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Keita Kawahira is one of a family of Inukami users - a clan who makes contracts with the titular dog spirits in order to protect the local populace from evil spirits, and deal with specific supernatural threats for a price. His cousin Kaoru already has 10, and the time has come for Keita to get one of his own. He finds himself partnered with Youko, a feisty type with an inclination to throw fireballs. With that setup, a series begins full of violence, cuteness, perversity, and dogs. Keita tries to get on the good side of Kaoru's Inukami while he's away, and Youko tries to keep him in line.

A fun series, if on the strange side at times. Compare with Akikan!, as they were both originated in light novels later adapted to anime.


Inukami! provides examples of:

  • Batman Gambit: One episode featured the inukami plotting to take advantage of Keita's perverted tendencies, sure their plan would work immediately. Except he showed restraint, foiling their plan.
  • Battle Couple: Youko would like to be this with Keita, and from the perspective of EVERYONE ELSE they are. Keita himself only sees her as his monster busting partner.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When Kaoru is hurt, Nadeshiko turns brutal and releases the fury she's been holding back after she murdered a village long ago.
  • Big Bad: Sekidousai's inventions form the basis of early plots and his Evil Plan drives the second half of the show.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Keita kisses Youko in the climax, as they fly toward the Greater-Scope Villain, undeniably returning the affection she's shown him the entire series.
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  • Bishōnen: Keita and Hake are pretty guys as well as most other male characters who aren't macho men or Gonk.
  • Blinding Bangs: Tensou for shyness. She doesn't talk except through pictures.
  • Blow You Away: Kaoru's primary mode of attack is wind based.
  • Bound and Gagged: Of the played for laughs variety. Keita wants to use a magic pot to gain a harem but Youko interrupts him so he tapes her. She breaks free so he uses chains, she breaks free again, he uses more chains etc.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Sekidousai and Dai Youko, because Jesei used up their power. It's unknown if this is permanent or if they're just exhausted.
  • Bumbling Dad: Dai Youko, Youko's father, is both Sealed Evil in a Can and the goofy dad type in one.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Keita has to call upon spirits to empower his carved rubber frogs.
  • Censor Box: The elephants, they're on parade. It's usually right around the crotch area and usually on Keita.
  • Cheerful Child: Tomohane is the youngest in the harem and consistently in good spirits.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Remember the kappa that hung out in the background? He saves Keita in the climax.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Keita, and those four Citizens of Darkness guys who he often shares a jail cell with, are in jail for their perversion: public nudity, panty stealing, etc. Other than that, they're ok people.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Youko will not tolerate Keita showing interest in other girls and when they're together she's likely to grab his arm or some other affectionate gesture.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Averted. Sendan's group, even as a whole, is less powerful than Youko is by herself but they're even worse off when fighting individually. Youko is just that much more powerful than they are.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Keita. From Kansas City Shuffle to hiding his explosive frogs in his clothing, there's little he won't do to win.
  • Combination Attack: Kaoru's Inukami can group up in threes (sometimes nine of them excluding Nadeshiko) to perform a powerful spell.
  • Control Freak: Sendan, being the pack's alpha, has to lead meetings and direct the others.
  • Cute Monster Girl and Cute Monster Guy: All female inukami look like normal human girls except for their tails. The gender aspect of the trope is absent because Hake is just as humanly attractive.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Yoko so outclasses Sendan's group she looks like a bully, even though they attacked her.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Some episodes have Youko hardly appear at all.
  • Defective Detective: Shirou Karina, a detective with a lightsaber and a strong amount of personal determination. He frequently ends up in situations he'd rather not be in.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Pushing people past this is the Greater-Scope Villain's Evil Plan.
  • Dying Curse: The Greater-Scope Villain told one to Kaoru after being outwitted and vanishing.
  • Embarrassed by a Child: Keita frequently finds himself naked and frequently, the same little boy is there to point at Keita. It is a Running Gag throughout the series.
  • Emotion Eater: Jesei who feeds on despair. He says nothing is more delicious than provoking despair. Naturally this means pushing people past the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Evil Is Hammy: All the villains love dramatic gestures and speaking in dynamic voices. The heroes are more restrained in their actions.
  • Evil Is Petty: Jesei will go to any lengths to cause despair, from murder and beatdowns to reading Youko's diary aloud.
  • Evil Plan:
    • Sekidousai is the first villain to last more than two episodes and seeks to create a world where 'all desires are free' which involves nudity in public.
    • Jesei wants to provoke despair to feed himself.
  • Evolving Credits: The start of the ED changes to reflect wherever Keita and Youko are at the moment.
  • Expy: A Cute Monster Girl with green hair falls in love with a preverted human boy and punishes him for chasing other girls with her superpowers. Does this describe Youko or Lum?
  • Fanservice / Fan Disservice: It's often very hard to determine whether it's the former or the latter. The latter much more than the former since that is where much of the show's humor comes from. The former is so few in comparison that one tends to forget that there's any fanservice at all. Part of this is a lot of the fanservice is directed to the girls... much to Keita's chagrin.
  • Flash Step: Nadeshiko when she gets serious she can move extremely quickly.
