Transferring often, Mikiko "Mikki" Amane maintains an aloof and detached attitude at each new school. However, she is thrown for a loop when she sets eyes on her classmate Nekota. He has the face of a cat! No matter what angle it's viewed from, or how hard it's tugged on, his head looks like a mascot. To make matters worse, Mikki seems to be the only one who finds this strange.
With her interest piqued, Mikki unravels the mystery behind the cat-faced Nekota, and why only she sees him this way. There is no better way to get close and investigate than to befriend him. For once, the usually indifferent transfer student might just have to make some friends!
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It's an innocent and refreshing story of childhood friendship, add the whole Nekota's-face-is-a-cat thing and it becomes really interesting. I also like how they don't go too fast to romance, considering that they are in elementary school, so far it's a PG story I would recommend to any age.
The story was unique for me. It was told continuously, with a few flashbacks here and there, but they didn't add confusion to the story. It didn't feel rushed for me because you can slowly see the growth of the characters as you continue with the story. It wasn't necessarily too simple or too complicated. You can understand everything and yet still be enthralled by the story. I stumbled upon this manga while looking for good mystery manga to read. Although it's mostly comedy, romance, and school life, the mystery of as to why only Amane sees Nekota's head as a cat head keeps you
hooked on to the story. The fact that they didn't rush into the romance part all of a sudden and let it progress made it feel realistic. The ending felt satisfying, covering up everything and putting a good end to the story. It was worth reading the 44 chapters.
The art was pretty good. They were somewhat memorable and fit the comedy genre of the manga. The characters were easy to tell apart because they had their own unique looks. It felt as if they matched the characters' personalities.
The character development was actually good. Although, it did feel as if some characters were a bit left behind up to the point that I totally forgot about them until they reappeared. Their reactions, growth, and development were totally realistic. They were given time and weren't rushed. Seeing the development made me feel nostalgic about the similar times it happened to me back in middle school. I didn't dislike any characters because I felt they were all significant to the story and nothing would be the same if even one of them disappeared. They did leave a pretty big impression on me, so they won't be disappearing from my mind anytime soon.
I think even non-anime / manga fans will take a liking to the series. It discusses relatable topics - friendships, romance, school life, etc. It doesn't feel too distant because I've experienced it myself. I'd certainly want to reread it again, although it wouldn't really be complete without the mystery. I'd probably remember it because it was a really weird (in a good way) and different manga series than the ones I've read before.
What do you get when you combine cotton candy and bubblegum with some comedy and a boy with a cat's head? Nekota no Koto ga Ki ni Natte Shikatanai of course!
*This is a spoiler free review*
This is a super cute comedy series centering around transfer student Mikki who tries to solve the mystery of Nekota's appearance and at the same time gets tangled up with the affairs of her other school mates as well. The story consists of two parts. The elementary school arc acts as an introduction to the cast and explores the concept of friendship in different ways. The second part starts when
it's time to move on to the middle school and the relationship between Mikki and Nekota is given more focus. Most of all this is a school comedy and a story about friendship, and a good one at that, but there's also underlying romance elements, extremely cute puppy love and even deeper bonds of the soul mates found.
The characters are a delightful bunch. Mikki is an entertaining main character with all her antics and straightforward and cheerful nature. Her obliviousness about everything can induce a bit of eye-rolling but she usually delivers the best comedy. This is also a coming-of-age story and through Mikki we can see the growing pains of a child slowly becoming a teenager. To balance her all-over-the-place nature we have the calm and mature Nekota who gets sucked into her tornado all the time whether he wanted it or not. Add some more kids into the soup and we have a tight and diverse cast of characters. Nothing new here, but they are all lovable and we get to see surprisingly much character development considering the length of the story.
The art is modern cutesy shoujo that's easy and nice to follow and the characters are well designed and distinct enough. The best part of the elementary school setting was that the characters get to use their own clothes instead of school uniforms; I just love to see how characters' styles can reflect their personalities and bring even more depth to them. And one noteworthy thing is Nekota's permanently grumpy cat face which still manages to be impressively expressive!
I really enjoyed this series because it was easy to read, terribly funny and the mystery of Nekota's head brought just enough suspension to the story. In the end it felt like everything was neatly wrapped up and it was easy to bid everybody farewell cheerfully. I'd recommend this if in need of something light and warm to read. The romance lovers won't be disappointed either.
This is a story to cheer you up, to make you curious and to enjoy the magic of friendship without raising your blood sugar level to the stars. And did I already mention how cute this is?
I love this story! It's so fresh and original for an elementary school setting shoujo manga. The mood, in a way, is reminiscent of CCS and Kodocha for me. Feel-good, sweet, innocent elementary school romance. And I love how the mangaka decided to tease the readers that Mikiko isn't the only one who sees Nekota with a cat's head. It really does make us curious about Nekota and how we can't help ourselves but be curious. Looking forward more updates (and hopefully this gets licensed so I can get my own copies).
I do hope that before the end of the series that somewhere, in some
point, probably close to the ending, that we would finally see how Nekota really looks like as a normal human being. Even then, just the mystery of Mikiko being the only one seeing Nekota with a cat's head really does makes us curious even more.