Posted 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.

Suggestions:
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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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Aug 20. 2014 07:08 AM)
    I’m sorry if I came on too strong with some of the stuff I was saying but I have to be honest about being a misanthropist, full supporter of people killing people who should be killed.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Aug 20. 2014 07:06 AM)
    @K-off: This man, he is the kind of person I feel deserved to live, exist.
    I have no qualms with seeing the full annihilation of isis.
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Aug 20. 2014 07:03 AM)
    Look, as a person, not just as a avid activist for the free press, ISIS is the exact opposite of progressivism and justice. This would not be the first time ISIS did this, nor do I forget about the countless murders they’ve done in the past in addition to this. It’s disgusting.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Aug 20. 2014 07:00 AM)
    @K-Off Shit m8, he’s a hero for the fracking world. My hatred for ISIS is even stronger now. damn…
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Aug 20. 2014 06:57 AM)
    A better, much more respectful photo of him: https://i.imgur.com/J18tqVM.jpg
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Aug 20. 2014 06:55 AM)
    Speaking of terrorists, an American hero/journalist died today at the hands of ISIS. I am not watching his beheading video, it’s sick and does not give Mr. Foley the respect he deserves
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/19/world/meast/isis-james-foley/
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Aug 20. 2014 06:53 AM)
    @Emma It’s my belief that those scumbags should be reformed or locked-up. No bloodlust for me, under any circumstances m8
  • Pentel-San
    (Wednesday, Aug 20. 2014 06:52 AM)
    @Emma IOW, the English.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Aug 20. 2014 06:51 AM)
    And the terrorists.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Aug 20. 2014 06:51 AM)
    Look the religious nutcases, the bigots, the idiots, white trash, corrupt politicians, the pedophiles, rapists, the useless, the warmongers, the dictators , if I could inspire a campaign of mass annihilation then job done.

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