SHOGUN’S NOTE: The summer season is in swing, at last! I’ll be doing my best to watch most, if not all, of the new simulcasting pilots. As such, regular shows like ATTACK ON TITAN, ONE PIECE and, of course, DBZ will be getting a brief break in coverage to make room. Stay tuned, and don’t panic - - their eventual catch-ups will be spectacular!
Well, you got to at least respect a show for living up to its weird title right away. When the little doggy was getting all these vanity shots at the beginning, I figured this was a show that Matt Rorie would just eat up. Of course, just as quickly, the cute pup gets threatened with sharp objects by a perv. I doubt Matt would appreciate that, so I’ll be using a different tract to discuss this intentionally-weird show.
It’s probably a sign that I’ve watched too much of this shit when my pop-culture synesthesia starts drawing comparisons between an anime and the works of Kurt Vonegut or Franz Kafka. No, I’m not saying that DOG SCISSORS has the sort of literary respectability that’ll ever make staff at the NEW YORKER start breathing heavily, but… I don’t know… there are specific flavors and textures to surrealism, as I’ve said before, and this stimulated plenty of the same taste buds as SLAPSTICK did. It’s a very precise cocktail of non-sequitor plotting, strange fetishes, highly-coincidental callback and the playful treatment of weighty, philosophical topics.
(Seriously, there’s only about three minutes of screen time separating the cutsey doggy shenanigans from a teenager getting graphically murdered on-screen. Only in Japan, people!).
None of this is a compliment so much as an observation. I actually put SLAPSTICK down permanently after about 50 pages (sorry, Kurt!), and my interest is already pretty tenuous about seeing much more of DOG SCISSORS beyond this pilot. Once again, I’m going to tempt otaku blasphemy and suggest that I might be more invested in this show if it had a proper dub. I figure the manic energy of this bibliophilic dog’s reincarnation would be a lot funnier if I didn’t have “10 second delay” that sub-titles bring.
I’ll guess this blew all you lunatics away, though?
Watch this episode, "Every Dog Has His Day” here and decide for yourself.
Now, read my write-ups on other pilots from this season below…