Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san Episode 8 [Anime Review]

Welcome, one all, to my continuing episodic review series for Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san. This week, we were introduced to yet another new character. Let’s have a look at what happened.

 

A Bird In The Hand

Nekoyama has taken over from Inugami for Class Duty this week and has noticed that someone is absent. The absentee is called Hibari Torikai. Aki says that nobody has actually met her, and Nekoyama starts to worry that this is a school ghost story. Aki explains that she’s just in the hospital due to poor health. Then…she turns up out of the blue, making the girls think she’s a vengeful spirit.

Aki and Nekoyama introduce themselves, and Torikai immediately gives them nicknames, blinding them with a literal light of sweetness. She plays up on the ghost motif when Inugami turns up, stating that ‘she can see me too’. That leads Inugmai to think that she’s a cute ghost girl that only she can see.

Just as all the misunderstandings are cleared up, it is revealed that Sarutobi knows Torikai and had instructed her to contact her if she was coming in. Torikai explains that she did – with the voice of her heart. The episode ends with Torikai turning up the next day too.

 

Spooky Stuff

This was an interesting little episode. I like that Torikai has long sleeves to mimic wings, playing up on her name meaning bird. I also like that she’s having fun with the ghostly reputation that the leads have lumped on her. It’s a shame we didn’t find out what exactly is wrong with her, but I do think she’ll make a nice addition to the cast … if she doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

And therein is the one issue I have with the series right now. The cast is growing and we have all these fun characters in the mix, but the short form episodes mean we don’t see them often, or for long. In some ways, it could be a good thing because they aren’t going to outstay their welcome that way, but in others, it almost feels wasted.

Still, I did enjoy this one overall. But what about yourselves? Have you seen this show? What did you make of this episode? Let me know below!

 

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