Ririchiyo Shirakiin, scion of an influential family, has an issue — she has No Social Skills. She resolves to get rid of this by moving out and living on her own in the "Maison de Ayakashi", a mansion housing Half Human Hybrids who pass a very strict examination, each resident coming with his/her own Secret Service (SS) agent, also a Half-Human Hybrid. Ririchiyo refused to have an SS accompany her, but eventually finds out that her assigned SS — Soushi Miketsukami — was a fox spirit she helped as a child. Now, whether she likes it or not, she has to start living with the protective Soushi and her fellow tenants and their SS Agents.Inu × Boku SS (妖狐×僕SS, Inu Boku Secret Service, Dog and I Secret Service) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Cocoa Fujiwara. It was adapted into an anime television series for the Winter 2012 Anime Season, which covered approximately the first 3 volumes of the manga. The anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks for streaming on Crunchyroll.com, and home video release in North America.The forum thread can be found here.Note: All examples that are found after the end of the anime and in the manga only should be spoiler-tagged.
Arc Words: "Time is a burden, that's what I believe."
Asskicking Equals Authority: The genetic atavists (for certain definition of "genetic") are close in Power Level to their supernatural ancestors, so their family members respect and fear them. Theoretically they can do anything they want as long as they are on their clan grounds... theoretically, that is.
Awesome McCoolname: The entire cast can be said to have them, since all of their names reflect their demonic heritage in one way or another, making them double as Meaningful Names.
Badass Crew: All of the residents, clients and SS alike, are this, which is made especially apparent every time anyone's in danger and everyone else steps in to help.
Big Eater: Karuta. Her supernatural lineage is gashadokuro, or giant skeleton many times bigger than a human, created from the gathering of bones of people who died of starvation. No wonder she's always hungry.
Big Fancy House: We see the Shirakiin residence at the start of episode 3, a fancy traditional Japanese home. In addition, all the half demon families are supposedly inexplicably very wealthy.
Big "NO!": Ririchiyo makes one when she realizes that she accidentally sent the wrong letter to Soushi and pretty much just confessed her feelings for him.
Bishie Sparkle: Soushi, every time he's talking about how much he adores Ririchiyo... and half of them are black.
Blatant Lies: Yeah Ririchiyo, you definitely wrote that long letter of apology just to practice your penmanship.
Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Nobara, Ririchiyo, and Karuta. Soushi, Kagerou, and Zange are the male, childhood friends version.
Bodyguard Crush: Soushi has one on Ririchiyo. It's the reason he wanted to be her body guard in the first place.
Bodyguarding a Badass: Soushi's a better fighter certainly, but Ririchiyo is NOT a slouch in combat and is definitely capable of defending herself if need be.
23 years later, Zange ends up being Kagerou's SS, but as far as we have seen, Kagerou is much more competent in a fight than Zange, especially since his lineage and powers inherently make him better suited to battle.
Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Zange and Watanuki. Soushi and Ririchiyo end up in this as well sometimes, especially when Soushi is going off on a stalker-ish tangent.
Despair Event Horizon: All of the characters felt this when Karuta got attacked. Later, the same perpetrator targeted all of them, which ultimately culminated in all but Renshou's deaths before the timeskip.
Driven to Suicide: Played for Laughs. When Ririchiyo says she doesn't need protection Soushi produces a katana from Hammer Space and implores her to kill him saying his life has no meaning if he's not guarding her. She responds to this by throwing the katana aside and yelling, "Value yourself more!"
Fanservice: The first episode has Ririchiyo performing a lot of fan service.
One of the more well-known aspects of the series is that it provides fanservice for both genders, having lots of boob and panty shots, while also providing a male cast that's crammed with sharp-dressedpretty boys that are prone to emotion or laying out subtext.
Fantastic Racism: Made apparent by Soushi's backstory, on grounds of superstition and fear. Also applies to Ririchiyo to a certain extent, as while she was superficially treated like royalty, a distance was laid out between her and the rest of her family.
First Time in the Sun: Soushi was trapped by his family since birth but managed to escape by manipulating the more powerful women around him. Learning its lesson, the Miketsukami house placed even more restrictions on his reincarnation. Ririchiyo, by asking Kagerou's mom to save Soushi when he was reborn, let him see the sun again.
From Bad to Worse: The story, which had suddenly taken a bad turn in chapter 15, took a sharp swerve in this direction in chapter 18 of the manga.
Gainaxing: Chino Kotomura aka Maid #1 in episode 5 and again in episode 7.
Generation Xerox: All of the atavists are pretty much exactly the same in every way as their previous incarnation, with only a few minor differences. Soushi is notable for emulating himself so well that the others started speculating that he did have his memories, even though he really did not.
Go-Go Enslavement: Kagerou is really fond of this trope, as befitting his S&M obsession. He makes Karuta wear a Slave Collar and French Maid Outfit when he visits in Episode 5, but she doesn't really mind, especially since he brought her food.
Hair Contrast Duo: Most of the SS and client duos are this, but it's especially noticable in Ririchiyo and Soushi, who's hair colors are basically stylized black and white respectively.
