybe not), many of the so called funny bits come from the near abusive ways the owner gives her pet dog either for his wise cracks or just to flaunt her scissors cutting skills. How can abusing an animal be funny? Leave it to anime to turn cruel into fun. Just like porn… Well, now that he’s a dog, he’s lost his human rights so if he gets ‘murdered’, the owner won’t be charged under homicide, right? I know there are animal rights but they are not as punitive as much as the laws set for humans. But that’s not the point of this story anywhere. Enjoy your daily dog abuse, which is what you’ll be seeing in every episode. If you’re still fuming with fury, then better treat your own dog nicely first.

Episode 1
Kazuhito Harumi the dachshund hound is happily reading his book when his owner Kirihime Natsuno wants him to die!!! WTF?! She whips out her scissors but I guess this must happened a lot for him to dodge her attacks. As explained, Kazuhito wasn’t a dog to begin with. He was human. As an avid book lover, he currently is staying by himself in Tokyo at Sumiya Hall after he decided not to follow his parents transfer out due to their work. His room is filled to the brim with books and his favourite author turns out to be Shinobu Akiyama. Her real identity is unknown but she took the nation by storm with her best-sellers and wrote many books under many genres. He is particularly interested in her Deadly Sins series that changed his life. However the last volume hasn’t been released and it has been already a year. He really wants to read it. While at the cafe, Kazuhito’s day is going to get worse because he realizes his wallet is missing and a lone robber is holding up the place. As he tells the customers to stand up, the girl in the next table ignores him and continues to write. Feeling pissed, he is about to shoot her so Kazuhito fends him off. As they struggle, she continues writing like as though she is unaware of her surroundings. The gun is point blank in Kazuhito’s face. Bang! He’s dead. And she’s still writing… Kazuhito’s life flash before his eyes and all the people he has met. But the one thing he regrets most is not reading Shinobu’s final work so he doesn’t want to die. Next thing he knows, he is in a cage and the afro guy goes to get dog food for him. Dog food? Then he realizes from looking at the mirror, he has become a dog! While being reborn as one sounds ridiculous, even more ridiculous is that he hasn’t read a book for an entire week! What are the withdrawal symptoms for that? Just then, Natsuno waltzes in like a heroine and buys the dog. At first the afro guy tells her it is not for sale (he picked up the abandoned dog) but she cuts the metal cage with her scissors, Hasajiro! Holy sh*t! Don’t mess with her.

However… Kazuhito is tied up back in her apartment mansion and she is going to kill him! Seems she can hear his thoughts and this occurrence is only restricted to him. She can hear no other animals thought nor has she heard of such cases before. She wants him dead because his voice has been ringing in her head for the last few days. It’s driving her crazy. She followed that voice to the pet shop and found the source. Natsuno continues to be arrogant and dominant over the dog. But she calms down after hearing about his robbery victim case. She takes a shower and comes back in her lingerie. Does it turn a perverted dog on? Well, Kazuhito is only into books so I guess he prefers his porn in the form of text, huh? Does Playboy count? Besides, Natsuno is flat so it doesn’t make… Instantly she cuts him… Loose. Thought he was a goner there. She suggests he lives with her for a while. Where has he got to go, right? Better accept her hospitality or else she gets this urge to find out how dog meat tastes like. Kazuhito felt like he died and went to Heaven because Natsuno’s place is filled with rows and rows of books! Actually he did die once but that’s not the point. I’m sure he’ll be very happy with his stay here. He learns another surprising fact: Shinobu is Natsuno’s pen name! This sadistic scissors user is Shinobu? Kazuhito gets demanding and tells her to finish up that last volume of the Deadly Sins series. He better thank his luck stars she didn’t kill him. As he lives with her, he notices she is good in cooking, cleaning and even martial arts. Then he hears the news about the cafe robbery. The suspect, Touji Nakahara is still at large but the police are still keeping vigilant. Kazuhito gets nostalgic thinking about his past life and that awful day he had. Natsuno heard it and makes a call to find out about the victim’s address. She is puzzled it is the wrong room number. Next day, after feeding doggie with kebab, she takes him out to Sumiya Hall to settle their score.

Episode 2
Going a little back in time in the morning, Natsuno and Kazuhito argue about the latter being given a dog collar. On their way through the streets, an annoying girl named Maxi Akizuki tries to get Natsuno’s attention with some flashy distraction but was blatantly ignored. Shining! Too bad her SPs had to take her away since it’s work time. Outside Sumiya Hall, she wants to enter room 102 but Kazuhito says he lives in room 101 and room 102 is used as storage for his books. Apparently he was told he could live here for free if he took care of the place so he turned 102 into his own library and moved into 101. He never told anybody since they might send him less money. That means less money to buy books, right? Natsuno has the keys to 102 because she used her influence to get them. Her sister is a policewoman. Authority abuse! Inside, a newspaper with a front page article of the shooting. Natsuno deduces the suspect fled and his hiding somewhere. When he shot Kazuhito, he stole his wallet and noticed his address. Needing the place to hide, he came to Sumiya Hall but couldn’t enter room 102 since the label on the key is 101. Nobody, not the police or his family went to room 101 because it was documented as nobody living there. In short, the suspect is hiding there. They hear somebody stumbling out from next door and true enough, it’s the suspect. They chase him and on the bridge, he fights back using Shinobu’s thick Deadly Sins series! He even padded himself with them as protection! He says he can’t be caught yet until he reads the final volume! So this guy read her books and changed? I guess during his hiding, he read many of her other books too as he employs other fighting techniques created by the author herself! And the author gets owned! Just when it looked like Natsuno is done for, she was just looking for a chance to strike back. Using her scissors, she cuts his pockets so that the books drop out. Since he is mentally unstable, he goes crazy about ‘his’ books.

She deals the finishing blow and he is left hanging precariously on the edge of the bridge. One push and he will fall to his doom below. Natsuno wants Kazuhito to kill him because after all, he killed him, right? He must hate him. Plus, he won’t be legally charged of murder as a dog. To her surprise, Kazuhito pulls him back down. Why? Because he loves books too. The part of being killed is already done and over. Besides, he is still alive as a dog, isn’t he? Killing him won’t turn him back into a human and it would definitely affect the way he reads books. Natsuno will kill him then. That’s when Kazuhito realizes she has been blaming herself for Kazuhito’s death all the time. Had she not been writing, he wouldn’t have risked his life to save her. Kazuhito pounces on her to make her come to her senses. He did it because he wants to. Although he loves books, he is not willing to go as far as kill for it. On the way back, Natsuno has developed some sort of feelings for the dog. The twisted kind. Because she wonders if she could understand his feelings if she cuts open his chest!!! While Natsuno gets embarrassed ranting away about children (she actually thought of doing it with a dog?), Kazuhito remembers his room door is left open and wants to go back and lock it. Since Natsuno is still in her fantasy, he insults her small chests to get her attention. After the sixth time (she counted it too), she turns into a mad woman and is going to cut him up!

Episode 3
Kazuhito dreams about his sister Madoka. But too much of Natsuno means he sees her in his dreams too! What a nightmare. Waking up, he sees an unfamiliar woman sitting by the table. This zombie woman, Suzuna Hiiragi seems able to hear what Kazuhito says! Or so he thinks. Not. Because she starts acting in some fantasy delusion of taking over the underworld. When Natsuno returns, Kazuhito learns Suzuna is her editor. Judging from her latest writing, Suzuna gives the thumbs down. Natsuno is recently in a slump. She is suggested to do different things for a change but steps on a landmine when she suggested breasts implants. Doesn’t Suzuna has the biggest boobs and is flaunting it! Natsuno almost cuts her but slightly rips her shirt. Suzuna is impressed and loves it. I guess this proves she is a masochist and looks forward to more of it next time. This isn’t a beauty salon for your information. As she leaves, she warns about the recent serial slasher case and to be careful. Later Kazuhito asks Natsuno about her slump. It started about 3 months ago. That’s like when he came into her life as a dog, right? Oh no. Don’t find this as an excuse to blame and cut him up! Suzuna returns another day to check up on her. She is still in a slump. Suzuna also has more information about the slasher and other signs. Natsuno suggests she be the bait herself and draw out the slasher. If she captures it, she’ll reward her with abuse. Right away, she’ll do it! Maybe that’s just a plot to send her away forever…

So in the mean time, Natsuno and the dog will look for their own clues. Asking around, it seems that the victims had one thing in common: They were reading a book from Shinobu. Along the way, it’s that annoying Maxi again. Taking a closer look, Kazuhito remembers and recognizes her as a famous idol-cum-author. Together with Shinobu and Momiji Himehagi, the trio are Japan’s youngest best-selling authors. Natsuno isn’t impressed how her identity is known and doesn’t have time to entertain her whatsoever. Maxi won’t lose out and draws her attention by insulting her flat chests. That does it. Natsuno will shave her head and make her shine more while Maxi will polish her breasts till it becomes really flat. Thankfully world war didn’t start because her SPs whisk her away to get another job done. As Natsuno and Kazuhito stop and think about the clues, they hear afro guy’s scream. He has become another victim of the slasher, although a portion of his afro was just cut. Natsuno chases after a suspicious hooded character. Kazuhito’s doggie sense leads him to the alley whereby he spots a book of Shinobu. He is obviously walking into an obvious cheap trap but he can’t help it since he wants to read it so much to pass the time. Slam! He dreams about Madoka. The time she somewhat finished a volume of Shinobu’s Deadly Sins series. She doesn’t seem all enthusiastic like Kazuhito. Asking what was her favourite this, favourite that in the book. Shinobu that great, huh? The next time he wakes up, he realizes he is back in his own Sumiya Hall room all tied up. To his surprise, Madoka appears before him and is relieved that she has found him.

