Anime / Wan Wan Celeb Soreyuke! Tetsunoshin

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Wan Wan Celeb Soreyuke! Tetsunoshin is a 2006 anime produced by Animal Ya.

Tetsunoshin is the faithful dog of the Inuyama family, who've just moved from rural Japan to the luxurious (and expensive) Hoppongi Hills after Mr. Inuyama's lucrative IT corporation promises to to make the family rich and successful... except, it doesn't. Despite the business's success, the Inuyamas soon find that it isn't enough to support their new lifestyle, forcing them to consider leaving the high life before they've even had a taste of it yet.

But Tetsunoshin isn't having that. Motivated by his love for his owners, especially the daughter Rumi, Tetsunoshin is determined to save his family's finances and secure their place among the celebs of Hoppongi Hills by any means necessary. Helping him are the Hills Dogs, a secret group of stray dogs residing in an alternate dimension inside Hoppongi Hills, who aim to help dogs in need. With their expertise and a little magic, Tetsunoshin will bring in the dough to keep the Inuyamas happy and wealthy.

First airing on January 7 and concluding on December 30 the same year, the show spanned 51 episodes. Fansubs of it can be found on YouTube.


Tropes:

  • Animal Talk: The dogs (and occasionally some other animals) can all talk to each other, but it's still incomprehensible to humans.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Threatened by Seto, most frequently to Tetsunoshin. If he ever reveals the existence of Dog Paradise to humans then Seto will turn him into a monkey.
  • Big Brother Worship: Though they're about the same age and not related, Pochi acts like this towards Tetsunoshin regardless. Among the many nicknames he's given Tetsunoshin, he has the largest tendency to refer to the latter as his big brother, he's always quick to support Tetsunoshin in his pursuits (even if no one else is), and one episode is centered around just how much he depends on Tetsunoshin in order to feel needed.
  • Camp Gay: Gary the pet hairdresser, naturally. The Japanese pronunciation of his name is even a pun on the word "gay", and good god does he show it. Occasionally it progresses into Depraved Homosexual territory in that the biggest object of his affection is Tetsunoshin.
    • Interestingly, the first episode that features Gary has him as a Camp Straight instead, but it was only an act.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: While there are still lighthearted moments afterward, the ending of the first season sets up a much darker and more serious storyline than anything the show had done up to that point. The overarching plot begins to shift focus from Tetsunoshin's financial troubles to issues that threaten Dog Paradise as a whole, with rumors of conspiracy theories jeopardizing its integrity, a dangerous organization seeking to legitimately harm the main cast, a more in-depth and potentially darker depiction of the dog world itself (complete with some implications of militarism and socialism in certain places), and to top it all off, actual on-screen violence with real weapons and blood being drawn is shown for the first time.
  • Cheerful Child: Rumi is by and large a very positive and enthusiastic person, even when dealing with people like Reika. Tetsunoshin likes this aspect of her so much that he's willing to but himself through the wringer to keep it that way.
  • Chinese Vampire: One episode has Chin dress up as a jiangshi as part of a horror attraction, complete with the hopping and paper talisman.
  • Cool Mask: Tetsunoshin's human persona Celebrity Knight wears one constantly. Given that the transformation itself is a disguise and most people know who Celebrity Knight is anyway, there's no real reason to have it other than that Seto thought it would be cool. Pochi's human form, Celebrity Knight Julius, has one as well.
  • Determinator: Tetsunoshin will travel to other continents, jump off of bridges into waterfalls, enter martial arts competitions, fight hungry bears while covered in honey, get swallowed by giant fish, and (almost) sell himself to a pet store if it means the Inuyamas can be happy.
    • The president of Rumi's all-girl school has been trying (and failing) to confess her love to the president of the neighboring all-boy school for thirty years. It eventually pays off.
  • Dumb Muscle: Iwan. Just don't tell him that.
  • Financial Abuse: Many of the Inuyamas' financial choices border on this, at the expense of Mr. Inuyama, the family's breadwinner. Even though everyone else in the family should know that they can't afford most of the stuff they buy, they continue to do it anyway. The best justification given is that they're just irresponsible and believe in him to handle it, but it really says a lot when one of the first family members to take action about getting them out of debt is their dog.
  • Furry Confusion: Dogs and cats consistently fill the role of pets in this universe (barring the strays). And yet, Neo, the leader of the Shirogane Dogs apparently has a Right-Hand Cat named Yamada. Although it's at least implied that cats are generally lower on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism than dogs are.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Hakase.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Tetsunoshin's goggles are what allows him to see the hidden portal into Dog Paradise.
  • Gratuitous English: Many instances (Tetsunoshin's "Oh My God!"s come to mind), but John uses it in about a fourth of his lines.
  • Gratuitous Ninja: Hanzou the ninken. And for the Shirogane Dogs, there's Sasuke, who is one himself and has an entire squad of them under his command.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: As seen above, Tetsunoshin wears only a short-sleeved hoodie and goggles. Many other characters qualify as well, being either topless or bottomless. The rest either wear nothing but accessories or are fully clothed.
  • Humanity Ensues: All of the Hills Dogs can transform into humans with the help of Seto's magic. The restriction is that it only lasts for a given amount of time, proportionate to how many times the dog has transformed before. Tetsunoshin is so inexperienced with it that he can only become Celebrity Knight for three minutes, but others like Hanzou and Victoria can stay transformed for much longer.
