Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko. Review

Usually, anything with the word “hentai” in it is instantly thrown out the window for most people, as its word association is for the most part towards porn, as hentai means “pervert” in Japanese. Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko, or ‘The Pervert Prince and Stony Cat’ uses that word in such a way that it…almost means nothing.  In the good way.

Story:

hentai20ouji20to20warawanai20neko-20-200320-20large2003The story of Hentai Ouji (simplifying the title), is based around Youto Yokodera, an open pervert, as many can guess from the title. Through a series of circumstances involving his best friend character giving up his pervert ways, and Youto’s own desire to be open about being perverted (as well as hearing about a wish granting cat statue thing), Youto meets a girl named Tsukiko, who attempts to also make a wish, only to find out that both of them are discontent with their new lives, and make a pact about getting back what’s theirs.

If nothing else, this story is quite imaginative and original. Personally, I have never seen a story quite like this before, and because of that, it piqued my interest. It’s also important to note that that synopsis only pertains to about 3 or so episodes.

hentai20ouji20to20warawanai20neko-20-201020-20large2031The anime’s plotline is split in about 3 arcs where it mainly focuses on three of the main cast (The last arc arguably focuses on two at one time), with each of the arcs having their a different character as the main focus. It’s to the point that since the anime stems so far from the original idea, that the story becomes a completely different thing altogether. Though this sounds like a terrible thing, the story actually fits together really well and provides a very good viewing experience all things considered. Personally, I liked how the anime went, because I was never really bored with it at all.

Characters:

10216First, the hentai prince, Youto Yokodera.  Youto is a very peculiar character as the pervertedness that the series mentions is almost non-existent. Sure, he has porn mags, an obsession with having Tsukiko as his little sister, and above all, has perverted thoughts, but as a whole, he never seems to actually portray that supposed aspect of his character too much. Rather, he’s actually a really kind and nice character. However, he does at times act a bit denser then he should be. (As all male protagonists are.) His character does get fleshed out at the end of the series, and really provides a nice backstory for him, adding to why he’s actually a pretty good character.

(By the way, backstory is a huge thing that this anime does really well.)

Tsukiko, as the main female lead, is one of the more…interesting kuuderes in anime. Because of her wish, she became emotionless, showing absolutely no different tone in her voice, no emotions, no embarrassed facial expression, etc. Unlike most female characters that refuse to admit they like someone, Tsukiko…cannot. Because she literally has no emotions at all, the denseness that Youto has when talking to her makes a lot of sense, as you really can’t tell what she’s actually feeling at that moment in time. While yes, she is a good character, seeing as how she acts as Youto’s voice of reason, they never really solve her problem in the anime, basically turning her into this emotionless doll, as they forget her whole purpose for meeting Youto as they did and essentially make the original idea of the story null. jukffie

The other main characters like my personal favorite, Azusa and Tsukushi also have their part in the grand scheme of things, becoming the other two members of the main cast, and thus have very fleshed out characteristics that make their characters interesting.  Supporting characters add more to the story by being just as peculiar by themselves, thus bolstering why the cast of this show is quite fun to watch.

Sound and Art:

The sound for this anime is somewhat generic. It sounds really adorable, I will give it that, and the mood fillers for the anime do sound good and very appropriate for where they’re placed. The OP and ED I would say are good but not overly fantastic. It’s nice to listen to, and the lyrics are as cute and adorable as they would come, but I wouldn’t say it would be something that you would remember for a long time.

The art I would say is above average. It’s light colored and somewhat moe heavy, and the characters themselves aren’t too overcomplicated in terms of design bearing this crispness that’s aesthetically pleasing. It’s very simplistic and very nice to look at.

Personal Enjoyment:

hentai-ouji-to-warawanai-neko-stone-catHentai Ouji to Warawani neko is definitely your above-average rom-com/harem show. (It gets a bit haremy towards the end.) Personally, I was never bored with the series, and enjoyed watching every moment. The comedy is ok, I love the characters, and the story was deep enough to keep me watching. I did feel that the story felt a bit incomplete, and would’ve liked to see more, but for the most part, I’m happy with what I watched.

I did feel like it went a bit side-story like towards the middle, as well as losing a significant amount of its original idea as the story progressed, but it did finish itself quite nicely, and I will say that I was relatively pleased with how everything turned out in the end. I would recommend this show to anyone who enjoys a rom-com/harem/ecchi (there’s not that much) show; or anyone that enjoys a good drama.

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