The story follows the actions of two characters simultaneously, Ichiro Inuyashiki and Hiro Shishigami, both of whom throughout the course of the story show significant development. Ichiro Inuyashiki, the Manga’s “protagonist”, is a 58-year-old salaryman whose family doesn’t care much about him. Constantly burdened by his family’s expectations of luxuries, Ichiro doesn’t feel loved by his own family, regardless of which he still has a strong sense of justice and belief in the right decision. After some thought, Ichiro decides to get a pet so in an attempt to ease the tension at home.
The entire family is excited to get another member into the family and decides to visit a pet store, after looking at a variety of animals Ichiro decides to settle for a dog and names it “Hanako”. One day, in the mail Ichiro gets his health report back and upon getting a doctor’s opinion he discovers he has Stomach Cancer. The problem is the cancer is at an advanced stage and Ichiro doesn’t have more than three months to live.
Heartbroken and devastated as he is, he still refused to inform his family immediately, partly because he just couldn’t find the right timing and also because his family couldn’t care less about his family. Slowly as he is coming in terms of his fate, Ichiro realizes his pet is the only one who actually cares about him. He begins spending more and more time with his dog and one night while resting in a public park, he gets caught up in an explosion caused by extraterrestrial beings leaving him on the verge of death, the extraterrestrial beings repair his body but add a lot of mechanical parts in his body.
Ichiro, now only a human on the exterior while being completely automated on the inside, is very conflicted as to who he is now and that is the even Ichiro Inuyashiki anymore. Being unable to cry anymore or express any other emotion, leaves him with a hole in his heart until one day he uses his newfound abilities to save a homeless man. Being able to save the life of one person, made Ichiro so happy he started crying and decided then and there that he’ll help anybody and everybody who needs help as only when he’s helping someone does he truly feel human.
While all this is happening, Hiro Shishigami, a high schooler who too was present in that public park that night and now has the same abilities like Inuyashiki decides to help his closest friend who had been bullied to the point that he became a shut in. Although Hiro intends to do the same as Ichiro, he decides to take it up a notch by not killing the bullies but also killing the family of the bullies.
He starts stealing money from banks by hacking into the system, in order to offer it to his mother, because he wants her to live in luxuries and he feels that she deserves nothing but happiness. In the end, regardless of what his intentions were, crime is a crime and the police tracks and corners him. Forcing him to lead a life on the run from the police, until he finds out his beloved mother kills herself out of shame and harassment and now for the first time Hiro takes up the role of the antagonist. He decides to kill every person who had taken ill about his mother online as well as police who he believed to be the root of evil in his life and announces to kill every japanese on earth.
“Inuyashiki” is a beautifully written story that not only sheds light on the protagonist but also shows the motive behind the actions of the antagonist. In the end, every person is motivated by his or her beliefs and ideals, this may lead to someone being a villain in someone else’s story. Both Ichiro and Hiro have people who they want to protect and help, each of them have people they value and who are important to them.
Inuyashiki | Manga
Written and Illustrated by Hiroya Oku, “Inuyashiki” was serialized in Kodansha’s Seinen Magazine “Evening”, in 2014 and had a good run, finally coming to an end in 2017. “Inuyashiki” has 10 volumes published with a total of 85 chapters that were released and collected by Kodansha.
Inuyashiki | Anime
The anime adaptation for “Inuyashiki” was handled by Studio MAPPA, a successful Animation Studio with many successful anime adaptations under its belt. “Inuyashiki” began airing on October 12, 2017 and aired its final episode on the 22nd of December 2017. The anime adaptation covers everything in the manga and has 11 episodes, the anime definitely is worth watching and one can watch it on Crunchyroll or Amazon Prime Videos. This anime was Directed by Keiichi Sato, the Screenplay was written by Hiroshi Seko.
Voice Actors | Anime
Ichirō Inuyashiki is voiced by Fumiyo Kohinata
Hiro Shishigami is voiced by Nijirō Murakami
Naoyuki Andō is voiced by Kanata Hongo
Mari Inuyashiki is voiced by Sumire Uesaka
Shion Watanabe is voiced by Sumire Morohoshi
Inuyashiki | Live-Action Adaptation
Unlike most live-action adaptations of Anime series, “Inuyashiki” live-action adaptation was fantastic and definitely one of the better adaptations. Directed by Shinsuke Sato, who has previously directed the Live-Action Adaptation of Gantz among others, the movie was released in 2018. The movie received a positive response from it’s audience and garnered many positive reviews online as well.