We’re back for the mid-summer anime premiers! Up right now is Dog and Scissors, a quirky comedy about, well, a dog and a set of (very dangerous) scissors. Though this won’t be a major blockbuster, big name hit, the anime series is set to give you a few good laughs here and there.
The story follows a guy named Kazuhito Harumi, a high schooler who is obsessed with reading books. If you’ve ever seen a drug addict, replace drugs with books and you’ve got the overly excited book enthusiast, Kazuhito Harumi. Of particular interest is his favorite author, Shinobu Akiyama, who has written a wealth of books and is considered as one of the best writers of the generation.
One day, however, Kazuhito finds himself in a dangerous situation. One thing leads to another, and BAM! He’s been shot to death. Mysteriously, however, his will to read an unreleased text from the acclaimed Shinobu Akiyama allows him to keep on living, but as a dog. Soon afterwards, a woman by the name of Kirihime Natsuno, who can somehow hear Kazuhito’s thoughts in his dog form, adopts him. Little did Kazuhito know, Kirihime is a sadistic artist who enjoys cutting anything and everything with scissors.
The premise may seem quite gruesome and horrific at first, but it’s actually a well-generated comedy. There are, of course, some slow times and Kazuhito’s book obsession may get awkward at times, but the characters are somewhat memorable for the most part. Mysteries surround a lot of the plot’s premise, and questions of “How did Kazuhito turn into a dog” and “Why can Kirihime hear Kazuhito’s thoughts” come up to play quite often. Nevertheless, the plot is relatively original and doesn’t follow normal comedy cliches. Humor is mostly stemmed from Kirihime’s sadistic actions and some over-dramatic sequences involving some of the side characters.
Dog and Scissors won’t be one of the most memorable anime of this summer, but it will give you a few good laughs here and there.