Hello again, AnimeTV fans! Another review from me, Bailey, coming your way. This time we’ll be reviewing “Nyan Koi!” which aired from October to December 2009.
Basic plot: Junpei is a high school student who HATES cats. He thinks they are annoying and he is allergic to them. But of course, the girl he has a big crush on, Kaede, LOOOOOVES cats. While walking home one day, he kicks a can and breaks the local shrine’s cat guardian statue. Which makes him cursed with the ability to hear the thoughts of cats. And if he doesn’t grant the wish of 100 cats, he himself is going to turn into one. How can he get the girl AND stay away from the animals he hates?
OK, so the show is a quasi-harem type anime. The main guy has about 6 different girls that all love him and try to win his love. But it’s NOT harem in the sense that the girls are skanky whores. And it doesn’t really seem forced that these girls like him. The main girl, Kaede (who he likes), is your typical quiet, somewhat ditzy girl. But, she’s also a fierce track and field athlete. Besides that you’ve got the tomboy, the yakuza daughter, the post office woman with giant boobies, and the twins (one crazy, one sullen). But they are all unique and all fun. His best friend, Sumiyoshi, starts out as a big manba style girl. What’s manba? Well, it looks a bit like this:
I’ve never seen any anime have the manba style on a character that they weren’t horribly making fun of. She stops wearing manba after the first few episodes, but it’s still a cool inside look into her character.
There are a lot of good, fun things about this anime. There’s a lot of references to other animes such as “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Lupin” and it made me laugh out loud a few times. And even though this is a harem-type anime, there are NO panty shots. What’s that you say? An anime with NO panty shots? NOPE! And it’s a goddamn fucking miracle if you ask me! Because this anime is made for girls: Cute boy+cute cats=boy in possible cat cosplay at some point. This is not really a dude show which is also a breathe of fresh air if you ask me. I marathoned the hell out of this show because it was that enjoyable to watch.
OK, the bad: The twin girls, Akare and Kotone, somehow manage to have special powers at some point in the show. It’s set up as a total joke too and you think someone is dreaming…but they aren’t…they just randomly have special Nanoha-esque powers. That kind of pissed me off. I mean, I know the show is about the supernatural (curses and such), but the greatness of the girls is that they are all normal girls. It felt really forced and I could have done without it.
The director of this anime, Keiichiro Kawaguchi also directed “Hayate the Combat Butler” and “Zettai Karen Children.” He’s a good director. This show is a bit fluffy at times…no real dramatic moments in the show, but it’s fun. It’s only 12 episodes so you can finish it up pretty quickly. I’d say this is a show made for girls. Boys might be very annoyed with it. But if you are a big cat nerd, you might find yourself throwing in some “Awwwwws!” for good measure.
What did you think of “Nyan Koi!” ?