Episode 4
Unlike Kazuhito the bookworm, Madoka is popular and athletic. But it looks to me like she has a serious case of buranko. When a senior confessed to her, he helped her out by looking up books on love but she got upset at him. It seems Madoka can hear Kazuhito’s thoughts and is very happy she has found him. Then he senses something amiss. Why isn’t she answering his questions? Oh. Another false alarm. She can’t read his mind and is ranting away in her own fantasy they’ll be together. But the mind boggling part is how she knows the dog is her brother. Her eyes get crazier by the moment each time she says they’ll be together forever from A to Z. She tries to force feed him with some super chilli dish that is making his body hurt without even taking a bite (I know, it’s getting to me too) but she leaves to get another ingredient. Thought he is safe? Out of the frying pan and into the fire because Natsuno is outside spying and she doesn’t look to happy. Taking him back to her mansion, it’s the usual dog abuse. She accuses him of flirting with another girl and is having a hard time believing that cat burglar is his sister. Why she tied him up back in his place is also a mystery. I take it Natsuno has lost the culprit but at that moment, he dropped a volume of Shinobu’s Deadly Sins series. It is confirmed that her books are involved but couldn’t the culprit be one of her crazy fans? Kazuhito tries hard not to accuse Madoka because it is suspected that she baited him with it. Then she imprisoned him and acted all strange, right? Although nobody really got hurt in the incident, Natsuno still feels the need to make her pay for hurting her heart. Sure, that’s not her stomach?

Next day as they continue to search for the slasher, here comes that Suzuna. She gets verbal abuse by Natsuno for failing to keep her promise of preventing another slasher victim. I think she likes the abuse very much. She thought the info of Shinobu books relating to this incident would help but Natsuno already knew it like ages ago. There is another thing she heard. A rumour about a girl crying while cutting up Shinobu’s books at the playground. Rushing over, they see torn pages of one of her volumes. Then comes in Madoka. The girls get into a showdown. Madoka doesn’t like this woman near her brother. Since the dog doesn’t want to die from either side, he is forced to stay out. Natsuno asks her about the torn page and her reply is she thought she burnt all the Shinobu books for him. With that, Natsuno throws a smokescreen to escape. Back at her mansion, they discuss that Madoka may be the slasher. Kazuhito doesn’t think she hates Shinobu that much but Natsuno thinks she is trying to prevent Shinobu from stealing her brother. Although he admits he likes Shinobu’s books, he would never hate Madoka. However Madoka might not see it that way. She deduces it might not be fun for her when her brother starts talking about Shinobu. His death may have triggered it. He refused to move with the family, lived alone in Tokyo and died. Madoka felt losing someone important and lost herself. The hatred she felt for Shinobu went out of control and believed her brother died because of her. Kazuhito realizes although he has accepted his death, he never thought about his family since he was afraid to think about them. So if Madoka destroys the person who stole her brother, he might just come back to life. But that’s not likely in reality, right? Whether Madoka is the slasher or not, Kazuhito wants to be the one to stop her but he can’t do it alone and requests for Natsuno’s help. She agrees when Madoka comes crashing into the window! I found you…

Episode 5
Madoka placed a tracker on Kazuhito… Her anger reaches boiling point when Natsuno reveals she is Shinobu. She is told to face reality that her brother is gone and would her brother approve such action? How does she know so much about him? Because she believes in her readers. She saw Kazuhito died before her eyes. Because he is one of her readers, she will continue writing for him. She wants Madoka to open her eyes now but she takes the dog and jumps out of the window! How many storeys is that?! If so, how the hell did she crash in here the first place?! At the park, Madoka mentions she felt she could find her brother if she came here despite knowing the dog isn’t her brother. She set up traps and thought the only one ‘dumb’ enough to fall for it would be a brother. When doggie did, she was happy and believed it was him. Natsuno finds them (because she too had a tracker on Kazuhito). It’s time to settle things. Madoka unleashes her Tuna Eater! WTF is this giant futuristic sword?! I don’t remember watching this as a sci-fi fantasy? So it’s a big knife versus a small scissors? Madoka loses and despite knowing Kazuhito is gone, she’s doing this to prove herself as his sister and can’t let their connection fail here. Now Tuna Eater transforms into a gun! Man, I need to get one of those multi-purpose knives. She fires at her but Natsuno’s scissors cuts it into half! It’s Madoka’s lost. Instantly after that, both girls become friends and even had a good chat. Friendship after battle? Is this shonen anime? However they learn she is not the slasher. She only cut up books and abducted the dog. She cut the books because Kazuhito once told her if she sells books to used bookstores, authors lose their royalties so it’s best to cut or burn them.

Kazuhito calls Suzuna to come out of her hiding. There she is and she can hear Kazuhito’s thoughts well and clear. He deduced something was wrong when Suzuna talked to Natsuno in the city like as though she was talking about Natsuno and the dog together. Kazuhito deduces since all the information they based on was from her, Shinobu had nothing to do with it as she setup everything by spreading rumours. As Natsuno still didn’t really believe in it, she attacked afro guy. Suzuna admits she did them all. This is to cure her from her slump. She’ll do anything to get her back into writing. Kazuhito chooses to believe in Natsuno but as Suzuna points out, an author who doesn’t write isn’t an author. Noting the dog has grown close to her, she wonders what kind of books she will write if she is to kill him. Just joking. Kazuhito won’t accept her methods even if it’s for Natsuno’s sake. That’s when Natsuno jumps down into the scene like a super hero. She didn’t eavesdrop on their conversation. She knew everything right from the start. In just a single command, Suzuna is reduced to a sitting dog and confessed everything. So easy, huh? Natsuno says she has overcome her slump and scatters her pages in the air. She turns into a sadist, making Suzuna (gladly) catch them all before it hits the ground in a sitting position. Suzuna is impressed with her work and is even more impressed when Natsuno starts abusing her. Natsuno warns her never to interfere again. If she can’t do as she is told, she’ll be nice to her. Oh God! Hear her horrifying shrieky scream! She really is a masochist, is she? Now it’s Kazuhito’s turn to get beaten up when he demands the flat chest to finish her last Deadly Sins volume. Next day, Natsuno sees Madoka off at the train station. She will allow her to think her dog as her brother and do whatever she pleases. Because she was her reader, she would do anything to lend a hand to make her readers happy. After she departs, Kazuhito wonders about the real culprit case. Suzuna pops up to admit she already found and beaten up the real culprit while she was spreading the rumours to them. Natsuno punishes her and she loves it.

Episode 6
Kazuhito makes his usual trip to Honda Bookstore to buy his usual books. The store’s cashier and owner’s daughter, Sakura of course thought it was for his master. Dogs don’t read, right? But this one does… He needs to go now or else a certain demon comes back. Too late. Sakura’s sister, Yayoi cuddles him. Does he hate it or love it? Back home, Natsuno is going to kill him for ‘cheating’ her when he let ‘other woman’ touch him. Kazuhito remember Yayoi said she was leaving this place soon and Natsuno deduces she would be running away. Kazuhito thinks how much Sakura has grown in her efficiency to handle her job compared to her incompetent father but Natsuno misinterprets he was talking about breasts. I think she purposely twists her words so she could abuse him! Natsuno allows him to talk how they met. When Kazuhito arrived here for the first time and supposed to meet the Sumiya Hall manager, he waited for a long time so much so he finished the books he read. He entered Honda Bookstore nearby to see Sakura being chided by an old lady for selling a boring book. That book is from Shinobu. Kazuhito argues back her criteria for it being boring (since she didn’t read the entire book) and went on ranting and ranting and ranting… The old lady already left like ages ago. When Sakura’s father comes down, he thought Kazuhito was some delinquent and tries to whack him with a bat. He misses of course. He learns the truth and to make up for his err, he offers Kazuhito to take a free book along with other freebies. That was how the beautiful relationship started. Too bad Natsuno fell asleep… Kazuhito thought he could get his revenge by insulting her flat chest but apparently she did keep count in her sleep. She’s going to kill him 9 times! When Kazuhito goes to check on his favourite bookstore, Yayoi is in an argument with Sakura. She runs away and dognaps Kazuhito.

At the park, he learns the bookstore is going to close down and the family separated. Yayoi has decided on saving it but her sister was against it. And I suppose part of her plan to revive the bookstore is to make Kazuhito part of her advertising campaign, eh? As they walk through the shopping arcade, people start staring at how cute they are. Embarrassing? Girls want to hold the doggie. Lots of pictures snapped and uploaded. And Natsuno happen to see them. Jealousy rage… They even stumble into that annoying shining princess. She offers to make her store shine but got turned down. Yayoi and Kazuhito return to the park. Nothing accomplished. The kid starts crying. What can a doggie do? Well, he almost got cut but Natsuno’s scissors! That’s for not only cheating on her but making a girl cry! Yeah, it’s his fault. Leave it to Natsuno to explain some sisterly stuff and convince Yayoi to return home. After Yayoi apologizes to Sakura, the sisters make amends. When Natsuno asks about the store’s future, Sakura although did mention her father having bad business sense, she guarantees it will not close down no matter what. So how did Yayoi came to this conclusion? Perhaps too much TV drama. You see couples fight (in which their parents often do), leads to divorce and then break up. Sakura explains their parents’ fight isn’t a serious one. It’s their way to express love. Really? They’re into that sort of play? With this issue solve, Natsuno and Kazuhito walk home and the former wants to punish him to show him her love. Maybe just for tonight, Kazuhito doesn’t want to come home…

Episode 7
Kazuhito is interrupted from his reading pleasure since Natsuno wants his help to look for her favourite missing black bra with lace. He made the mistake of saying the need of her to wear a bra to begin with because there is no… You can guess what happens next. If the dog is going to help search, he needs to sniff for her body scent, right? After a couple of close moments and hurtling abuse that goes with it, Kazuhito gets tied up when he comments he didn’t even touch her breast because he doesn’t even know where it is! I’m sure Suzuna would love to be in his position but she is called here to help search for her bra. Uninterested Kazuhito goes back to reading and is again interrupted. He nearly got killed by her scissors but this time when he jumped, he bumped into the bookshelf. A box containing breast enlargement tools drop on his head. Oh no… They continue to expand their search to the gym below. Since that annoying muscle head Macho Munakata suggests her to work out to make her bust up, Kazuhito goes back to read. He realizes the bra in his blanket and remembers last night he was searching something to sleep under and pulled it out. Oh no… Natsuno returns from her failed work out (macho guy almost got killed when she threw the dumbbells at him). She sees her closet messed up. Evidence doesn’t seem like a thief was around. More like a certain dog trying to open her closet but failed. And so we see Kazuhito trying to rid the evidence as he makes his way through the shopping arcade. Yayoi does a cuddly attack on him and stumbles upon the bra. She thinks he stole it and wants him to turn himself in to the police?! Can a dog do that? He snatches the bra away and makes a run. Natsuno continues to look for Kazuhito and even asks Sakura if he has been here yet. Apparently not. She gets jealous upon realizing how Kazuhito has become popular with the locals. Because girls just love to cuddle and feel the fluffy and warmness… As she continues her search, she thought she felt someone following her.

