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
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?
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.
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
About Nekopara,OVA is great anime they worked hard on. It's was very fun anime to watch and i hope anyone who reads this will enjoy it same as i did.
I wish i could tell you about story,art,sounds and music,characters,but i don't want to write any spoilers and i don't want my review get removed. I want you to know how i liked to watch Nekopara for first time on Christmas Eve. It's was very fun at beginning,catgirls called Vanilla and Chocola were amazing,cute and beautiful. As story goes,Kashou Minazuki moves out to open pastry shop 'La Soleil' and lots of stuff is happening that you
can read on synopsis of anime. Overall,Nekopara is one of greatest animes i watched. I liked romantic and emotional moments very much and there was lots of good things about Nekopara,from lots of cute catgirls to romance. It's amazing for anyone who is into anime with romantic,emotional moments that will make you cry like Angel Beats,Clannad/After Story and Plastic Memories. Also it's perfect for anyone who is huge fan of cute and beautiful anime girls like me since it's have cat girls ;) I know not everyone is liking it,but Nekopara is one of most expected animes of 2017,some may be happy,some disappointed because it's different from original work,no matter what,anime is amazing to me,and i wish that anyone will enjoy it as me,so please,have fun watching Nekopara! :)
I am a big fan of Nekopara. Really big fan of a fetish that's incomprehensible by normal humans. I bought all three volumes of nekopara in a heartbeat. When i heard of a new OVA in the works, I immediately jumped in joy, I even went and gave the last $10 of my wallet to this OVA. Fast forward two to three months later, on the perfect day of release, it finally came. Nekopara on christmas day. However after watching it, i have some doubts as to who this series is for and the production behind it. Lets take a look
at our review of Nekopara and see what went well and what didn't.
- TL:DRs and conclusion at the bottom in case if it gets too wordy.
Moving onto design, my first impressions were hopeful. The beautiful blue sky paired with lush green grass that brought out how bright and shiny the brand new cafe was immediately gave signs of great production. However a quick inspection when pausing the video immediately killed off any hype of Shaft making this.
The cinematography was bad. Really bad. Panning reveals tons of jitter and stutter across vertical, horizontal and pulling. Normally I would overlook this section and write it off as fine if it only suffers from minor stutters (due to framerate, most commonly found in vertical pans) but this was so distracting throughout the 1 hour movie that I knew i had to write about it. My first conclusion was my bad internet or my bad computer, so immediately tried it on my desktop after re configuring the internet and it still posed such an issue. It felt less like a movie and more of a comic book flipped at high speeds every time it pans through chocola's face. POVs and Angles are fine, nothing too special to write about, with typical angles across the catgirl's faces without much variation.
Character design was good but a few changes needs to be made. Outlines are sharp and edgy, especially across more complicated scenes like Vanilla's hair where her white hair paired with sharp edgy lines are extremely annoying for that one or two seconds. Smoother lines would be much appreciated. Clothes are well designed, still stayed mostly true with the original but certain aspects like how the clothes do not dull or darken when splashed with water or how the bells on their neck lack sparkle and bling, rendering it flat looking or how it lacks some texture at close examination. Hairs have good colour, i like how vanilla's hair isn't rendered as white but takes note of the yellowish lighting environment, giving it a sort of beige look but i would as per usual wish it had a bit more shine to it, instead of looking too monotonous, even when it isn't. Eye design is great, quite a lot of detail when focused on individual face and retains certain degree of shades even under further distances. Skin tones are perfect, giving off a nice reddish yellow glow rather than the eerie white skin tone that some are infamous for. A slight gribe would be, maybe make the skin tone slightly more pale when the person is sick, somewhat that guy looks very healthy.
Moving over to architectural and environmental design, this is where it scores very well. Grass and skies look nicely saturated, brick tiles give off a beautiful red tone like it's brand new. I love how they made the cafe look brand new without resorting to HDR style look where they overexaggerate shadows and detail but instead just went to make the scene clean and bright, maybe some issues with how porcelain looks a bit dull. In fact I think it made literally everything brand new, which isn't bad per say. There's quite a lot of detail within these building and objects too. Lighting wise, well done. Afternoon light looks a tad bit romantic with the very very slight reddish tint with a warm hue, excellent work. Evening light just seems to exaggerate on the afternoon light but slightly darker, not an issue at all. Night lighting looks cool and fadish, perfect for an eerie scene, although i think it's a little too bright at some scenes like the town.I think the only scene that didn't quite do as consistently is in the aquarium scene, which imo is too reddish and would prefer skin tones to look a bit more green, and maybe slight dimmer.
