Kashou Minazuki, the son of a long line of Japanese confection makers moved out to open his own shop "La Soleil" as a patisserie.
But upon moving out, hidden amongst his things were two of the catgirls, Chocola and Vanilla, that the family had been raising. When he tried to send them back, they begged and pleaded until he gave in and now they've opened La Soleil together.
With two catgirls who really, REALLY love their master trying their very best and occasionally failing—a heartful comedy opens for business!
This OVA initially started as a fundraiser with the goal of raising 100,000 USD to create an anime adaption of the popular Visual Novel series Nekopara. By the time it was completed it had raised nearly a million. To say that there is hype surrounding this OVA is undeniable. The better question is, does it live up to it?
The OVA suffers primarily from poor pacing, as they attempt to cram 4-5 hours of visual novel content into a 1 hour show. Rushed scenes and illogical cuts from humor to seriousness are almost laughable. The story itself follows the VN almost word
for word with the exception of a single scene which felt odd and out of place. To say that you would get much more content out of the Visual Novel than you would this OVA mirrors the opinion of every "The manga is better" believer out there, but in this instance it could not be truer.
The art itself was interesting. For a new studio it seemed to do fairly well, but odd dips in quality combined with horrendous chibli forms turn it into a simple "Meh".
Sound was once again almost note for note the same as the visual novel, so really no complaints there. The opening theme was nice but hardly catchy.
Characters were another aspect I felt was crammed. Reviewing this from the perspective of one whose played all 3 visual novels is different from one who has only seen the OVA, but either way the characters seemed to fall flat. They simply lacked a personality beyond a few tropes, which is unfortunately becoming more and more common
Despite all the negativity I may seem to be conveying, I genuinely enjoyed this OVA. It was a fun "Turn off your brain and watch cute catgirls do things" type of series that could hardly be called a waste of time. If you enjoyed the VN, like catgirls or are simply alone on a Friday night it's certainly worth a shot
I thought that nothing good could come out of Kickstarter - 99% of the shit from it is shit. Well, this is a great exception!
I am a connoisseur of nekos (as any person remotely intelligent would be) and one of my 9999993940943094304934390 waifus is a neko: Chocola. Of course, as with most things, the VNs are better than the anime. The thing is though, the only big problems with the anime are the length (WAY too short) and the lack of sex scenes (THE BEST FUCKING PART!) Still, anything with nekos is great.
I very much enjoyed this and hope that there will be
other OVAs released for the rest of the series; I need my fix of nekos.
In more easily understood words, what I think of this OVA is, NYAN NYAN NYAN GOJUJIN SAMA NYAN ONIISAMA CHOCOLA VANILLA NYAN DAISUKI DESOOOO NYAN NYAN NYAN.
Have you ever felt like women just don't understand what a nice guy you are? You totally deserve their attention because you're such a gentleman, you'd never let them down, but they just care for jerks? If only they could understand love and dedication, but alas, they are cruel monsters who ignore you at best, and at worst abuse you while playing with your emotions?
If those thoughts seem familiar to you, then maybe this OVA is for you. Also, you might want to consider some different points of view to re-evaluate your life choices.
In what one has to assume a dystopian society, capitalism has found
an answer for the lonely men described above: After mixing human and cat DNA, nekos were born into this world. While showing human intelligence in many cases, these cute catgirls will often remind you that they don't understand complex situations and can't act independendly. This is why they are kept as pets, owned by humans who they serve and adore.
One such human is the protagonist. He likes baking and seems to be a half-decent human being if you can say that much about someone who won't let his ill pet die. Other than that he has no character at all, it seems. The catgirls are walking, talking stereotypes. One is bubbly and happy-go-lucky, the other is reserved and cold on the surface - but of course both have a major crush on their "master". They'd do anything to support him, and anything to get closer to him - in more than one way.
To some people this apparently seems like something romantic, and to a certain extent I can understand that it's nice to imagine that someone depends on you, needs you, and wants you. But then again this is not a relationship, this is ownership. The catgirls are treated as people only when it fits, and otherwise are pets. It's basically slavery. Slavery with benefits.
This is the background upon which the story unfolds with its elevator music, sterile backgrounds (probably straight from the VN) and one-dimensional characters. And what a story it is - catgirls love master, master refuses them (for their own good, of course, because he's such a gentleman), but you know how it will turn out in the end. And while the OVA tries to present itself in a cute and romantic fashion, I feel like you have to look away pretty hard to not see the flaws in this blooming relationship. (It may be easier in the VN when you have some distracting H-scenes)
In the end it's a story about how nice it would be if a guy could have obedient, cute slave-girls who are completely dependend on him and love him unconditionally (probably due to conditioning). To me it just seems pathetic - is this really what all the hype is about?
First of all before you start reading this review, I need to tell you that this is coming from someone who loved the visual novels and was thoroughly excited for the release of this OVA so I admit, I am biased because I'm already invested in the characters. Now that I've said it, let's continue on to the review.
Nekopara is a simple show about a man starting up a cafe together with his catgirls. It's a quick and simple set up that is easy to digest so the story of the show is of course, average/generic/simple however you want to call it. But in my
opinion, some shows do shine with their simplicity and I believe Nekopara is one of those. If you're the type of person who just wants to enjoy a good catgirl OVA for an hour, then sit on your couch, turn this on and grab some popcorn.
Next is art. While it may not be revolutionary, I believe that they truly captured the beauty of the visual novel and translated it into an anime very well. I have no complaints, they did a good job.
For the sound, voices, sound effects etc. it's professional level so I'm mostly gonna talk about the soundtrack. Honestly, it's a hit or miss. Some people might like it like I did and some might find it obnoxious. The opening was fun and enjoyable, really fits the theme of the show while the ending was, not gonna lie forgettable.
The characters of this show, while they may be dumb they are fun to watch and that's the beauty of it. I believe they captured the essence of the catgirl appeal very well. For Kashou, well most visual novel protagonist are inserts so being generic is to be expected. Although I'll still give it a plus since he has more personality now compared to the visual novel, at least the earlier installments in the series.
Enjoyment. I had a lot of fun honestly. I've been waiting for this ever since it was announced before the funding began and it's everything I hoped for. It's a great bonus after playing the visual novels but that's all it is in my eyes, a bonus. If you want the full experience, I recommend the visual novels.
Overall it was a fun show. Nothing too special but just a really great homage to the fans who supported it. 8/10