North American licensing company Sentai Filmworks announced at Anime Expo on Friday that it has acquired the rights for GONZO's Dog & Scissors (Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyō). The company intends to release the 12-episode series on home video in 2014.
The absurd mystery comedy centers around Kazuhito Harumi, a high school boy who is obsessed with reading books. One day, he is killed in the middle of a robbery — and resurrected as a dachshund dog. Unable to read in his new form, the hapless Kazuhito now belongs to Kirihime Natsuno, a sadistic novelist who uses scissors on Kazuhito to abuse him.
Takahiro Sakurai (Berserk film's Griffith, Code Geass' Suzaku, NAKAIMO's Shōgo Mikadono) and Marina Inoue (Highschool of the Dead's Rei Miyamoto, Haganai's Yozora Mikazuki) lead the cast as Kazuhito Harumi and Kirihime Natsuno, respectively. The lead cast are reprising their roles from last year's drama CD.
Yukio Takahashi (episode director for B Gata H Kei - Yamada’s First Time, Last Exile -Fam, The Silver Wing-) is making his full directing debut the series, and Toshizo Nemoto (Tokyo Majin, Inu X Boku Secret Service) is handling the series composition. Youko Satou (Pipopapo Patrol-kun) is handling the character design, and Akito Matsuda (Koitabi ~True Tours Nanto) is handling the music.
Shunsuke Sarai launched the novel series with illustrations by Tetsuhiro Nabeshima in 2011, and Enterbrain's Famitsu Bunko published the seventh volume on June 29.
Crunchyroll is currently streaming the series in several regions outside of Japan.