Kashou Minaduki, a son of a long line of Japanese confection makers, moved out to open his own patisserie "La Soleil". When unpacking his stuff, Kashou found two of the catgirls(“neko”) that his family had been raising hiding in the boxes: Chocola and Vanilla. He tried to send them back initially, but they begged and pleaded until he gave in. Now they run La Soleil together. They spent some great time with the help of Shigure, sister of Kashou, and other catgirls in their family: Azuki, Maple, Cinnamon and Coconut. One day, when Chocola goes out to run some errands, she meets a kitten. The story starts with their encounter...
A few years back a friend of mine gifted me Nekopara Vol. 0 as a joke. Years later, I resort to the daily lives of cute animated girls as the only source of happiness in this depressing and void world.
Day in and day out I am hit with constant waves of emotion that can only be cured by 1 IQ cat-eared girls working in a cafe, lawfully abiding their psychopathic and nymphomaniac master in the quest to conquer hell itself (hell being the hearts of weebs all around).
My only complaint is that there's no sex scenes in it, but why would you want to have
sex when you can have cute nekos that will make your heart nut instead of your pee pee?
Unironic 10/10. Each episode is full of content that makes my heart constantly go crazy.
When the anime was announced I was wondering how would it be to take Nekopara to the small screen. At first I was enthusiastic because is not usual to see an eroge getting an animated adaptation for TV , we all know that is exclusively reserved for outstanding series (Grisaia no Kajitsu, Yosuga no Sora, Fate/Stay Night, etc.) and the nekos utterly deserved it. Everything sounds good up to this point.
Regardless of the massive change of voice actors and the evident removal of any sexual topics (except for Cinnamon's delusions), I was expecting a fun-loving show with a good deal of moe and it's fair
share of romantic-comedy. It was meant to be Kashou working hard in order to fulfill his dreams with the catgirls ready to learn, mature and enjoy their lives alongside him and his little sister just like what we saw in the game. Unfortunately, what I received turned out to be quite different from what I was expecting.
It was not just the hentai, but also the romance was taken out of the setting. I understand that Felix Films does this to focus on the comedy and the slice-of-life since the anime features a different plot from the volumes, but without romantic scenes the adaptation loses a crucial part of what it was originally meant to recreate, the Nekopara we all know and adore. That was the moment I felt I was watching the wrong show.
Although I already felt disappointed on the anime at some extent, I still liked the debut of the new character. Cacao was the best gift this anime could have ever given to us, apart from the OP and the ED. I am the first to plead guilty of falling for her cuteness and innocence and I dare to state that there is no one who disliked the anime because of her. Cacao is a cutie pie truth be told, and that is precisely why I cannot help but feel sad about her just as soon as I remember that her happy tales will end with the last episode of the TV show. After that we will only hope to see her in artworks and merchandising stuff given the fact that she is a character created specially for the anime, unless they do with her the same that DC did with Harley Quinn and turn her into a canon character. And I pray that never happens for obvious reasons (her purity must remain untouched at all cost!).
At this rate I thought that was it for me, but I encouraged myself to put all these issues aside so I can enjoy the anime as the regular kawaii show it was trying to be but whitout putting effort into it, I begun to find other unfavorable aspects of which I absolutely cannot find a reasonable explanation no matter how many times I think of them. Kashou gradually loses any participation and barely appears in scene in spite of being "the protagonist" and the one responsible of the patisserie. Regarding this last observation, Cinnamon and Vanilla are overly obsessed with Maple and Chocola (even more than how they are in the games) but Chocola and Shigure are not that keen on Kashou, ripping two main elements of their most important motivation, the very same one that made them set the beginning of the story. And to top it all of... apart from Kashou, it is absolutely rare to see other men or even boys in scene. Can someone please explain me what is the logic of this? What is this? Infinite Stratos? It doesn't make sense, not in the least.
The manga was the first failure of the series being cancelled after just one volume. This, the anime adaptation and the upcoming mobile game proves that NEKO WORKs is starting to abuse of its popularity and that cannot be anything but bad news. As a fan it is not easy for me to say this, but considering all of the above, it is fair to say that they should have focused on the PC games instead.
