[#Anime] Cuticle Tantei Inaba and Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san


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It's a surprise for me to realise that Cuticle Tantei Inaba first aired a year ago, on January 4, 2013. I can barely remember why I decided to get this anime in the first place, considering I had no clue what it was even about. I've always liked mysteries though, so is it any wonder that I pounced on the word 'tantei', or 'detective', the moment I spotted it?

Well, there's also the cat wolf ears of course and that luscious red hair. Not to mention I just can't pass up Suwabe Junichi. But this anime has been in my possession for almost a year before Ruben dug it out from its long forgotten hiding place and we began to watch it, in a public library of all places. As he says, it is really quite inexplicable.

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Ruben and I have watched a few inexplicable anime over the past year, from Hyperdimension Neptunia to Walkure Romanze (more about that later). While the others were almost a little too much to bear and had us groaning in agony, this anime with its overreactive tendencies and general thread of mania works perfectly as we narrowly avoided reeling in our seats with laughter.

This doesn't happen that often. My first thought after we had watched two episodes of Cuticle Tantei back to back was that this anime reminded me of an anime I had first watched back in 2011, Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san.

It's no surprise that they share the common genre of comedy and both feature a Detective working on various cases with supernatural help, but on reflection Cuticle Tantei may actually be is actually more inexplicable than Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san, which I would not have believed at the time. While Azazel-san has many moments of insanity, Cuticle Tantei's is much longer and more sustained.

That's not even their only points of commonality, with assistant Sakuma Rinko (YAS) vaguely similar to Nozaki Kei (CTI). Both are influenced by finance and are usually the voice of reason.

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I'm looking forward to watching the rest of these anime since I never finished Azazel-san first time around either, though I wanted to. It would seem that we are fast finding a genre that we just keep coming back to whether it's in English, Cantonese or Japanese. Comedy brings people together, whatever the language and is a whole lot of good fun.

I really appreciate that these works have the ability to be a little crazy and stretch our expectations. Perhaps it's similar to the appeal of shows like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Kill La Kill as well — the ability to push those borders to the extreme. But at the same time, they are able to do this without needlessly pushing the 'action' aspect too much into it, there are plenty of those out there.

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I'd be interested to see what Ruben has to say about Azazel-san if we ever get around to marathoning that, though I don't know about doing so over a bowl of Japanese pasta. Wait--Japanese what?

Now, which one do you think Ruben looks more like?

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