Inu x Boku SS is the story of Ririchiyo going to live in a special place for the descendants of monsters.
Inu x Boku SS starts with Ririchiyo moving into Maison de Ayakashi. Ririchiyo has a bad habit of being tsundere. She really wants to get along with people and be nice, but she stays the same. She was planning on being alone in this new environment, but when she gets there she finds Soushi waiting to serve her. When Ririchiyo tries to send him away, he claims she will have to kill him to get rid of him. Turns out this new home is full of the descendents of monsters that retain the likeness and personality of the ancestor. So of course these half monsters spend their time shopping, having tea parties, doing walk rallies, and various other trivial things. At the end Ririchiyo finds out that Soushi is not all he seems. Will it change her feelings for him?
Before we get down to business let’s play masochist or sadist, since everyone is one or the other. Look at each of the pictures below and decide if it is a masochist or sadist. To see the answers put your mouse over the pictures.
Then there is this dirty masochist carpet. You like it when I step on you huh? You dirty carpet you.
Well now to the review. This whole show felt like a filler arc waiting until the good stuff came. The sad thing is I looked the manga up and it is based on the manga. How did this show get made? The different episodes generally had nothing to do with each other or anything interesting in them. Things like shopping, balls, pointless games, and rallies should not be the whole series. There were two whole episodes mostly dedicated just to the main character inviting Soushi to a tea party. Then they don’t even have it. That is too much to bear. At the end they try to rush a little plot, but it is too little, too late.
Character development was totally lacking. What you saw was what you got the whole time. At the end of the show they go on about how different Ririchiyo is, but she is still very tsundere and unsure of herself around people, which was the original problem.
Luckily in this world where people do the same things over and over with less emotion than they would put into reading a dictionary there is a sadistic man to shake things up. Kagerou is the best part of this show. When he is around the characters are out of their element and show more depth than usual. Also he is just amusing all by himself with his weird views of the world.
Overall this show disappointed me most since it had plenty of elements needed to be a good show. It had an interesting premise, but they did nothing with it. They had some awesome characters, but they didn’t have them grow or interact in any way that wasn’t superficial. Until the last couple of episodes this show had all the depth of a puddle. A lot of this would have been alright if it had been a really funny show, but it wasn’t that funny most of the time.
Score: 2/5 It would have been a 1 if not for Kagerou and the touching scenes in the last episodes.