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'''''Cuticle Detective Inaba''''' is a shounen manga by Mochi. An anime adaptation premiered in January 2013.

It's about Hiroshi Inaba an artificially-created being, formed by splicing the genes of both a human and a wolf, who gains information by tasting and examining people's hair, and pretty much has a hair fetish. He can transform into a more wolf-like form, and also gain special powers and perform different attacks depending on the type or color of hair he eats. Formerly employed by the police and partnered with an officer, he now runs his own private detective agency with the help of his sadistic, cross-dressing secretary Yuuta (often mistaken for a girl), and Kei (a *relatively* normal teenager working part-time at the office). Kuniharu Ogino, the officer formerly partnered with Hiroshi, also often helps out with cases. His arch-enemy is Don Valentino, an evil mastermind goat with a taste (literally) for money, and a variety of messed up but extremely devoted henchman, including gentleman samurai Lorenzo, who always wears a bag over his head and assassin Gabriella. Most chapters are individual stories revolving around Hiroshi and his friends trying to arrest the Don, always failing miserably.

Episodes are available for streaming at [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/cuticle-detective-inaba Crunchyroll]] and [[http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Cuticle-Detective-Inaba/Watch The Anime Network]]
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!!This series provides examples of:
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Hiroshi says that he gets powers from all of the natural hair colors, and says that black is one of them. Only black is not a natural hair color. What we consider to be "black" is actually just a very dark shade of brown.
* AmusingInjuries: Happens numerous times throughout the series. Examples include Don Valentino being on the receiving end of Gabriella's gun when she's angry and Ogino accidentally slamming Hiroshi up to his neck into a concrete road when trying to get him down on the ground.
* AnimalTalk: Ogata does this as a teacher in episode 7a.
* AnimalMotif: Haruka's is a rabbit.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: never mind that Soumei [[spoiler: shot a police officer while using Ogino's body, all Hiroshi wants to know is what Soumei did to Ogi's bangs.]]
* BadassAdorable: Azusa. Stella.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: the Don fails epically at it in episode 7, [[spoiler: cue Kurami's katana hitting him smack in the head. [[FromBadToWorse And then he gets shot by Gabriella]].]]
* BeleagueredAssistant: Kei.
* BerserkButton:
** Do not waste (or eat) money in front of Kei.
** If Azusa makes Valentine chocolate for you but not her father, start running for the hills. If you can [[SuperStrength outrun]] [[MadeofIron Ogino]].
** Don't hurt Ogata in front of Stella or Ogino in front of Hiroshi.
** Getting to close to Hiroshi will invoke [[MurderTheHypotenuse Yuuta's wrath]].
** Do not cut Ogino's hair, let alone use 100 yen scissors. Hiroshi ''will'' [[ShockAndAwe burn you to a crisp]].
*** Do not steal Hiroshi's hair collection. He'll get serious kick your ass.
* BigBrotherWorship: Haruka towards Hiroshi. [[spoiler: He became a villain just so Hiroshi would pay attention to him, and wants to destroy the police force to get Hiroshi back.]]
* BishieSparkle
* {{Bishounen}}: Both the brothers Hiroshi and Haruka Inaba. Yuuta may also count, being a little too pretty for a boy.
* {{Bloodlust}}: [[spoiler: the werewolf girl who got her powers by tasting blood. Soumei was forced to kill her.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In episode 12 the lights go off in Don's hideout, [[ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes but you can still see his eyes flying all over the screen.]] Kei says that he's freaking out and wishes that the audience could see it. Noah then says that you'll be able to see it on the Blue Ray. A caption soon comes up saying that she's lying.
* BreathWeapon: A poisonous one used by the Donragon.
* CatGirl: Natsuki
* CerebusSyndrome: The second half of episode 8 takes a really dark turn. The first half of episode 9 isn't much better.
