Synopsis: Honda Bookseller’s is in big trouble?! One of Kazuhito’s favorite stores, Honda Bookseller’s. The owner is Honda Fumio, terrible at business and good with people. But for him to go bankrupt and escape in the night… wouldn’t be inconceivable. A concerned Kazuhito heads to Honda Bookseller’s with his favorite bag, but is captured by the runaway Honda Yayoi and gets caught up in her escape from home.
Another Monday, another episode of Dog and Scissors. Last week’s episode was… well, it wasn’t the series’ best, let’s just say that. I had hoped this this weeks episode would be better than last weeks episode but… nah, I’m just f*cking with you, episode 6 of Dog and Scissors was pretty damn awesome and I liked it! That said, I still don’t really understand what this show pertains to be and the lack of direction can sometimes be… unsettling. For example, compare this, episode 6, to several weeks ago’s episode 2 and you wouldn’t think you were watching the same kind of show. Sure, episode 6 was funny and I enjoyed learning more about Kazuhito, but where and how will this series end? Just what is it’s purpose?!
But I digress, episode 6 presents us with the demon child, or Yayoi, and the issues that may or may not ail her… turns out they don’t ‘ail’ her by the way. Anticlimax aside, I’d just like to say that it was nice seeing Kazuhito on his own for once, y’know, doing his own thing. That said, I did miss Natsuno and her unique brand of wit and I’m looking forward to having another episode dedicated to the adventures of the Kazuhito Natsuno dream team…
On another note, the episode was, as usual, pretty damn funny and it would appear that Kazuhito himself has finally adapted to his new life and is reveling in it almost. He’s becoming independent, doing things on his own and finally showing us the full extent of his own wit. And even though he is dependent, he still can’t do anything without Natsuno, as was proved in this episode. Also, is anyone else curious as to where this apparent tracking device is on Kazuhito’s body? Anyone?
If I had anything to say about this episode however, it’s that it was uneventful and I’m not really liking that. I suppose this next point hearkens back to my previous in that this series has no direction. What I thought would be a show about a sadistic woman and a dog solving crime has turned into a slice of life anime with absolutely no idea what it’s doing. It’s almost as if the writer ran out of ideas at the fourth episode and decided ‘f*ck it, I’ll write any random cr*p’, hence an episode about a bookstore that is going to close down… but isn’t. Somewhat lackadaisical, don’t you think?
That’s not to say I’m not liking this show, it’s funny and it’s light hearted nature is most welcome in a time where series tend of be inundated with depressing plot twist after depressing plot twist, I mean, what happened to watching anime for relaxation purposes!? Sure, sometimes I want something meaty to get my teeth into, but there is a reason that shows like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and One Piece, Naruto, Fairy Tail (etc.) are so highly regarded! You know?
But let’s not get distracted here, episode 6 of Dog and Scissors provided in the exact way I thought it would… I just wish the series would choose a genre/direction and stick to it… it’d make these reviews less repeptitive and I wouldn’t have to talk so little about the episode, y’know?
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I’m not sure how I feel about this series anymore because of this episode, and for the exact reasons of having a genre identity crisis like you said. I don’t think that the series is bad, but at the same time I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. I’m a fan of slice of life but this one dives a bit too much into supernatural to really call it that. Oh well watching it to the end so let’s see how it goes.
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