FUNimation Entertainment Licenses the Dog & Scissors Anime

Anime News Network is reporting that FUNimation Entertainment has licensed GONZO’s Dog & Scissors (Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyō) anime series. However, the company cannot confirm right now if it will release the series on home video. FUNimation began streaming the series on FunimationNow on November 30, 2021.

Crunchyroll began simulcasting the anime in July 2013 as it aired in Japan, and removed the anime from its catalog in August 2020. Sentai Filmworks released the series on home video in 2014-2015. HIDIVE also previously streamed the show.

The story of Dog & Scissors is described as:

Harumi Kazuhito was the ultimate bookworm, spending days at a time with his head buried in his beloved books, and little could make him happier than perusing the pages of his favorite author, Kirihime Natsuno. Unfortunately, Harumi’s life goes to the dogs – literally – when he gets himself killed while trying to stop a robber.

Thanks to the power of a true bookworm, however, Harumi inexplicably finds himself reincarnated as a dog… which might not be so bad if dogs could read. Or if the woman who adopts him didn’t have twin predilections for playing with scissors and tormenting her new pet. But what truly makes this strange reincarnation the worst of all possible worlds is that she’s also his favorite author. The horror. Can Harumi find a way to live with this tantrum-throwing typist, or will her crazed clippings prove to be his undoing?

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment Is Streaming the Dog & Scissors Anime

The Fandom Post is reporting that FUNimation Entertainment has added the Dog & Scissors anime to its streaming service. All 12 episodes are available with both an English dub and with the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The story of Dog & Scissors is described as:

Harumi Kazuhito was the ultimate bookworm, spending days at a time with his head buried in his beloved books, and little could make him happier than perusing the pages of his favorite author, Kirihime Natsuno. Unfortunately, Harumi’s life goes to the dogs – literally – when he gets himself killed while trying to stop a robber.

Thanks to the power of a true bookworm, however, Harumi inexplicably finds himself reincarnated as a dog… which might not be so bad if dogs could read. Or if the woman who adopts him didn’t have twin predilections for playing with scissors and tormenting her new pet. But what truly makes this strange reincarnation the worst of all possible worlds is that she’s also his favorite author. The horror. Can Harumi find a way to live with this tantrum-throwing typist, or will her crazed clippings prove to be his undoing?

Source: The Fandom Post

Anime Spotlight: Dog & Scissors

Dog & Scissors is an anime series based on a light novel written by Shunsuke Sarai and Tetsuhiro Nabeshima. The anime was directed by Yukio Takahashi and was produced by Gonzo. The 12 episodes of the series aired on Japanese television from July 1-September 16, 2013. As of this writing, Sentai Filmworks holds the North American license for the Dog & Scissors anime series.

Kazuhito Harumi is a high school boy who is also a major bookworm. One day, while he’s reading in a café, he is shot and killed when trying to protect a random stranger who is sitting nearby, writing. He’s determined to not die before reading the unreleased last work by his favorite author, Shinobu Akiyama. He gets a second chance by being reincarnated as a long-haired daschund. He’s found by an employee at the local pet shop, and one day as he’s thinking about reading Shinobu Akiyama’s books, a girl with long, black hair arrives and says she wants the dog. It turns out the girl, whose name is Kirihime Natsuno, can hear Kazuhito’s thoughts. And the twist, of course, is that Shinobu Akiyama is Kirihime’s pen name. Yep, Kazuhito is now the dog that belongs to his favorite author.

Unfortunately for Kazuhito, living with his favorite author is not a dream come true. She’s a sadistic scissor-wielding novelist who is quick to anger. However, as the series progresses, she develops feelings for Kazuhito and becomes jealous when he’s close to another girl.

If Kirihime isn’t strange enough, other unusual characters also inhabit the world of Dog & Scissors. Madoka Harumi is Kazuhito’s younger sister, who is mad with grief and trying to find any shred of evidence that her brother is still alive. She captures Kazuhito in his dog form, unaware that she has actually found her brother. Madoka thinks she just projected her brother onto the dog. But even so, she still treats the dog like her brother and makes very unusual curry with her high-tech knife that can transform into a dual-bladed chainsaw or a cannon.

Suzuna Hiiragi is Kirihime’s editor. This woman is a masochist, unstable and hyperactive. Her schtick is that she wants Kirihime to torture her with her remarks and/or her scissors. Suzuna was definitely one of the stranger characters in the series and was my least favorite of them.