Happily Ever After: The anime ends with Soushi and Ririchiyo beginning their happy relationship. Horribly subverted in the manga, in which only a few chapters after the start of said relationship, everyone but Renshou ends up dead when they get attacked by a bunch of enemy demons.They get better, though... aside from the fact half of them don't remember their pasts.]]
Hartman Hips: The art style exhibits these for all of the female characters. Ririchiyo is the most blatant example, but even Nobara has huge hips relative to her shoulders and waist.
I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Soushi can be a bit... extreme in how much he wants to stay by Ririchiyo's side, but ultimately he's just happy to be able to serve and protect her.
Arguably, Zange is this way platonically towards all of the main characters. With his powers he's seen so much tragedy in both the past and future lives of himself and his friends, that he wants to do all he can to orchestrate their happiness. But he doesn't pay even half as much attention to his own well being, unless it's to be sure that he isn't a burden on the others.
I Kiss Your Foot: Soushi to Ririchiyo in Episode 1. Also used later in Soushi's backstory as characterization with Kagerou commanding him to kiss his foot upon their first meeting. Soushi went to do it without hesitation but Kagerou didn't actually expect him to do it.
Impossibly Cool Clothes: Pretty much everyone has them, especially the atavists who get wardrobe upgrades in their demon forms.
Kagerou: (hits his head on a window) Hm, that rather hurt. This glass is totally a sadist!
Instant Seduction: Any interaction between Soushi and a female usually involves this in some way.
Intergenerational Friendship: The relationship between Renshou and the others becomes this after everyone except him died and got reincarnated.
Interspecies Romance: All of the atavists are a result of this. Technically, any relationships involving the atavists, even amongst themselves, could be considered this as well; None of them have the blood of the same type of supernatural creature, not even Ririchiyo and Kagerou who are descended from two different varieties of Oni.
I Owe You My Life: Reincarnated!Soushi certainly feels this way towards reincarnated!Ririchiyo, even going so far as to research the behavior and personality of past!Soushi, choosing to impersonate his past self as he felt that past!Soushi was the most important person to Ririchiyo.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As the series goes on, Kagerou's more like this. I mean, he folded 1000 cranes for Karuta by himself in an effort to help her return to normal in Chapter 17. And reincarnated Kagerou's the one who gave Ririchiyo a wake up call by telling her not to confuse the reincarnated Soushi with the past Soushi. He's actually kinda sweet, albeit in a more... twisted way.
Jerkass Façade: Ririchiyo has this in order to protect herself from others, and it's been on long enough that it's practically an unwilling case of Becoming the Mask.
Zange likes to give people the impression of being a shady, suspicious character, but virtually all of his instances of meddling have turned out to have good intentions.
Kappa: Kawasumi Jyoutarou, the cook at Ayakashi Kan.
Lack of Empathy: Soushi believed that he had this until Ririchiyo remarked that he "finally showed her something about himself" to her in their letter correspondence, upon which he began to realize he could have feelings.
Love Bubbles: Appear whenever Watanuki gets the heartbeats for Karuta.
Love Epiphany: Played around with in the case of Ririchiyo. She does come to the conclusion she's attracted to Soushi after mulling over it for a bit, but dismisses it as her body being hormonal, and only later realizes that she's genuinely fallen in love with him.
Major Injury Underreaction: Soushi didn't feel the bullet at all after he blocked it. When Ririchiyo directed his attention to it in worry, he simply extended his other hand to her, believing that she just didn't want to get her hand dirty with his blood.
Subverted in episode 7; we get what would be a classic Male Gaze shot of Chino's cleavage, except the POV character is Yukinokouji.
Also completely played straight in virtually every episode with the girls, especially Ririchiyo.
Manipulative Bastard: Soushi got his way through life by stealthily exploiting other people, even his friends, which he's still all too willing to do even now.
Meaningful Name: All of the residents of Ayakshikan have last names reflective of their respective demon heritage. For example, both Ririchiyo and Kagerou have last names with the kanji for "oni" in it, Soushi's last name has the kanji for "fox god" in it, and Zange's has the kanji for "eye" in it.
Meganekko: Yukinokouji. Ririchiyo also sometimes wears glasses.
Mood Whiplash: It starts off as a romantic comedy and gets darker when Karuta goes missing, culminating in the death of everyone except Renshou. After everyone gets reincarnated, however, it tries to veer back into the romantic comedy genre as if nothing ever happened... until it's made clear that the horrific events from the past, and the question of how and why it happened, is still very much at the forefront of their minds
Morality Pet: Ririchiyo serves as one for Soushi, to some extent. He does care about other people, particularly if they're the other residents of Ayakashikan (more specifically, he's shown concern for both Zange and Karuta at points), but he basically has no qualms about doing anything bad as long as it doesn't hurt Ririchiyo
Multiple Demographic Appeal: Technically, it's a Shounen manga. But considering the art style, liberal use of fanservice, attention paid to romance, and the numerous Bishies of both genders in the cast, it often looks more like a cross between a Seinen and a Shoujo work.
Obfuscating Disability: Zange always wears bandages over his right eye, but reveals in Chapter 18 that not only does he have two working eyes, he also has dozens of eyes all over his body that can let him see virtually anything.
