English: The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 13, 2013 to Jun 29, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisYouto Yokodera is always thinking about his carnal desires, but no one acknowledges him as a pervert. He learns about a cat statue that supposedly grants wishes. The boy goes to pray that he will be able to express his lustful thoughts whenever and wherever he wants. At the statue, Youto encounters Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, a girl from his high school with her own wish—that she would not display her real intentions so readily.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.
Other: Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.: Henneko BBS
Characters & Voice Actors
A strong cast of characters is sometimes all that is needed.
Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko (referred to as HenNeko henceforth) is a romantic comedy that knows its own strengths. Rather than focusing solely on panties, cleavage and harem tropes (oh, there's still plenty of that), it delivers a genuinely refreshing experience that cleverly combines its moe appeal with a strong cast of characters.
The story follows Yokodera Youto and his hidden perversions. Hidden, of course, as joining the track club solely to gape at girls is not considered socially acceptable behavior. He conceals these thoughts under a facade, acting in part as the average highschooler so that his intentions are not misunderstood. But eventually, as just about any teenager would, he grows tired of behaving like somebody that he is not. He decides to visit a purportedly wish-granting statue to ask that he can simply be himself, and in doing so entangles himself with the fate of another: Tsukiko, who instead wishes to conceal her emotions.
Immediately, you will probably find yourself thinking how silly this sounds. And you would not be wrong-- it is very much silly. The entire notion that a cat statue can somehow grant wishes (and just about any wish, really) is supremely contrived and difficult to accept. But HenNeko seldom takes this aspect seriously. There are still the occasional moments of melodrama here and there marring the overall experience, but provided you are not looking for anything more than some lighthearted fun, it is easy enough to tolerate the lacklustre storytelling. Perhaps not forgive, though.
The biggest problem with the story is not necessarily that it is poorly written or abundant with plotholes, but that it relies solely on the cat statue to get anywhere. Characters don't resolve issues or develop on their own-- the statue does it for them. If it's time for some drama, hey, why not have a character wish for something inconvenient? And they do. Again and again. It becomes entirely predictable by the end. How is the audience supposed to empathize with a story that feels so artificial, so reliant upon a single plot device? It is almost too bad that a wish-granting statue doesn't exist in the real world; it could have been used to wish away the show's own issues.
Thankfully the characters are enough to amend the otherwise juvenile storytelling. Aside from the lustful Yokodera, HenNeko consists primarily of three female characters: Tsukiko, the ojou-sama Azuki Azusa (she's referred to by her full name for some reason), and Tsukushi, Tsukiko's violent older sister. Chances are that if you have any potential interest in the series, moe is one of the first things that you are looking for. And HenNeko provides plenty in that regard. Hell, it is the embodiment of moe. Tsukiko may just be one of the cutest characters in anime history, though Azuki Azusa is certainly no slouch either. The only issue is that Tsukiko's seiyuu overblows the dandere trope. She sounds less monotone and more like an android.
In standard harem fare, they all come to love Yokodera in some way or another. It is justified in the case of Tsukiko and Azuki Azusa, but Tsukishi's infatuation is shoehorned in from nowhere. It also baffles the mind why she somehow believes that Yokodera and his mythical younger brother (which is just a bluff of his) are separate people, despite looking, sounding and behaving identically. Somehow she is collectively the most dense and mature character of the show.
Speaking of Yokodera, he is actually one of the series' strongest points. For the harem genre where the protagonist is almost invariably some blockhead with the supernatural ability to inadvertently undress girls in mid-air, a comment like that may as well be considered nonsense. But Yokodera defies the genre's mold. He is honest, knows how to communicate with people, does not run away screaming at the sight of panties, and most importantly, has a brain. He is able to instill value to his interaction with the girls and as a result (Tsukishi excluded) their feelings for him seem authentic rather than forced. HenNeko could just as easily have been another insipid harem title if Yokodera behaved like every other harem lead, but thankfully it is a show that understands the importance of a quality protagonist. I just wonder why other harem titles haven't learned the same.
In terms of art, HenNeko is pleasing to the eye and uses thick lines to give the show its own visual charm. Character designs are considerably appealing and while the art fidelity may not be enough to impress, it still does the job just fine.
The sound also leaves little to be desired. The seiyuu are spectacular all around with veterans like Yukari Tamura and newer names like Kaori Ishihara providing their own personality to the female characters. Yuki Kaji lends his talents to the role of Yokodera and does a stellar job overall (though initially causes some concern for previously voicing a number of aggravating protagonists). And while the background music is restrained and rarely noticeable, the opening and ending sequences are infectiously catchy and adorable. It would be insanity to skip them.
Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko does not tread any new ground, but what it fails to provide in creativity it makes up for with a solid cast of characters. If you are expecting a decent story, deep themes or anything beyond some nice lighthearted fun, you will be sorely disappointed.
As for fun, though? There are few better ways to spend an afternoon. read more
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, is towards porn, as hentai means "pervert" in the japanese language. Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko, or the hentai prince and stony cat in english uses that word in such a way, that it almost means nothing, in this pretty damn good rom-com.
