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!
A cute slice of life, in a world where a lot of fictional and animals and such exist, a rather fun interesting story and series. What I especially like is just learning about how the world works, their different interactions and rules and such that have been set up.
Characters: the main ones are fairly interesting, each having their own personalities. You have a angel, a demon, a satyr and a centaur who are all friends.
Enjoyment and overall: A very enjoyable series so far, looking to see where it all leads down the road,
this is a world that I look forward to watching and hoping to see what happens next.
The "cute girls doing cute things" kind of show has taken many types of setting: a data research club in Yuyushiki, or a theatre troupe in Hinako Note, or simply just high school girls small-talking and hanging around like in Lucky Star. Well, this is one with just high school girls's daily life, too. There are culture festival, marathon event, concerns about dieting and stuff... but with a little twist. This is the world where the mere thought of human with four limbs is a fantasy. The world with everyone is a myth creature, such as centaur.
- Pretty well done and realistic setting for a
fantasy world, in all aspects from history to biology and society.
- Peacefully slow-paced slice-of-life vibe, and occasionally heart-warming stories that helps you relax after a long day.
- The characters are adorable, each in their very own way.
- The art's nice. A pleasing colorful pallette, simple yet lovely background and well-balanced character design (about which i think they've done a good job since all the characters aren't even human to begin with)
- Just a little bit, but there are some yuri for those who enjoy it.
- Like many other slice-of-life shows, Centaur no Nayami has no plot nor developments.
- Sometimes the pace feels too slow.
- I personally don't like the voice acting and the OP/ED. Sounds kinda off to me.
- Those who are not familiar with anime concepts may find this anime weird. I think.
I feel like this anime is underrated, and it deserves more attentions, so I decided to write my first review ever. I think you should give this anime a shot if you're into plotless daily life of some cute shool girls, despite those girls being centaur, faun, or other kinds of humanoid creature.
As of episode 6, I feel confident that I can express what this series has to offer. A Centaur's Life, starting from the very first episode, has always had a different atmosphere to it than I initially expected. But it works.
You go into this series expecting moe monster-girl blob that has already been done with some success recently. But what you don't expect is all the semi-dark undertones to this universe and all of the world-building they inject into it. As you're watching the show it feels like an innocent, relaxed slice-of-life with an interesting gimmick... up to the point when the situation very nonchalantly
gets very real. Those surprises are really what keep me coming back for more.
The Art and Sound is pretty standard but doesn't distract you from enjoying the show itself. The style feels very innocent, the colors are mainly pastel, and while I'm sure the music is there, I haven't really noticed it. These do their job to come together and work towards catching you off-guard.
The characters themselves are actually pretty normal in spite of not being "human". When their differences are not being pointed out, they all feel very natural and at times relatable. They're like us and have personal lives and personal problems and we get to see some of this without making it overly dramatic or exaggerated. This is something I can appreciate.
All-in-all, I've been enjoying each episode of A Centaur's Life on my lazy Sundays. Rather than going into this series expecting a linear plot, try to just let yourself be immersed in the world it's trying to show you. It has themes built in that are good food for thought and it's just a relaxing show in-and-of-itself. If you aren't looking for something ridiculous or action-oriented, give this one a try at least.
This is my first review (well, preview according to MAL) so please bare with me. I find this show so intriguing yet the less than average score MAL users have decided to give this show baffles me. So I am here to state my reasoning as to why I think Centaur no Nayami is not only a good show, but an interesting one at that!
(Note: At this point in time there have been 6 episodes released so I think it is fair to judge this show at it's halfway point.)
The story is a very simple one. It's your typical cute girls doing cute things
show but with a twist. In this world, humans are nothing but a myth and everyone is part monster, such as part-centaur, part-bat, or part-goat. Throughout the episodes you get a deeper look at the society they live in, such as how there are different types of discrimination that can occur or how certain types of races are considered to be the founders of society and thus has spread rumors and myths about their culture. I find this interesting as it gives us a world separate from ours but just close enough to ours where we can still relate to certain situations that unfold throughout the story.
There isn't that much to say about Art. The studio behind this is Haoliners Animation League, who, unlike most of their other works, has a mostly Japanese cast behind this show. The character designs are fine and so are the backgrounds. A standard anime look if you ask me. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing outstanding about it.
The OST in this show has the basic types of songs you would hear in any other slice of life show. The OP and ED are pretty good though, especially the ED. Otherwise, not much else to say here, standard stuff really.
Most of the characters are basic, but in a good way. You have the main character, Himeno, who is the Gentle girl. Kyouko, who is that one character who always has her eyes closed and is friends with Hime and Nozomi, who is the tomboy. The classmates aren't really anything special either, except for the Student Council President, Manami, who actually does appear more often than the other classmates. Another girl worth mentioning is Sassassul, who is a Snake Person who has transferred into Hime's school. Snake People have had an interesting past according to others and it is really interesting to see the development she has with the other classmates and how she is viewed by the public.
I am not one to go out of my way to watch Slice of Life show's often but I found myself really enjoying the slow pace this show has and the dynamic between the characters. It's nice to watch on a lazy Sunday.
I advise you the check this show out, regardless of the low score it has at this moment. The society that is shown throughout the show is interesting enough to keep me coming back to this show week after week. The characters are also something that can grasp you into the show. I hope that this first half of the show continues to improve and end up being more recognized as time goes on so that more people are able to appreciate this show and the concepts it brings to the table other than just being "another monster girl show".