Himeno is a sweet, shy little centaur girl. In her world, everyone seems to be a supernatural creature, and all her classmates have some kind of horns, wings, tails, halos, or other visible supernatural body part. Despite their supernatural elements, Himeno and her best friends, Nozomi and Kyouko, have a fun and mostly normal daily school life!
Centaur's Worries is one of the most unique shows to come out in a while. It's a CGDCT show that has just as much focus on social commentary as it does on cute girls. It can go from calm and peaceful, to scenes that hint at the more dark underpinnings of the world. It's uniquely itself and that's something that I can appreciate.
In a medium that seems more and more focused on being polished and pretty, Centaur's Worries is exceedingly minimalistic. The production values are weak and there is very little that is added in sound or animation that really makes it shine. In
fact, the only sound quality that they really have is budget sound samples that feel massively outdated. They frequently forgo background music and just have the characters speaking. When they do include background music it feels ripped from at least ten years prior. While it may sound lackluster, and I could certainly understand someone seeing it as that, I actually feel like the minimalist production values help create a feeling of nostalgia in the show. While the show takes place in the modern age, there are several references towards times that are passed and it invokes the feeling of something that's thirty years prior. It creates an interesting feeling where the show feels of a time period in the past but also feels current. It's something that I personally enjoy as it crafts a unique mood and atmosphere, one that is more than just being comfy.
I also really liked how willing Centaur's Worries was to diversify up what was shown in the show. While most shows, especially CGDCT shows, stick to one general idea, Centaur did not do that. Centaur had, of course, the normal CGDCT shenanigans but it also separated them out between it's cast so that it wasn't just the main girls that got the time to shine. There was also family life that got highlighted, as well as the antics of three adorable young catgirl triplets, the mischief they got into and their relations with their family. The show also went so far as to include lewd moments, one of which I was surprised they even got to show on air. Not to mention some episodes with yuri kisses, as well as a general acceptance of yuri ships in general. The way that it portrayed the yuri ships was quite nice as it felt like there were several ships in the show that were canonically backed up and weren't there just for fanservice or seen as "just a phase". It felt as real and serious as a real high school relationship.
And the cherry on the top was the social commentary. Centaur's Worries uses its unique world to craft interesting tales about trying to get society to work together when there are so many differences in those that inhabit it. There are lots of interesting tales like the hints of how much effort it takes to build a peaceful diverse society and keep it working as different issues arise from having a diverse society. One of the most interesting stories of Centaur's Worries is when it tackles its version of the Holocaust. It does the unthinkable by actually adding an interesting twist to the story and providing interesting social commentary to a subject matter that's so easy to abuse and get out of hand. Nuance is where Centaur shines. It's not overly preachy. I'm not even sure what its overall message is. Rather it feels like a case study for all these ideas. An exploration of the ways that people can act and try to craft a society with people with so many differences. And I think it does that really well and really fairly. I might not agree with everything that is stated, but whether I agree with what's said or not I do think it's expressed in an interesting compelling way that can get one to think.
Interestingly enough for a CGDCT show Centaur's Worries doesn't have that good of characters. While I personally like them and while I do like the interactions between them, they aren't the most notable characters. They thrive the best by virtue of being together and being in such a rich setting filled with nostalgia and nuance. They're fun to watch overall and they are likeable, but they aren't exactly well written. Each character only works because they're so well put with the other characters that they're around. And while ultimately I think that's good and certainly decent enough especially with all the other elements it does so well, it is a step down from other CGDCT shows which are able to not only have their characters shine in interactions but also have them shine on their own.
It's not the prototypical CGDCT but I think it's great at what it does. Diversity of content personally is something I really like to see, and its unique flavor is something I very much liked. While the more SoL moments could get a bit boring they were also charming and nostalgic and in the end fostered a unique atmosphere for Centaur that I think was really well done. I personally love unique shows like these that just stick to what they want to be and do that well, and Centaur's Worries fits that to a T. As something uniquely itself, Centaur's Worries shines.
Do you ever wonder what the hardest thing in this world might be? The answer is to live in it. A title like “Centaur no Nayami” (A Centaur’s Life) sounds intriguing as we take a look at the life of a centaur. For a show like this, it really brings out some unique dynamics. It succeeds at crafting a show that captures the elements of slice of life while adding touches of fantasy and also some other unexpected surprises.
Before we get to the what, who, how, or why, it’s important to understand that the anime isn’t a full adaptation of the manga. The manga
is actually ongoing and this anime only has 12 episodes. What does that mean? It basically means that the anime has the kit of delivering its ideas but not covering everything. However, it doesn’t need to either because this series has enough to show what’s needed.
