Konagai Tomoko is a first-year in high school and a shy girl. Tomoko owns three cats. The cheerful and live Munchkin Maa, the smart and responsible Russian Blue Rou, and the gentle crybaby Singapura Shii. Tomoko, whose only friends were her cats, one day becomes friends with Shiratori Azumi, who also loves cats. This is a fluffy and cute comedy about the daily life of Tomoko and her cats, Tomoko and Azumi's friendship, and the interaction between cats.
After years and years of painstaking research, Japan's finest at studio EMT² emerge with the perfect girl-to-kitten hybrids. In fact, these "nyankos" are so cute that we are not worthy to witness them for longer than two minutes at a time!
I don't know what exactly it is, but the fact this series even exists just makes me happy. Nyanko Days is nothing but a quick rush of serotonin in cute chibi nekogirl form. Main character Yuuko is a sweetheart, quite relatable to many in her wallflower personality, and her friend Azumi helps supplement the series with a nice, blossoming
friendship (complete with her own nekogirl!) As no series is complete without a rival, Ran introduces herself as such, though of course she has a softer side to her otherwise competitive spirit! Mostly importantly, each of the kittens in Ma, Ro, Shi, and Elsa each express their own individual personalities and quirks, leading for a diverse cast of kittens to cuddle!
No, it's not a literary masterpiece, not even close, but that's not the purpose. Nobody buys a cat and expects it to recite Shakespeare or Descartes. You watch Nyanko Days to feel good. You watch it to forget your troubles. You watch it to see cute cats doing cute things.
Stress from work? School? Break-up? Just angry at the world? Nyanko Days, my friend. Your pain and discomfort will melt away as you're comforted by four of the cutest beings ever drawn. There's something genuine in each and every expression that lets you know everything will be okay.
It's just hard to explain. If you like this kind of über-kawaii content, you're going to like Nyanko Days. Two minutes of your time for a rush of happiness? Count me in.
The only outstanding flaw of the series is how short each episode runs, being only a minute and a half when you exclude the outro. The mini-episodic format the creators elected towards greatly affects the flow of the series, with some episodes forbidding us from even seeing our cute companions in favor of the girls. It will prove one of Japanese animation's greatest tragedies that Nyanko Days didn't get the proper run-time it deserved.
With all of that in mind, there is only one thing to take from this completely serious review: Nyanko is love, Nyanko is life.
Nyanko Days is so sweet that I now have type two diabetes which is growing so rapidly that I will probably die by the time you finish reading this review. (FUCK)
What can one actually say about this show? There is hardly any plot to speak of, and consists of very short two minute episodes in which a girl plays with her pussies. Sure it is cute, and cute things are always charming to a certain extent, but can that be really enough to hold an entire show? Can the cute, bright colour design and animation, coupled with a couple funny jokes really hold up
a show? I pondered this question for weeks, spent countless sleepless nights wandering my home, constantly thinking, constantly analysing, can this show hold up by itself? As I watched, on repeat, the extremely catchy and delightful ending song of the show (or opening; I don’t fucking know) I became infatuated with this show. Obsessed. I needed an answer. Could this show be warranted a high score just for being cute when it is devoid of narrative and characters? Afterall, each one of the pussies has a clear caricature personality archetype: the smart and reserved one, the crazy and hyper one and the token weirdo. As I speculated, day after day, I finally came to an answer. An epiphany, if you will. I realised, why this show was so cute, why it was so fun to watch. It’s because of the almighty pussy!
I then decided that I too must have some pussy! So I scavenged the Earth, and after many weeks, I finally found some! And then later at my check-up with my doctor it turned out by diabetes was actually AIDS and now I’ll be dead as soon you finish reading this review...but at least this show was cute as fuck, and very easy to watch, albeit nothing amazing and is completely forgettable by the time the next season rolls over. It’s a passing phase; something cute to distract our lives with for two minutes but the show is nothing more than that. I’d say give it a shot, especially if you like cute things and considering the entire run time is only twenty-four minutes it won't take you very long. After all, who doesn’t like pussy?
For me, Nyanko was the disappointment of the season. That said it was the disappointment of the season as soon as it came out that the episodes were 2 minutes long rather than something longer. And as it turns out it happened to be massively detrimental to the quality of the show.
Usually the shows best suited toward being shorts are those that are comedic gag series; there are other shows that work but for the most part, it doesn't suit most shows. While Nyanko is listed as a comedy I didn't find it particularly funny. I don't even think it is much of a
comedy, sure it has it's moments of comedy but that's not it's focus. Rather, Nyanko is a show that lives off of its cuteness. And while that can be digested in 2 quick minutes the show failed to make me attached to the characters which, in my opinion, is necessary to get the full cuteness in. Otherwise what makes these cat girls special? Why not look at other animations or other pictures that can be found scattered around the Internet? As much as I love cuteness, for it to be a worthwhile show I need to have some basis for that cuteness, something I can attach to that enhances that cuteness. Nyanko does not have that.
It's not just that the characters don't get developed, it's that the characters feel dull and cliche. The black cat is studious and reserved, the orange cat is a playful tomboy, the white cat is the sweet one, the rich girl's cat is a tsundere. They're nothing more than these traits nor do they ever break out of them. They feel so obvious and manufactured that I have a hard time actually liking them. The only way they are set apart from their archetypes is that at least they do act like cats. So, If you really like cats you'll probably enjoy them. But if you're looking for more than that, this show does not provide.
There isn't really a plot but really that doesn't matter. If you're here expecting a plot you're in the wrong place, and that's not Nyanko's fault. It's not very notable in anything else besides the OP, which is quite CUTE. You know what? Go watch the OP. You get 30 seconds of pure cuteness and a catchy song. It's well worth a watch or 12. But as for the show unless you're as much of a cat lover as the MC I'd suggest you skip it.
Nyanko Days subverts expectations in many ways, to some extent it transcends stereotypes. Traditional views on the catgirl archetype is redefined in this anime. Short form anime will never be the same again, Nyanko Days has forever changed my outlook on the format. In the next few decades, Nyanko Days will most likely be studied in college lecture halls for decades to come.
The real appeal of the series is how it painstakingly depicts catgirls in a predominately normative world, close to our very own, but differs in one important element, catgirls. The catgirls of Nyanko Days is fundamentally different from the one's that are ubiquitous
the anime medium. The goals of most series that have a cat girl in them is to make the mainly male audience nut, this is because cat girls usually can usually function as waifus, daughterus, and cum dumps; This usually ignores the reality of the matter, in real life catgirls couldn't ever be that hot. Thusly, Nyanko Days subverts the archetype that has widely been accepted in larger society by making the catgirls be cat sized autists; This allows for cute moments as autists do cute things all the time, and creates a very piercing meta narrative on the sexualization of catgirls in anime.
Nyanko Days wisely chose to be a short form show, being short form allows for many aspects of a show to be refined due to the smaller workload. The story was paced just right so I could bust one out and reload for the next episode. Each episode made me cry, it really was agonizing experiencing the introspection that each episode caused. Had the episodes been over 5 minutes, I feel like the narrative would have lost focus and the emotional gut punch would have been lessened. The brilliance of the show was that each episode built off of ideas of previous episodes, this is clearest in the lost cat arc in the last two episodes of the series.
What Nyanko Days really did well in comparison to it's contemporaries was world building, I asked questions like "Are there boy cats?" and "I wonder if bestiality is rampant in this world?" Throughout the series, these questions were never answered but the fact that the show caused these type of profound questions to arise is a testament to the overall quality of the show.