What’s it about ?
Cutting hair is sexy ! And serious business.
generic perverted male protagonist. His very peculiar turn-on : cutting people’s hair. He’s also the proud owner of a family heirloom, the titular Severing Crime Edge. It’s just a pair of hair-cutting scissors, although rumour has it was a crime weapon long ago.
Iwai, a cute girl with cursed, uncuttable hair. She’s like Kiri’s dream come true. He stumbles on her house at random, and it’s definite attraction at first sight.
Houko & Yamane, two girls who antagonistically take care of Iwai’s needs (since she stays at home and has no family). Iwai claims they’re murderers (or at least owner of Murder Tools like Kiri), but they don’t actually do much besides acting like creepy antagonists.
Just to make sure we know all of this is tremendously important, at the end of the episode there’s a mysterious dude in shadow who ominously declares that “the games have begun”. Of course they have.
The show is sure keen on making us feel that cutting hair is the sexiest thing since Mysterious Girlfriend X‘s saliva. There’s no real fanservice at such, but lots of longing shots of our two leads being aroused by each other.
What did I think of it ?
Not the premise as such ; I’ve been around the block too much to be weirded out by it. No, it’s just that I was expecting something besides the the hair-cutting fetish. Like, either a plot or some chemistry in the romance. But this first episode feels empty of substance, and the perfunctory mumblings about the Murder Tools don’t inspire me much confidence.
By the way, I hope the romance is meant to look creepy as heck, because otherwise this is giving completely the wrong impression.
I’m giving it another episode to give me a better idea of where it’s going, but I’m not optimistic.