Inu x Boku SS 8 ~ If necessary, I could speak of my love until the night turns to dawn
March 3, 2012
I hadn’t been planning to write again this quickly about Inu X Boku SS (Me and My Dog – Secret Service). Frankly this show moves slowly, regardless, I think it has a nice story at its core. The story, as I said in my first post on InuBoku, is one of two broken people coming together, and that “by coming together they both are offered healing and an escape from the separate hells they find themselves in”. Up to now, however, the show has focussed on Ririchiyo’s problem, and her efforts to overcome it. Yes. I said, “up to now”.
This episode once again seemed like it was slowly exploring Ririchiyo’s frustrated desire to connect honestly with another person, specifically Soushi Miketsukami. This time Ririchiyo realizes that has she never shared food with Soushi, and she wishes to make some coffee for him. She agonizes over how to ask him to have coffee with her, and then chickens out repeatedly, instead of delivering her speech. Finally (or so it seemed) the ending credits rolled — the same ED as was showed in the third episode, which featured Ririchiyo being alone.
Unexpectedly after the ED Ririchiyo calls Soushi out under the night sky and asks him to have coffee with her, but more than that, she manages to crack his nut. A lot of people have been saying that they dislike this show because they don’t think it is funny or cute that Soushi always likens himself to a dog. They say that is a sick fantasy or whatnot. I, however, have maintained from the beginning that this was more an indication of Soushi’s own social awkwardness and psychological problems. Soushi uses his self-debasement similarly to how Ririchiyo uses her TsunTsun act. Neither of them knows how to honestly connect with other people, so they keep retreating to behavior that distances others. This was finally admitted straight up by Soushi, which is a great first step for him to find a way to be honest with another person.
Again, as I said in my first post on InuBoku, this show “has the makings of a love story with gravitas … there is a profound reason that the two must be together. They are both broken people.”