Hami Osawa, another young author, went to school with Kazuhito and knew him from when he discovered her manuscript in a room. Kazuhito made a promise to be her first reader when she became a published author… but he died before that happened. However, she figures out that Kirihime’s dog is Kazuhito, and she and Kirihime get into a writing battle.

Maxi Akizuki is a popular young idol who is also a famous author, and she has an entourage of bodyguards with her. Where Kirihime wears black and comes across as brooding, Maxi wears white and is constantly saying that she is “shining.” She tries to take the spotlight in the scenes she appears in but is always comically whisked away by her bodyguards. Maxi is kind of annoying, but she makes for the perfect contrast to Kirihime.

There are several other characters that appear off and on in the series, and each one has their own quirks. The most pointless one seems to be the maid that Kazuhito runs into a couple of times and catches her singing. She also wields a broom that hides a long blade. What is it with the females in this series and their use of objects with blades? Near the end of the series, we learn who the maid works for (another young author), but this third author is only seen a couple of times and doesn’t play any major part in the anime.

Dog & Scissors is definitely a comedy. For the most part, I would call it exaggerated humor instead of absurd, although an argument could be made that the humor becomes more absurdist in the last couple of episodes.

Unfortunately, Dog & Scissors is one of those anime series that was being produced while the original source material was still ongoing. The anime came out in the second half of 2013, but the original light novel didn’t end until January 2015. My guess is that the third author that the maid worked for probably had a bigger role in the source material after the point where the anime adaptation ended. So, like other series that are in this situation, there isn’t a true ending for the anime.

When all was said and done, I didn’t think that Dog & Scissors was necessarily bad, but I didn’t think it was great, either. While I can now say that I have seen the entirety of this anime, I wouldn’t be in a rush to ever re-watch it at some point in the future. But that’s just me, though. If you appreciate a story about authors and readers that relies on exaggerated or absurdist humor, then you might find something to appreciate in Dog & Scissors.

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English Cast Announced for the Dog & Scissors Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Dog & Scissors television anime:

  • Blake Shepard is Kazuhito Harumi
  • Jessica Calvello is Natsuno Kirihime
  • Joanne Bonasso is Suzuna
  • John Gremillion is Toji
  • Brittney Karbowski is Maxi Akizuki
  • Monica Rial is Yayoi Honda
  • Chris Hutchison is Afro Gomez
  • Julia Traber is Sumitani
  • John Swasey is Genji
  • Luci Christian is Sarai
  • Nancy Novotny is Sakura Honda
  • Carli Mosier is Sachi Moribe
  • Juliet Simmons is Madoka Harumi
  • David Wald is Munakata
  • John Swasey is Fumio Honda
  • Luci Christian is Hami
  • Leraldo Anzaldua is Macho
  • David Wald is Daimon
  • Emily Neves is Momiji Himehagi

Emily Neves is directing the dub.

Source: ANN

Sentai Filmworks Is Offering Dub Upgrades for the Dog & Scissors and Maid Sama! Anime

Sentai Filworks is offering a “dub upgrade” for customers who purchased subtitled-only releases of the Dog & Scissors and Maid Sama! anime.

Right Stuf has forms for customers to fill out and send in with their DVDs, cases, and payment for the upgrade. Forms must be mailed in by June 30, 2015 and are for United States and Canadian customers only.

Source: ANN

Dog & Scissors: Episode 2 – “Strike While the Dog Is Hot”

In the first episode of Dog & Scissors, a high school bookworm named Harumi Kazuhito is killed while protecting a young woman writer from a gunman during a robbery. The boy is resurrected as a dog, and ends up living with the young woman writer. The young woman is named Natsuno Kirihime, and she’s a psycho woman who wields a pair of scissors in a holster. Harumi is shocked to discover that Natsuno is actually his favorite author, Akiyama Shinobu.

The beginning of the second episode backtracks slightly from where the first episode ended. It ends up taking about six-and-a-half minutes to return to the point where the first episode ended. Unfortunately, I didn’t think these six-and-a-half minutes truly added anything. It included some unfunny jokes and a couple of random characters that appear in the opening credits, but as of yet don’t seem to have much of a purpose for the story.

When we finally return to where the first episode ended, we learn that the man who killed Harumi has been hiding out in one of the rooms Harumi had at the apartment he was living at. Natsuno gets into a battle with the man, and he uses moves that she created in her books against her. Also, it appears he changed because he read her books while hiding out at Harumi’s place. I thought these things were silly, but not in a funny or amusing way.