I am the kind of person who never drops an anime once it has started watching it, and that goes doubly for an adaptation of a series I have been following from long ago. I will watch this show until the very end, but if I have to be honest, I doubt I will change my mind about mentioning that this anime is not worth one's while.
Love Nekopara, not so much the anime. All what is left to do now is wait for Vol. 4.
I am probably really really biased with this review giving everything Nekopara-related a 10 on MAL because I'm gonna have to admit, after playing the five Nekopara visual novels, with the "DLC patch", and asserting my dominance over useless thots with my catgirls... this anime is truly the best anime of all time. For me, probably.
(minor spoiler alert for those who haven't played far into vol 3)
This is what I have waited for a long time. This is what I was born for. This is what I meant to watch. No other anime can give me this amazing feeling that Nekopara gave to me. Nekopara
is the purpose of my life and the sole reason to live. Without my catgirls, I would rather die. Every time I see Chocola or Vanilla, I get all tingly inside. This is already the anime of Winter 2020, and I know it, cause no other anime this season has given me this much satisfaction but Nekopara.
The lesbian action between Maple and Cinnamon had already started spicing up since the first episode. No other anime girl or guy can match the cuteness of these beautiful catgirls. I think after this finishes airing, I will spend the last of my life savings on funding Elon Musk and his journey to create genetically engineered catgirls. Who needs dogs? Who needs regular cats? With a bit of scientific research and a bit of hope, I will finally be able to adopt and own my little slav- I mean, adorable catgirls. I will be 42, still single, and holding on to the last breaths of my life on my deathbed while they nurture me.
In all seriousness though, I have a terrible addiction to Nekopara, the VNs and the anime adaptation, and I seriously hope this anime will take off and make me feel the most satisfied by the end of this anime. I certainly hope Felix Film hypes this up to my expectations, I know they can't show any of "those scenes" in this anime, but I hope that the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of this anime makes up for it.
However, the story is dragging a little bit. They've been nurturing a stray cat for like four episodes now. It's slice of life, but nothing much has really changed when the main story has been focused on some off-brand mint chocolate chip catgirl.. without the chocolate chips. I don't remember much of the VN volume 2, but I'm pretty sure this is not canon (correct me if I'm wrong) - just hoping they would eventually adapt volume 3 for the Maple and Cinnamon "scenes".
I know this review seems overly exaggerated, but I've been waiting for this anime for a long time now, and this already made my 2020. This will be first thing I'll look forward to every Thursday from now on for the next 11-12 weeks.
However, I am a bit of disappointed in the lack of ecchi scenes. Oh well, we'll only hope that there will ever be a hentai adaptation... which probably won't happen.
This anime means everything to me. I cannot live one day without thinking of the amazing thing that is Nekopara. These nekos will be undefeated and one day rule the world. Screw SAO, screw Re:Zero, and screw JoJo. I don't need those. Nekopara is all I have. Nekopara is love, Nekopara is life.
TL:DR, If you like the Nekopara series (or nekos) i really recommend watching it.
However if you aren't a fan of slice of life and/or if you're not really into the series then this anime might not be interesting for you because its just an "boring slice of life" with a story that isn't super exciting.
I was really happy when i first saw that there would be an TV series.
However, when i saw the trailer i got a bit skeptical:
The voice actors were different (except for Kashou, which has the same voice actor as in the Kickstarter OVAs)
And it wasn't the Sayori art style that
the games and the Kickstarter OVAs had, it looked like it was just an anime build on the Nekopara concept.
So with my trimmed down expectations i actually ended up liking it a lot.
It might not be the Sayori style, but it does have its own charm.
And they aren't the same voice actors they do manage to convey their characters just as well as the original voiceactors did (imho).
It's pretty much what i would have wanted from a slice of life Nekopara anime.
What i did notice is that the behavior of the Nekos is more exaggerated compared to the VNs, however i personally think this isn't a bad thing because i tend not to notice character related things in manga or visual novels. i also like how you see more of the locations that just were static back drops in the visual novels, like the patisserie and the big house of the Minazuki family.