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CUTICLE DETECTIVE INABA #1 - - Special Review

A half-baked sketch that keeps getting airtime.

If it didn’t require more effort than it’s worth - - and if it wasn’t incredibly narcissistic - - there might be some value to taping myself as I watched this show. You know, like those stupid “So and so watches/reacts to…” videos that sometimes pop up on the Recommend Viewing barring on YouTube.

If I did such a thing, you’d wonder if your video had stopped loading, because my expression wouldn’t be changing. It’d be expressionless and fixed (much like a stone!), and a slight smirk would flash on it for one moment - - flashing so fast that you’d seriously wonder if you just imagined seeing it.

In other words, I didn’t find this chibi comedy about a werewolf investigating super-crimes by chewing on strands of hair to be funny, at all. I don’t know if I even want to blame it on my general distaste for chibi, because I rather enjoyed the ROCK LEE show (though, perhaps that falls under a different classification of super-deformity?). This honestly felt like some half-baked SNL sketch that keeps getting air-time only because whichever actor cooked it up has been on the show for a long time and the producers feel obligated to throw him a bone.

There’s a specific texture to a comedic premise that’s being pushed past its suitable shelf life after it wasn’t that well thought-through to start with, anyway. The notion of a hair-obsessed werewolf detective outlives its potential humor here at the very moment it goes from being a one-liner to a concept that - - oh shit! - - they’re actually going to play out. This should’ve been a throwaway gag in another series, not the basis for a series itself.

Yeah, I invoked on this one at the half-way mark. The only par t that was funny to me was when of the bad guys was having to take time to load an old flint lock rifle - - that's the reason for the one smirk I mentioned above. That’s it. PASS.

Watch this episode, "Counterfeit Currency Printing Incident/Inaba Hiroshi Kidnapping Incident" here and decide for yourself.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

Lurkeroon Jan. 15, 2013 at 1:22 p.m.

I have watched many anime in the past, but a couple things I have learned to stay away from are Japanese humor and chibi (super-deformed) characters.

Marshal Victoryon Jan. 15, 2013 at 5:26 p.m.

Yes i can say with no regret.. i almost hate this show.Its only good part..

An yes that te most entertaining part because it reminds me of...

Think the half baked an SNL has come full circle now.

sickVisionz moderator on Jan. 20, 2013 at 3:17 p.m.
If I did such a thing, you’d wonder if your video had stopped loading, because my expression wouldn’t be changing. It’d be expressionless and fixed (much like a stone!), and a slight smirk would flash on it for one moment - - flashing so fast that you’d seriously wonder if you just imagined seeing it.

Sounds like me trying to watch Lucky Star and the Rock Lee show.

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