Kazuhito is at the park trying to bury the bra. He hears somebody singing. Sachi Moribe the maid is not only doing a monologue, but some sort of singing and musical. Kazuhito recognizes the words she sings. It belongs to a famous book written by Momiji. At the end of the song, Kazuhito’s sneeze gives him away. Sachi goes crazy with embarrassment that somebody was watching her. Obviously. She’s dancing in public, right? So how? Kill him. Oh sh*t! Her broom just transformed into some sort of dangerous blade! Zapper of Corruption?! Is that a broom to begin with? Why is Kazuhito always bad with women and blades? Sachi really goes to great lengths trying to kill the dog! The dog!!! So much so he almost got ran over by a truck but was saved in time by Natsuno. Surprisingly, she seems authentically worried about him. Then it turns to rage because she is going to teach that maid a lesson for trying to kill someone’s dog. The showdown is put off when Sachi hears the sounds of the roasted potato seller. I guess she can’t resist them. She’s confident they’ll clash in the future. Natsuno discovers the bra he has and gets embarrassed. Especially the miniature dachshund design on it. Kazuhito realizes she likes dogs and thinks of acting more dog-like as possible so she could forgive him. Well, that’s not a choice he has. Because she gives him 3 other choices: A) Die; B) Die; and C) Die! Oh sh*t! Since he can’t choose, by default that means he has chosen all of them. Which means he will die 3 times! I guess this is what she meant when she said she won’t let him die easily…

Episode 8
Kazuhito is forced to come along with Natsuno to her favourite hotspring. She even invited Madoka so that by getting in her good books, she can be her sister-in-law one day. Speaking of book, Natsuno has a little love guide book to ‘deepen’ her relationship with her… Dog. I think I’m going to be in disgust thinking further about this. For sleeping arrangements, Natsuno hoped she would sleep with Kazuhito but he misinterpreted she had some yuri fetish and wanted to ‘eat’ Madoka. Disappointed? Because Madoka wants to spend more time with Kazuhito, the girls are in for another showdown. It is really heating up to boiling point when suddenly it’s time to soak in the hotspring. Eh? What? Suddenly they’re friends again? Natsuno warns the dog not to peep. How come her tone says otherwise? Like as though she wants him to. Really. The girls meet Sakura who is on her school field trip along with her profusely over-apologizing friend, Hami Oosawa. Natsuno waited too long in the bath and almost got dizzy. And then she blames the dog for not coming to peep. You expect the dog to understand you? At the dinner hall, looks like Suzuna and her masochist cult are tied up above the dinner table. Don’t even ask. That night, Natsuno thinks of sleeping next to Kazuhito. But she sees him sleeping next to his books. Rude awakening…  Next day as Natsuno take a walk to the store to get a whetstone, they pass by that (oh God, no) annoying idol and also Sachi who is at that same store to sharpen her tool. We expected a showdown but since Natsuno and Sachi have the same agreement on the whetstone, it’s like they’re friends. For now. WTF.

Returning back to the inn, Natsuno will sharpen her Hasajiro in the hotspring and ‘warns’ the dog not to peep. I think she really means the opposite. Don’t expect him to come because he is going to be reading. Just when Natsuno thought Kazuhito is coming in, turns out to be annoying Maxi. Kazuhito senses something strange. The inn staffs are acting like zombies and holding knives. They are marching towards the hotspring. Kazuhito barges in to warn her (she almost took it the wrong way that he finally gave in to his temptation). Natsuno is not surprised at this situation. When she was chasing the stalker, she fended off a horde of such ‘zombies’. That’s why Hasajiro dulled. Don’t forget the constant abuse on a certain dog too. The staffs attack her as she fends them off. Maxi is complaining everyone ignored her shining while Suzuna enjoys the pain of the staffs stepping over her. Can’t depend on these useless girls. Kazuhito buys time for Natsuno to sharpen her scissors. Throwing buckets? Thankfully, Madoka saves the day because she is one mad sister. Anybody who plans to hurt her brother will pay dearly! Nobody can touch her with her Tuna Eater. Chainsaw version! Wow. It’s like she’s almost the demon herself. Together with Natsuno, the duo fight their way. Natsuno drops her love guide and since the staffs step all over destroying it, she becomes so enraged that she exploded into a mini atom bomb. So devastating her attack that the inn had to be closed although the staffs are back to normal and couldn’t remember what happened. As they leave, Natsuno laments they didn’t get to relax at all. She vows to come back here next time but only with Kazuhito alone.

Episode 9
After buying some books from Honda Bookstore, they return home and Kazuhito feels somebody has ransacked their place. But it looks fine. Well, before they left there were 99,822 books. Now there are 99,823 books!!! WTF?! How the hell can he tell?! Plus, he can pinpoint where the extra book is!!! WTF???!!! This rogue book, Celestial Romance is the one of the books they just bought. Could it be the stalker? But if he had broken in, the alarmed would have sounded off. So to look for clues, they start reading the book. When Kazuhito finishes, he is somewhat taken in by Natsuno’s beauty while she is reading. Wait a minute. I thought he isn’t into 3D women?! And then… He can’t resist to pound on her!!! What the hell! Thankfully she whacks him into the garbage bin. Discussing about the book, it is written by Hotaru Fujimaki and it is too well written for an amateur. Besides, the style seems to copy off Shinobu very much. They try Google for more information for it and since they can’t find it, they had to force Suzuna for some info. They got all what they need except for her real name. Noting she is the daughter of Shuzan Oosawa, an author responsible for numerous works on Sengoku period generals, they think she must have used her father’s influence to debut. They pay a visit to Hotaru’s address, which is where Kazuhito’s old high school is. Along the way as they chat, Natsuno gets flustered upon hearing that he considers her more important than tests. When she has him say it again, what he meant was HER BOOKS are more important. Disappointed?

Since Kazuhito knows the place, he takes her through a short cut that cuts through an abandoned warehouse. They are surrounded by the townspeople in zombie mode. Looks like the stalker is at it again. To fend them off, Natsuno throws the dog at them! Don’t do this anywhere. Then she takes them all out by herself. Finally the shady figure that has been stalking and tailing Natsuno from the shadows shows his true face: Shuzan. Somehow Shuzan lost to Natsuno so he is tied up S&M style and forced to spill the beans. As he is the one who left the book in her apartment, because the security head is his childhood friend and owes him a lot, he will do anything for Shuzan and that includes turning off the alarm and letting him into her place. He did this because his daughter told him to. But why not give it to her in person or mailed it instead of sneaking in? Because he doesn’t want to. He considers Natsuno a bad influence on his daughter and won’t allow her to sully her further. He calls her names and her bad influence is the reason why people attacked her. Natsuno deduces from that sentence that he isn’t the one behind the attacks but his daughter. Shuzan tries to cover for her that she doesn’t know anything and that he is the one behind everything. Not working. Natsuno wonders what Hotaru wants. Other than wanting to meet her, he doesn’t know. Natsuno and Kazuhito arrive at the latter’s high school to begin their search. As they split up, Kazuhito walks into the library and this brings back nostalgic memories. He remembers a secret stash behind one of the bookshelves and is happy to see Hami’s manuscript still there. He is startled when Hami comes in. But she knows the dog is Kazuhito and is glad he has come back.

Episode 10
Flashback reveals Kazuhito during his schooling years accidentally stumbled upon Hami’s manuscript and read it. I’ll spare you the details of her panicky exaggeration to die and the likes. Kazuhito concluded her incomplete novel is like an inferior copy of Shinobu although it is interesting by its own right. Despite Hami having strong influence of Shinobu, Kazuhito hopes she can finish this novel properly and looks forward to it. After she hides it behind the books, Kazuhito suggests she send it in to some amateur contest but of course she refused. She gives lots of excuse why she can’t be a real author (even environmental reasons of wasting ink and paper) so Kazuhito encourages her that there are lots of people including him who are waiting for her work. They make a promise that if she finishes it, he’ll be the first one to read it. In present time, Hami may not be able to read Kazuhito’s mind but she has an idea what he is asking (saves us the trouble too). She reveals her pen name Hotaru is an anagram of her real name. She had a feeling the dog is Kazuhito because she heard from Sakura how a certain dog kept visiting her store and buy books. At first she didn’t believe it but after he found the secret place, she does. Although she kept her promise to become an author, she didn’t use this manuscript and it still remains incomplete. She did everything she could to be an author. Learning from her father and even used his influence. Since Kazuhito died, she couldn’t finish the manuscript and even knowing he is alive, she still can’t write it. Feeling she is a fake author, the only way to become a real one was to defeat and overcome the real one. That is why those ‘zombies’ attacked Natsuno. She calls Natsuno up to the rooftop claiming to have dognapped her beloved dachshund. Natsuno isn’t worried. Just furious he switched sides. And anything he says means he wants to die! Hami seems pretty cool insulting Natsuno back especially about her small chest. Actually she’s reading from the script. The only way to settle this is via writing contest.

