Yalo, so apparently, the new anime season is underway and stuff.
One of the many new anime airing this time around is Dog and Scissors. This anime is about a human who gets turned into a dog and is then abused mercilessly by his owner who also happens to be his favorite novel author.
It is an exciting twist on the S&M formula!
Anime often have bad things. If they didn’t, we wouldn’t blog about them. This anime to has bad things. In fact, most would say that there are more bad things than good things.
Lame Running Gags
1) You have small breasts
Dog and Scissors employs the tried and true “man, your boobs are small” gag. This gag has been done so many times and by pretty much every different anime, that it has really gotten rather annoying at this point.
I wonder if during production, ‘funny’ anime have a “minimum gags per scene” kind of requirement. You know “Oh, crap, we forgot to write a gag here! QUICK, SOMEONE MAKE FUN OF HER FLAT CHEST” kind of thing.
(In all honesty, I do wonder where this gag came from anyway. If a guy made a joke like that in real life, then god help him because no one else will.)
Having said that, some of the punch lines were pretty decent (I especially liked the “well, you aren’t terribly 3-D either” one).
2) Dog and Scissors
You know your show is going to have a problem when the gag that is derived from the title is lackluster.
Leaving aside any comments on animal cruelty, the “I will take scissors to your face” joke is just not funny.
Not terribly Exciting
Simply put, this episode was a snoozefest for most folk. I was okay with it, but I have shit-tier taste so yeah.
Nice Facial Expressions
The dog has great facial expressions.
It is not everyday you hear of a boy who got killed, turned into a dog and now has to live with his favorite author. I like the concept. It is not terribly well execute, mind you, but at least this anime has a somewhat original concept.
There is also a nice little bit of mystery to our author. She seems to have some pretty shady connections.
Possibly encourages Literacy
I haven’t read much these past couple of years, but I love books. I think reading is one of the best things you can do. I know this anime actually won’t encourage literacy, but it is refreshing to see an MC who has a legitimate hobby and isn’t just plain or even worse an otaku for character insertion reasons.
I don’t know how to judge animation, but as far as I can tell, there is nothing special here. This is just standard slice of life fare animation but with a few cool dog movements (wagging tail, etc…)
I need to give the show credit for three things when it comes to character design:
- The dog is cute.
- The lady has an attractive face and I’d like to
be stepped upon and whipped by herhave a conversation with her.
- There is a guy with an Afro. Take note Animation studios. Including an afro-guy will automatically grant you major character design points.
The opening has a pretty average song but some decent visuals.
The ending has a good song and some good visuals to.
I am not sure if I am going to keep watching this. I guess it sort of depends on how bored I am and how boring other anime are. I don’t really think it is that though. I will probably give it another episode or two.