Nekogami Yaoyorozu

 
 
 
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Genre: Comedy, Supernatural, Seinen
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Kit-Tsukasa
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Jan 23 2012 06:12 PM
Nekogami Yaoyorozu, a show about them cats...and gods.

Anyways, the show mostly felt like one shots pieced together for the most part. There was some continuity for some episodes, but for the most part you could really jump in anywhere and still be just as informed or confused compared to if you started with episode 1. On another note, however, the show is really just cute. It's not the moe blob type cute and it's not riddled with jokes and slapstick comedy but really just cute. The major problem here is that because it wanders aimlessly for 12 episodes, it makes it very difficult to sit through. While a new "refreshing" episode after episode is nice, it doesn't really provide an incentive to continue.

Animation wise is okay from AIC Plus+, but not the best I've seen. Asobi ni Iku yo! had better quality and detail from over a year ago. This show, however, goes back to AIC Plus+'s roots with Quiz Magic Academy and GA, both of which I though had pretty poor/cheap animation. I thought art was decent though. It really gave off the laid back and childish atmosphere the show was already presenting. Made Yuzu absolutely adorable while we're at it.

Music was a strong point for this series for me. Loved the OP but even more loved the ED theme. Background music was good for some and completely forgettable elsewhere. Seiyuu was fantastic this series. Yui Horie and Haruka Tomatsu duo as Yuzu and Mayu was great and loved every moment of it.

Enjoyment? Although cute, the show, as I said before, does not provide an incentive to watch the next/future episodes. It's a fun show to kill time, but not one to be looking for comedy. If anything, it was more slice of life than anything else with a bit of supernatural mixed it. The show certainly moved at the pace of slice of life, which I think many may have overlooked.

Overall, in a year where comedy was hot and all over the place, Nekogami is the wrong place to be looking. Yuru Yuri, A Channel, and Baka Test 2 are three major titles that have a similar atmosphere yet trump this show. Shinryaku?! Ika Musume, Level E, Working'!! and to some extent Tiger & Bunny are also all viable candidates and provide better comedy relief. As a slice of life show, this show also lacked much to compare with titles like Ano Hana, Nichijou, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, and Hanasaku Iroha, all of which also premiered and ended in the same year. At the end of the day, it's hard to tell what Nekogami Yaoyorozu was trying to be. Furthermore, trying to pass off as a comedy when it's a slice of life or vice-versa only made it more confusing as to what to really expect out of this title. Again, if you have time to kill, it's a fun watch, but definitely not a show for everyone and not something I would recommend if you haven't see the other titles mentioned above.

Preliminary Score: 6/10
Final Score: 6/10
Kid-Wolf
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Sep 30 2011 10:30 AM
Well it did have sense of it being aimed mostly for kids in a sense with the childish antics that took place every now and again.

In any case it pretty much ended as expected more or less since we all know she liked hanging out with Yuzu in the first place, and she was rather helpful around the store when her ability was needed in the first place mind you.
Killer_Ossi
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Sep 30 2011 05:46 AM
Not a really good series but not really bad either. A bit below the middle.

Characterwise it was disappointing since except Shizuha everyone was bland and boring.

Animation wasnt great either, especially Yuzus face was horrible sometimes.

Comedy was pretty weak too and storywise boring.

Only really good thing was the Kaiji Parody.

5/10
nijlandp
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Sep 27 2011 03:21 PM
So this was episode 12. It ended nice enough. Mayu did look a lot nicer in that kimono. Maybe a nice OVA about a few of the minor characters like Shamo and Yurara would be appropiate.

In all the series did have its ups and downs. I liked the characters. After the first episodes you start to appreciate them. The strongest character for me wasn't the main characters. For me Shamo felt to be the best.
The series itself lacked a real storyline. Only near the end did we get something resembling a main story. The unconnected episodes were good enough.
Animation was nice but sometimes plain like Mayu's hairstyle.
I am going to say 7 out of 10.
AccipiterF1
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Sep 15 2011 08:25 PM
The President sub-plot is one of the best parts of this show. A nice reminder to all those in service industries to treat all customers with the utmost respect.

I think I'll miss this show when it's gone. There is nothing especially great about it but once you get used to the characters and their interactions, it is very comfortable and puts a smile on your face.
Kid-Wolf
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Sep 13 2011 02:19 PM
I think she's just there to make sure he doesn't lose himself with being greedy and all. So he's now trying to be a decient Ramen Cart Owner now. Although he does seem to inavertantly ignore Shamo-chan here but it's to be expected since he does get caught up in th emoment rather easilly here.
nijlandp
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Sep 13 2011 01:41 PM
QUOTE (Kid-Wolf @ Sep 13 2011, 04:06 PM)
Ok with episode 10 pretty much it looks like things are about to wrap up for the series. Sometimes I wonder if they just do random stuff for 9 epsidoes and have a plot for the last 3 starting to become a trend for 12/13 epsidoe series as of late now.


Maybe. It does seem so. So we got a sudden rise in ratdemons. I wonder what is behind it all.
The best part in this episode for me was the part with the ramen. Sure he is haunted by a god of poverty. I didn't expect Shamo to keep on grinding him into the ground for so long. Better not to get on her bad side..
Kid-Wolf
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Sep 13 2011 11:06 AM
Ok with episode 10 pretty much it looks like things are about to wrap up for the series. Sometimes I wonder if they just do random stuff for 9 epsidoes and have a plot for the last 3 starting to become a trend for 12/13 epsidoe series as of late now.
nijlandp
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Sep 5 2011 03:08 PM
Indeed it is a pretty decent series. I liked the typhoon episode with Gonta getting all mad to try to get it to go away (just making a phone call to the typhoon goddess in the end was very funny It was to be expected that Mayu has connections). Still the best character for me is Shamo. Whenever she shows up you're bound to get to see the rest of the characters get somewhat scared. Very explainable since she is a goddess of poverty. Shizuha was also pretty good in the last episodes.
Kid-Wolf
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Sep 4 2011 10:33 PM
Ok so I'm guessing this is a series that no one case to write home about. Ah I can't blame you guys for it.

In any case I've been still watching it and I have to say that at least the gags are consistant with certain things here. Heck whenever Gonta hears something feel he normally thinks that there was a wardrobe malfuction, and not only that but the way he acts around Yuzuru as well.

In any case it's a decient series but sometimes can be a bit out there due to being lost in translation I guess.
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