Back in the summer of last year, there were a bunch of anime I started blogging about, but then I got busy and dropped most of the shows (at least, the ones that weren’t exactly blowing me away, to put it lightly). Nekogami Yaoyorozu is one of those shows, and is a simple slice-of-life comedy of sorts starring a cat goddess who lives at a girl’s antique shop. There are a variety of other gods, and in general they’re all very silly. It’s all light fluff that, for me at least, didn’t get me to laugh too much–but it has its fun little moments. It’s cheerful and harmless, and the character designs reminded me of Touhou a bit. And if you like cats, you’ll probably get a bit of extra enjoyment from this show, since there are lots of them.
The series is apparently based on a manga that’s still going, so the plot that kind of started to (sort of) develop at the end is left unresolved. But that said, the main point for watching this sort of show is just to relax and watch the mischievous little deities have their fun. Perhaps my favorite thing about this anime was how nobody ever seemed bothered by the sight of a two-tailed cat-eared girl (amongst other non-human entities). In this way, the show is much like Squid Girl, since everyone seems to just roll with the supernatural circumstances. =P Anyways, cute characters, though there really wasn’t much substance to them. I did think the voice actress for Mayu did a very nice job though, capturing that nonchalant, mischievous personality perfectly. Give the show a try if you like this genre, and if the first episode clicks with you, you might have a fun one-cour to fill your free time.
(Note: This post first appeared on YumeState.)
This week I thought I’d do a fun post listing a few of my favorite opening and ending themes from this season. I’ve noticed in the past how most anime reviewers will note how much they like the OP and ED of the shows they critique, but personally this has never been a big deal to me. I’m much more concerned with things like plot, character development, art style, animation quality, music, voices… etc.
However, OPs can be great, and serve well to get viewers in the right mood for the show. They can also spark interest, serving as a sort of trailer or advertisement for what the story will entail. Meanwhile EDs are generally nice as a bit of a breather to follow the episode, or to experiment a bit in terms of art any music style. Below are some of my favorites this season–I’ll start with the EDs first.
This show is light and silly, and that’s really all there is to it. My first thought on seeing it was “anime of Touhou,” as most of the characters are spirit goddess girls of Japanese mythology, and their conversations are random as those in Touhou games (at least from those I’ve played). Regardless, Nekogami Yaoyorozu (or simply Cat God on Crunchyroll) is a show to try if you want something to watch for fun. So far there’s nothing objectionable, and the general tone is light and harmless.
To me, it’s a show that’s not quite hilarious and not quite heartwarming–but fortunately it’s not quite a waste of time, either.