My early impression of the show comes from the idea of slice of life recreation. In most slice of life series, you get the depiction of everyday life activities revolving a circle of characters. Centaur no Nayari isn’t too different as it follows the everyday adventures of centaur girl Himeno Kimihara and her friends. What is different is that they aren’t entirely human. Her friend Nozomi Gokuraku is a demon girl while Kyouko Naraku is a half Satyr. Get what I mean? Understandably, this show runs the risk of looking like a joke when characters are difficult to accept at first. However, what this anime did succeed in is how it explores the lives of these characters. Similar to us, they go to school, shopping, studying, and gossip about romance. To be honest, this anime has an interesting concept. I’ve seen a bunch of “monster girls” theme shows in recent years but one like this one doesn’t rely on cheap cardboard stories to do the work. It uses this characters and get us to invest in them.
One of the more charming character cast in this anime is the family with Manami Mitama and her younger sisters. Manami is a mature angel girl and is also class president of Nozomi’s class. She looks after her family and is responsible despite not always been there for them. The character chemistry between the younger kids is quite realistic and relatable as we see how they behave in everyday life activities. It also expands to the older characters as we some of their social issues. These include social anxiety, dealing trouble with school, etc. Remember that thing I mentioned about the most difficult thing in life? It’s to live in it and everyone has their problems.
When it comes to world building, I can honestly confess that this anime capitalized in this field. It’s genuinely well-crafted in this alternative setting. The show makes its world look like our own with its schools, parks, shopping centers, hospitals, among others. Even in an alternate timeline, we get to see how that world is similar to our own. In the meantime, anyone coming into this anime might probably think “but this anime seems too lighthearted for its own good!” In some sense, it does feel that way but the show is also disguises itself with its sensible subjects. These include fantasy racism, political affairs, and laws of society. One particular episode also gets quite grim with Holocaust themes that show a darker side of this show. So in essence, not everything is bubbly as one might expect. Despite being tagged as a slice of life show, it’s serious enough to offer surprises.
Now I have to admit, this anime feels like it’s more targeted a specific audience so people looking for some complex plot or characterization may not be satisfied. The plot itself also feels very loose as the everyday life adventures jumps around. Despite Himeno and her friends being the main characters, there are occasionally some episodes that doesn’t even feature them at all. There will also be some characters that you’ll find more or less likeable than others. The comedy itself is very lighthearted but on occasions can feel dry.
Adapted by Haoliners Animation, I can’t really blame anyone that come into this show with low expectations. Their lineup of projects (Gin no Guardian, Cheating Craft, Hitori no Shita) aren’t visually appealing from the past impressions. For this anime, I have mixed thoughts about the quality as character designs look very basic. The camera work also lacks focus and rarely capitalizes on important scenes. There’s also some fan service in particular with mermaid species and bath scenes. In the meantime, I can’t really say that the anime is pleasing to the eye. If you take a look at the backgrounds and sceneries, you’ll quickly notice why.
On another technical side, Centaur no Nayami’s music function as it needs to be. The theme songs has substance but doesn’t really stand out much to remember by. The OST will usually get you into a quiet mood as slice of life shows should. However, I can’t say it’s very impressive either. On the other hand, character voices deserve some praise especially for the talent of voicing children. Quetzalcoatl’s voice is also quite appealing as it really brings out her personality.
Watching Centaur no Nayami is like playing a video game that throws surprises at you when you don’t expect it. To me, this show is a surprise with its ideas. It recreates the slice of life genre while maintaining a realistic world with its characters. Yes, don’t expect much from its story. It’s underdeveloped and to be honest, this show’s storytelling is on the weaker side. Still, this anime excels at what it does and that’s bringing an inventive show on the table.
Centaur no Nayami is over
It was fine at best
Its one of the many "Monster Girl" anime that came out this year
Along with Interviews with Monster girls, Dragon Maid, ect
This one was more similar to Interviews with its slice of life at school aspect
But Centaur no Nayami has more well thought out lore, history, and evolution in comparision to the real world
The characters are mainly just a vessal in which the world can proceed with
Where there are different hot topic issues with racism between the species
Its just an interesting alligory to what this anime is trying to convey
I give this show a 5 out of 10
not that good but some of the concepts introducted are very interesting
I would recommend to those whom liked the monster girl anime from earlier this year
This has been your spoiler free but not really review on Centaur no Nayami
I read the manga before watching this anime and they took all the most boring parts of the manga and made it into an anime. In the manga the history and racism plays a big part and they did a little bit of that with the world war two stuff, but there was so much more they could have done that I would have loved to see animated. In my opinion the most interesting part they didn't animated and My favorite was the part of the manga when hime gets teleported to the regular world with regular humans, but its in the medieval times and
they think shes some kind of demon. I was hoping the whole time watching this that it would show up but never did. Disappointed overall but it showed some good stuff, was a whole lot more slice of life than I expected. if what I explained seems interesting please read the manga its really good. Overall 6/10