If you consider anime studio GONZO you most likely consider Strike Witches or Rosario + Vampire first, however in the present day I’m right here to have a look at Canine and Scissors which aired again in 2013. Primarily based on a comedic mild novel sequence about an creator and a bookworm, this one guarantees to be an entertaining watch, however does it ship?
Our story follows high-school scholar Kazuhito Harumi who’s an avid bookworm. He spends his days doing nothing however attending college, studying books and popping into his native bookstore to purchase new studying materials. At some point he’s shot and killed in a theft whereas attempting to guard another person, however due to his incapability to go on with out first studying the unreleased conclusion to his favorite creator’s sequence, Kazuhito finally ends up being reincarnated right into a canine!
After all now being within the physique of a canine and in a pet store, Kazuhito finds himself with no books to learn. Because the week goes on since his resurrection as a dachshund, he finally ends up calling the title of his favorite creator, Shinobu Akiyama, which – to his shock – leads a wierd girl straight to him!
This girl (known as Kirihime Natsuno) takes Kazuhito residence and interrogates him about why he’s yelling about books and Shinobu Akiyama. At first, Kazuhito is shocked that Kirihime can perceive him when nobody else can, however as soon as it’s revealed that she’s the creator he so adores (Shinobu Akiyama is a pen title, it seems), he’s ecstatic that she’s the one who adopted him.
Because it seems, these two had been fated to be collectively. Kirihime simply so occurs to be the client he protected through the theft and she or he now feels some duty for him having misplaced his life. Collectively they start to look into the offender behind the crime, since he’s nonetheless at massive. As they examine, it turns into clear that the 2 make a superb workforce and Kirihime warms to the concept of retaining Kazuhito by her aspect not out of a way of guilt, however as a result of she genuinely desires him there as a companion.
From right here the sequence follows this mismatched pair as they remedy mysteries collectively whereas Kirihime tries to work on writing her subsequent novel and Kazuhito spends his days studying books from Kirihime’s in depth assortment. Our protagonist can also be usually discovered strolling across the neighbourhood (the place he’s nicknamed Kuro by those that see him usually) and visiting his favorite bookshop, which occurs to be the identical as when he was alive. As a lot as Kazuhito tries to remain out of something troublesome, he usually finds himself operating into his sister Madoka, a preferred idol Mazi Akizuki and lots of different vibrant characters – all of whom spell hassle for Kazuhito’s peaceable days.
Actually, as a bookworm myself, I can sympathise with Kazuhito; no means would I be able to go on with out seeing the conclusion to a few of my favorite sequence both! Whereas reincarnation tales have actually exploded in recognition since this aired in 2013, the premise remains to be numerous enjoyable and I believe this can be a pretty distinctive spin on a few of the tropes we normally see. The issue for me with this sequence is with the comedy.
One notable factor about Kirihime is that she carries a pair of sharp scissors together with her that she will be able to wield as a lethal weapon. This provides us some attention-grabbing battle scenes within the sequence, however scissors are additionally used within the comedy the place she threatens Kazuhito with them. She usually goes so far as slicing his fur or throwing the scissors at him which actually simply makes for uncomfortable viewing because it’s getting a bit of too near animal abuse for my tastes. Kirihime isn’t the one one with a screw unfastened both, as her editor is masochistic to the purpose of being completely satisfied each time Kirihime threatens her with or makes use of her scissors on her. Madoka, too, wields a lethal weapon and is usually discovered cooking up some form of lethal curry to feed Kazuhito.
In the event you’re okay with this type of comedy then you definitely’ll probably benefit from the present. Even regardless of my dislike for many of this, I nonetheless loved the sequence to the purpose the place I can fortunately advocate it to others regardless of these issues. Kazuhito and Kirihime’s relationships and tales are simply sturdy sufficient to maintain you invested, regardless of all the things else.
As beforehand talked about Canine and Scissors has been dealt with by GONZO and the sequence seems to be nice even nearly a decade on. GONZO handle to make the comedy and motion scenes match collectively seamlessly with a vibrant palette of colors. The sunshine novels the sequence was based mostly on had been ongoing on the time of the anime airing, however regardless of that, the studio discovered a good stopping level that may go away viewers glad. That is particularly necessary now, because the mild novels have by no means been licensed for an English launch, so we’ll by no means know what else was in retailer for the characters.
Music for the sequence has been dealt with by Akito Matsuda (Holmes of Kyoto, Sound! Euphonium) and whereas it’s not significantly memorable exterior of the present, it suits nicely typically talking. It’s a little bit of a disgrace, given the standard of Matsuda’s different works, however that’s not a knock in opposition to the present itself. The opening theme for the sequence is “Wan Wan Wan Wan N-1!!” carried out by the feminine voice actors, whereas the ending theme is “Lemonade Scandal” by Yu Serizawa. Each match the sequence nicely thematically and are catchy songs.
Regarding the voice actors, this launch consists of each the unique Japanese observe and the English dub. Each casts are fairly good and so they’re led by Kazuhito being performed by Takahiro Sakurai (Crusty in Log Horizon, Diablo in That Time I Received Reincarnated as a Slime) in Japanese and Blake Shepard (Soma Yukihira in Meals Wars, Futoshi in Darling within the Franxx) in English.
Kirihime in the meantime is performed by Marina Inoue (Armin in Assault on Titan, Momo Yaoyorozu in My Hero Academy) in Japanese and Jessica Calvello (Ku Fei in UQ Holder, Black Rabbit in Drawback Youngsters are Coming from One other World, Aren’t they?) in English. I like each units of leads about the identical as one another, so the one huge deciding issue during which to look at probably lies with the actual fact the English dub removes a few of the puns from the unique script. For instance, Kazuhito makes use of “Wanderful” as an alternative of “Fantastic” in a single scene because of being a canine and ‘wan’ being the noise a canine makes in Japan, however within the English script, that is eliminated totally with Kazuhito as an alternative making barking sounds whereas saying fantastic on the identical time. Not an enormous loss by any means, however it does make it worthwhile watching the Japanese observe as nicely in the event you’re significantly serious about that aspect of issues, particularly since this can be a sequence that does like to make use of puns and has useful translation notes the place relevant.
Canine and Scissors come to the UK due to MVM in an entire assortment on Blu-ray. On-disc extras embody clear opening and ending movies in addition to a group of trailers for different sequence accessible through the US distributor Sentai Filmworks.
General, Canine and Scissors is an entertaining comedy supplied you may put apart a few of the extra excessive components of the characters. Certainty the connection between Kirihime and Kazuhito is the main promoting level, particularly in the event you can empathise with Kazuhito’s love for literature. Nevertheless, in the event you’re significantly delicate to comedic scenes that centre round S&M or animal abuse, then maybe sit this one out.