* CovertPervert: Yataro, which is why Natsuki and Haruka hate it when [[spoiler: Soumei possesses his body cause he's shameless.]]
* CoDragons: Natsuki and Yataro to Haruka
* ComedicSociopathy: ''Everywhere!'' This show runs on RuleOfFunny, so it's to be expected. Here are a few highlights:
** Yuuta at one point in the first episode lets Gabriella kidnap Kei. He's shown to be hiding, chanting a MadnessMantra about how exciting things are.
*** BloodyHilarious: Whenever Gabriella is involved. At one point the Don winds up with over a dozen bleeding bullet wounds in his head because she's become tired of waiting for Inaba to show up.
** Ogino really doesn't seem to mind getting hit in the head with a refrigerator. Or having Yuuta seal a trap door he's stuck under with tape.
** When they come across the evil doctor Noah in episode 5, the evil doctor explains that she wants to kill Ogi because he's in peak physical condition, giggling about it like an excited schoolgirl. [[{{Yandere}} Yuuta]] [[MurderTheHypotenuse soon joins in and helps her out.]]
** In the HotSpringsEpisode, Gabriella beats up Yataro because he refuses to react to her in a towel. He bleeds so badly that the hot springs turn red. Everyone is still fine with bathing in it, though.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: In episode 12, Hiroshi finds his jar of hair stolen. Searching the place for clues, he finds a single hair and after some thinking determines it to be a goat hair, seemingly oblivious to the room being absolutely covered in goat hoof prints. Gets lampshaded by Kei.
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: [[spoiler: when Soumei is about to shoot Hiroshi at point blank range, he gets shot instead with a poisoned bullet by Haruka. Soumei even calls him out on it.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Ogata. He's able to take down Gabriella and Kei admits he's on the same level as Ogino.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Noah has purple hair and eyes.
* CuteLittleFangs: Kei and Stella.
* DarkActionGirl: Gabriella
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: Soumei can do this to people, but he gets energy when they let him in willingly.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: Soumei [[spoiler: crossed it when his partner killed himself and he got framed for his 'murder', this after witnessing years of police corruption.]]
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Noah [[spoiler: filling a entire castle with death traps so that not even she could go back in safely, and Yuuta attempting to poison Ogino with his Donragon, while in a small room]].
* DidYouGetANewHaircut: the Don looks like a real, utterly badass goat in the second half of episode 7.
* DirtyOldMan: [[spoiler: First thing Soumei does when possessing Yataro's body is to grope Natsuki]].
* TheDitz: Wakaba, Kuniharu's wife has no sense of danger.
* DotingParent: Ogino loves his daughter.
** Seems to extend to Hiroshi as well, though to a lesser degree. [[spoiler: Azusa goes on the fake 10000 yen bill, Hiroshi on the 5000]].
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Yuuta Sasaki. Yes the cute blonde kid you see in the page image is a guy.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** From the first chapter when [[spoiler: Ogi was trapped in the cellar by the mafia, Yuuta blocks all the gaps, keeping air from entering for Ogi (who was supposed to be Yuuta's client) to suffocate. He had done this only out of his own twisted sadism. It then proceeds to show that even the mafia were shocked.]]
** Neither the Don nor Noah [[spoiler: allow Gabriella to kill Kurami's father after Noah performed surgery on him.]]
* EvilAlbino: Haruka
* EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily: ComedicSociopathy aside, the Valentinos and NORA care deeply about each other.
* FaceHeelTurn: Soumei [[spoiler: after being framed for murder by the police force he'd served for years.]]
* FallenHero: Soumei
* TheFaceless: Lorenzo
** Partially subverted in episode 10 when [[spoiler: Soumei, possessing Lorenzo, gets irritated at the mask and starts to pull it off. Hiroshi and Ogi freak out and pull it back over his head, since revealing his face'll make them [[BreakingTheFourthWall "think it's the last episode!"]].]]
