They say that sex sells, but that statement is blatantly untrue. My coverage of fan service shows has failed to bolster The Otaku Judge’s modest readership, so I have decided to change tact. Starting with today’s review of Nyan Koi my posts will focus extensively on cats, because everyone knows that when it comes to web site hits adorable felines dominate the Internet. For those of you unacquainted with the franchise, Nyan Koi is a twelve-episode anime series based on Sato Fujiwara’s manga. The show is animated by AIC (makers of Bamboo Blade) and has been brought over to the British Isles by MVM Entertainment.
One thing I have learnt from watching the deceptively titled Hentai Prince is that defacing stone idols is seldom a good idea. It’s a lesson that high school student Jyunpei Kousaka knows all too well, after he inadvertently decapitates the kitty statue guarding a local shrine. As punishment for his act of vandalism Jyunpei is jinxed and given the ability to commune with cats. In order to lift the curse Mr Kousaka has to help one hundred moggies with whatever personal problems they may have. Failing to perform this task within a timely manner carries the penalty of getting transformed into a cat – something that Jyunpei would rather avoid given that he is deathly allergic to fish eating pets.
After reading that synopsis one might assume that Nyan Koi shares similarities with Re-Kan (the key difference being that instead of aiding poltergeists, the protagonist performs good deeds for animals.) Lamentably however the cat subplot has to compete for screen time with pussy of another kind – namely a harem of girls. Out of the bevy of beauties in his life, classroom sweetheart Kaede Mizuno is the gal that Jyunpei is most enamoured with. The two share some romantic chemistry, but any hopes for an intimate relationship are usually scuppered by sudden interruptions – be they cat tending commitments or the unwanted attentions of Kanako Sumiyoshi (Jyunpei’s busty childhood friend.)
You’d think that curses, loquacious cats and a love triangle would provide sufficient storytelling material for a series whose run only spans a dozen episodes, but evidently not. In addition to all of the above Sato Fujiwara’s imagination gives us a temple priest who frequents cabaret clubs, the unfeminine daughter of a mob boss and a postal carrier who struggles to make deliveries due to her terrible sense of direction. If that oddball group of characters doesn’t satisfy your zaniness quota fear not, because the cast list also includes twin magical girls! One can only speculate what substances Nyan Koi’s author consumed when coming up with these ideas. I suspect that the manga is presently on hiatus because the writer is still nursing a massive hangover.
My rating for Nyan Koi is three stars. Due to the run of the mill visuals and a script brimming with cliché, I would categorize this series as a “disposable” comedy. Your average viewer will unwrap the box, marathon the three hundred minutes of hilarious gags and then toss the case onto their DVD shelf (where it shall stay, unlikely to ever be re-watched.) On the plus side the harem antics didn’t annoy me like they do in other shows, although it is a pity that they diluted the novel idea of a cat good samaritan. Overall the show was fun albeit unmemorable. I liked the funny slapstick and the mild eye candy provided by Kanako’s bouncy bosom. Oh wait, let me rephrase that because I no longer peddle smut. What I meant to say is that I liked the funny slapstick and all the clips of adorable cats doing amusing things. Yes, that should appease the kitty lovers. Time to sit back and watch this review attract over sixty million views.