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
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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
The word "hentai" has many negative connotations to many anime watchers. While it is simply translated to "pervert" in English, many other things will most likely come to mind when you see or hear it. People might avoid watching this series for the longest time simply due to the naming of the show, but after having watched it, it's not as bad as the name implies. Henneko, while not having the most streamlined, continuous, or clear plot, makes up for it with memorable characters, hilarious scenes, and well drawn artwork. As a rom-com/harem style show, it does its job to entertain fans of the genre. If you're one that's uncomfortable with fan service, moe, and the like, this might not be the show for you.
The story, in short, is about Yokodera Youto, your slightly extreme high school male pervert who has trouble saying what's on his mind and as a result leads to bothersome problems for him to deal with. He hears a rumor of a certain stone cat statue that will take away what you don't want and gives it to someone who needs it. With the mindset that he wants to throw away his facade to stop the misunderstandings, he encounters Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko, another person who having heard of the powers of the stone cat wishes to be able to hide her emotions better as she has trouble appearing mature and responsible. Upon wishing on the stone cat, much to their surprise, their wishes were granted and the story follows the two as they help each other retrieve what they had lost due to the unforseen effects that it had on their lives.
In many rom-coms the success of the show is heavily reliant on how likable the characters are, and Henneko's cast, while a bit cliche, range from tolerable to adorable. One unique aspect of this show is the lead girl's inability to express her emotions, removing the classic image of the heroine showing common emotions such as: weakness, vulnerability, bashfulness, tsundere-ness, jealousy; the whole nine yards. While you do get that from the other heroine, Azusa Azuki, whom you're introduced to later, it was a nice change of pace to not have two of them. Instead, Tsukiko relies on her clever words and cute actions to convey her feelings towards the other characters and the watcher. From belittling Youto with her words when he steps over the line with his pervertedness to biting or hitting him when she's jealous, Tsukiko is one of few heroines in a rom-com that was able to get me to genuinely laugh and enjoy her antics.
While the story isn't deep in meaning or well constructed, it still adds to the value of the series, and while there are still many questions to be answered, the show wraps up nicely and will keep you watching to the end. If there is one theme to be explored in the show, it would have to be: "Be careful what you wish for". Most people often times think about how life would be better if something was this way, or if they had that, but as it's been proved time and time again, we tend to expect things that aren't in the realm of chance and reality. Henneko addresses and explores this theme through the many wishes made by the cast towards the various cat deities in the show, and how those wishes can backfire or cause undesirable things to happen.
The art is a personal favorite of mine. Kantoku is an extremely talented artist and his characters have that special quality attached to them that make them adorable or simply nice to look at. The animation was typical of most rom-coms, but the fact that he illustrated the scenes gives it that nice touch.
The music, to say the least, is very taste specific. The OP and ED are very cute and girly, and the music matches that. As for the music inside the episodes, they added to the mood in whichever scene was being presented at the time. Nothing seemed odd or out of place.
There is nothing that is ever not worth giving a try. Henneko was that series for me. If you're looking for a way to be entertained, a way to laugh and smile, or a way to enjoy a unique rom-com, Henneko is a decent selection.
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.
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.
Opening Theme"Fantastic future" by Yukari Tamura
Ending Theme"Baby Sweet Berry Love" by Yui Ogura
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