The first one to finish writing a short story in 100 pages wins. As the battle begins, Natsuno is clearly more dominant and experienced, leading by a mile. Hami tries all sorts of tricks that include writing with both hands and other mind blowing exaggerating techniques. She still couldn’t best Natsuno. So she asks if she has read Celestial Romance. Natsuno comments it wasn’t bad. Just then, she turns the bookshelves into mirrors. Natsuno sees her reflections and she tries to stab herself with the scissors! WTF?! It’s like her right hand suddenly has a mind of its own! Hami reveals there were certain words in her book that affects the conscious mind. Something like killing the enemy who is a scissors wielding red eyed black haired girl. That’s why Kazuhito pounded on her. That’s why people turn into zombies and attack her. Though, it doesn’t work on some people like her father and Sakura. Hami thought she could catch up but Natsuno overcomes this problem by writing with her mouth!!! WOW!!! WTF???!!! In the end, Natsuno wins although Hami was just a page behind. Hami wanted to kill herself but was stopped. Natsuno believes Hami’s work is the real thing and there is no such thing as fake or real authors as long as you want to write, you’re an author. Hami expresses her will to continue writing and hopes Kazuhito could read them. Natsuno abuses the dog when he shows more kindness to Hami than her. Because the dog never knew Natsuno as a delicate woman. Hami becomes Natsuno’s student and so begins the teacher-disciple relationship as Natsuno guides her. Natsuno has learnt Hami’s technique as she employs it in her latest writing, causing the doggie’s body to move on its own against his will. He’s moving away from his books towards Natsuno… Is this even possible?! Better than any kind of drug…

Episode 11
Madoka is here to visit and to make Kazuhito’s favourite curry. Oh, really? Look how she overkills the curry with her Tuna Eater like as though she is killing somebody. And blue curry? The dog is going to have some kind of indigestion or worse. Kazuhito visits Honda Bookstore as usual and observes several regular weirdoes making their purchase like the macho men and the masochist editor. Suddenly Maxi’s SPs enter the store to buy all books from Shinobu and Momiji. Kazuhito tries to follow them. It leads him to the park where he hears the familiar monologue singing of a maid. Oops. Spotted again. We know how this is going to end up. Like déjà vu, Sachi tries to kill the dog and for the second time, Natsuno comes to his rescue. The showdown is going to be real this time without any interruptions. I take that back. It’s going to be a threesome with Maxi flying from her helicopter. She wants to settle who is the best author of them all via some nine story tower writing contest. Their stories will be judged by judges she has selected. Sachi runs up the tower, taking out all her useless SPs just to refute Maxi’s claims that she is the best author. Sachi reveals she is the personal maid to her mistress Momiji. Ah yeah. What are the chances? All 3 greatest youngest authors at the same place. Although Momiji is represented by Sachi. Maxi begins her challenge with Natsuno first but before they can start writing, Maxi is forcefully taken away by her SPs since it is back to work. Sachi goes off to finish her shopping and return to her mistress. The most disappointed one has got to be Kazuhito because he couldn’t witness the greatest literary battle. Everything ended just like that. What a big letdown. Back at Honda Bookstore, Hami is seen coming in so Sakura recognizes her as that debuting Hotaru author. Hami turns into her usual scatterbrain, unable to convey her words. She decides to take the easy way out by killing herself. Why am I not surprised anymore? Yeah, the only thing she’ll write is her suicide note. Anyway, leave it to Natsuno and Sakura to give her some motivation to carry on living and writing. Madoka enters the shop to convey the good news that she has passed her entrance exam and will start her first high school year at her brother’s old school. Despite her parents against this decision of hers to move to Tokyo and live on her own, and maybe the fact she still hasn’t gotten over her brother’s death, she has decided to go where he was and live his life to the fullest for him. Sakura will support them both. Back home, a crueller fate awaits the dog. Consider this as punishment from Natsuno for saving his dog ass the second time. Madoka’s rainbow coloured curry! There are frogs jumping out!!! WTF???!!! He has to eat that?! Oh my God… Welcome to hell… NOOOOOO!!!!!!!! He almost died again. If he did, maybe he would reincarnate as that frog…

Episode 12
Suzuna is over but Natsuno blatantly ignores her and continues to write. That should be the way but she loves this new ignoring play too. Then she turns her attention to Kazuhito and tries to drag him into her masochistic play. If he’s a dog, what makes of her? A pig! Resist the temptation, Kazuhito! Suzuna is here because she wants to suggest to Natsuno to make herself public. It may change her image for better or worse but ultimately this is to motivate her to write her final Deadly Sins series. As part of her plan to put her in public, Suzuna has brought lots of (cosplay) outfits. How is she going to get Natsuno to put it on? First, she prays on the God of Masochist (such gods don’t exist in real life) and then using her super cyclone speed to put it on her without Natsuno moving an inch! Blink and you’ll miss! After various outfits, Madoka comes into the picture (that volcano sure isn’t curry. Or is it?). Suzuna also has her put on some outfit to fit her several curry theme. Next is Hami and you can tell the way she regrets all the outfits she tries out. When Suzuna is about to get serious and put on a swimsuit, Natsuno abuses her over her antics. I think Suzuna was waiting for this moment to increase her masochist meter. The next plan is to make Natsuno drunk. Dog Slayer brand alcohol? Yeah. I think she really wants Natsuno to get violent. Drastic image change definitely. After drugging her drink, just when Kazuhito thought it is the end of the world, suddenly Natsuno is acting so nice and polite! Thinking of increasing the dosage, Suzuna makes Natsuno drinks more but she turns even nicer! So much so it is freaking out Suzuna that it ‘kills’ her! Her masochist meter just went to zero in an instant and her body shrivelled up dry (except for her boobs). Non-violence kills for this woman. Despite Kazuhito being embraced in her warm arms, he just felt the cold chill. Nice Natsuno is like seeing pigs fly. Can’t believe his eyes, huh? He tries to make her mad by commenting on her small boobs but she gets depressed so it makes him feel guilty and atone himself by saying size doesn’t matter. Natsuno takes it the wrong way that he was proposing to her.

Instantly we are whisked into Natsuno’s fantasies. The woman and the dog married at the chapel! This is really sick… Everyone congratulates the newlyweds. Then the fantasy shifts to their honeymoon in the beaches of Hawaii. Everyone compliments the perfect happy couple they are. Now it is their new home. Colour for their children’s room? Children? Children???!!! Kazuhito has had enough of this farce and so this turns into a little lover’s argument. But I guess Natsuno got tired of getting mad so it’s time for bed. Oh no… Her bed. Double oh no! She pins the doggie down on the bed while she dominates on top. She feels something warm inside her body wanting to come out. She wants to expel this burning passion of hers onto him. Oh sh*t! Kazuhito hell knows that isn’t exactly the kind of passion he wants. Too late! It’s coming now!!! Here comes the puke!!!! Next day, Natsuno returns to her usual sadistic self. Commenting Kazuhito smells like vomit and to get out of her place for a month. Kazuhito is perhaps regretting he may prefer the gentler Natsuno. She then wants to bath him so Kazuhito is confused with her kindness. She says she has always been kind to her darling. So last night drunkenness was her talking and not the alcohol? Lastly, Kazuhito notes Natsuno has written a book on Madoka and Hami but he chides her to hurry up and finish the final Deadly Sins volume. The chase continues. He calls her a flat chest and she tries to strike a non-lethal blow to him. Don’t worry about her killing him. She won’t. What good is he dead if he’s not around to be exclusively abused by her?

Doggone It! Read Between The Lines!
So… Uhm… What? That’s it? Here I was expecting some sort of storyline but in the end, it turned to be just one random and silly nonsensical story of a violent woman and her pet dog. The part of Kazuhito getting killed and the unexplained logic behind his second shot at life as a dachshund feels somewhat distant as though it was just a setup for the theme of this anime. The more you see Natsuno and Kazuhito together in their abuser-abuse victim antics, the more you begin to forget that Kazuhito was a human to begin with since well, I know it’s good to move forward and not be unrealistic to try and find a way to return as a human being, but does this mean he has really accepted life as a dog? What more, Natsuno’s pet? If Kazuhito felt annoyed with his appearance and tried to find a way to revert himself, I guess the series would have taken a different route and possibly another genre. Then he wouldn’t have time reading all the books he wants. I mean, if there is some sort of magic or miracle that made him a dog, I’m sure there is the same to change him back, right? On second thought, I don’t want to think so much about it. So let’s just leave the series as a comedy and nothing more. I’ll prefer it that way since it is more fun and enjoyable. Though we have several showdown episodes like those between Madoka and Hami, but I feel that doesn’t count to being an integral part of the story. It’s like some sort of shonen type of anime whereby Natsuno needs to somewhat ‘defeat’ her enemies and they’ll become her friend. Isn’t that the case? And I’ll be guessing the same will befall to Sachi if their duel should be settled sometime in the future. But not here in this season as far as this series is concerned. Maybe Maxi too. And perhaps Momiji. If she ever shows up in public (the one in Natsuno’s fantasies doesn’t count). Don’t worry about Hami. She already ‘defeated’ herself with the way she always apologizes. Technical win for Natsuno in this case.

I think this is just me because I find almost every character to be in some ways annoying. Annoying not in the sense that it makes me want to kill everybody but rather in the funny sense to tickle your funny bones. Take for example Kazuhito. As cute as he is in his dog appearance, I feel that his role in this entire anime is to play the straight man. And he is very talented in doing that. Everything the rest says or does, he has some sort of comeback lines to retort. That is what makes the series funny. But too much that it gets tad annoying. Is this his destiny as a dog? A retorting dog? So if he is not reading, he is retorting. Then there is Natsuno. Beautiful, strong and independent. That’s what we all love in a woman, right? So when she is all nice and polite, it doesn’t feel like the Natsuno we used to know. So do we prefer Natsuno when she’s dominant or gentler? I would prefer the latter! Definitely! The chemistry between her and the dog is amusing especially the kind of words they exchange with each other. It’s fun to hear the dialogue they exchange. Oh, the verbal abuses and derogatory canine names she hurls at him. Never once had she say his name except when she is in polite mode.

Because as a woman who has to keep up with her image, she is sending mixed signals to Kazuhito and it is confusing the hell out of him. Usually her violent behaviour has become the norm around. But at the same time she wants to be nice and shower him with love but can’t show it. It’s like she wants to tease him but her dominant actions makes it more than just a tease. So she becomes a tsundere. More tsun than dere. And because she is a tsundere, she wants Kazuhito to fall in love with her without having to tell him. Thought reverse psychology would work? Guys are too simple creatures for that. She gets mad, he gets cut. So can you blame him for not understanding what she really wants? Can you blame us guys for not understanding women?! Whoops… Got a little side-tracked there. Despite her abusive ways, I guess it is her way she shows her love. Heh. Whoever wants such kind of slicing love? The unkindest cut, if I should say. So short her temper and quick her fingers that in almost every episode, you can see her swiftly shaving part of Kazuhito’s dog fur as a way to take out her anger. I know we’d be screaming dog abuse but seriously, who would really want to go up to a woman with a pair of scissors in hand? But practice makes perfect and as seen, Kazuhito has become agile enough to avoid her cuts (a reason why he couldn’t be owned so easily by Sachi). If her scissors makes her look dangerous, you should know the other little details so as not to push the wrong button and cause her to emit deadly red/black aura. Rule #1: Never talk about her small boobs or even make comparisons. Doing otherwise would seem as a challenge and aggravating the situation. Rule #2: Never be caught seen with other woman because she has a very short tolerance in the jealousy department. Reasoning doesn’t make her feel better. Cutting will.

