For the longest time, it's just been the two of them. "Kanojo" and her cat Daru are inseparable, having grown up together. Now a junior in college, Tomoka—her roommate of a year and a half—moves out of their shared apartment, and in order to keep her living space, Kanojo must find a job. Day by day, Daru watches her continued efforts from a cat's-eye view, eagerly awaiting his owner's return. When she gets back, once again, it's just she and her cat.
Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows is a charming short series about the bond between a pet and his owner.
The beauty of She and Her Cat: Everything Flows lies in its utter simplicity. It takes what we often take for granted, puts a nice metaphorical spin on it, and connects to us on a deep and heartwarming level that you would never expect in a million years.
Kanojo (or Miyu), the main character of Everything Flows, is a college student who is just beginning to face the real world. As with many other independent college students, she is facing some tough times, but what makes her situation all the more interesting is how she is being bombarded with incessant change. She just recently moved
out of her childhood home, her friend/roommate recently left the apartment that the two of them split the rent for, and she’s had her applications rejected in her endless search to get a job. Needless to say, things are not looking too bright for Kanojo.
The only one thing that has remained steady and consistent in Kanojo’s life is her cat, Daru. Kanojo’s mother found Daru when Kanojo was still a young child, and, although initially rejecting Daru, she learns to tolerate him. Over time, they grow together and form a deep relationship with each other. Their relationship has now developed up to a point now where Daru recognizes the hardship that Kanojo has to endure. Although there is not much that Daru can physically do, it is clear that he empathizes with her deeply.
It should be noted that the entire storyline is told from Daru’s point of view, but it isn’t isolated to just that. By incorporating a number of flashbacks and cleverly integrated metaphors throughout the story, the screenwriters of this 4 episode series have created something that has just enough impact to leave an impression yet still not sound overly sappy. It’s truly just right: a masterfully crafted balance, as I would say.
As for the art and sound, they are both well done. An easy, breezy OP & ED and well-timed music to leave an emotional impact – what’s there not to like? The animation and art are very consistent and does the trick for this show.
Overall, it’s a great watch. 28 minutes in total may not seem like much, but it does the trick for the context of this show. The simplicity of this show is its strongest selling point, and after watching this I’m sure that it’ll leave you thinking about your own life too.
Overall Grade: A-
Author's Disclaimer: Please remember, this is my own personal opinion. I critique anime primarily on how the story is executed and how well-rounded the characters are. This review is not meant to target any other review but was intended to provide a more holistic analysis.
It should be noted that this is a full-fledged review of the entire season.
Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows, does more with four 7-minute episodes than most anime accomplishes with hours and hours of exposition. This story is more like a set of connected haikus, or a few simple pen-and-ink drawings, where each careful choice of phrase, or each perfectly drawn line, speaks more deeply than anything else one can imagine.
I loved Daru. His narrative voice was perfect. Even though we'll really never know what cats think, he felt very real to me. And his relationship with Kanojo was portrayed with such nuance and care that I truly believed that his words were truly his own.
can only say that, in the final episode, you must watch to the very end. Something very special happens, something magical, something perfect.
I started crying during the first episode. By the end of episode 4 tears were flowing from my eyes, unbidden and unplanned. I'm still crying now, just thinking of this beautiful and utterly perfect gem of animated art. It's rare to encounter any work that's able to convey so much meaning with just the smallest and most intimate of gestures. I felt like I lived an entire life in less than half an hour. And when it was all over, I believed I was genuinely reborn. And I believe that rebirth and reincarnation, if such things could exist, would be more desirable than any other fate. Just to know that connection...that summer day...that familiar face and scent once again...
In case your also wondering if the romance is between the girl and the cat, then the short answer is YES but am sure its not as twisted as you might imagine. The story is the most awesome thing about this short anime, its not exactly something that is gonna make you tear up but its guaranteed to move you, watching "Kanojo" from the cats POV as she struggles with finding a job and the stresses of having to adjust to living alone as a new adult in the society.
Like i said before, the story is definitely the best part about this anime, its
fast paced since the anime is very short, but wont fail to make sure you understand everything very clearly, the cat narrates most of it, showing us flash backs from the life of Kanojo when she was a child and her problems as she was growing up.
