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OP Sequence

OP: 「神サマといっしょ」 (Kami-sama to Issho) by 戸松遥, 堀江由衣 (Tomatsu Haruka, Horie Yui)
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「貧乏神インスペクト+」 (Binbougami Insupekuto)
“God of Poverty Inspection”

Local deities in the 21st century are what it’s all about in the adaptation of mangaka duo FLIPFLOPs’ 2007 fantasy comedy series. At first glance, the character designs are reminiscent of the ones seen in the Touhou Project anime. Replace the demons and youkai with gods and we have Nekogami Yaoyorozu — or at least, that’s the immediate visual impression that AIC PLUS+’s anime gives off. 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.

At the center of it all is the cat deity Mayu (Tomatsu Haruka), who specializes in the recover of lost items and memories. That’s pretty much the extent of her powers, after being sent down to Earth by her mother, Amanokuranomori Akarinohime (Arai Satomi), for causing problems up in the heavens. (That’s one heck of a long name.) Humorously enough, it’s been four years since that opening flashback, and Mayu now finds herself freeloading and playing video games all day at the antique store Yaoyorozu, even when owner Komiya Yuzu (Horie Yui) is struggling financially. This in turn leads to an amusing dynamic, since Yuzu is respectful of Mayu even though she’s hardly worth worshiping. At the same time, she tends to return the favor by guilt-tripping Mayu.

Of course, the two of them alone can only drive the humor so much, which is where all of Mayu’s friends come in. Some of them are probably better considered acquaintances since Mayu have a particularly fond image of them. Incidentally, it’s Mayu’s grief where most of my amusement came from in this first episode, like when childhood friend and fellow cat deity Shousouin Sasana (Kayano Ai) was introduced as her fiancée due to a misunderstanding between their parents. Given Mayu’s freeloading ways, I couldn’t help but revel in her dismay when Sasana showed that she’s still very keen on marrying Mayu. Adding to it was the granddaughter of the god of darkness, Meiko (Taketatsu Ayana), who absolutely adores Mayu simply because she was the first person to reach out to her. I just loved seeing the regret on Mayu’s face for doing so. On the receiving end of Mayu’s comebacks is the god of harvest, Gonta (Sanpei Yuuko), who brings it upon himself for being completely infatuated with Yuzu. Their back and forth bickering was fairly entertaining to watch, when put in perspective on how their idiocy will unite as soon as they catch wind of the god of poverty Shamo (Toyosaki Aki) paying their town a visit. Their overreaction was a nice contrast to the cute yet economically dangerous depiction of Shamo and pretty much drove the comedy for the rest of the episode.

While none of the above led to any extremely funny moments, it was the all the quirky moments together that made this first showing fairly enjoyable. To that end, the cast goes a long way in bringing out the personalities of these easygoing local deities, starting with Tomatsu Haruka in the lead role. She busts out an archaic style of Japanese, which I always find intriguing to listen to, much like how Yuina likes to speak in different dialects in Hanasaku Iroha. Sanpei Yuuko is also fun to listen too, when she’s doing goofy roles like Gonta instead of fairly serious Iron Qwaser ones. It never hurts to see more of Taketatsu Ayana in prissy-type roles either, given how the K-ON star has proven that she has an affinity for it after starring Oreimo. My favorite had to be fellow K-ON star Toyosaki Aki though, for using a soft-spoken and raspy voice that’s a little different from every role she’s voiced before. In addition to Kayano Ai who’s appearing in more and more roles as of late, we’ll soon see MAKO, Takagaki Ayahi, Shimoda Asami, and Mizuhashi Kaori completing the female cast — all seiyuu whose acting I enjoy. An opening theme by Hocchan and Tomatsu Haruka is just icing on the cake.