I think that's enough of design, moving to story, that's where this grading may go both ways. It's a great summary for a nekopara. It didn't add anything extra and that's good. However one big flaw that affects first time viewers is the lack of a story. It seems to jump around quite a lot, lacking direction, there's no story flow. It's hard to love nekopara if you can't really understand anything at all. This is bad to say since it feels so random and hard to keep track of and everything seems kind of boring with scenes like spending time in an aquarium or an amusement park. And as for a lot viewers out there who hoped for nekopara ova to be the volume 3.5 of nekopara, this is disappointing, since there's nothing new in here. A lot of the scenes could have done much better, like how they could hold on to the police scene much longer to hold suspense rather than poof, the owner somehow manages to run while feeling like shit. There was no development in the story at all but if what you are looking for is a summary, this is fantastic.
Moving to character development, or the lack thereof, i say for first time viewers, unless you are a big fan of slice of life, and are used to cliche cute characters, this is going to be boring. The characters have no sense of elaboration and development, even the opening of the movie lacked any elaboration or introduction, at most a 10 second cut scene of a rainy day. If i were a first time watcher, i have a hard time having any further emotional connection or love for these characters. But I'm not. And as a huge fan of nekopara, I doubt there's any need for intros or development since I already knew who i liked most and knew who everyone is. I am already emotionally connected to them. And this serves as a further enforcement for my connection by just being able to see them.
Edit: Yeah it seems fixed now so here's my edited review.
Edit: Audio has been fixed, it sounds tons better. I originally complained about the sharp vocals and the lack of bass in anything but i corrected it. Now it veers towards a warmer tone now, at least no harsh treble and chocola and vanilla's voice is super warm, very smooth. It isn't as exciting as other animes in audio as those tend to have sharper crisper tone while this is a very smooth mellow tone. Frankly I like this a lot better as it's easier to listen to. Background audio is non existent and makes every scene sound dead. Even in the city, it felt like I was listening to it from a voice booth than being in the city. There is slightly worse separation in terms of vocals between male and female but I would gladly take that over the more fatiguing sound of a girl screeching and clawing my eardrums. And to be fair, you can still hear a difference, just a very very small quibble. Overall i love the sound style from the anime, it's just more comfortable to listen to for a one hour movie than most anime which i can barely watch for over twenty minutes. Good job.
Visual novels has its flaws. It can't deliver action. Everything is a standstill, just a picture and lots of words. This anime and to its millions of booby jigglers, serves as a celebration to be finally able to see your characters smiling, dancing, walking about or even doing simple gestures. For all its flaws that i mentioned, all the way to its fundamentals, this is an anime i truly love. I do not care about the story, or the art or the sound. All i care is being able to finally see my favorite characters again. I hardly see $26 as a worthy investment to first time watcher, heck, i doubt this is worth $5. If nekopara is something you truly want to see take off, something you have spent hours on, this anime, in whatever form, will never be a disappointment. But if you want something different or if you are looking to buy into a very weird fetish, you are better served with the visual novel.
- Cinematography is really bad, lot of jitter and stutter in panning
- POVs are stale and lack variation
- Artwork is mostly well done but certain features like outlining looks jarring
- Story lacks direction and seems to be very random
- Character has no development or intro (may not be as necessary depending)
- Audio is very thin while lacking background audio for immersion
Are you a fan of the Nekopara game series? That's wonderful but there Is no need to watch this painfully boring OVA. As a hardcore fan I can see and be happy by the fact other people might enjoy this movie but for me it was a painful experience I got no enjoyment out of at all.
I have not played every Nekopara game (I have fully played through Volume 0 and Volume 1, and own Volume 2), nor am I a huge fan of the series, I find the story boring and kind of laughable but I can admit it has some 10/10 artwork and
voice work. The series is wonderful as an erotic hentai type thing but as for a touching story, it puts me to sleep. But again as I said, I'm no fan and especially not fond of the slice of life genre.
If you are someone who also loved Nekopara for its lovely artwork and hot raunchy scenes, the OVA contains none of that what-so ever. It is a scene for scene recap of vol.1 of the Nekopara games missing out on all of the lewd scenes and any kind of sexual themes, pretty much.
I watched the OVA to try have some fun with a friend but it wasn't even "so bad it's good", It was just a bland experience that I couldn't wait to end.
This is better than evangelion, better than legend of the galactic heroes. THE BEST ANIME FROM THE HISTORY.
Nekopara is a masterpiece of the animation, the salvation of the modern anime, an avant-garde and complex work with very human and intelligent characters.
In terms of animation and art in general, it is much better than works like cowboy bebop, introducing us in a very immersive and original world, where cat girls must adapt to the circumstances that present themselves.