Not exactly what you can call the best but it was awesome, the animation wa smooth and the emotion behind every action were portrayed well in every scene. That is about as much as I can say about the art.
Im the kinda person who would stop watching a movie or anime just because they messed up the sound tracks for a certain scene, This anime absolutely matched the soundtrack with that heavy tone of watching someone fight responsibilities, I never really notice any anything if the character's voice acting is messed up but am sure you will find that the sound is OK.
The anime doesn't really use a lot of characters considering that the anime is from a domesticated cat's POV, but as far as am concerned the character's were very realistic, the way they talk and act is what you would see in real humans, absolutely down to earth characters.
Without a doubt this part takes a 10 because of the awesome story, a very short anime but for just the 7 minutes that you will watch, it will totally reel you in slowly, I like stories that are fast paced because i easily get bored listening to too much detail, this anime packed every up in short scenes that make you understand fast.
Well this review my not be of help but am pretty sure you will enjoy the anime just as much as I did, its one of those anime that doesn't give you much room for hating it so am sure no matter the type of anime you like, this one is definitely a watch for any anime fan.
She and Her Cat Review
I'm not going to lie, this is an entertaining series. As a person who doesn't own pets, it's refreshing to see what it's like to own pets from a new perspective. She and Her Cat is one of those short anime that has an 8 minute run time and uses those 8 minutes per episode to their fullest. Let's get into the meat of this review though.
Simple concept. A college student lives with her cat. Here's the twist: It's from the perspective of the cat. It's a nice twist, but it isn't a mind blowing concept. For what it does,
it does well. It engages the audience, has a nice pace, and has a good idea of what it wants to be. Since it's a show about a college student, it would make sense to have some kind of conflict. The daily troubles of college students (getting a job, paying bills, etc.) allows the audience to relate with the main female character.
This show does know what it's doing, but the mundane is still mundane. Nothing crazy is going on, and although this isn't a bad thing, a little more conflict would be nice. This series even states in the first episode that (from the perspective of the cat) the main female character does the same thing every morning. This is used to highlight how, even in the face of hardships, the main female character can stay strong. It's a nice idea and it's well executed.
For what this show does, it does well, but it doesn't go above and beyond with most of its ideas. It seems a little TOO emotional at times.
There are only 2 characters as of episode one. Let's split this section between the two characters.
The cat is simplistic. The cat knows its limits for what it can and can''t do to help and is grateful for its owner. He tries to comfort his owner and that's about it. Since we see the world through his eyes, we are restricted to the house as the setting. This adds to the idea of this anime being mundane.
The main female character is characterized well. She is a strong, independent woman who doesn't fall in any of the tropes normally seen in anime. She faces hardships to her fullest and keeps trying in the face of failure. This allows the audience to relate with her struggles more easily and makes the story have a larger impact.
You can see the bond between pet owner and pet within the first episode through the dialogue and through actions. This show utilizes the show, don't tell aspect of a visual medium most of the time, but falls off the deep end at times with how certain things are explained. The characters and characterization is, overall, strong and a breath of fresh air.
ANIMATION AND SOUND
The animation is beautiful, but as stated, the setting is in a house. There isn't much to mess up. When visuals of the outside world are shown, they are well drawn and attract the audience's eye. The art style is a little different from the norm, but again, it is a breath of fresh air.
The voice actors are well chosen and fit their roles well. They don't over exaggerate their dialogue, which is nice. I don't like when a small conflict turns into a crying and yelling fest so it's nice to see external conflicts handled realistically.
The music is also fitting, and the ending is soothing. That's another theme of this show, it's calming. Everything comes together to make a simplistic and calming story with some minor conflicts to keep the characters with something to do. The music adds to scenes, but nothing has stood so much yet that I would add it to my music playlist.
This is a nice show to watch to relax. It's relate-able to both pet owners and people who go through mundane conflicts. It's relatively short episode lengths are good for quick viewing sessions while waiting around or to fill a quiet room with some noise for a little. Nothing stands out too much because of the perspective we are given, but this perspective also adds something new that we haven't seen much before. For what this show has to offer, it's worth a watch. I rate it a 4/5, but because it doesn't stand out in how it presents itself, I would say a 7.5/10 is more deserving.
I'm editing this review each episode to ensure the highest amount of accuracy in it.