  • For the Evulz: Sea Of Violence claimed that he made contracts with humans who want wealth at the price of him taking their (and their descendants') souls when they reach a certain age, just for the fun of it and he particularly enjoys curb stomping all of their attempts to stop him from taking their souls.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Youko uses one on Keita several times to punish his perversion, if a fireball is too much trouble.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: When the main cast can't defeat a Humongous Mecha, Kawarazaki calls to all the perverts and nocturnal lurkers of the city and they Zerg Rush the thing. It's not quite The Cavalry because Keita still has to finish it off and defeat wasn't imminent. Among them are the Panty Thief, Dr. Peeping Tom and the chief clerk.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Jesei is more powerful then Sekidousai and is the final boss but had nothing to do with the bulk of the plot.
  • Grim Reaper: Shinigami appear to be a natural enemy for the Inukami.
  • Harem Genre: In this case Keita, the main character, is not the one with the Harem. His much more talented cousin has a harem of dog girls but this doesn't stop Keita from trying to steal them. It's ultimately a Downplayed Trope as they become more friendly with him over the course of the series. They still prefer Kaoru over him, of course, but there's a definite change of attitude.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Youko is more than 300 years old, but still acts like a spoiled little girl. Her father Dai Youko is no better - Hake even says, after describing his terrifying powers: "He's just like a child. No, it's even worse because he's an adult." note 
  • Impossible Thief: The panty stealer; even through pants.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Both Keita and Youko hold back during fights, but only Youko has a justification; she thinks her Canis Major form will scare Keita away even though she's a fox.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Furano tries to be one by moving her sleeve down but it doesn't work on Keita.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Frequently with Keita and Youko but much to Youko's displeasure, they don't have that sort of relationship.
  • Is That What They're Calling It Now?: Averted, believe it or not. During one of the Innocent Innuendo scenes Hake walks in and Keita replies that he's "getting a flea off Youko's tail". He believes them, does what he came to do, and leaves.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Keita can take most of Youko's (comical) abuse, even shrug off a Dai Jaaen in the face.
  • Interspecies Romance: "I don't want puppies for kids!" bemoans Keita during a Love Potion incident.
  • Invisibility: The Peeping Doctor's ability is to peep without being seen.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: The head of the family was quite a Plucky Girl back then.
  • Jerkass: Keita and Youko both, but they're not entirely bad.
    • Keita is a pervert who takes Youko for granted and is generally less interested in fighting evil than scoring with clients.
    • Youko tends to be extremely selfish, abusive and Keita tends to suffer far more than her and because of her.
  • Karma Houdini: Youko is responsible for Keita's black sheep status and she gets away with this.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Keita: When he first meets Youko, he loudly fantasizes about how she would cook his meals, clean his house, and perform other services for him. Even later on, he constantly refers to her as only his "dog". note 
    • Youko: it's stated Keita is the black sheep of the family because he couldn't get an Inukami. Turns out that when Keita went out and was supposed to find an Inukami as part of the coming of age ceremony for his clan, Youko scared them all away so years later she could force a contract between the two while threatening to kill him.
  • Laughably Evil: Many of the villains are funny but they are FAR from harmless.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Inukami look human except for their tails.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Inukami, regardless of gender, appear to be emotionally dependent on their human partners.
    • Hake says he was depresed and bored of living before contracting Keita's grandmother and predicts he will be again once she dies.
    • Youko is super clingy to Keita and jealous of any other girl he shows interest in.
    • Sendan declares that her group's "body and mind exist for Kaoru" and the rest of her group agree.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Keita spends all of his free time chasing girls.
  • Made of Iron: Not only can Keita take the Dai Jaaen, but villains have difficulty hurting him. This is not stated to be an actual ability that he has. He's just more durable somehow than a human ought to be.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Jesei was this to Sekidousai, though he's more of a Greater-Scope Villain since they had completely seperate plans and the latter isn't even foreshadowed until an Info Dump in the third to last episode. However, the trope is fulfilled because the former hijacked the latter's plan.
  • Meaningful Name: "Youko" is the Japanese word for what westerners call Kitsune.
  • Meido: Nadeshiko looks the part (apron, headdress etc) and does domestic stuff for Kaoru.
  • Meganekko: Igusa is the cute glasses girl of the harem.
  • Miko: Furano dresses the part but otherwise doesn't fit because she doesn't do anything related to a shrine or even anything religious.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: Dog girls in this case.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Jesei died pre-series and that death started a plan that reached into the show's climax.
  • Naked First Impression: This is how one of his clients gets her first impression of Keita... The part that was staring her in the face was his "proud son".
  • Naked People Are Funny: Kei always ends up naked in public whenever he pisses off his familiar, Youko. Youko teleports him out of his clothes and into the most populated place nearby that the cops are already familiar with him and the local perverts who are always in jail think of him as one of their own.
  • Necromancer: Jasei is a lich and did this sort of thing with Kaoru
  • Nice Hat: Peeping Doctor wears a tophat.
  • No Holds Barred Beat Down: Jesei to everyone. He outclasses the entire cast to the degree that he can No-Sell their best shot. He keeps knocking them down to feed on their despair.
