Hentai Ouji To Warawanai Neko: When you wish upon a cat

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Alternative Name The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony Cat; HenNeko; 変態王子と笑わない猫

Written by Sou Sagara (manga and light novel)

Directed by Youhei Suzuki

Original Run April 13, 2013 – June 29, 2013 (12 episodes finished)

Genre Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School life, Supernatural, Seinen.

Plot

Sixteen year old Youto Yokodera is thinking of expressing his lustful thoughts freely. He then learns of the stony cat statue, wherein he wishes for it and encounters Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, a girl wishing to get rid of her emotions. Meanwhile, it turns out that the granted wishes are not what he expects, making him want to take his wish back. Having given up on the facade, he realizes that Azusa Azuki has it, as the stony cat provides the sacrificed possessions to the ones who need them. Yokodera also learns of Tsukiko as Tsukushi aka The Steel’s younger sister, and therefore a family member of the Stony Cat statue owner.

Main review

The anime (since I haven’t read the manga yet) is just okay. Not that it is terrible but it is not a grand masterpiece ever made. It has no particular story, with random scenes related to making wishes and taking them back. Besides, the anime was corny at first. It also promotes the idea of being a multiple timer, being based on a harem love story of a guy involved in several girls and making them all feel that they’re the most important person in his life.

However, Henneko still has good points. It is best recommended for lolicon (little girl-adult relationship), siscon (sister-to-sister romance), harem (multiple time relationship), ecchi (minimal porn), and comedy slice of life (real-life based comedy) fans, as it has everything the fan bases expect – sex scenes and jokes, the humor behind Steel-san xx Tsukiko siscon, and Yokodera’s lolicon crush on Emi. Another good points of the anime are the metaphor behind the stony cat (a symbol of fate wherein wishes do not necessarily end in a way the bearer has expected, either because the bearer chooses not to want it himself/herself, or the wishes do not literally answer what the bearer expects) and how the anime plays around it with a series of related comedic scenes. It already proves that the anime is still of virtue, despite not being taken seriously. An optimistic approach towards turning back makes the anime optimistic and hopeful enough, as shown through cancellation of the wish wherein the characters can still go back to the days where they have not wished anything yet.

The remaining aspects to appreciate in HenNeko are the clean and attractive moe quality of art, the interesting characters that either make them loved or hated, and the opening and ending themes that manage to emphasize the overall anime theme (though the ending song is not as catchy as the opening). Some episodes (particularly the last two episodes which I find touching, teary-eyed, funny, and romantic) can be as entertaining despite the anime being random.

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Be careful what you wish for.”

One lesson learned in HenNeko.

Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars (7/10)

Sources

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko MyAnimeList

The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony Cat Wikipedia

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