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Hiroshi Inaba
Human | Werewolf
Hiroshi Inaba
Name Hiroshi Inaba
Kanji 因幡 洋
Romaji Inaba Hiroshi
Characteristics
Age 23
Gender Male
Hair color Red
Eye color Brown
Relatives Soumei (father)

Haruka Inaba (Younger brother)

Special ability Werewolf
Status
Occupation Detective
Former police dog
Affiliation Inaba Detective Agency
Partner(s) Yūta Sasaki
Kei Nozaki
Debuts
Manga Chapter 1
Anime Episode 1
Portrayal
Japanese Junichi Suwabe
Image Gallery

Hiroshi Inaba (因幡 洋 Inaba Hiroshi) is a private detective. He is a genetically altered being made from the spliced genes of human and wolf.

Appearance

Hiroshi Inaba's Art Design

Hiroshi's anime appearance

Hiroshi has a youthful appearance. He has dark red, spiky hair. He has a large strand of hair in the middle, with two locks of hair falling at the sides of his head, framing his face. The rest of his hair is loose. Notable are his fluffy, medium-sized wolf ears on top of his head.[1]

His eyes are brown and he wears rectangle-shaped glasses. He wears a black animal collar, with silver buckle. Hiroshi wears a grey shirt with white, rolled up cuffs and a collar of the same color, that goes down in a buttoned V-neck. His pants are plain blue jeans and his shoes are dark brown.

While in his wolf from, his appearance is much more mature. He is taller and better build, with wider shoulders. His eyes turn red. His hair becomes much longer, until it reaches his hips/waist. His hair is much more wild-looking and has two large strands of hair draping over his shoulders. In addition, he grows a wolf tail, that protrudes from his pants. His clothes are not changed.[2]

Personality

Hiroshi is a frivolous person, very extravert in his emotions, which often leads to comical situations. He is however very hard to deal with, because it is difficult to negotiate and do business with him. The only person to remotely keep Hiroshi under control, is his former police partner, Ogino.[3]

History

Hiroshi and Ogino as partners

Ogino and Hiroshi as partners with the police

He grew up together with his little brother, Haruka Inaba. Hiroshi had a very good relationship with him and cared for him. Hiroshi used to be a police dog, working together with his partner at the time, Kuniharu Ogino. Not much is known from their time together, but it seems they have developed some kind of bond of trust during that time, since Ogino is the only one that has some kind of control over him. Ogino and Hiroshi supposedly had a crime arrest-ratio of 100%.[4] However, Hiroshi quit the police dogs when his little brother went missing. He started working as a private detective to continue the search for his brother on his own.

Plot

Intro arc

YADA

Hiroshi refuses Ogino's offer at first sight

Hiroshi appears for the first time when Ogino visits the Inaba Detective Agency to ask Hiroshi for help on a case. Hiroshi rudely refuses and throws rock salts at Ogino's face, yelling that he quit the police dogs and that he's on a case himself. Ogino does nothing about the incoming objects, but says that he's here as a client, but Hiroshi still refuses and says that his jobs always suck. He continues throwing rock salts and damns Ogino's pretty hair, that he is never allowed to touch. However, Kei guards Ogino and persuades Hiroshi to take the job. Hiroshi calms down and after Ogino drinks some tea, he says that he's glad Hiroshi hasn't lost his headstrong personality and Hiroshi replies that he's just in a good mood.[5]

Hiroshi spazzing out at the thought of white hair

Hiroshi spazzing out at the thought of white hair

Ogino wants to explain the situation to Kei, but Hiroshi goofs around them. Ogino grabs Hiroshi and forces him to listen to the story. Hiroshi gives in and takes a seat next to Ogino. Ogino tells the story of the mafia boss, Don Valentino, and his counterfeit bills. Ogino hands a fake bill to Hiroshi and Hiroshi is amazed at how professional it is. Ogino further elaborates how important this case is and that they have already located the mafia's base. He then calls upon Hiroshi's abilities to expose them, but Hiroshi simply asks what color of hair Don Valentino has. Ogino replies that it's white and Hiroshi is excited about such a delicious hair color. He starts fantasizing about it, but is shocked when he thinks that maybe they won't let him in without a tie. Yūta paints a possible image of the mafia boss with mustache and Hiroshi cannot bear the image of such perfection. He goofs around some more and later cuts to the chase and prepares to move to Don Valentino's hideout.[6]

Yuta with the money

Yūta tries to pull Hiroshi away

Arriving at Don Valentino's base, Hiroshi is not surprised that it is actually a one-story wooden house, in contrary to Kei. When Ogino knock on the door but isn't answered, Hiroshi confirms that there are persons inside because he can hear their voices. They are all shocked to see that a goat opens the door and after calling his right hand man, Lorenzo, Hiroshi is seen ducking for the gunfire. Ogino takes care of Lorenzo and tells Hiroshi and his assistants to hide in the bushes, which they gladly do. However, Ogino is easily captured and Hiroshi sneers that they are useless. Yūta approaches Hiroshi with a large bag of money and asks with a cute face to run away, but Hiroshi turns to Valentino and asks him his motives of his criminal actions, since they don't really make sense. Valentino demonstrates his money eating and Kei rages and punches him Peasant's Punch. Hiroshi reasons that it must be though as someone with financial problems. Ogino then motivates Hiroshi with promising that he can shampoo his hair if he sacks Valentino. Hiroshi gladly takes his offer.[7]

