Saturday, February 5, 2011

Nyan Koi

Sorry about no update yesterday, it's been kind of a crazy week. Today I would like to review Nyan Koi, an anime I watched on the recommendation of a friend. I'm not sure if I'll take any more recommendations from him.

Nyan Koi tells the story of Junpei Kousaka, an unlucky guy who manages to break the head off of a cursed cat statue and is sentenced to help one hundred cats, or be turned in to a cat himself. Oh, did I mention he is deathly allergic to cats? So Junpei is forced into helping animals he can never get close to with whatever problems they might have. Generally the problems are pretty simple; I'm lost, My owner put me on a diet, write my master a thank you card. A few of them are more interesting though. In my favorite episode, a cat wants to get in shape to impress the cat he loves. This leads to a few Rocky like moments and a nasty prank when Junpei ignores the cat.

While all his cat problems unfold, Junpei must also dodge the advances of his rapidly growing harem. At the heart is of course Junpei and his crush on the cute, but oblivious, Kaede Mizuno. Both like each other, and both are unwilling to confess. The relationship is complicated with the reappearance of Junpei's childhood friend, Kanako Sumiyoshi. Kanako was perhaps the shows greatest failure. When we are introduced to her she is covered in war paint, struggling to be different. However she is taught a "valuable lesson" and then reverts back to the tried and true tsundere childhood friend. Junpei's harem doesn't stop there however, we are quickly introduced to a gender confused mafia don, a rather busty mail carrier, and my favorite characters, two shrine maiden twins. One of these is a lovably creepy stalker, the other is a lovable tsundere. Of course, there is also a rather large cast of cats, but I don't think Junpei is into that sort of thing.

The animation serves its purpose rather well. The backgrounds are detailed and colorful and provide a good backdrop for the events onscreen. There are a few moments when quality seems to slide a bit, but not enough to really detract from the show.

As for music, I make it a point to watch the op and ed at least twice each, for the first and last episode. Other than that, neither where memorable enough for me to watch more than a few times. The background music served its purpose I guess, so well though I can't even remember what it was. The voice acting however was excellent. Care was taken to provide each character with a unique voice that helped bring each of them to life.

In conclusion, I give Nyan Koi a very average 3/5. If you're a fan of harem anime, or just a fan of cats, you might want to check this out. Otherwise, there are much better options out there.

12 comments:

  1. Oh, I've heard of this one before. Never really checked it out, though. Think I should...

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  2. A harem comedy with cat? Got a stream link for it? JK. I can find one somewhere.

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  3. Who doesn't love cats? I might check it out.

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  4. I quite liked Nyan Koi but it just kidna got forgotten. Falls just a bit over average, but cant reach up to the better series in its genre. Too bad he doesnt end up with a chick.

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  5. Sounds very odd and interesting. I'm not familiar with the genre unfortunately. Is this is a good starting point?

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  6. Bummer, I'd love to watch some really good anime right about now.

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  7. Doesn't sound like my kind of anime, but maybe I'll check it out sometime...

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  8. hmmm gonna have to check this anime out

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  9. Not normally a fan of these but may check it out.

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