As I finished Nyan Koi, I came to realize that this was the 150th anime series that I have completed in my short, meaningless life. That’s an impressive amount of time wasted watching anime! Needless to say, I’m pretty proud, not only that I have completed almost half as many anime as most anime bloggers out there, but also that number 150 wasn’t some shitty anime like Kanamemo.
My likes and dislikes of an anime usually are based around wether or not I like the characters. Give me a show with shitty plot and sick characters, and I’ll most likely enjoy it a lot. The same can kind of be said for Nyan Koi. The plot isn’t really anything too special, a kid breaks a statue and gets cursed, and he must now do 100 favors to cats (which he can no talk to) or else he will turn into a cat himself. It’s not like someone sat around for days coming up with it, but still, I found this anime to be one of my favorites of the year (that’s right, the year), and that was due to character appeal and great comedy.
The Main Character
Junpei Kosaka: In most harems, the main character is usually just a dude with almost no originality or appeal whatsoever. He’s just normal. At least Junpei has a twist on this. He’s got some personality. First of all, he can talk to cats (and has this curse), which immediately sends him into crazy situations, which he as to somehow get out of. Most notably is in the last episode, which I will not spoil. He is also allergic to cats, and thusly is normally sarcastic about the whole situation he is in. Let me draw a comparison:
Junpei Kosaka to Keitaro Urashima (Love Hina)
While Keitaro is most notably a nice guy who lets others walk all over him, Junpei is mostly annoyed and sarcastic, except when he is around Mizuno, who he likes. Most harem leads tend to be overly nice (at least that I’ve seen), at least Junpei has some sarcasm (a great quality that I have a lot of. In fact, if I’m not sarcastic at least 10 times a day, I will…..uh…….do……something……………anyway, yea.)
Top Five Other Human Cast
Kotone Kirishima – I have her in my character page (yes, I’m still adding to it) as my favorite character of this series, and that’s mainly due to the act that she is an awesome stalker (of Junpei) who feeds on misfortune of others. Some stalkers are good (notably, these two), and Kotone keeps this going. She’s got everything from camera and microphone bugs in his house to a GPS on Junpei himself. She get’s an A as a stalker.
Akari Kirishima – Kotone’s twin sister. She’s a tsundere type, and these two make a great combo.
Kanako Sumiyoshi – Here’s the person that I hope wins out in the end. She’s the typical big titted, strong “I’ll beat your ass because I can since we were friends some time ago” type of character. I wish she still had her awesome makeup from the first episode though.
Kaede Mizumo – Why is she awesome? Because she has odd little things about her like the rest of the characters. She loves pretty much anything to do with yakuza (mafia) and also loves cats (but has like, 4 dogs). She’s a bit to nice though.
Nagi Ichinose – Here we have the “tomboy” character, who is a girl (duh). While Kaede likes yakuza, Nagi happens to be yakuza. Isn’t that great? Also, she has a sarcophagus for some reason, but I can’t remember why.
Nyamsus – Junpei’s fat, black cat. Reminds me of Rosie O’Donnell for some reason.
Tama – The cat that lives at the temple. He’s……idk……..there……the cats aren’t really that important in my opinion. I’m going to stop talking about them. Let’s talk about the funny.
I love the comedy in this show, and there will be one spoiler joke in this paragraph. Sometimes it’s dumb, and I like that.dumb comedy and cheap laughs are among my favorite things. People have said that Family Guy has cheap laughs, and that’s one of the funniest shows on TV, besides It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and South Park. I’ll only give one example, because I don’t want to ruin any funny. Junpei always yells at cats to shut up (or something to that effect) and Mizuno thinks that he is yelling at her. This is moderatly humorous, but what is really funny is that they both kind of just stand there for a few seconds, and then Mizuno suddenly jets off at the speed of light. I LOVE those gags.
When it’s all said and done, Nyan Koi is very enjoyable. I can’t wait for the second season, that I’m sure will come (I think they announced it in the final episode, but I’m not sure if they actually knew or not themselves). For Nyan Koi, it receives a