Hiroshi chews black hair

Hiroshi as he chews on the black hair

Hiroshi turns to Yūta and asks her to do something. Yūta does her Hamusenryū on Hiroshi's back and Hiroshi transforms into his werewolf-form. He declares that he will send Don Valentino "to hell" and Don and Lorenzo are amazed by his appearance. Don pulls out a gun and shoots at Hiroshi, grazing him at the shoulder. He is suddenly very hostile and yells that he wants to kill all wolves as revenge for "the 7 little goats". When Don reloads his antique gun, Hiroshi sees his chance and takes the black hair, presented by Yūta, in his mouth. Don fires his gun, but Hiroshi dodges it and appears behind Don. He then activates the special ability os the black hair he is chewing on: the miasma or aura of despair. An evil-looking Hiroshi says that the aura will devour hope and dye your hair completely black. His miasma has an opposite effect on Lorenzo though, as he escapes from reality deep within his despair. Lorenzo ends up slashing Hiroshi with a katana. Ogino suddenly re-enters the scene and seeing how they're in a disadvantage, Don and Lorenzo flee, shouting that they will surely destroy Inaba.[8]

Skills & Abilities

Hiroshi as a wolf

Hiroshi in his werewolf-form

Hair Analysis: Hiroshi gains information by examining and tasting people's hair. Through this, he can determine the subject's personality and can read the memory that is left in the strand of hair. Hiroshi uses his ability to track and profile criminals. It is a supernatural ability and is so not made known to the public.[3]

Transformation: Hiroshi can also transform into a more wolf-like form and can use special powers and attacks from the five natural hair colors: Black, White, Blond, Brown, and Red. He enters this form with help from Yūta Sasaki, who uses a martial arts technique on him, enabling him to enter his wolf-form.[9] He can also enter this form on nights of the full moon. [10]

When Hiroshi enters this form, his appearance changes drastically. He instantly matures, he is now taller and better built muscle-wise. His pupils become vertical and perhaps the biggest change of all, his red hair grows longer until it reaches his hips. He also grows a tail and a pair of wolf ears.[2]
    • Hiroshi as he chews on a black hair
    • Hiroshi's aura of despair affects Valentino
    Black hair: When Hiroshi chews on a black hair while in his wolf-form, he emits a black miasma of pure despair that affects its surroundings. Hiroshi becomes gloomy and so do the people around him, it even spread to inanimate objects like a building and a flower. This aura will eat up the hope a person has still left in his heart. This miasma also colors it's victims' hair completely black.[11]
  • Blond Hair: When Hiroshi chews on a blond hair in his wolf-form, he can use the ability "Cuticle Bolt" to give a lightning shock to the enemy.[12]
  • Brown Hair: Chewing on a brown hair gives Hiroshi brown insect-like wings allowing him to fly.
  • White Hair: Chewing on white hair gives Hiroshi healing powers.

Sixteen Hit Combo: As the name implies, with his two fist clenched tightly, Hiroshi rapidly punches the target sixteen times.[12]

Relationships

Kuniharu Ogino

Main article: Kuniharu Ogino

Hiroshi's partner during his time as a police dog. Kei stated that Ogino was a "kind of" owner of Hiroshi because of this. Hiroshi still thinks of Ogino as a partner, even showing hints of jealousy at the idea of him partnering with anyone else. Ogino sometimes request help from Hiroshi on his cases. Though Hiroshi often initally refuses, he typically ends up helping him anyway. Ogino seems to be the only one who has some control over him.

Yūta Sasaki

Main article: Yūta Sasaki

Yūta Sasaki is Hiroshi's first assistant. Yūta claims that he is the only one that Hiroshi truly understands and it is implied that Yūta has a crush on Hiroshi.[13] Yūta is jealous of Ogino and Hiroshi's past partnership. Hiroshi on the other hand, doesn't seem to notice Yūta's affectionate feelings and treats him some way like a younger sister.[14]

Kei Nozaki

Main article: Kei Nozaki

Don Valentino

Main article: Don Valentino

Quotes

  • (To Don Valentino) "I'll send you to hell, Valentino!"[2]
  • "This aura will eat up all the hope that you have in your heart and lastly, will dye your hair completely black!"[11]

Trivia

  • Hiroshi ranked 1st on the first popularity poll, 2nd on the second.
  • His birthday is September 4th.

References

  1. Cuticle Detective Inaba Manga: Chapter 1, Page 9
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Cuticle Detective Inaba Manga: Chapter 1, Page 26
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cuticle Detective Inaba Manga: Chapter 1, Page 7
  4. Cuticle Detective Inaba Manga: Chapter 1, Page 7
  5. Cuticle Detective Inaba Manga: Chapter 1, Page 12
  6. Cuticle Detective Inaba Manga: Chapter 1, Page 16
  7. Cuticle Detective Inaba Manga: Chapter 1, Page 24
  8. Cuticle Detective Inaba Manga: Chapter 1, Page 33
  9. Cuticle Detective Inaba Manga: Chapter 1, Page 25
  10. Cuticle Detective Inaba Anime: Episode 6
  11. 11.0 11.1 Cuticle Detective Inaba Manga: Chapter 1, Page 30
  12. 12.0 12.1 Cuticle Detective Inaba Anime: Episode 2
  13. Cuticle Detective Inaba Manga: Chapter 1, Page 10
  14. Cuticle Detective Inaba Manga: Chapter 1, Page 22

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