Story (8.05/10): The story of Hentai Ouji (simplifying the title), bases itself around Youto Yokodera, an open pervert, as many can guess from the title. Through a series of circumstances involving the 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 is theirs.
Above all, this story is as imaginative and original as they come. Personally, I have never seen a story quite like this before, and because of that, it piqued my interest. However, it should be noted that that story only pertains to about 3 or so episodes.
The anime's plotline is split in about 3 or so arcs where it mainly focuses on 3 of the main characters. (The last one arguably focuses on 2 at one time.) Each of the arcs having their own separate focus as a whole. 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. However, though this sounds like a terrible thing, the story actually fits together really well, and provides a very good viewing experience. Personally, I liked how the anime went, because I was never really bored with it at all.
Characters (8.45/10): These characters are actually pretty damn good. First, the hentai prince, Youto Yokodera. First of all, why is it always the perverted guy in anime, that always somehow gets the girls? Youto is a very interesting character as his pervertedness throughout the whole series 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 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, well, you get the point. 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, as well as being extremely cute, 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, making the original idea of the story, null.
The other main characters like my personal favorite, Azusa and Tsukushi also have their part in the grand scheme of things, becoming the other 2 aforementioned main cast, and have very good fleshed out characteristics, that make their characters really good.
Various other characters, act as pretty good supporting cast, adding in more to the story, as well as fleshing out the main 4 characters more, which they excel at doing. Above all, the characters are definitely this anime's strong suit, and it really shows it clearly.
Sound and Art (7.25/10 and 7.48/10): The sound for this anime is somewhat generic I would say. 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. The art is very light colored and somewhat moe heavy, as the majority of the female cast are in fact, moe. The characters themselves aren't too overcomplicated in terms of design, and are definitely crisp in their design as well. It's very simplistic and very nice to look at.
Personal Enjoyment (8.67/10): Hentai 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 pretty funny, I love the characters, and the story was plenty deep and interesting 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 somewhat pleased on how the characters, and everything else 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.
Overall Score: 7.89/10.
Still hoping for a second season so we could fix Tsukiko. It sorta pissed me off seeing that she was never fixed. read more
It seems like the gods loves to ruin MC life, screw it in one way or another.
While in HenNeko you have to be careful of what you wish for, in NouKome you have to be careful of what you choose. In the end, these decisions would affect their life, in various unthinkable way.
If you're fond of rom-com with slight bit ecchi and supernatural, I'd recommend this to you.
Similar kind of comedy where gods/supernatural stuff makes a twist on the main char's life. Both have a nice art and similar chars.
A mysterious supernatural force imbues hilarity, silliness, and romance into the life of the male protagonist.
Both protagonists are forced to say or do embarrassingly perverted things because of magic.
The very first time I watched NouKome reminded me of HenNeko. These two anime are very alike in so many ways. Youto Yokodera (HenNeko) and Amakusa Kanade (NouKome) are alike in the sense that they are both cursed and make many wrong decisions which they soon regret afterwards. Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi (HenNeko) and Furano Yukihara (NouKome) are also alike in the sense that they are in love with the main male character and have trouble conveying their feelings for them. Plot-wise, I say you give them both a try as they are both in the same level. Comedy-wise, well, I must say that NouKome is funnier since the main character is forced to make decisions that do not go by social standards.
Similar feel overall with good comedy. Mcs both have their lives affected by supernatural forces.
They have similar a atmosphere and execution. They are also both humorous and emotional.
In a more general sense, both series are considered romantic comedies although presented in different ways. The main female character is petite and has a strange relationship with the main main protagonist. The main male protagonist in both series also seems normal although has strange thoughts as well (in different ways though).
Two of the main female characters (Shinka from Chuunibyou, Tsukushi from Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko) possesses dominant personalities.
Both series also takes place at a school life setting where there's comedy, drama, and romance.
•both are a type of anime which just focus on a gender confused guy which hasnt even hit adolescence and a confused emotional scarred girl which is just plain weird..
•both are of the romance, school, comedic genre type which is pretty general
•both animes have the typical hero type young boy, which has problems... surrounded by the lots of other young girls who have an emotional attachment towards him in someway or another, either respect or plain likeness
•both contain the 'ecchi cuteness' towards the familiar audience, and it just repeats over and over which is really lame......
•they are similar in the genres and character personalities, its an okay watch imo, the personalities are what put me off, but the plots are okay and there are some good scenes now and again
Rikka and Tsukiko are very similar.
In both animes the main characters have emotional problems.
Very similar, when I watch Hentai ouji to warawanai Neko, it reminds me a ton of Chuunibyou demo koi ga shitai. Both of them they meet a strange girl and then there life changes. Good humour, Similar settings and romance.
both girls are immature and hangs out with main character all the time. both main characters help out the girl.
Opening Theme"Fantastic future" by Yukari Tamura
Ending Theme"Baby Sweet Berry Love" by Yui Ogura
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