The work presents themes such as abandonment, family and effort in a very realistic way and in 1 hour manages to transmit things that other animes can not
transmit in 20 chapters, it is a compulsory look if you even like animation. Finally we are facing one of the most remarkable and best-made jobs in history, YOU HAVE TO SEE IT
So what can i say? i love Nekopara visual novel but this anime.. Is not even Nekopara.. it shouldn't even be created in that way.. In anime Kashou is normal man who open a backery and hi is master for 2 catgirls wait what and we see some their storys in complete empty bakery? wait what!?! why this anime is for child... Really? I didn't know before i seen this anime it is possible to do this. Original Kashou is really perverted guy who is ykhym master with love intention to 6 cat girls.. and they called him master because he make all of
them to be his lover.. and visual novel is adult game where we have all the perv scene in anime he only once grab Chocola breast and that's it.. Even the most important thing was cutted like scene where kid shouting in amusement park to Kashou and Chocola and Vanilla to her mother look they are a couple!in anime we dont see it.. Even where is the scene with the food stand? this is also important in series.. I fell like i was order fine and big expensive meal with frites, wine, steak in really expensive restaurant and got very small and not tasty meal and wine from local shop..
It should be second part or even third of this anime or just 18+ version.. not this for kid.. No one wanna see something like this after playing game.
I give 10 because i love nekopara world and character not for this anime story.
To start things off, I want to clarify that I've played and liked all Nekopara vols, which is why I watched this in the first place - what I will say about the OVA will not be influenced by my opinions on the games. Also a friendly reminder that the following review is just my opinion.
Long story short - the OVA was disappointing. It was just a brief summary of the first vol(s). It didn't advance the storyline, neither did it retell the one from the games well enough to be a whole story by itself. One would argue that OVA doesn't have to have
a "whole story", but that wasn't 58 minutes worth of story either.
The art wasn't bad at all, neither was it something surprising. In general the art was fairly good and there isn't much more to pick on, besides there being some silly fades and proportion issues that didn't really look good at all.
There really isn't much to say about sounds and characters, besides them being well made as expected. It had the well known and loved characters, their voices and theme songs from the games.
Since it really didn't offer anything new and was just a brief summary, I sadly couldn't really find too much enjoyment in it. This is why I couldn't bring myself to pump the rating up just because I like the story on the games.
In the beginning there where 4 sacred text's the Bible, Sutras, Torah and Nekopara.
All of these have been given anime adaptations from saint young men, however, Nekopara the genesis of the Nekoism religion never got one for years until one day the prophets at Nekoworks announced the legendary sacred text was getting a one-shot OVA.
The many sects of nekoists put aside their differences to fund the ova hoping to see their deity appear on screen and each and every one of the loyal nekoists had their dreams answered when the Nekopara OVA was released to critical appraise and has since been used in religious studies
classes around the world to teach people about nekoism and its worshipers.
When I first found out about Nekopara it was probably in 2016. I was searching some weeb games on steam when I saw this game that had overwhelmengly positive reviews. Then I checked on the reviews and started laughing. The reviews are the best part of the game to be honest. I highly recommend reading some of the reviews on steam.
About the ova : I like nekopara overall so I have some biasness towards it. I know it's not for everyone and everyone won't enjoy watching it. But as a fellow weeb I have to agree I
enjoyed it. The pacing wasn't that great but it's an ova so I don't have any complains. I will say just lay back and enjoy some neko girls and if you like it play the vn which is much better. Overall a solid ova.
As a big Nekopara fan I was in such a hype that I couldn't stand waiting for this and for the most part I was satisfied.It turned out good with only few things that I have found bad and I still don't think this deserves almost 1 million $.
Before watching this OVA I wasn't expecting it to be just a anime version of the first game.When I saw that fact I was a bit disappointed but I wanted to give it a chance anyway.For the most part it was a good time spent and things like soundtrack and characters were really great just like in
games.It did still feel like just a copy paste since most of the story is same and I would recommend everyone to first play the game and then watch this.I mean the only difference is that this is made as a family friendly OVA of something that is not.Personally I didn't have problem with it not having H-scenes but I do for the fact the story is changed almost completely just to have family friendly content as much as possible.It was probably the worst thing they could do because they could do same as they did for the steam game and just skip H-scenes.
But besides that this is something that a person could enjoy.It had nice artstyle and comedy part really made me laugh more then I did with the game.
Overall this is really good thing with only few things that turned out to be bad (LIKE I SAID CHANGING THE STORY AND JUST GIVING US GAME IN FORM OF AN ANIME) and I would recommend everyone watching this.