* FairCop: Ogino
* {{Fetish}}: Werewolves have to have one in order to track down criminals. Hiroshi has a fetish for hair, Stella for elasticity and Yataro for smells. They also have to make sure they don't end up developing a fetish for [[{{Bloodlust}} blood]] for [[AxCrazy obvious reasons]].
* FragileFlower: Stella, although only in the beginning.
* FriendlyEnemy: The Don. Usually.
** Noah and Yuuta from the moment they meet.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Gabriella. She pretty much wants to kidnap Kei, who is ''much'' younger and smaller than she is, as is her preference, and her introduction includes some of her former clients. One of them is a female dom, and in the background you can clearly see two young men being tortured, one of whom with a ball gag in his mouth...
** Ogata fawning over Hiroshi seems prime ho yay fuel, except it's only because Hiroshi's a werewolf and Ogata is crazy fond of dogs.
** Hiroshi caressing and smelling Kurami's hair while blushing was because he was excited about Kurami's hair, not Kurami himself. Doesn't stop the whole thing from screaming ho yay.
* GoKartingWithBowser
* GratuitousEnglish: Don and his family will do this every now and again because they're supposed to be foreigners. The opening also includes the lines "He is called Cuticle Detective," but they misspelled "called" as "calld."
* GreenEyedMonster: Hiroshi when [[spoiler: he thinks Stella will be Ogino's new partner. It's not pretty.]]
* HandSeals: Hiroshi shows what happens when amateurs try them.
* HappyDance: the Cuticle Dance. Hiroshi even states it shows his great mood.
* HighSchoolAU: The first half of episode 7.
* HotSpringsEpisode: the second half of episode 5.
* HybridMonster: Noah made a Chimera in episode 5 [[spoiler: and it was a goat with a snake tongue and cobra venom that turned into gelatin when poked by Yuuta. Of course it's [[HyperCompetentSidekick Yuuta]]...]]
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Yuuta. [[spoiler: His poking is able to bring out Hiroshi's powers, he's able to push Soumei's spirit out of Yataro with a single poke and through sheer badassary, Soumei is unable to possess him longer than three seconds. He's also able to sense Gabriella's arrival, detect the mafia taking pictures of Hiroshi and successfully spy on the yakuza while standing three inches from them.]]
* IllBoy: Haruka.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The Eastern style Donragon in episode 8a.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: During episode five, Ogi walks in on Hiroshi, who's holding hands with Noah, a member of the Valentinos, and wearing the uniform of the criminal organization Nora.[[note]] (Hiroshi had just been abduted by Noah's medical robots and stripped down for examination, so Yataka, a NORA member, gave Hiroshi his shirt. It also turned out that Noah was helping Haruka, Hiroshi's sickly little brother and head of NORA with his weak constitution. Hiroshi was holding Noah's hands in order to express his gratitude and encourage her to do everything she could.)[[/note]] He immediately begins to crush, Hiroshi, demanding to know what was going on. Hiroshi lampshades the trope, saying that Ogi has really bad timing.
* KindheartedCatLover: Kei. There's cat statues all over the office.
** UpToEleven since he loves cats [[spoiler: despite having a cat allergy]].
* LoveBubbles: Ogata. Hiroshi.
* LovePotion: Love chocolate rather, eaten by [[spoiler: Kei and Hiroshi]].
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Soumei, to Hiroshi and Haruka.]]
* LuminescentBlush: Hiroshi and Haruka.
* MadeOfIron: Kuniharu Ogino. It's lampshaded constantly.
** Subverted when [[spoiler: Gabriella shoots him in the shoulder. Everyone is understandably shocked. Again when Haruka shoots him with a poison bullet.]]
** He lampshades it after Ogata purposely uses Dynamite instead of candles for his birthday.
-->'''Ogino''': "I'm pretty sure that I would live through a dynamite blast."
* MadScientist: Noah.