Odd Friendship: Of all the SS Agent/client relationships, Karuta's relationship with Kagerou seems very impersonal. We rarely get to seem them interact and at times it seems like Karuta allows herself to be dragged into whatever Kagerou wants for no other reason than that she's his SS Agent (and that he offers her food). In reality they actually do have a good relationship and care quite a bit for each other. Which becomes heartbreakingly clear when Kagerou turns up dead and Karuta breaks down sobbing.
Official Couple: Soushi and Ririchiyo. The anime ends with the beginning of their relationship. Watanuki and Karuta count too.
One Head Taller: Taken to extremes with Ririchiyo and Soushi, but the height difference between genders is pretty blatant for all the characters, except for Watanuki who isn't much taller than the girls.
One True Love: The manga makes this seem the case with Watanuki and Karuta.
Parental Neglect: Due to having more demon blood than her sister, Ririchiyo was set aside as her family's lucky rabbit's foot and given next to no attention by her family save for some attendants who tend to everything but her emotional needs. She recalls the only time her father hit her: Ririchiyo complained that her parents were doting on her sister but paid her no mind, and saw that all of her father's feelings were for her sister. Couple this with the bullying she received in school and you've got her Freudian Excuse.
Past Life Memories: After the whole death and reincarnation thing, everyone but Ririchiyo, Soushi and Watanuki has recalled his or her past life memories.
Zange also reveals earlier that the atavists often remember figments of their past lives along with being carbon copies of their previous incarnation.
It's implied that of all the Atavists, Zange in particular can look into and remember both his past and future selves memories due to his powers, though he admits their effectiveness is variable.
Precision F-Strike: A slightly Mood Dissonance example occurs in the anime when the swearing blatantly escalates during one scene, particularly in the dub where instead of a censor beep like in the original, they decide to go with actual swear words. Granted, it's in character, but since most anime dubs avoid using the "F" word, it's a bit jarring to hear Kagerou suddenly calling Soushi a "fucktard".
Prince Charmless: Kagerou's behavior is outrageously rude and maniacal and does nothing to endear himself to any of his friends, sans Zange. Especially not his own fiance Ririchiyo.
Prolonged Prologue: Lasts for 4 volumes long! The anime didn't even get to cover the entire prologue!
Reset Button: In chapter 36, the reincarnated selves of the main cast and Renshou send letters to the past to warn their past selves about Inugami. The story then goes back the point before the time skip right when they dig a hole for the time capsule, allowing things to start over and turn out differently.
Shana Clone: Ririchiyo is a different take on the archetype. Aesthetically, she has all of the characteristics that place her firmly in the category, but her attitude shows that she hates her rudeness to outsiders and wishes to get along with people.
Sharp-Dressed Man: All of the characters really, except Renshou, and sometimes Watanuki when he's trying too hard to be a 'delinquint'.
She's Got Legs: Much of the fanservice by Ririchiyo focuses on her ridiculously long and full legs.
Characters in this series in general have pretty nice legs.
Sliding Scale of Beauty: Ririchiyo, Nobara, and Karuta are often mentioned to be beautiful or cute by other characters, making them World Class Beauty. Their youkai forms push them into Uncanny Valley territory however, especially Karuta's.
Smart People Wear Glasses: Frequently used. Both Ririchiyo and Soushi are made out to be studiously inclined, and both wear them when they're not in a public or professional setting, usually while studying in the former's case or relaxing in the latter's.
Soushi, upon reincarnation, now wears them almost all the time except when in his youkai form.
Sole Survivor: Renshou Sorinozuka was the only person to survive the events that occurred 23 years ago, and the only person who has yet to reincarnate. In Chapter 19, we see an older Renshou, who's about 41 years old.
The opening is an abstract version of how Ririchiyo and Soushi first came into contact, though this is something only manga readers would understand. They wrote letters to each other, with Soushi pretending to be Ririchiyo's fiance, Kagerou.
The first ending showcases Soushi's obsession with Ririchiyo by having him be constantly surrounded by her photos, and even recording himself like this in public.
The second ending has Ririchiyo wandering a grayscale landscape all alone (probably symbolic of her loneliness) until she sees a brightly colored sakura tree, which is representative of Soushi.
Theme Tune Cameo: In episode 3, a girl has one of the endings, "Rakuen no Photograph", as her cellphone ringtone.
The Three Faces of Eve: The 3 main female characters exhibit traits that place them in these categories: Karuta is the innocent and sweet young girl, Ririchiyo is the mentally older and sensible one, and Nobara is the mature and sexy adult of the trio.
True Companions: Everyone living in Ayakashikan, but especially the core eight characters. This becomes obvious in chapter 16 when everyone bands together in support of Karuta after she gets trapped in her skeleton form.
The Unfavorite: Ririchiyo is an interesting case of this. Due to her strong youkai blood, she had been treated as a treasure back at home, while her sister was largely ignored. To compensate, her parents showered her younger sister with love while rejecting Ririchiyo, believing that she didn't need them anyway.
Vapor Wear: Ririchiyo is always braless under her dress shirt when alone in her apartment.