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Cuticle Detective Inaba 1 – Goat Mob Boss with a Cape


Also, he sings karaoke. How could this not be great?

Seriously, though, this is actually a bit funnier than expected, though mainly out of sheer volume. The joke pacing is relentless, and with that many thrown about, something is going to hit eventually, even if plenty of them miss. I’m not particularly interested in continuing beyond this point, though, because the problem with that relentless joke pace is that when a number of jokes miss, the episode drags a ton. This episode feels much longer than its 23 minute running time to me.

Some stuff I enjoyed: Yuuta getting more aggressive and territorial by the minute is a bit amusing. The initial joke didn’t work for me (“OMG how could someone so cute be so mean?!”), but Yuuta typing threatening messages a la The Shining gave me a chuckle, particularly since only he could actually see them. Yuuta trapping the detective in the basement room is a bit funny, too. The initial attack on Valentino’s home, with Lorenzo missing with his initial shot and getting gunned down while reloading his antiquated weapon, got a laugh out of me, as well. There are some OK bits of character humor and comic timing in this episode, so it’s not as if there’s no potential to be funny at all.

Mostly, though, it’s too loud and obnoxious for me, and not in a funny way. Inaba spends a lot of the episode acting dopey and silly; while that’s not an inherently bad thing, here it makes me feel as if I should be reading a book and commenting, “Yeah. Yep. Sure. OK. Whatever.” every so often like I am placating a child who wants some attention. And, of course, there’s a lot of shouting while not saying or doing anything particularly funny. This doesn’t really offend me or make me angry or annoyed anymore. It’s so prevalent that it’s just something I accept. With enough anime, I expect that eventually I will be unable to feel pleasure unless a cartoon girl is shouting in my ear. This will probably end with me becoming Hiro Shimono’s character in Binbougami ga!

Not such a bad fate, really.

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  1. Posted January 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    I’ll continue this for a bit. It’s definitely the best Winter show I’ve seen so far (that’s not a short) and that singing goat made me laugh hard. That’s worth another episode at the least.

    • Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

      Meh, if I want to see the singing goat, I can always venture to YouTube.

  2. matrixEXO
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Gotta love the ending clip. The goat singing and his motion was just too much to bear! Mainly the motion. The song and the motion ,however, doesn’t sync so well that it makes me wonder if I should be listening to the music or laughing my ass off when he is moving.

  3. Posted January 6, 2013 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    I want Azazel X Valentino doujin.

    • Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

      It probably exists somewhere in the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet.

  4. fathomlessblue
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    I had pretty much the same thoughts as you, plenty of jokes but most fell flat, & the alright ones were mostly negated by the 3-minute short style pacing. I only really laughed at the detective being tricked into entering the cellar.

    Overall it’s your typical Excel Saga/Binbougami/Hakaba Kitaro rapid-fire random gag comedy. I’d have probably liked it as a teenager but now it mostly just draws a blank.

    • Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, to me, this kind of pace works against many comedies since you need to nail a LOT of the jokes for this to work. I’m talking like an Airplane level of success; otherwise, dead space develops, and suddenly the audience isn’t laughing for long stretches. You need to build some momentum.

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