Directed by Keiichiro Kawaguchi
Featuring Voices of Shintaro Asanuma, Yuka Iguchi and Atsuko Tanaka
Harem anime features a boy who talks to cats yet doesn’t creep out everyone in the neighborhood.
High school boy Junpei Kosaka, allergic to cats, accidently angers a cat god and is cursed to understand and speak with cats and slowly become one. The only way out? The dangerous and unbearable task of fulfilling 100 wishes from cats. Of course, he has to do this while navigating through a harem of girls that all have secret crushes on him. What a hard-knock life, right?
I can’t help but think of the movie What Women Want, except with cats and not being on the tail end of Mel Gibson’s career. Junpei does form an understanding and even friendship with his former feline foes. However the curse is really just a plot vehicle to show why every single non-relative girl in the show likes this guy, with Junpei learning and displaying kindness in helping these cats. Since when did constantly hanging around cats become a turn on as opposed to a sign of a creepy, old lady?
The characters are uninterestingly generic, especially Junpei’s own crush Kaede with the tired old cliché of ignorant mutual crushes no one will act on. You can’t forget the friend who always picks a fight but secretly likes him, the older classmates and, of course, twins. All of whom show up in bathing suits and hot springs multiple times. With every episode having the same basic humor and following the basic formula of helping solve crazy cat high jinks while sharing an intimate moment with a female friend, the show gets old quick.
The most annoying part of this series is its lack of resolution. While its finite goal (granting 100 cat wishes) should be feasibly knocked out by the end, the series doesn’t even keep track. This is the problem with sitcoms and harem anime with simple goals as plot devices. It’s in the sitcom’s nature to be episodic and everlasting, with relatively few plot advancements, but the ease of the driving task makes it unrealistic to keep going .This really should be a “complete” collection with Junpei at least fixing the curse, let alone actually asking one of the girls out, but even its epilogue blatantly hopes for an unnecessary second season that would likely be just as stale.
But of course, you can’t keep pumping a title for all its worth if the guy actually gets a girl and lives happily ever after. Unless you’re Disney, but they prefer mice to cats.
The video is in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen. The animation is pretty average, nothing exceptionally good or bad. Colors lok fine and aliasing is minimal. The presentation doesn’t stand out but it’s not bad either.
Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles and a generic and forgettable soundtrack. So no surround sound here. That really says it all doesn’t it?
The Packaging and Bonus Features
This two-disc set comes in a standard case. The cover image is somewhat misleading, as all the main female characters are portrayed as catgirls, which is untrue of the series. The only extras are the standard clean opening and ending and the trailers for other Sentai Filmworks titles, neither of which are mentioned on the cover. The cover also fails to mention Nyan Koi! as two words even in the description copy, unlike everyone else including Sentai Filmworks own website.
I do like that the episode menu actually lists the episode titles as opposed to just episode numbers, but that’s about it.
Being a very generic harem anime, Nyan Koi! doesn’t do anything to stand above the crowd. Those who do dig it up will meet an unsatisfying conclusion. If you really want catgirls, stick with Hyper Police.
Overall (Not an Average) 3.5/10
The Series 5/10
The Video 5/10
The Audio 4/10
The Packaging and Bonus Features 4/10
Overall (Not an Average) 3.5/10