Cuticle Detective Inaba (Cuticle Tantei Inaba)

(12 episodes)

What’s it about ?

The wacky adventures of a werewolf private detective.


Inaba, the title detective werewolf. Complete immature goofball. Aside from his (wildly inconsistent) tracking abilities, he can also “power up” and extract ridiculous power from strands of hair. His single point of angst is regarding his missing younger brother, and even that is played for laugh.

The less said about Yuuta, his scarily violent cross-dressing assistant, the better.

Kei, his other assistant, gets the “only sane man” role. Alas, I can’t see his sanity surviving more than a couple episodes of this.

Ogino, an actual police detective who knew Inaba before the latter left the force, and brings him new cases too tough (or too bizarre) for the police to solve. His pained attempts to desperately keep the plot on track aren’t too successful.

Our villain this episode (and apparently the long-term nemesis) is Don Valentino, a counterfeiting goat. His minions include a devoted dude with a paper bag over his head, and a dominatrix assassin.

Production Values

Not very good. The animation is basic, and the whole thing looks cheap on every level.

Overall Impression

Let’s not beat around the bush : this is a completely insane and surreal show, throwing more and more weirdness in as it goes. It’s never afraid to be stupid or mind-bendingly bizarre for the sake of a joke.

The problem is that it’s not really funny. Most of the jokes don’t work, either because they’re oversold or because they’re just plain bad. There are some that do raise a smile occasionally, but the majority are tediously unfunny.

I was ready to cry uncle after five minutes of this. The rest of the episode didn’t change my mind, so I’m not recommending watching this. It’s just too painful.

via [In which I review] New anime, Winter 2013 – Page 3.

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