Anime Review: Nekogami Yaoyorozu Episode 1

Anime Review:
Nekogami Yaoyorozu Episode 1

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Series Premise: Nekogami Yaoyorozu, or “Cat God”, is a weekly television anime series started in July 2011, based on a comedy manga series of the same name. Mayu the Cat God has been stripped of her powers and banished to the human world, where she lazes around with the owner of an antique shop with the rest of her friends.

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ep. tl;dr review: Cute, comical figures doing cute, comical things; potential sleeper hit of the season.

Episode Summary: After being caught sneaking out of her house while she has been grounded by her parents, Mayu, the “God of Missing Things and Memories” is stripped of most of her powers and banished to the Human World. Four years later, Mayu is still there, sitting around and playing video games all day where the owner of the antique store where she lives, Yuzu, frets about paying the bills. As Yuzu heads off to the market, Mayu learns from her friends (who are also deities in the Human World) that Shamo, the “God of Poverty”, is arriving in town. An all-out alert is issued by Gonta (“God of Harvest”), and Sasana (Mayu’s inadvertent fiancee), but they all end up squabbling at a barricade on a bridg while Shamo, who has been found by Yuzu, blithely passes by. When they arrive back at the antique store, they are aghast to find Yuzu with Shamo, and begin to discuss ways to get rid of her, quickly. Shamo then steps up, explains she is a powerful inspector, and expresses extreme disappointment at how childish all the gods in the town have been acting…all except for Yuzu, who treated Gonta kindly.

My Impressions: Awww, this is just so cute, especially Mayu with her Lego snap-on hair and double tail.

To be honest, I don’t have much at all to say about this show. It’s just a light-hearted comedy with some simplistic jokes featuring all sorts of silly “chibi” characters running all over the place, with overly-emotive reactions when confronted with contrived situations. It immediately reminds me of Di Gi Charat. There’s really nothing new here, except that the characters remain fun to watch from beginning to end. It feels like the people making this series, from the writers to animators to voice actors are all having a ton of fun doing it, too — and it shows. As long as you keep your expectations measured, just sit back and enjoy a simple comedy and you’ll be fine.

The key test will come in the next few episodes, to see if they can remain interesting and fresh, or if it will just recycle the same jokes over and over again. The setting, the characters, and the animation have all passed the test. Now it’s up to the writers to show their mettle.

The verdict:

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Sampling of Online Reviews:

  • “Let me tell you up-front—this isn’t by any means a “ground-breaking” anime series. And yet, I find it very relaxing to watch. Even if there’s not much in the way of plot, it’s still enjoyable, at least. Grade: 3/5.” – Moeronpan
  • “It’s amusing, very cute and innocuously likeable, but doesn’t seem to be packing any secret substance to it.” – Lost in America
  • “Just look at that face. Who can resist the cuteness of characters with cat ears and double tails. See, it’s double beacuse it’s twice the fun. I like how it goes to being fun for the sake of fun. Though, the jokes aren’t that great. It is perhaps those series that stick to you for no apparent reason. Grade: 3/5.” – The Dere Moe Project
  • “They aren’t as annoying as most archtype neko characters are, each with their own distinguishable personality to match. I can’t say that it blows my fucking socks off but it wasn’t terribad either. Grade: 7/10.” – Conspicuous Klux
  • “What makes the humor decent is how the main characters, particularly Mayu, acts in ways that criticize his lazy lifestyle, all without blatantly pointing it out. The conversations and stuff flow naturally, so the occasional sarcastic remark of self-defeating remark fits in rather well, and gets some laughs out of me. The jokes may not be the most witty or smart, but they are entertaining. Grade: 6.5/10.” – Emory Anime Club
  • “Even if the majority of the comedies used are out-dated, any negative thoughts on the comedy are easily put aside with it being surprisingly enjoyable to witness when mixed in with a light-hearted art style.” – Sekijitsu
  • “In terms of actual content, “Cat God” will probably go down as another case of cute characters doing cute things; however, what sets it apart is that the focus on local gods and how nonchalant they are with their responsibilities. More often than not, they act purely out of self-interest, which is as greedy as it sounds, except it leads to a lot of quirky situations befitting of the nature of this series.” – Random Curiosity
  • “These aren’t the type of characters who you get sick of after a few minutes. They’ve got good chemistry and this might actually work with a good combination between random adventures, slice of life and comedy. The key is not having this show repeat itself. Potential: 70%” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
  • “I think this whole episode just washed over me, because even though I literally just finished it about an hour ago, all I actually remember is that there was a lot of talking and loads of characters who looked like Touhou rejects…….and thats it.” – Caraniel’s Ramblings
  • “I came for a fake Touhou anime, and that’s what I got—lazy immortal gods grappling with poverty, awesome character designs, yuri hijinks, and a very “yukkuri shiteite ne” vibe of comedy—but also well thought-out classifications and fighting systems for the occasional lighthearted battle. This is exactly how I imagine a Touhou anime would be.” – My Sword is Unbelievably Dull


Thumbs-up for Round One: Busou Shinki: Moon Angel, Blood-C, Mawaru Penguindrum, Kamisama Dolls, No. 6, Dantalian no Shoka, Uta no Prince-sama, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Nekogami Yaoyorozu

Thumbs-down for Round One: Double J, Morita-san wa Mukuchi, Mayo Chiki, Nyanpire the Animation, Carnival Phantasm, Copihan, Yuruyuri, The Idolmaster, Sacred Seven, Manyuu Hikenchou, Blade, Higurashi no Naku Koko no Kira

Coming up next: Kamisama no Memochou, Nurarihyon no Mago Second Season, Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi, Twin Angel Twinkle Paradise, Baby Princess 3-D, Natsume Yuujinchou-san, Usagi Drop, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Second Season, Rou Kyuu Bu, R-15, Oretachi ni Tsubasa OVA, Astarotte no Omocha EX, Touhou Project: Gensou Mangekyou, Kid the Phantom Thief Special

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4 Responses to Anime Review: Nekogami Yaoyorozu Episode 1

  1. Spoiler: After a great first ep, Nekogami has a really rocky first half, but the second half is pretty consistently good. Your mileage may vary—my little brother calls it his second-favorite anime.

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