  • Interspecies Romance: Or rather, an interspecies crush. Tetsunoshin makes it evident more than once that his affection for Rumi is more than just the platonic love between a dog and his owner. This starts to fade away as his relationship with Chocolat develops, though.
    • Seto is quite infatuated with human women, in particular the famous actress and Pochi's owner Aya. It sometimes crosses over into Dirty Old Man with some of his fantasies about them, including sleeping and bathing with them...
    • An unintentional one happens between Rasheed and Victoria, who's pretending to be Rasheed's girlfriend so he can keep his father from forcing him into an Arranged Marriage. They fall in love legitimately, but Rasheed is unaware that Victoria is a dog posing as a human. Even after Victoria ends the ruse by running away (and turning back into a dog so Rasheed can never find her), it's implied that they continue to harbor feelings for each other.
    • Based on Victoria's experience, Seto actually comes to the conclusion that the reason this trope is so prevalent in the show is because dogs are supposed to give their affection to people, and turning into humans themselves just allows them to express it differently.
  • Large Ham: Celebrity Knight's over-the-top mannerisms definitely show just how much fun Tetsunoshin is having whenever he's in human form.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When thinking about what might happen if the Inuyama's went bankrupt, Tetsunoshin imagines it like the final episode of an anime.
  • Love Redeems: A minor case. Reika's one real redeeming quality that puts her above her corrupt parents is that she has a crush on Celebrity Knight, allowing her to a express a kinder side of herself that can't be seen when she's too busy being her usual Rich Alpha Bitch self.
  • The Nicknamer: Pochi has a different nickname for Tetsunoshin Once an Episode.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: A trademark of the Kuroganes. Or anyone associated with them, really.
  • No Name Given: None of Tetsunoshin's siblings are referred to with actual names. See You Are Number 6.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In-universe, Tetsunoshin naturally speaks with a Kyushu regional dialect that many characters in the show can identify easily. He actually has to be careful using it when speaking to humans, for fear of giving away who he is and revealing the Hill Dogs' secret.
    • This is also an issue for Hanzou once he disguises himself as John in order to infiltrate the Dog Paradise in Shirogane. John's exaggerated cadence and use of Gratuitous English contrast heavily with Hanzou's proper and archaic speech patterns, making it so difficult for him to approximate John's accent that he almost blows his cover multiple times.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Seto is revealed to be over 400 years old, having been the dog of a famous 16th-century daimyo.
  • Rich Bitch: Shima Kurogane and her daughter Reika, being respectively the wife and daughter of Corrupt Corporate Executive Taizou Kurogane.
  • Running Gag: More than one:
    • Tetsunoshin's five-meter pedigree roll.
    • "Don't call Iwan an idiot!"
    • The Inuyamas buying something they can't afford.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Chocolat is initially this for Tetsunoshin. For much of the first season, she contributes little else to the plot than being someone for Tetsunoshin to gawk over and occasionally catalyzing a plot point here and there. Her eventual inclusion into Dog Paradise is met with little overall fanfare, even. However, she starts to grow out of this role in the second season, becoming more involved with various plot points and gaining a more developed characterization.
  • Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: The dogs go back and forth between different points on the scale, depending on the situation:
    • Nearly Normal Animal: Under ordinary circumstances, they behave largely as normal dogs aside from conversing in Animal Talk and having a perfect understanding of human language.
    • Civilized Animal: During any general happenings in Dog Paradise (and occasionally outside of it), they walk on two legs and partake in many human endeavors like watching stocks and going for picnics. However, they still act as dogs, and Animal Talk is still in effect.
    • Funny Animal: On rare occasions, such as the soccer episode, the dogs will effectively act human in response to the situation, being fully bipedal and wearing clothes consistently. The only exception to this is that Animal Talk is still in effect.
  • Status Quo Is God: No matter how much money Tetsunoshin earns for his family, they have to exhaust it eventually (or lose it immediately).
  • Team Dad: Seto is this for the Hills Dogs. Old, wise, and stern yet caring, he's looked up to by everyone in Dog Paradise for one reason or another. Tetsunoshin in particular considers Seto to essentially be his dad.
  • Translation Convention: Whenever dogs are talking to other dogs, the dialogue is in normal Japanese even though it's Animal Talk from the humans' perspective.
  • Translator Microbes: The Homo Lingua is a device that allows dogs to speak human language without having to turn into a human.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • One episode has the dogs delivering packages on a freaking hoverboard. Publicly! That this technology can exist, that dogs can pilot one, or that dogs can even obtain one are all things that are never questioned.
    • Another involves a dog soccer game, in which the dogs consistently stand on their hind legs and talk to each other in a way so organized that it couldn't possibly be nonsense even though humans can't actually understand what their saying. Again, never questioned.
  • Verbal Tic: Chin ends all of his sentences with "-chow", since he's a chow chow. Hanzou also has the habit of using the phrase "de gozaru" much the same as Kenshin and Bang do, fittingly for a ninja.
  • You Are Number 6: Tetsunoshin is the 81st pup of 102 to be born from his purebred mother. While that fact rarely comes up, when he actually manages to find his mother, she only refers to him as "Number 81" (as she does with all of the pups) due to being unable to learn the names of all 102 of her children. Though by the end of that episode, she does seem to have remembered him well enough to have learned his actual name, something she never did with any of her other kids.

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