* TheMafia: Don Valentino's family puts a distinctly Japanese (and goat) flavor on this trope.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: In the first episode, Ogino flatly stated "I got shot" after receiving one ''on his head''.
* MalevolentArchitecture: Noah builds one with countless [[DeathTrap Death Traps]], a dragon, and a [[HellHound Cer Be Os]].
* MoodDissonance: [[spoiler: when Hiroshi warns [[{{Yakuza}} Kurami]] that Don Valentino isn't human, Kurami agrees that there are many dragons and demons in the world, only to be told wrong, you're dealing with a dirty goat that eats money. It just goes downhill from there, with the Don whirling around in a washing machine while Gabriella tortures/threatens Hiroshi, the Don threatening Hiroshi with potato starch, Yuuta blow-drying Hiroshi's hair while he tells Kurami to run for it, and Kurami unable to protect his father because his underlings are all at farms or zoos looking for goats. All of this presented as a [[PrivateDetective detective]] [[FilmNoir noir]] episode.]]
* MoodWhiplash: [[spoiler: an enraged Hiroshi attacks Soumei and Yataro in full wolf form, biting Yataro and drawing blood, and getting up with [[RedEyesTakeWarning murderous red eyes]] after being kicked by Soumei. Only for an awkward pause to follow as Hiroshi transforms back, stark naked. Cue Yuuta and Kei handing him his clothes while he gets dressed blushing.]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Kei's tsukkomi ping-pong.
* NamesToKnowInAnime:
** Creator/JunichiSuwabe as Hiroshi
** Creator/AsamiSeto as Natsuki
** Asami Shimoda as Yūta Sasaki
** Creator/JunFukuyama as Mori/Forest Masashi
** Creator/JurotaKosugi as Lorenzo
** KosukeToriumi as Yuzuki Ogata
** Creator/MitsukiSaiga as Haruka Inaba
** Creator/MiyuIrino as Kei Nozaki
** Creator/NobuhikoOkamoto as Kenmochi
** RinaHidaka as Azusa Ogino
** Creator/TakehitoKoyasu as Soumei
** Creator/TomokazuSugita as Yatarou
** Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa as Kuniharu Ogino
** Creator/YokoHikasa as Gabriella
* NobleDemon: the Don in the second half of episode 7. He even laments that there are 'no more samurai in this country'. And at the end, Kurami says he may be [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai The Last Samurai]].
* TheNoseKnows: Hiroshi.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Soumei [[spoiler: who is a lot stronger and more ruthless than he let on. He would have killed Ogino and Hiroshi if not for Haruka's and Natsuki's interference]].
* ObnoxiousInLaws: As Kei puts it, Ogino and Yuuta spat "like a mother-in-law and daughter", even though both are male. [[WholesomeCrossdresser Sort]] [[DudeLooksLikeaLady of]].
* OnlySaneMan[=/=]StraightMan: Kei seems to be this thus far. Though he loses it if cats are involved.
** They weaponized this in episode 5 [[spoiler: during the table tennis match]].
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Soumei is currently one who has to possess the bodies of others to survive, though he asserts his body must still exist or else his spirit wouldn't be around anymore.]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent
* PapaWolf: Harm Azusa Ogino at your own risk. [[BadassAdorable Of course, that's assuming that's even possible in the first place]]. [[spoiler:Soumei]] is a literal example in the extra "The Wolf's House".
* PeoplePuppets: Haruka's two assistants. Though it's a willing control, since he has little physical stamina.
** When he goes into wolf mode, he does in fact control them.
* PervertedSniffing: Hiroshi is blushing while running Kurami's hair through his fingers, caressing and sniffing it.
* PowerupLetdown: a brown hair lets Hiroshi fly - by giving him beetle wings. Everyone immediately [[ImprovisedWeapon bug sprays]] him. He admits he only used it to [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes freak out]] Yataro.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: When transforming, Hiroshi's short hair grows longer. Haruka's long hair grows even longer.
