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 Crunchyroll and The Anime Network
This series provides examples of:
Artistic License - Biology: 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.
Amusing Injuries: 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.
Animal Talk: Ogata does this as a teacher in episode 7a.
Yuuta at one point in the first episode lets Gabriella kidnap Kei. He's shown to be hiding, chanting a Madness Mantra about how exciting things are.
Bloody Hilarious: 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. Yuutasoon joins in and helps her out.
In the Hot Springs Episode, 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.
Comically Missing the Point: 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.
Conveniently Timed Attack From Behind: 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.
From the first chapter when 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 allow Gabriella to kill Kurami's father after Noah performed surgery on him.
Partially subverted in episode 10 when 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 "think it's the last episode!".
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 blood for obvious reasons.
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.
Gratuitous English: 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."
Green-Eyed Monster: Hiroshi when he thinks Stella will be Ogino's new partner. It's not pretty.
Hand Seals: Hiroshi shows what happens when amateurs try them.
Happy Dance: the Cuticle Dance. Hiroshi even states it shows his great mood.
Hybrid Monster: Noah made a Chimera in episode 5 and it was a goat with a snake tongue and cobra venom that turned into gelatin when poked by Yuuta. Of course it's Yuuta...
Hyper Competent Sidekick: Yuuta. 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.
It Makes Sense in Context: 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.) He immediately begins to crush, Hiroshi, demanding to know what was going on. Hiroshi lampshades the trope, saying that Ogi has really bad timing.
Mood Dissonance: when Hiroshi warns 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 detectivenoir episode.
Mood Whiplash: an enraged Hiroshi attacks Soumei and Yataro in full wolf form, biting Yataro and drawing blood, and getting up with 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.
Unusual Ears: 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 Yuuta's relentless poking makes his ears and tail appear.