For most viewers, all the seiyuu involved won’t mean very much, so the main thing to take away is that Nekogami is a lighthearted comedy that isn’t striving for too much. Your mileage will definitely vary depending on what you’re hoping to get out of watching an anime, making this title hard to recommend for any particular reason. One of the things it does have going for it is screen writer Machida Touko, who handled a similar kind of show, Lucky Star. For the time being, I intend to keep following this one, but won’t be covering any more episodes on a weekly basis. Please look to the monthly Retrospective Looks for more thoughts as the season moves along.

* Note: This is one of twelve new titles that Crunchyroll picked up for the summer season; however, their simulcast is two days later than the first airing on AT-X. See here for the other titles they’ve announced.
* Interesting end card.

 

ED Sequence

ED: 「Oh My God♥」 by 戸松遥 (Tomatsu Haruka)
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Preview

July 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm
17 comments »
  • July 9, 2011 at 6:15 pmLonelyRurouni

    Can’t wait to test this out.

    Thanks for the review.

  • July 9, 2011 at 6:16 pmWhee

    I care very much about the seiyuu’s D:

  • July 9, 2011 at 6:34 pmDude

    CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN!!!!

  • July 9, 2011 at 7:19 pmMarisaK

    FLIPFLOPs does primarily Touhou fanwork as a doujin circle, so the Touhou resemblance isn’t really surprising

  • July 9, 2011 at 7:38 pmboingman

    “…Tomatsu Haruka in the lead role. She busts out an archaic style of Japanese, which I always find intriguing to listen to…”

    Doesn’t that sound like Kannagi?
    I loved Kannagi and am hoping for a 2nd season and will give the first episode of this new anime a try while hoping that it’s somewhat similar with Tomatsu Haruka as another deity. :)

    “…screen writer Machida Touko, who handled a similar kind of show, Lucky Star.”

    I don’t really like the humor of Lucky Star and most of similar 4panel turned into anime shows. :(

  • July 9, 2011 at 7:47 pmCroos

    lol end card xD

  • July 10, 2011 at 12:19 amBROOKLYN otaku

    I really appreciate the honest review, as I am one of those for whom seiyuu’s don’t mean Jack to me “although I’m not blind enough to recognize their Talents on a comparative basis”…anyway lighthearted is cool, so I’ma give it a go based on your article. thanks

  • July 10, 2011 at 12:30 amSkattack

    Such an epic cast. Can’t wait for subs (Though the delayed CR airing has me disheartened)

  • July 10, 2011 at 12:43 amZaku Fan

    Amusing comedy, not as funny as Ika musume or Working but good enough for the season

    • July 10, 2011 at 8:33 amShirt

      Wasn’t season II of Working supposed to come out? D;

    • July 13, 2011 at 12:33 amDivine

      Both WORKING and Ika Musume’s sequels will be airing this fall.

    • July 13, 2011 at 3:46 amShirt

      T^T

  • July 10, 2011 at 6:52 amSerapita

    I didn’t think about picking this show but after reading this review. I might try it for 2-3 episodes. Looks fun enough.

  • July 10, 2011 at 8:32 amShirt

    Wow. My friend recently got me into the Touhou Series. I think he’ll like this. Would be nice if they actually came out with a Touhou Anime but this will do just fine. I like Otome Youkai Zakuro so I’ll get along with this I’m sure.

    Thanks for all the information. I’m one of the many viewers who don’t know much about the seiyuu. But I want to be more knowledgeable about them. :]

    • July 10, 2011 at 3:31 pmDivine

      There was an anime episode created by doujin circle Maikaze that featured actual seiyuu. The animation wasn’t great, but it was really impressive nonetheless considering that it was made for Comiket 75.

      • July 13, 2011 at 3:45 amShirt

        Wow, it’s so old! 2008! My friend showed me a newer animation of it that was fanmade. Not sure if it was done by the same team and seiyuu, but it looks very professional. I will keep my hopes up despite the lack of a foundation for the series.

  • July 13, 2011 at 12:35 amGuardian Enzo

    It’s funny, this seems like such a tiny little series and it may have the most impressive female voice cast I’ve ever seen. Wow!