  • The Nudifier: Youko often removes Keita's clothes, and is the first episode villain's ability which he only aimed at male targets.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Sendan wears this style and is The Leader of Kaoru's inukammi.
  • Older Than They Look: Kei is 20 at the end of the second episode.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Kaoru isn't dead; he's just floating around somewhere as an incorporal spirit. All his friends need to do is find his soul and plug it back in his body.
  • Otaku: Naoki Kawarazaki often chases Tomohane with cosplay and addresses her with a name from a show.
  • Our Liches Are Different: Jasei, who is also a mummy, and whose Soul Jar situation is complicated.
  • Panty Thief: Boss, but his master cranks it Up to Eleven by stealing through pants.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Hake's bangs cover one of his eyes. Though not shy, it's likely a reference to his reserved personality.
  • Pet the Dog: Fortunately for him, Keita has as many of these moments as his Kick the Dog ones. Such as leaping out a window to catch Igusa's book.
  • Playing with Fire: Jaaen!, the fireball, is Youko's favorite attack.
  • Poke the Poodle: Youko during the fight with Kaoru's inukami; Tomohane was caught outside the shield they made and Youko put a finger on her forehead but, instead of attacking her, Youko (using magic) took off her panties.
  • Public Exposure: Sekidosai is an exhibitionist (unlike the others, he has a Mammoth censor instead of everyone else's elephants) and he hates it when forced to put on underwear.
  • Red Baron: Keita is better known as "King of Nudity" among the Citizens of Darkness than his own name, though he's horribly embarrassed by it.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Kawarazaki, Chief Clerk and Sea of Violence as well. The first two are creepy (yet pleasant) perverts and the later is an evil spirit.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Dai Youko, Sekidousai, and Youko too were all sealed away at one point. Youko is asked to keep Dai Youko sealed.
  • Silent Bob: Tensou. She communicates with others via rapid, well done sketches.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Imari and Sayoka, two of Kaoru's Inukami, speak and act in unison.
  • Special Edition Title: The ED's sudden change from a song about friendship between girls (featuring the Inukami ladies) to a song about friendship between manly men is surprising and hilarious.
  • Stripperific: Keita in a rare male example although it's (almost) never by his choice; Youko teleports him out of his clothing when he upsets her.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Tiny little rubber frogs are the inukami trainer's personal explosives.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Youko's Shukichi skill can teleport someone to another location, and out of their clothing.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Sea of Violence slips in one last "screw you" before dying; a contagious bad luck curse activated by his death.
  • Tsundere: Youko is very affectionate with Keita, when she's not teleporting him out of his clothes or fireballing him.
  • This Is a Drill: Sekidousai's robot assistant, Xanthippe, has a drill in the groin area. Then it gets bigger...
  • Token Mini-Moe: Tomohane is the only child in Kaoru's harem.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: The Chief Clerk is a masochist.
  • The Reveal: Wonder why Youko is afraid of dogs, even cute little puppies? It's because she's really a fox spirit, and dogs are foxes' natural/traditional enemies.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Keita; it's implied his failure at attracting an Inukami and subsequent Black Sheep status broke him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When the constant beatdown fails to work and Keita inspires the group, Jesei loses focus, asks why he's losing, and his Soul Jar shatters.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Most inukami can turn into Canis Major form when required.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Hake was bored until he met the head of the family and once she's gone he will be lonely.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Youko is very scared of (normal) dogs but, strangely, she is fine with inukami in dog/wolf form.
    • Hake is extremely afraid of fleas.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Round 2 with Sea of Violence. Youko set up a force field that cannot be broken so long as she is alive and used the ruse of a boxing match with Keita to lure him inside the ring. If Keita won, than great; bad guy's dead. If he lost, at least Sea of Violence would be trapped and unable to harm her client.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Youhko played an impressive game when the Kawahira family asked for her help in resealing her dad. When straight-up renewing the seal failed, she told him she was living together with Keita and having sex every night. He then mellowed into a happy future grandparent who'd like to keep the world in one piece for their sake. Thus, she turns a possible End of the World as We Know It into a wedding for herself and Keita.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko:
    • Nadeshiko. She's sweet, domestic, and even refered to as 'traditional japanese girl' by Keita. As per the trope, she has the inner iron to call him out on being an asshat and invoke Go Through Me when Yoko is about to kill Sendan.
    • Hake counts as a male example because he dresses in traditional clothing, is always polite, never a pushover and devoted to his partner.
  • Yandere:
    • Hake claims to be one: "I expel other inukami and own my master all on my own."
    • Youko, engineered Keita's black sheep status so she, like Hake, could have her human partner all to herself.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Youko has green hair.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Keita is disgusted by the genuine respect minor antagonists like underwear theif and Peeping Doctor show him and can't stand the title they refer to him with, King of Nudity. Although he IS just as perverted as they are, and did such an act in the episode, the title is actually Youko's fault.
  • Zerg Rush: Those Citizens of Darkness people brought down Xanthippe, and later Jasei's undead minions, by charging and underwhelming the target with sheer numbers.


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