Then Natsuno unsheathes her scissors and ends up getting the upper hand. At the end of the battle, the man is hanging over the overpass and could be easily toppled to the freeway below. Harumi doesn’t want to take revenge, because the man likes books. There’s actually a somewhat touching moment here when Harumi has an exchange with Natsuno, which ultimately sees him telling her that she shouldn’t blame herself for his death.

After that scene, I was almost willing to give another episode of Dog & Scissors a chance. Unfortunately, during the last three to four minutes of the episode, the scissors shtick I hated from the first episode returned. The ending of the episode basically destroyed any good feelings I had started developing for the show.

Between the unfunny jokes and the stupid scissors shtick, I have decided to give Dog & Scissors a one-way ticket to Dropville. So long, Dog & Scissors!

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Dog & Scissors: Episode 1 – “Every Dog Has His Day”

The episode opens with a young woman writer telling a dog to try dying. When the dog argues and doesn’t comply, she pulls out a pair of scissors and tries to get him. When the dog runs away, the woman chases after the dog. We can hear the dog’s thoughts, and he says that he wasn’t always a dog; he used to be human. It cuts to the opening credits, and then the episode tells the story of how the series got to the point we saw in the beginning of the episode.

A high schooler named Harumi Kazuhito is a bookworm, and his favorite author is Akiyama Shinobu. He lives by himself in Tokyo, because his parents moved out to the country when Harumi was in middle school. Harumi didn’t want to go, because release dates for books get delayed in the country. His parents made him a deal: if he could get into a competitive high school, Harumi would be able to stay in Tokyo. Obviously, Harumi fulfilled his end of the bargain.

Harumi goes to a restaurant, where he’s reading a book by Akiyama Shinobu. He laments that Shinobu still needs to write the final book for his favorite series, and that he doesn’t want to die without reading it. Sitting behind him is a young woman who is writing furiously.

A robbery takes place in the restaurant, and Harumi tackles the gunman in order to protect the young woman writer. Harumi ends up being shot and killed during the struggle. As Harumi is dying and sees visions of his family and friends, he sees the final book of Akiyama Shinobu’s series that he wants to read. When he reaches out to touch the book, it turns into a dog. Then there’s a blinding light.

Harumi awakens to find that he has been resurrected as a dog. The young woman writer appears at the pet shop where Harumi has been taken to, with a pair of scissors in a holster. When the clerk says Harumi isn’t for sale, the woman whips out the scissors and slashes. And then something rather unbelievable happens: her slashes cut through the metal bars in the cage holding Harumi. OK, I know that this is supposed to be an absurdist comedy, but… yeah, I have a hard time believing that could happen, even in an absurdist comedy. The first thought that came into my mind was, “Riiiiiight.”

The young woman takes Harumi home, ties the dog up and hangs him from the ceiling, holds a pair of scissors in front of him, and tells him to die. Yikes! Thank goodness Dog & Scissors isn’t more mainstream, otherwise PETA would probably be all over this series!

Apparently, the woman (whose name is Natsuno Kirihime) can read the dog’s mind, but no explanation is truly given as to how she is able to do this. Again, I understand that this is supposed to be an absurdist comedy, but I can honestly say that it’s not that funny, nor is it that believable, even for absurd comedy. I’m sorry, but I just can’t find potential animal abuse to be funny. There was only one moment that I truly found to be funny in this episode. It’s the reaction that Harumi the dog has when he learns that the psycho woman that he’s with is actually Askiyama Shinobu (which is the pen name she uses as an author).

This is a series that has an interesting premise, but the execution basically ruins it. First, I really didn’t care about any of the characters by the time I finished the first episode. In fact, my least favorite is Natsuno. She came across as being a psycho without much in the way of redeeming qualities. Second, the scissors shtick got old really fast. And since scissors is part of the title, and scissors show up a lot in the imagery for both the opening and ending credits, I suspect it’s a gag that will be running throughout the entire series.

I’ll give Dog & Scissors another try next week to see if maybe it might improve from the first episode. However, I’m not terribly optimistic I’ll get much further in this series before I decide to drop it.

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Dog & Scissors Anime

Sentai Filmworks announced at Anime Expo 2013 that the company has acquired the license for the Dog & Scissors anime series.

The absurd mystery comedy centers around Kazuhito Harumi, a high school boy who is obsessed with reading books. One day, he is killed in the middle of a robbery — and resurrected as a dachshund dog. Unable to read in his new form, the hapless Kazuhito now belongs to Kirihime Natsuno, a sadistic novelist who uses scissors on Kazuhito to abuse him.

The company says it intends to release this 12-episode series on home video in 2014.

Source: ANN