“A picture says more than a thousand words” is the only description that works for Potemayo (ぽてまよ), a new comedy airing Fridays at 25:30 JST. Yes, I’m telling you to look at the screenshots.
Originally a four-panel strip by Ogataya Haruka, it’s now getting that spiffy animu treatment by director Ikehata Takashi, who’s a bit of a hero since his work on the magnificent Genshiken. Maybe the producers were afraid he’d make it too amazing, because Ohata Kiyotaka seems to have been assigned to assist, and while I haven’t watched it myself, I have heard rumours that his Eiken is something to fear. Every episode consists of two shorter stories, to make it more digestible.
This is a slice-of-life school comedy starring Potemayo, a little … female … creature … thing with cat ears whose entire vocabulary consists of the word “nya”, which carries the meaning of everything from “I’m hungry” to “I like your shoes”. She’s found in the dimensional gate (fridge) one morning by 14-year-old Moriyama Sunao, who decides to name her Potemayo after his breakfast bun with potatoes and mayonnaise. For some reason he brings her to school, where her cuteness makes her supremely popular, except perhaps with Mikan, a girl who’d like nothing better than to smooch Sunao, leading to furious attacks by Potemayo. Then there’s the pooping bird, and the strange aqua-haired girl, and the additional female midget thing with a scythe, and lots of food. I don’t know.
The animation is remarkably good, with lots of frames for certain scenes, even if the show doesn’t really need that much to work, so J.C. Staff are doing a fine job. Gradient hair and lots of colors make for very happy and bright artwork that fits the setting. I feel ashamed to list the cast, since I failed to recognize them, but Potemayo herself is voiced by Hanazawa Kana (Ryoko Kaminagi in Zegapain), Sunao’s done by Kitamura Eri (Saya in Blood+), and even Kugimiya Rie went below my radar as the muttering girl with aqua hair. Just shoot me already. At least I spotted Inoue Kikuko as the narrator, a role she performed last year with Binchou-tan. Oh, and Kawasumi Ayako (Saber in Fate/Stay Night) as Mikan is impossible to miss. It also has that vampire Karin chick.
Bizarrer than bizarre, this thing is actually quite entertaining. It’s funny and weird and cute and you’ll just have to see for yourself. Don’t expect an exciting plot about saving the world, though. At least not yet. In the end, I must say I’m a bit worried about possible future h-doujin of this retarded midget catgirl in diapers.
Reminds me of: Pita-ten, maybe?
Note: I was hoping to watch Happy Happy Clover, but it’s so amazingly popular that all the cappers have run out of copies.