* TheQuietOne: Yataro. [[spoiler: He'll speak to Soumei and only him though]].
* RapidFireTyping: Done by Yuuta in the first episode. Doubles as a MadnessMantra of sort since he types "Hurry up and leave" repeatedly.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Haruka and Hiroshi.
* RedHeadedHero: Hiroshi.
* RuleOfFunny
* RunningGag: Lots.
** Kei is the only one who can ever see through Lorenzo's disguises, despite the fact that [[PaperThinDisguise no matter what he wears, he never hides the ridiculous bag that's always over his head.]] Kei will always kick him in the face without hesitation.
** Inaba's hair fetish, obviously.
* SaveThePrincess: In episode 8a with Yuuta as the princess.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Hiroshi
* SeriousBusiness: Kurami [[spoiler: ordering Tetsu to find goats.]]
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler:at her own request, Soumei personally ended the life of young werewolf that had tasted blood. He had no choice since everyone else was too gutless to do it.]]
* SkullForAHead: Mori wears a goat skull
* SlaveCollar: Hiroshi wears a dog collar. According to Kei, Ogino is "sort of his owner".
* SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism: LittleBitBeastly and in the Don's case FunnyAnimal
* SparklingStreamOfTears: Hiroshi, distraught that [[spoiler: Ogi's bangs have been cut.]]
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:Soumei's began as he saw the corruption in the police cause the suicide of his friend Joji, Ogino's grandfather.]]
* StupidSexyFlanders: Yataro blushes when he sees Yuuta in a towel. Gabriella, then in a jealous rage [[PunctuatedPounding beats the ever-loving daylights out of him, exclaiming that Yuuta is a guy]].
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Hiroshi when he uses a black hair to transform. Kei comments that he's turned into the villain, but at that point, [[WalkingWasteland doesn't care anymore]].
* SuperSenses: the werewolves.
* SuperStrength: Ogino.
* {{Tanuki}}: big statue of one standing outside the Inaba Detective Agency
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Kurami Torayasu. Ogino.
* TechnicolorEyes: Noah has purple eyes
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Hiroshi [[spoiler: to Soumei for trying to kill Ogino.]] Also, stealing his hair collection.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: Soumei's attempt to possess Yuuta lasts about 3 seconds, before he literally spits him out, shrunken and whimpering.
* TransformationTrinket: in Hiroshi's case, any hair of the five natural colors.
* UngratefulBastard: Yuuta thanks Ogino for saving him by pushing him off a cliff.
* UnusualEars: aside from having regular human ears, werewolves' hair is shaped like wolf ears. In Haruka's case, bunny ears, Natsuki has cat ears. Subverted by Yataro, until [[spoiler: Yuuta's relentless poking makes his ears and tail appear]].
* VillainsOutShopping: the first five minutes Episode 5b
* WalkingWasteland: Inaba gets this power after eating black hair, which Kei is quick to comment, turns him into a villain.
* WallpaperCamouflage: Yuuta, when spying on Hiroshi meeting with the yakuza.
* WhamEpisode: Episode 8b. Boy, no one saw that coming, did they?
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Haruka. See {{Yandere}} below
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Yataro freaks out when [[spoiler: Hiroshi, using a brown hair, grows beetle wings to fly and chases him around]].
* WillingChanneler: [[spoiler: Yataro lets Soumei possess his body.]]
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Yuuta.
* WingdingEyes: Gabriella without her glasses.
* [[AssInALionSkin A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing]]: Literally, [[spoiler: Soumei resides in a sheep doll]].
* WorldOfHam
* {{Yakuza}}: Kurami and his subordinate Tetsu
* {{Yandere}}: Yuuta. Haruka to a degree, since he [[spoiler: used a painful poison to kill Ogino rather than a painless one like Soumei told him to. And he doesn't care one little bit about it.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Noah has purple hair

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