Review of The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat

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I wonder how many sexual deviants have been duped into buying “The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat” off iTunes by it’s somewhat misleading title. In Japan the word hentai means pervert, but here in the West the term is used to describe animated porn. Aside from some tame fan service moments, anyone seeking erotic gratification from this anime will be sorely disappointed. If harem comedy is your thing however it may well satisfy your funny bone (I said bone not boner you pervs.) At the time of writing this twelve episode series is available to download from the UK iTunes store as a subtitle only release. The story is based on Sou Sagara’s light novels and is animated by J.C. Staff (whose previous works include The Familiar of Zero and Shakugan no Shana.)

OVERVIEW

Like many teenage boys Yoto Yokodera has a healthy admiration for the female body. His love of swimsuits is so strong that he has joined the school’s track team, as it gives him the opportunity to glimpse at the girls training at the nearby pool. Aside from being a pervert, one failing that Yoto suffers from is a lack of willpower that prevents him from expressing what he truly feels. He’ll often go with the flow and accept what others suggest rather than state his real opinions on a matter. In order to address this weakness Yoto decides to make an offering to the statue of a feline deity that reportedly has the power to grant wishes. Like the nineties horror flick Wishmaster warned… be careful what you wish for.

The Stony Cat succeeds in stripping Yoto off his polite facade, but the unexpected consequence of his character transformation is that he can no longer resist blurting out what is on his dirty mind. One notable example has Yoto commenting, in front of a large crowd, how high school sweetheart Azusa Azuki is rather lacking in the chest department. The setup reminds me a little of the movie Liar Liar – although the animated cast’s goofy facial expressions cannot compete with the rubber faced antics of Jim Carrey. After seeing the drawbacks of his new tactless personality Yoto ends up nulling his wish, but that won’t be the end of his Stony Cat dealings. The remainder of the series has him contending with the effects of other people praying to the cat, which results in all manner of hijinks (such as Yoto becoming homeless and travelling back in time.)

VERDICT

Overall, The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat is an enjoyable anime despite not being particularly original. Like many harem shows its comedy relies on amusing misunderstandings, partial nudity and a predominately female cast who swoon over the main character. Yoto’s suitors comprise of Azusa, Tsukiko and Tsukushi. Azusa is the school idol with a reputation for turning down guys. Deep down she is actually lonely so when Yoto befriends her she begins acting like a clingy girlfriend. Tsukiko is the cute crybaby who loses the ability to express emotions after making a wish to become more mature. Her deadpan delivery makes her a good straight man for the show’s wacky gags. Tsukushi is Tsukiko’s well-endowed sister who spends a good chunk of the series trying to seduce Yoto, who she mistakenly believes is a non-existent lecherous twin brother.

My final rating is a three out of five. I wouldn’t say that the series is a must buy, unless you are a huge fan of quirky rom-coms, but throughout its duration the anime did succeed in putting a smile on my face. It’s good light-hearted fun with a fine mix of jokes and cute visuals. The final story arc, which deals with Tsukiko’s sickly mom, also proves that the script is capable of pulling at your heartstrings whenever the plot demands it. This “hentai” proved to be a pleasant surprise despite its lack of tentacle monsters. Although I could complain to iTunes that the title is false advertising, I’ll refrain from asking for a refund and keep it in my digital anime library.

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