Suzuna is also as annoying as sick as a pervert she is. With wavy mouth lines that remind me of Pacman’s ghosts, I think things will go awfully well if she were to switch places with Kazuhito. But you know, things in life are never that smooth. The masochist enjoys every sort of pain or abuse that Natsuno throws at her and going into ecstasy at every such moment makes it annoying. Yeah. It’s like sex to her. I guess it takes a true pervert and sadist or masochist to fully enjoy this sort of play. It’s a two way thing, I suppose. I wanted to credit her as a good editor but when you think of Suzuna, you think of a masochist pig so I think I’ll withhold that thought of mine for now. Next on the annoying list is Hami whose guilty self-conscience is so great that it makes you wonder it must be a miracle she has lived this long. She has a reason to apologize for everything. It’s good to be mindful but hers was just plain annoying. Oh, now I understand why she couldn’t kill herself even with a pen. She thinks it would cause trouble if she were to die right in front of whoever she is offending. I can’t believe she actually thought of that far. One day, I’m guessing she’ll blame herself to be responsible for all the wars that are happening in the world and even why Nobunaga was killed. Madoka thinks she knows what her brother wants especially curry. Well, she thought wrong. I guess she doesn’t really know him. Thank goodness her cooking is only reserved to curry (for now). Who knows what kind of abomination she will cook up with other dishes. If Natsuno’s scissors don’t kill the dog, poison food will. Do you know dogs can’t take chocolate? Let’s hope Madoka will never get that idea… She is the second most dangerous person after Natsuno (Sachi is just crazy and besides, I’m not familiar with her skills. She’s just swinging her broom blade, right?). It’s like she can turn yandere if things get ugly. With the argument over calling Natsuno her sister-in-law a touchy subject, it feels a world war can erupt just from it. Thank goodness they’re friends so it takes a slight distraction to cool things down and get over it. For now.

Maxi too is annoying. At first I was hoping some sort of plot with this annoying idol, popping up with her shining quote and SPs. Then nothing really happened in the end. How she knows about Shinobu’s real identity was never really explained and the nine story tower challenge showdown didn’t really take off. So what is her role actually in this series? Personally I am thinking it is to annoy the hell out of us. Just because she is cute and have that idol aura doesn’t mean she isn’t annoying, right? Her role and appearance in this anime proves that. Yeah. It outshines her cuteness. Same case for Momiji. All you see her in a very few scenes, confined to her wheelchair. It’s like they’re trying to tease us or something. They mention the 3 youngest and most successful best-selling authors like as though there is going to be some sort of showdown but in the end it didn’t amount to anything. So isn’t this somewhat annoying? She doesn’t really make mix around with the other characters thus her character is shrouded in mystery. Sachi is also annoying. The way she perfectly sings her master’s song sounds great or amusing thanks to the great backup vocals but does she have to kill those who accidentally witness her pouring out her utmost love for her master? So what happens if somebody accidentally captured her performance on video and uploaded it onto YouTube? You guessed it. She’ll kill everybody in the entire world! Sakura is plainly annoying, Yayoi is cutely annoying, the afro guy is annoyingly weak (do baby chicks really live in his afro?) and Shuzan is just an annoying baka oya (dumb loving parent). Concluding my annoying list of characters is the group of macho muscle men led by Macho Munakata. Besides serving as side distractions and a chance to flex their muscles, it feels so gay… So annoying… But funny.

As the plot isn’t the strongest point of this series, there are many things that made me scratch my head and left wondering. Take for instance the showdown between Natsuno and Hami/Hotaru. I’m not sure if it is because I wasn’t paying attention so I didn’t get the clues dropped along the way. If Hami wrote her Celestial Romance book and imbued some sort of subconscious command to readers who read certain lines, how come she knows how Shinobu’s looks? I mean, the line to react and become a zombie somewhat describes Natsuno, right? So how did she know Natsuno is Shinobu? And how or when did the entire people of the town or the staffs of the inn enter this state? I don’t think they were reading it together at the same time. Even if they had read it prior, shouldn’t like, say the staffs of the inn reacted when they first see Natsuno walking into the inn? (Like how Natsuno reacted when she first saw herself in the mirror). Why wait till somewhere later in the hotspring to take action? And how did they gather at the same place where Natsuno is? Is there some sort of trigger? Maybe Shuzan is the culprit since he is always seen mysteriously stalking Natsuno before his cover was blown. But does that mean in the future others who read Celestial Romance won’t turn into a zombie and attack Natsuno? Then there is the case of how Natsuno and Suzuna are the only ones who could hear Kazuhito’s thoughts. Maybe in the case of Natsuno, it is some sort of divine punishment for ignoring her surroundings and letting a boy die in her stead. But Suzuna?

Other things that continue to bug me include the romance part especially if Natsuno is falling for Kazuhito as a dog or as a person. If she really falls in love with him as a mutt, then thinking about this entire romance thingy would just make me sick. It’s already hard and tough for many to accept same sex relationships but thanks to anime, too much yaoi and yuri could probably soften your stand against gays and lesbians (or not). So now if you think about Natsuno actually marrying a dog and bearing dog children, don’t you think this has gone a little too far and more than just absurd? Does Natsuno seriously believe in making out with a dog? There are a lot of morally wrong issues here then. The only time you get to see a human and a dog make out is in some very sick and twisted hentai video that only the very mentally ill would watch. Beastility. Therefore, is Natsuno is serious in sleeping with Kazuhito the dog? Unless of course, it is all just a big tease. But I beg to differ because watching her go in her swooning or fawning mode, I think those feelings are genuine. Unless of course, she’s a bloody good actor. I’m not sure if Kazuhito wants to tell the rest of the world or his close friends and family that he is a dog. Although he can’t talk, maybe his paws cannot hold a pen, at least he is smart enough to arrange some alphabet blocks, right? So for Madoka’s case, she is just assuming the dog is her brother and not really sure it is him. So by displaying that kind of intelligence to inform Madoka, maybe it will solve lots or things. Or maybe it’ll get worse. I know. The curry. I suppose he has lots of good reasons why he doesn’t want to do so. He’ll attract unwanted attention and be hounded to be turned into a freak show. Sure, he can depend on Natsuno to cut and protect him but why draw in trouble in the first place?

Despite some mind boggling and I-don’t-get-it-stuffs in this series, this anime also has some good points and despite not telling it directly, it is trying to cultivate a reading culture in us. Okay, I was just highly speculating that since the main protagonist is a bookworm and there are books, books and more books everywhere we go in the anime. I figure even if the anime doesn’t intend to promote reading, maybe with all the books in your face, there would be some sort of sub-conscious effect to make you go read. Like how Hami turned her readers into zombies. Something like that. But it’s not working since I still dislike reading ;p. But really. Using a dog as a mascot to promote reading? I think I’ll have a better chance in turning over a new leaf if they put a cute bishoujo instead. And yeah. That’s about it the good encouraging point I can think of. The rest I feel are not to be imitated anytime or anywhere. Do not play with scissors unless you are like a pro-cum-sadist that views scissors as a torture tool-cum-weapon. Do not display your masochistic side of behaviour in public. Do not try to shine so hard in public (let it come naturally, for God’s sakes). Do not sing in public unless you really want to be on American Idol. Learn to say no (and a big one) if your little sister insists cooking you curry that turns out in any colour but yellow or orange or dark brown. And more importantly, don’t kill yourself so easily or chicken out quickly. Make up your mind, be steadfast and stick to it! Yes, this is more important than DO NOT ABUSE YOUR DOG!

For the voice acting part, Marina Inoue did a good job portraying the various mood swings Natsuno has. From her dominating personality to her tsundere or love stricken mode. Her Natsuno character somewhat reminds me of her other role as Yozora in Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai. Just add a pair of scissors in hand and turn her into a best-selling author. The other ‘best’ voice acting goes to Shizuka Itou as Suzuna (Haruka in Amagami SS). As we know how perverted that masochist is, Shizuka Itou brings out the ‘best’ in the character by really making her sound so horny. So much so I think she herself is having orgasm while voicing her lines. Really. Kana Asumi is identifiable as Madoka but she didn’t go into her joker-like voice and since her character borders yandere/crazy mode, reminds me a bit of Strength/Yuu in Black Rock Shooter. Other casts include Takahiro Sakurai as Kazuhito (Suzaku in Code Geass), Ai Kakuma as Hami (Hikari in Campione), Yuu Serizawa as Maxi (Tenma in Mushibugyou), Chiwa Saito as Sachi (Kirie in Girls Bravo), Maaya Uchida as Sakura (Mao in GJ-Bu) and Hiromi Igarashi as Yayoi (Hina in Papa No Iukoto Wo Kikinasai).

I didn’t really find anything special about the opening theme. Wan Wan Wan Wan N_1!! by the female seiyuus of this series sounds like your generic lively anime pop music but the amusing thing in the opening credits is the characters doing their random doggie dance. Lemonade Scandal by Yuu Serizawa is the ending theme and I guess since we have an idol in the anime, it’s only right for her to sign us a song. Nothing spectacular about this one and perhaps the thing that would catch your attention at the very beginning of the ending credits is Natsuno in her black underwear. Ah, fanservice. Especially after that first episode where we see her in her black lacy lingerie (who cares about the mecha scissors she is piloting anyway), it felt like a tease because after that you don’t really get to see her in it anymore. Suzuna provides most of the boobies but she is being too masochistic and sick that you would rather feel annoyed than anything fanservice-y. On a trivial note, some of the episode titles are amusing because even though all of them have the ‘dog’ word in it, some are modifications of idioms like “Strike While The Dog Is Hot” or “Drowning Men Clutch At Dogs” or “Nothing Ventured, No Dog Gained” or even “There Is No Smoke Without Dog”. Yeah, it’s a dog’s life literally.