Okay, I'm sure that most people write a review about the technical details of anime episodes or how the Story, Art, Sound and Characters build up the enjoyment and overall satisfaction of a show or OVA; how the Nekopara Visual Novels and OVA are related; and the work that the studio did in adapting the Visual Novels to the Kickstarter-funded project to create the anime adaptation.
For me, I am just writing this review to highlight the best features that are missing from the Visual Novels that I recently completed playing: Kashou Minazuki's face and killer smile (which are not present in any of the
Nekopara Visual Novels).
This anime was used from a visual novel series with the same name, they have a similar story line but it is changed a little and squished in, if they used their skills of re-creating this anime the way they did (which i say was well done) it could've turned out to become a series of a 12 episode anime, instead of an OVA of the novel.
i don't completely hate this OVA, but it could of been done different, which i would've liked, but overall it still has the same enjoyment.
Now this OVA is cute, and funny, but for how short it is, it may
not tickle you enough, for those of you who love nekos/cat-girls then you will explode in seconds, like i did (no joke, i lost my voice from screaming with joy)
im not great at explaining things so ill just say this, You will love it, even if its short and wont tickle you as much it would have if done longer, its still overall a very good OVA, pretty enjoyable and understandable
(im sorry for those who read this, this is my first time writing a review and i chose this one for how much i love the visual novel im trying to abide by the "no spoilers" rules, but its hard to tell you how good it is without disobeying it, but you will adore it, like i do)
If you are reading this, please answer to me... What am I doing with my life?
This show is horrible, I think that what saves it is the creativity of the creators hahahaha!
There's almost no sound in this show, only the opening, the ending and some scenes with some soundtrack, but it doesn't fit with the anime, this is horrible. But there is a sound, at least...
The characters in this show are pathetic, ridiculous, and I think they weren't developed, and they even could not be funny. tsc...
Art and Animation. (7/10)
About the art, especifically, it is good, but only that.
The animation is
bad, with some inconsistent scenes...
What story? The anime only shows a guy that adopted two cats, only that, but I dong rate it a 1/10 because somethings happen in the anime, only that...
Yes, I admit, this is a bullshit but I enjoyed it a bit, but I've just laughed in some moments, only that.
2/10 is a fair rate for "Nekopara" anime, and as I said in the start of the review, what saves it is the creativity of the creators, who else would think in cats dressed with a maid-dress working in a bakery? Hahaha
Its not that this ova is bad but after playing nekopara vol 1 and finally deciding to watch the ova based on it just makes it feel lacking. Many important aspects of the story where taken out completely to make it fit into a hour long movie format. If i had not played nekopara before it may be more enjoyable not knowing what i missed but honestly if you have not played it and are thinking about watching this I would just Play the visual novel instead the artwork in the VN is arguably better then it is in this ova.
A short OVA about some cute cat girls, what could go wrong? Not much as I found while watching this.
Now, the plot is pretty loose, just about Chocola and Vanilla wanting to live with their 'master' who just moved into a bakery or something, he says no, they convince him, but of wait they gotta get their bells or something...
Yeah, it's not too plot heavy, but I wasn't expecting it to be, so it's fine.
The more important part of this anime is the characters and their designs. Now, I think they're all adorable, though I'm partial to Cinnamon and Vanilla myself. They all
look different, and cute, and I really think this is just visually appealing.
There isn't much to say, this is a short 50 minute OVA with minimal plot. I'd reccomend it, if only for the cute cat girls.
before diving into the review i must add i did play all 4 games even volume 0 and i do love this series as a hole fore me its a good happy time for series relieve and just watching an actually entertaining moe show for a change that being sated for an OVA i did no expect it to be on pair with the game as this episode coves Vol 1 it does skip volume 0 unfortunately but for a promotional OVA for a full on anime series it does its job and it does it great
in terms of story its a bit shortened than
the full volume and squeezed for time i kind of expected it if its not a full on 12 or more series and they do skip the romance that is kind of disappointing as it did play a big roll in the game but i think its fine in this situation as play it for full moe and kind of a master pet relationship between the main leads its staying away form a romance for now thou it doesn't really work with 2 of the cat girls personalities this way but hopefully if we do get a full show they will expand on that as it is kind of a major deal in the over all plot and with out it for most people it might be a average story for turning your brains off and just enjoy cute cat girls doing cute things with a bit of drama
the art was good nothing that special but serviceable thou the characters again do feel more alive in the game than in the anime but if you haven't played it before it wont feel that way
the sound is awesome it portrait the cuteness of the anime no complain there its the same as the game
ever all i love this show but i do want to see its full story unfold in anime format as it is now i get a better anime feeling from the game out of its animation style than the actual anime but what can you do still a good dose of nekos is a good dose of happiness regardless