If you were expecting anything exceptional from Nyan Koi!, I am sorry. As far as comedic ecchi harem anime go, it’s definitely above average, but anything more than that would be an overstatement. The story centers around Jyunpei Kousaka, a 2nd-year high school student in love. He accidentally breaks a cat statue and now he’s cursed, doomed to serve a set number of wishes to cats before the curse will be lifted. Unfortunately for him, he is allergic to cats. Oh, and most of the females in the show want him, but he wants the one that is trying the least (initially) to be with him. Standard harem shenanigans ensue.
The show does a good job of defining each other the protagonist’s potential suitors, but they are, for the most part, just as generic as the next.
- Kaede Mizuno: Jyunpei’s love interest. They met before the opening ceremony on their first day of high school. She is (initially) oblivious to his feelings, and he spends the entire series trying to find his chance to tell her how he feels.
- Kanako Sumiyoshi: Jyunpei’s childhood friend. Kaede’s friend. Loud. Aggressive. Tsundere. The oppai character.
- Nagi Ichinose: Jyunpei’s senior. Kaede’s track captain. Heir of a powerful Kyoto Yakuza family. Eccentric.
- Kotone Kirishima: Jyunpei’s junior. Daughter of monk in charge of the shrine hosting the cat statue Jyunpei broke. Sadistic. Has a fetish for misfortune.
- Akari Kirishima: Jyunpei’s junior, Kotone’s twin sister. 100% Tsun.
- Chizuru Mochizuki: Local mail carrier and 3rd-year university student. The “older than main character to point that relationship is obviously not going to happen, but sexual tension exists and it’s a reason for larger breasts on a character than ones that already exists (Sumiyoshi in this case)” character.
While Jyunpei is trying to ward off approaches from Sumiyoshi and the others in order to spend alone time with Kaede, he is bombarded with requests from local cats. Some of the cats get time to develop their characters too, but most of that stops at a point as a sacrifice to the development of the human characters. The thought put into the cats was more than expected, to say the least. Each cat’s personality definitely fits its role.
To fit all of these characters in, given them all some decent character development, and not drop the cat-quests plotline, all in 12 episodes, the series did much better than expected. Some parts, especially towards the end, felt more rushed than others, but everything went over pretty well. The ending was left open to continue with the manga into a season two (that the ending repeatedly mentions), but one has not materialized in the subsequent eight years.
For an ecchi harem series that wasn’t breaking records or getting incredible reviews for the manga, it is surprising to see the quality of the anime’s animation. There isn’t really anything outstanding about it, but the quality is consistent. It is definitely above-average in the quality department, and the fact that it did not drop was impressive.
For every cheap, unoriginal, low-quality harem anime I have seen get sequel after sequel, season after season, I am surprised that one “above-the-bar” like Nyan Koi! has not gotten its second season. Shame.
- Plot: 7/10
- Animation: 8/10
- English Voice Acting: 8/10
- Overall: 8/10
Released: Autumn 2009 – TV Series (12 Episodes)
Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi
Original Story: Sato Fujiwara
Licensed By: Sentai Filmworks