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November 22, 2012

Anime Review: Inu x Boku SS + OVA

Ever wondered what a bunch of youkai would do if they all lived in the same complex? Well that is basically what Inu x Boku SS is all about. The lives of the bunch of funny and quirky youkai characters and their interactions with one another.

Inu x Boku SSSynopsis:

The Shirakiin house's daughter, Shirakiin Ririchiyo, who has a complex about being unable to live independently and unprotected, feels the need to move out and live on her own under the condition of residing in the mansion named "Ayakashi Kan." In this mansion, only those who have cleared a very strict examination could reside in it, and for each resident, they are accompanied with one agent of the Secret Service (S.S.). Although Riricho has rejected the company of the S.S., while residing in the mansion she finds out that the agent dedicated to protecting her is actually the Fox Spirit.

Review:

Although the anime is listed as comedy, shounen, and supernatural, I would disagree otherwise. From what I experienced whilst watching through this anime series contains far more genres than the above. In my opinion, the story does a great job in captivating both shounen and shoujo audiences with its inclusion of an underlying romantic comedy plot along with some light action with the inclusion of supernatural characters. At first I thought that this was a complete shoujo anime because of a female lead and crazily hot guy protagonist; but somehow it is not as simple as that. The story starts off with a extremely tsundere (or rather tsunshun) female lead character named Shirakiin Ririchiyo moving out and living on her own. She ends up in a mansion named "Ayakashi Kan" and the only residents are youkai with secret service agents assigned to each and every one of them. Like any other shoujo anime, the main female lead gets a hot guy assigned to her. In this case, we get a Fox Spirit named Miketsukami Soushi. The story goes uphill from there with competitions among the youkai, a break-in attempt, a rival from long ago, and the collection of past memories. It is quite entertaining to watch.

The art was really well done. The character designs were not too bad and their transformations were quite detailed and accurate to actual youkai myths. The backgrounds and sceneries were also very well done and animation of movement was fluid. I had no complaints here.

I was impressed by the voice acting and the theme songs of this anime. Although the anime doesn't focus on sound and character voice acting but more on the comedy element, I still found the soundtrack impressive nonetheless. I liked how each character had their own ending theme song that will play at the end of each episodes whilst the credits rolled. That put a refreshing touch to each episode and felt unique in it's own way.

I should mention that since this anime is all out a bunch of youkai, you should at lease understand stuff about Japanese mythology. However, the anime does give a short explanation on the different kinds of youkai that apepar in the anime, so you won't get confused that much. Shirakiin Ririchiyo is a complete tsundere (or tsunshun) character with a sharp tongue. She acts all cold and arrogant on the outside, but she is kind and understanding on the inside. It is pretty humorous watching her interact with other people. Just watching Miketsukami Soushi reminded me of the guys over at the Ouran Koukou Host Club. He is just completely submissive, calm and polite to everyone. Definitely what you would call a bishounen. His fix transformation isn't that bad either. The other characters were also quite unique and had interesting personalities.

Overall, it was an enjoyable anime to watch. The story was quite intriguing and humorous most of the time although some parts were quite silly. There was also some nice light action and romance thrown in to give it a bit of spice; not to mention the mysterious background of the main characters and how they came to know each other from long ago. It is quite well done and an appropriate length. I would say though that this anime series may be more to the shoujo type than heavy action shounen type.

STORY: 8

ART: 8

SOUND: 8

CHARACTER: 8

ENJOYMENT: 8

OVERALL: 8

Steam open Linux beta to 5000 more gamers

Valve has announced a widening of access to their Linux Beta client. Some 5000 users who signed upfor beta access will be granted access to the Steam beta client.

Valve's Frank Crockett announced to members of the Steam for Linux community on Steam:
“We’re making good progress finding and fixing issues that our users have reported so we’re expanding the beta by 5000 before the long holiday (US) weekend kicks in.”
New beta testers will find an email in their inbox with further instructions on how to download and install the client, redeem their code, and enable any restricted drivers required to make Steam work.


Ubuntu 13.04 default wallpaper revealed

Ubuntu 13.04's default wallpaper has been unveiled 5 months before schedule. The visuals won't shock anyone; it's pretty much the same as before - but familiarity can be a good thing.
You can download the wallpaper here if you feel like it!