Posted by psgels on 3 July 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews

Ever since 2009, we’ve seen a huge influx of series with really short episodes. Setting aside the obviously awesome Gag Manga Biyori and Marie&Gali, most of them were just mindless fluff. Kuruneko however, turned out to be a surprisingly good one. It’s a very relaxing slice of life series about a woman who lives together with her cats, and it’s got quite a bit to laugh at as well.

This is another one of those shows for cat lovers, but it’s also very different from Chi’s Sweet Home, for those who were expecting similarities. It’s true that both series are about the adorable antics of a bunch of cats, but Kuruneko is much more calm and relaxed. The jokes are delivered with wit, rather than energy. Another big selling point is just the downright adorable way in which the woman voice overs all of her cats’ dialogues. Throughout the series you really come to know her as a genuine animal lover who really enjoys the company of all the different cats around her, despite the troubles they tend to cause.

What also helps here is that this series evolves over time. We start out with just one cat who lives together with the lead. Over time, we get to see new additions to her family as they grow up from cute kittens to fully grown felines. While it is a comedy, this is one of those series that’s also very enjoyable to watch when it’s not funny, due to the subtle charms of the characters, combined with how all episodes are just two minutes long.

This was a series that I could always count on to relax me. Akitaro Daichi definitely pulled it off. However, this is Akitaro Daichi we’re talking about. He’s capable of directing so many awesome series, and it’s been years since he really came with an ambitious series. I’d love to see him push himself to his limits again, like what he did with Now and Then, Here and There or the second Jubei-chan series. This is a very safe and easy to create series, especially for someone as talented as him. It’s nice that Kuruneko is going to have a second season and all, but damn: show something more about yourself, dammit!

Storytelling: 8/10 – Subtle and witty, yet relaxing.
Characters: 9/10 – We really get to know these characters and see the cats all grow up. Very solid for a supposed comedy, these characters are enjoyable to watch even when they’re not funny.
Production-Values: 7/10 – Very simple graphics that don’t stand out.
Setting: 8/10 – Um, yeah. Not the focus at all here, but doesn’t get in the way.

Chi’s Sweet Home (the first, stay away from the second season).
Niea Under 7
Tetsuko no Tabi (if you can find it, that is)

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Dec 2. 2015 05:04 AM)
    Although that one as far as I know does not have another version with better art.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Dec 2. 2015 05:03 AM)
    The onepunch man fans will be happy to know that Bone is adapting another work by the author, Mob psycho.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:46 AM)
    @Kaiser: so far it’s good. I’ve been hearing the buzz but I wished someone had nodged me to watch it sooner.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:42 AM)
    You’ve reminded me Bam that I’d been meaning to pick up ash vs the evil dead sometime.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:39 AM)
    @Kaiser: the remake was still pretty entertaining, but it lost the silly comedy edge the series was known for. I still think that the 2nd film had the most unique and prominent voice of its own, and all of that is present in the new series’ pilot. If anything Raimi cranked it up a couples of notches here and there.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:35 AM)
    There was a mean spirited feel to the remake I found pretty appealling.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:27 AM)
    @Kaiser: the original Evil Dead was playing the horror genre straight, but it had a strata of slap-stick that was partially unintended. With Evil Dead 2 he doubled down on the strange horror/comedy dynamic and it became fantastic. Army of Darkness was very entertaining, but it strayed very far from the series’ roots. The remake was only produced by Raimi, while he got back on the writer/director chair for the pilot of the new series, and proved that he still got it sharp as ever.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:19 AM)
    Then again I believe Raimi was fairly involved with the remake.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:18 AM)
    The remake as far as remakes go should have been worse but it worked much better than I would have thought and I say this as someone who hates reboots/remakes.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:16 AM)
    @Bam: I’ve only partially seen the first evil dead but I don’t think its aged well, the second one I’ve seen and its hugely entertaining later on but its army of darkness that was the most enjoyable of the three for me.

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