I just realized that despite Natsuno always wielding a pair of sharp scissors, as an author (and a best-selling one), it is her tongue that is really the sharp one. In addition to physical cuts, you’ll get emotional cuts from her verbal abuses. But really. I thought she could do better than insulting Kazuhito with names like mongrel or perverted dog. If she is going to hurt him in such a way, might as well go all the way. There is sometimes a very fine line between pleasure and pain. One man’s/dog’s meat/pain is another man’s/woman’s poison/pleasure. At the end of the day, I’m not going to be a sadist or a masochist because I’m not really cut out for it. And for those feeling the urge to ‘cut’ dogs, I suggest the only cutting you do is snip those cute dog pictures from the magazine and paste them in your personal cute dog collection album. This is what and how a scissors should be used for.


August 9, 2013

Rie Kugimiya has always been suited to voice tsundere loli roles. However this doesn’t stop her in voicing other character types like little boys and animals. In the latter category, I have heard her as a cat in Fairy Tail, a penguin in Kampfer and even a cockroach in Gokicha! There are many more other animal characters she has voiced that I have never heard. This includes a goat in Arashi No Yoru Ni: Himitsu No Tomodachi and that weird creature in Tamagotchi. Now in Chocotan, she voices titular character who is a dog. Yes. Rie Kugimiya is a dog. (Though I won’t want to go far to say she is the female term… It’s a joke). This special episode only lasts 10 minutes and my experience in watching single episodes and never had any more after that like Nagareboshi Lens and Hiyokoi, my expectations for this series aren’t high either. But of course, what am I going to lose if I just spend 10 minutes on this?

We are introduced to Chocotan who is the cute daschund doggie and her owner is Nao. Due to some weird plant she ate, Chocotan is able to converse with humans and has intelligence on par with humans too. Wow. Some plant. Must be drugs. Why the heck was this dog trying to eat flowers anyway? Anyway, the ability for Chocotan to talk is a secret just between them. Chocotan knows that Nao has a big crush on this guy called Arima whom she always bumps into at the park while walking her dog. It is no surprise that she is always happy to see him. So on another such meeting, Nao wants to plan a birthday party for Happy, Arima’s daschund pet. Despite sharing the same name as that cat in Fairy Tail, Happy isn’t your fish-loving comic relief joker and has a slight mean and arrogant attitude. Suddenly a couple of girls hijack their conversation so Arima has no choice but to go with their flow. This doesn’t sit well with Nao and since she’s not the kind to tell those b*tches to get the f*ck off, she leaves with a heavy heart. We know she is frustrated since she tells Chocotan to ‘shut up’ when she asks what is happening.

Back home when she has calmed down, Nao apologizes for taking out on her. She explains Arima doesn’t go to the same class with her and thus she doesn’t get much chance to talk to him. They also did not make any promise to walk together or something. But if he’s always at that park, she has a reason to be with him. And those girls must be from his class. She thinks she can’t fit in. Chocotan tries to cheer her up that she is always by her side. Suddenly they can’t understand each other! Oh no! What happened?! Chocotan is just barking in Nao’s ears. Nao sinks into depression and pessimism. It is because of Chocotan that she is able to have a reason to meet and talk to Arima. What’s the difference? Just bring Chocotan along. She just can’t talk anymore, right? Nao realizes Chocotan is sad to and cheers her up with a scarf she just finished. She knows Chocotan is trying to comfort her so she hugs the doggie. Nao is going to try harder next time.

Next time comes but it starts off with a blooper. Nao trips. Arima picks her up and Nao in tears start talking about how she doesn’t get much chance to talk to him but have lots of fun when she does. However he has her think why even though this park is so big and they haven’t made plans to meet each other, yet he stills meet her every day. Yup. His feelings are the same as hers. Today they will be alone together. Those girls won’t be coming back because Happy scared them away with his fierce growling. Nao and Arima have their happy moment together but Happy doesn’t understand why humans can’t be honest with each other. If they like each other, they should just say it. Maybe it’s because he’s not human that’s why he doesn’t understand. Chocotan is happy for Nao and congratulates her. Eh? Suddenly Chocotan can talk and catches everyone by surprise.

Let Talking Dogs Talk
Well, well… So what else should I say? Just like that lah. Nothing very much spectacular. I’m sure if you love dogs, you would love this but since I am not an animal person, I am not really into all those cute puppy close up shots. Besides, I believe this special is adapted from a shoujo romance manga of the same name. You just add a dog into the mix. So I’m more fixated with the pretty people like Nao and Arima instead. You know, shoujo genre. People with big sparkly eyes… Hah… The cutest part is the ending theme because it has Chocotan singing the chorus in a cute way (Rie Kugimiya at her cutely cute best) especially when she goes “Choco, Choco, Chochochoco Chocotan!”. Other than that the lyrics seem to describe her personality. Dog lovers would love their dog to be able to talk to them and even help them out with their romance life. I don’t know how dogs can be good love consultants. Sounds like a crazy idea or reason but hey! It beats eating up your homework, right?

P/S: I don’t mind if I had a dog that sounds like Mamiko Noto! Oh sh*t! That would be just creepy!

Asobi Ni Iku Yo

June 18, 2011

What do you think when you hear a series with such a name as “I Come To Play”? Furthermore, would you even suspect anything fishy with its second title, “Bombshells from the Sky”? Yeah, I don’t blame you. Maybe you’re thinking that this is another one of those soft porn series. Asobi Ni Iku Yo may be a romantic ecchi comedy but it isn’t anything hentai. Heck, I don’t think that’s even an excuse. Alien cat beings that look like your Akihabara neko-mimi-onna complete with tail, check. Wearing tight body suits, check. Harem, check. Physical action… gun fights, I mean, check. Storyline… Erm… I’ll leave it to you to decide. I guess these are what you can look forward to for this show.

Episode 1
Seems like Earth has come into contact with aliens and three different factions are trying to decipher what the heck “I came to play” means. Are they the aggressive king wanting to take over the world? Are they like little kids just wanting to play? Or are they just here for breeding purposes and ensure survival of their race? Okay, I made all that up. We also some chic in a body suit infiltrating some ship but the captain detonated and sinks everything. Back on the hot and warm shores of Okinawa, Kio Kakazu attends a memorial service of his grandpa’s death anniversary and meets up with his eccentric uncle Yuichi. He must be thinking how on Earth this happened because a cute cat girl is sitting and drinking among them. She is Eris and her cat ears and tail are for real. Hey, that makes her having 2 pairs of ears, right? Kio accidentally sips the beer and passes out. Next thing he knows, he wakes up in bed to see semi-naked Eris sleeping with him. Hope he hasn’t done anything to her. Why is she doing this? Apparently uncle Yuichi told her to do anything she likes. Haha. Okay, so I guess you must’ve figured it out by now that if a tsundere next door neighbour-cum-childhood friend comes checking on you even if it’s some excuse to see if Kio is hiding some porn magazine, you can tell she has a crush on him but obviously doesn’t want to admit it. She is Manami Kinjou and gets a rude shock after seeing Eris coming downstairs. It’s a very good scenario for misinterpretation. So what happens when Kio’s homeroom teacher, Maki Itokazu too comes in and sees the ‘foreign product’? Yeah, I know. We’ve seen this cliche so many times.

So the gang sit down and talk as we learn Eris is here to play while collecting info on Earth. Yeah, that’s got to be convincing enough. She even demonstrates with some hologram communicator thingy to move some spaceship. Since it’s all over the news, you might be an idiot not to believe. Eris also reveals her Catia race’s intention to befriend Earth. I’m sure every guy would want to be friends with a hot cat lady. We see gun freak Manami and CIA wannabe spying on their conversation with her high-tech equipment and relaying information to her supervisor JACK (believe me, it is her initials because her real name is too long and too hard to remember). Seems there is more than meets the eye to this Manami girl. Heck, even Maki-sensei too. What the heck is this Beautiful Contact Sect she belongs to? A bevy of spy beauties flanking unsuspecting Kio? Oh yeah, add another girl to the harem while you’re at it. She is Aoi Futaba and though she may look shy and soft-spoken, behind that exterior is a tough fighting machine. That girl who kicked ass in the beginning was her. Belonging to Japan’s Immigration Bureau and nicknamed Momiji the Devil, she too has a secret crush on Kio. She asks him for a date but was ‘interrupted’ when her ‘uncle’ takes her away for some secret mission. Aoi scares that ‘uncle’ by showing how serious she is, making him swear in his pants when she fires a warning shot at the windshield. And all these 3 ladies, they seem to have orders of taking out Eris. I thought it was more of the harem thing, the less the better but it’s actually each of their organization have something against Eris. Hey, I don’t even care.

Episode 2
Manami and Aoi continue to watch Kio and Eris. Apparently Eris is in the midst of experiencing her first mating season. Need I elaborate more? She is acting a little seductive because she read some ‘materials’ underneath Kio’s bed. Good thing (or bad, depending how you look at it), nothing happens. Next day, Eris introduces her several Assistdroids, cute little speechless androids that can help around with just an order. That night, Maki’s Beautiful Contact makes its first move. They try to eliminate Eris as they want to cut off ties between humans and aliens. Say what? And they claim to represent humanity? That’s a joke, right? Not. Aoi changes her plans to intercept. Eris is tranquilized and kidnapped by Manami who later hands it over to JACK while Yuichi takes Kio away. Kio recognizes the watch Manami was wearing (due to a particular scratch mark) so he knows it was her then and pleads her to help find Eris. They also have Beautiful Contact to help them. Eris is being held at some military base probably being treated like some hostile alien. Kio and the gang break in and would you believe it, the military isn’t as good as these people. Kio is relieved to find Eris safe. Apparently she doesn’t need their help to break out and freed herself. So now another tough part of escaping. Eris summons her Assistdroids to disarm all the tanks right down to the army’s uniform to leave them stark naked. That’s alien technology for you. Probably it would be embarrassing if it was reported they lost to a bunch of kids so it was covered up of course. Back in Kio’s home, the gang gets a surprise visit from Eris’ superiors. They have decided on making arrangements for a formal friendship. That means, they’re going to be staying here a little longer, right?

Episode 3
How do you convince a nation to be on friendly diplomatic terms? Why, dress in swimsuits of course! Real cat ears even better! So, that’s how Japan succumbed to defeat, eh? Just kidding. Due to Manami and Aoi’s previous actions, they have been treated as traitors from their organization and they can say bye-bye to their career in it. Fortunately, Kio’s house is made the embassy of Catia with its own laws and under the Catia government (attacking it would lead to an interplanetary war, so they say) so by staying here, both girls will be safe. Ah ha. So a prelude for a harem setting, eh? Yeah, they can all live happily together. Can they? Wait a minute. A small plot of land becomes an embassy of Catia? What more, someone’s house? Oh sure, it’s not like the neighbours will be bothered by it. But don’t hope for any cat fight between the girls yet. After seeing enough action, fighting among each other is the least they’d want to do. So what better than to chat and get along and learning more about each other. Manami and Aoi talk about Kio, getting to know they both like the same guy. What do they see in him anyway? Beats me. Suddenly an intruder sneaks into the house and kidnaps an Assistdroid. Manami and Aoi have no time to put on any clothes as they chase the suspect. Naked. Hope the darkness was enough to cover them. Though they manage to save the Assistdroid, the suspect escapes. Finally they realize their predicament when Kio sees them. Later as Manami and Aoi talk, Manami decides to support Aoi for Kio. Eris offers the girls to become members of Catia embassy because of their special talents. Manami gets a call from JACK about some information about the suspect. And that suspect turns out to be some eye-patch maid, Sarah, apologizing to her master, a 12 year old girl for not being able to bring her gift.

Episode 4
That little girl, Antonia (oh yeah, her full name is ridiculously long, I tell you) addresses her fans of the Underside of the Kitten Paw, a group of people obsessed about cat ears (what else?) and plans to worship Eris as a their new God (why not? She’s the closest thing to the real deal). I guess a rich girl like her have so much time, so much money to waste. Yeah, she’s got a huge ship of her own. Meanwhile Eris is feeling a little energetic as explained, she is going into heat. Something to do with her first mating season, I guess. Kio, you lucky bastard. Just kidding, nothing happened. Yet. Manami and Aoi are given their own personalized Assistdroids to command. If we have alien cat race, then we have an opposing alien dog race too, right? That’s Dogisia (dog ears anyone?). Led by Jens and her snickering dog-like Muttley (I see some resemblance to the sidekick of Dastardly), they plan to prevent any diplomatic relations with Catia and Earth. As part of Eris’ mission to observe human culture, technology and economy, which better place than to do so at Akihabara. Oh God. Of all places. I don’t know what else to say. Really. They have a fun time browsing and shop till they’re broke. It’s too tempting to resist. While waiting for a train, they sense something amiss because the entire area is void of people except themselves. Thinking that this is a trap, the plan is to let Eris, Kio and Manami board the train while Aoi go find the responsible party and will rendezvous with them later. However it’s a diversion as the real trap is on the train. The train is ambushed by maids as they kidnap Eris and Kio. Aoi comes chasing with her bike (she can actually keep up with it?). The unbelievable part was how Aoi was hit off the train, tumbled down to the tracks so much that it definitely looked it hurts and miraculously, she’s alive and not a broken bone! Manami and Aoi do some research on the fanatic group and get ready to go on another mission while Antonia addresses her maid army that the dawn of their world is here. Yeah, too much free time probably.

Episode 5
Kio and Eris wake up in their captive room but are treated like kings. It’s no harm staying for a while, right? After the sumptuous meal, the duo try to breakout but it seems Eris is in mating heat so she can’t use her power suit effectively. They are soon being accompanied by a life-size Assistdroid. Mascot? Definitely it’s someone underneath it. Yeah, it’s Antonia actually. Kio notices the place is big and lonely. All the video games are customized to be single player only as the maid explains it wouldn’t be right for the followers to beat Antonia or have the heart to intentionally lose. Meanwhile Manami and Aoi try to rent a powerboat for their rescue mission but found out that Yuichi had bought it. He agrees to let them use it but in exchange they have to help out with his gay film director buddy. After dressing up in a very revealing outfit, the duo ditch filming before it starts and charge towards Antonia’s cruiser. See all the high-tech weapon and system, a bunch of girls can even shoot a hole and penetrate into the ship. The ship is taking on water as the maids go into action. Sarah is immobilized by all things cute so she can’t fight back when she sees the real Assistdroid. Aoi takes on Jens who has also infiltrated the ship in a battle of the power suits. Jens commands her army to shoot at her coordinates. Manami finds Kio and Eris. They bump into Antonia and her other maid, Maya. The recent events have opened Antonia’s eyes as she feels guilty for troubling Eris and orders everyone to abandon ship. Kio decides to go back and look for Aoi. With Eris’ suit he borrowed, he manages to find her and escape before they become part of the watery grave.

Episode 6
While the Catia superiors are discussing about the possible interfering by Dogisia, Manami and Aoi continue to train. Manami makes a deal with Aoi that if she teaches her to fight, she’ll help Aoi get close to Kio. Chaika gives Manami and Aoi a large simulator area to practice since the backyard just couldn’t cut it. Kio on the other hand takes Eris to meet his film club members. They want to film an alien movie but think Eris looks too human so they decide to ditch the idea and do a romance film instead. This turns on Eris. Aoi practices her cooking and gas a virtual Kio to taste it while Manami does the same with her target practice while going ecstatic over the fact with all the guns at her disposal. Manami asks virtual Kio about his feelings and he answers them honestly. For instance, he confessed he liked her but thought she already had a boyfriend (that JACK) and thought he got dumped. This only upsets Manami further as she remembers how her favourite watch got that particular scratch (probably that’s when her feelings for him began). Back in reality, Aoi has Kio to test her cooking but finds out that the virtual Kio’s answer and the real one differs because the virtual one is what she ideally wanted and that there is no guarantee to know the thinking of the real one. Manami takes heart that her argument with virtual Kio was just that, a figment of her heart. As for Eris, she is forced to take pills to end her mating season prematurely. Now where’s the fun if no cat girl pounds on Kio.

Episode 7
I expected this to happen and it finally did. Eris becomes a transfer student in Kio’s class. Heck, so is Antonia and her maids too! Man, it’s getting crowded. Do you go around protecting your oujo-sama by pointing guns at other students that get too close? Kio’s film club president is trying to recruit members. Eris decides to join and this causes the rest of the girls to join. Kiasu… Now they’ve got a glut of female members. The film club is going for a beach camp. During the ride, the original film club’s female members can tell that they’re in because of Kio. Manami brushes this off and says that Aoi is after Kio instead, causing her to fluster and panic greatly. Antonia offers the girls to wear her expensive swimsuits. They realize that the swimsuits have a hole in the back to accommodate Eris tail and one of them was wearing it backwards! Nose bleed! During the night barbeque, Kio takes Aoi to have a private chat. Unfortunately, it isn’t a confession. Kio wants her to teach him to fight so that he won’t be that wussy boy the girls will always have to protect. Aoi felt hurt and decided to excuse herself to be alone. Thinking she’s just a fighting doll in his eyes, Aoi takes out her frustrations on Eris that she can’t win. Eris tells her that she feels safe with him when a little girl, Ichika pops up before them. The camp is also suddenly attacked by Dogisia Assistdroids. Aoi is able to fend off the little army with several special power seals Ichika gave her. In the aftermath, they conclude Dogisia Assistdroids cannot regenerate like Catia’s so they probably stole electronic items to repair themselves (which solves the case of missing electronics on the island). Do broken Dogisia Assistdroids are shipped in a crate and returned back to Jens.

Episode 8
Another broadcast by Antonia and Eris to their fans to slowly turn this cult thingy into a proper fan club. Can it? Aoi continues to train Kio but later sees Manami lazing around though she gives an excuse of not wanting to interfere with them. This leads them to have a short tussle and firing guns with bullets that eliminate inanimate objects. Read: Their clothes. And this leads them to have a full all-out jungle guerrilla duel to settle their argument over you-know-who. At the end of the confrontation, Manami wins so the loser has to do what the winner says. Manami wants Aoi to kiss Kio. No way! Okay, at least for a start, change the way she addresses him. Suddenly a couple of snipers target them. If not for their quick reflex, Manami could’ve taken one in the head. According to Aoi’s plan, Manami is to bait and attack at the same time to allow Aoi to find their position. Another unbelievable moment is when the sniper fires a shot at Manami (must be real confident to leave it in the hands of her friend), Aoi’s sharp shooting skill disintegrates the sniper’s bullet! The snipers try to escape since their position has been discovered (not to mention that all their clothes have been disintegrated) but are cornered. Manami and Aoi come back home as Kio and Eris have prepared dinner with the help of the Assistdroids. Since Kio is being dense and oblivious to the efforts Aoi put in, Manami locks his neck. As for the snipers, they are shipped back in a crate to Jens. Why still naked?

Episode 9
Eris tells the gang that the first Assistdroid will be paying them a visit. She tells them a little about its history like how an accident made it trap in some space time rift and was recently retrieved. However Eris feels gloomy about it. Soon the first Assistdroid, Lawry arrives at Kio’s doorstep. They talk about how early Assistdroids were made to resemble like humans and because of that could sometimes bear hatred or fear. Catia was split in having such Assistdroids as some of them think it was a disaster and this led to a civil war. Though the ancestors have already repented, Eris still feels guilty, the reason why she is feeling down and doesn’t know what to say to her. Kio takes Lawry to the sea and shows her the beautiful side of this planet. Lawry tells him about her kind master and wishes to carry out his final wish by singing a song from Earth on a night sky (this isn’t a joke). Lawry starts singing some lonely spaceman theme which soon turns into a musical collage by all the girls in the series. That song is supposed to be a hit? In the end after Lawry departs for home, Kio is being told that a masterless Assistdroid has the option to choose a new master or deny a recharge. Lawry chose the latter. She’s glad that all the Assistdroids in his hands are happy.

Episode 10
It’s Christmas as Manami pushes Aoi to make a break with Kio while she has the opportunity since Eris’ mating season is put on hold. Captain Kuune takes a break from her spaceship post to visit Kio and Eris and leaves Melwin in charge. Kuune gives Kio a power bracelet as an emergency weapon and hopes Eris will teach him how to use it. Manami isn’t happy of Aoi’s present choice to give Kio. A DVD of an old TV show? Aoi wishes to take it slowly and prefers for things to stay the way it is now. She’s just happy to be with him. Because of that, Manami gives Aoi a dressing down like she would lose her romantic chance to be with him. That girl sure has a problem. Like she’s the one who is dating him in the first place. Yeah, probably she’s using Aoi as an excuse that if they both start dating, she’ll start giving up on Kio. Lame. Suddenly they are being attacked by Dogisia Assistdroids, who then attack the embassy. I guess they really mean war this time. At the same time, the Catia spaceship is being ambushed by them as they burst their way with explosive seals and freeze the Catian space personnel in time. Kuune has been injected with lethal nanomachines, which causes her to collapse. Before she falls into a comatose state, she gives Kio her multi-task bell. Melwin makes contact with them and both sides learn what is happening. Seems Dogisia has retained absolute control over Catia’s spaceship. With everyone and everything locked down and there is nothing they could do about it, the spaceship will crash into Earth within 2 weeks.

Episode 11
Well, actually Earth won’t be crushed by the spaceship. As explained, there is some programme that will disintegrate the ship that will not decelerate when entering a planet’s atmosphere. But there is a way to redirect its path and that is to restart the main system. However only Kuune is able to execute such orders, thus the reason she was made unconscious. The Catians realize Kio having Kuune’s bell and immediately recognize him as their new captain. For their rescue mission, they get Antonia to buy a rocket (damn filthy rich kid she is) so they can head to space and Ichika a seal so that they can unfreeze the Catian personnel. Just as they thought they have everything going as planned, they receive news from Antonia that no country is willing to sell her a rocket due to the pressure and threat by Jens. Though they just need a rocket engine, there is a way to create the body. Kio can do it. Eh? How? Using Kuune’s bell to imagine and materialize it. What the? Oh, whatever. As for the rocket engine, the gang head to some chilling country. Maya’s ex-comrade, Colonel Arishkova agrees to give one to them. While Kio is trying to imagine the rocket, Manami confronts him about his decision on Aoi and Eris. Well, let’s say he wants more time to think about it. Afterwards, Aoi who eavesdropped on them confronts Manami and isn’t happy that she is poking her nose around. She chides Manami for possibly misguiding him and knows she also likes Kio. She was just forcing him to do something she herself can’t do. Both girls start slapping each other but before it can blow into an all-out cat fight, the alert is sounded as there is an intruder in the base. Aoi finds the intruder holding Kio hostage. She recognizes him as the captain of the boat who blew himself up in the first episode. Aoi’s sharpshooting skill disarms him quickly. The intruder isn’t happy Arishkova is selling out their country. But they have bigger problems to worry since they receive word that NATO is on their way here to annihilate them after believing they are terrorists who has taken over the base. They will arrive in 3 hours. But it’s more than enough time for Kio to finish creating the rocket. Yeah, he makes it seem so easy. Antonia and her maids stay back to buy the rest time as they get ready to blast off into space.

Episode 12
Would you believe it? Those maids on bikes take on the NATO army in tanks and are winning? The terrain is icy too. Anyway as Kio and co wait for the rocket to refuel, Manami once again bugs Aoi to confess now. She’s really got a problem so much so she herself snaps and takes out her frustration on Eris, like how she was here way before that cat b*tch (made that one up) and knew Kio much longer. Eris doesn’t know what’s really going on but seeing that both Manami and Aoi really like Kio, she suggests that the 3 of them become his lovers! Oh yeah, that is what a harem is all about. Finally the ship is refuelled and they successfully blast into space. While the Assistdroids build a warp module, Jens and her Dogisia army (in little UFO ships? Really) start their attack. Before they start their battle, Aoi gives Kio a kiss as her replacement Christmas present. Manami soon follows suit and finally Eris as not to be left out. Wow! That’s 3 kiss in a row. He really scores with them. With the romance put on hold for the moment, Eris, Manami and Aoi don some sentai-like outfit (complete with their own moves, weapons and flashy names) to fight them as they buy time for Kio to warp to the Catia mothership. Can 3 ladies battle hundreds of enemy ships? Heck, theses babes kick ass, don’t they? Kio’s ship crashes into Catia’s mothership as he makes his way to the rest fighting the waves of Dogisia Assistdroids while the Catia Assistdroids free the frozen Catia personnel. When Kio reaches Melwin and her crew, he is taken to a core centre to reboot but it rejects his orders because he is not Catian. Upon their advice, Kio wishes upon the bell to alter his DNA into a Catian. They don’t call it multi-tasking for nothing. Meanwhile our ladies beat Jens in a dogfight as the latter crashes into her launch base. However based on the calculations, it is going to crash right onto the Okinawa island. Manami and Aoi decide to alter its course to make it burn up during re-entry but this would mean sacrificing themselves. I mean, at this point, what have they got to lose? No, seriously. Oh course we can’t have hot babes dying in the last episode so a miracle has to happen. Kio’s ship zooms pass by in time as Eris grabs them in before the base vaporizes. As the girls happily reunite with Kio, they are shocked to see Kio with cat ears and tail! OMG! Why didn’t he change back after that? Beats me. Yeah, Antonia sure loves him even more now. Another potential rival? In the end, everything returns to normal as Eris shows the gang a Space Elevator as Catia’s present to Earthlings, an equipment to get into space without using a rocket. Hey, it looks like a big Christmas tree and what do you know? Because of its water droplets cooling off (and some other mumbo jumbo), it’s snowing on Okinawa.

Playtime’s Over!
Oh, thank God! It has finally come to an end. Overall this whole series was just mediocre and I really found myself hard to stay up and follow right till the end. There were too many loopholes and inconsistencies to begin with. For instance, Manami and Aoi being fugitives seeking refuge at Catia’s embassy and even with that inter-planetary threat, how come no CIA or immigration bureau members come close to take them back or at least approach them? Can we humans actually let ‘traitors’ go? It is mind boggling that the girls can actually take out a group of army so it makes you think, why the hell does the country need an army for? Just call in this bunch and they’ll do the job just fine. Kio being an otaku should have at least smelled the love triangle between Manami and Aoi miles away and yet he is as dense and blur as a rock. Okay, even if he doesn’t know their true feelings, his actions really do indicate that he is totally oblivious to their hidden crushes. No wonder he currently doesn’t have a girlfriend. Those kids going up to space in the final episode, I wonder how they can withstand the blastoff into orbit when they have no astronaut training whatsoever. See, so many questions and probably much more so much so I have already forgotten on purpose.

The love triangle between Manami and Aoi felt like a little side distraction to everything. Sure, we see a little tension here and there especially Manami who is really annoying trying to set Aoi and Kio up just to cover her own drawback and failure. Eris as a cat will always have that playful and flirty character but she doesn’t seem to be taking the love relationship any further. Besides, her mating season got ended prematurely. Any chance for that in the future? Some of the supporting characters felt like they had no impact at all in the series like Antonia and her maids. After the kidnapping of Eris and Kio, it’s like she and her cult club toned down a lot after becoming their allies. Even if her maids didn’t play any significant part in stalling the NATO army, I’m sure our main heroines can do an equally good job. Maki and Yuichi have been reduced to just minor characters and I was hoping that they would somehow play a significant role (besides pretending to be Eris and Kio as decoy in the final few episodes) because I think Yuichi is pretty cool in his own ways while I thought Maki would’ve been part of the harem. Maybe there’s too much already.

Ichika remains as the most mysterious one. Popping up from nowhere in the middle of the series, not knowing if her motives actually make her an ally or foe to the gang and in the end, where the heck is she? Who is this girl in the first place? Say, what happened to that JACK girl anyway? Jens and her Dogisia army may be the main antagonist but I felt she wasn’t much of one seeing that she spends most of her time in some room devising her plan and her only physical contact with the main protagonist was that short fight with Aoi onboard Antonia’s ship. She and Muttley never felt threatening at all. The Assistdroids are cute in their own way but too many of them doing just about anything sometimes make them a little annoying. Good ol’ little assistants we can always rely on, eh? They’re even useful in providing ‘censors’ with their signboards during fanservice moments in addition to light angles and ‘dark shadows’. So if you want to see it all laid bare without those irritating obstruction, go buy the DVD.

The opening theme, Now Loading… SKY! by Sphere is quite a catchy pop piece with a little hip hop in it. There are 3 different main ending themes, each attributing and suiting to Eris, Manami and Aoi. They are Happy Sunshine by Kanae Ito (for Eris), Omoide Ga Jama Wo Suru by Haruka Tomatsu (Manami) and Kokoro No Madobe Nite by Kana Hanazawa (Aoi). Of course a few special ending themes like Oira Wa Sabishii Spaceman by Minori Chihara (Lawry) and the final episode’s Smile Peace from Kanae Ito, Haruka Tomatsu and Kana Hanazawa. I find that some of the background scenery of Okinawa during the summer time to be quite breathtaking. So all isn’t lost considering the poor plot and storyline, I guess those art and drawing are the little salvation points for this series but still it isn’t enough to save it from being just second rate. There are several trivia and parody to spot if you keep your eyes open. For example, Seiken No Blacksmith’s characters of Luke and Lisa making their short cameo appearance as with Kampfer’s Mikoto and Akane.

So the next time friendly cat aliens or any other extraterrestrial life forms come looking for peace and to make friends with us, why not? Especially if they come wearing school swimsuits. Don’t want to pass up this chance, won’t we? Ironically if Catia really wants to befriend with others, shouldn’t they make peace with Dogisia too? Maybe it is the latter who doesn’t want? Perhaps that’s why cats and dogs never got along well. And if there is another sequel for our Catia girls to come play, would I want to watch it? Well, let’s just say I came, I saw and I left for good! Don’t want to play anymore!

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