Juri KimuraYuu AsakawaAyuru OhashiEri Sendai
Nora, Princess and Stray Cat
Also known as: Nora to Ojou no Noraneko Heart
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2017
Director: Kenshiro Morii
Writer: Hato
Actor: Atsumi Tanezaki, Ayaka Asai, Ayuru Ohashi, Eri Sendai, Juri Kimura, Keiko Suzuki, Natsumi Takamori, Takeaki Masuyama, Yo Taichi, Yuri Yamaoka, Yuu Asakawa
Keywords: anime
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 12 three-minute episodes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=19749
Website category: Anime 2017
Review date: 25 October 2018
Nora to Ojou no Noraneko Heart
I'm astonished. It's quite good. I was convinced this would be garbage, based on ep.1, but I enjoyed it. It's still throwaway nonsense, of course, but at least it's amusing and has characters you can tell apart from each other.
It's a family-friendly spin-off from a pornographic adult visual novel. This puzzles me because the male protagonist, Nora Handa, is a cat. He used to be a high school student, but now he's a cat. Do the game's hardcore sex scenes involve bestiality, then? (On second thoughts, I don't want to know.) One morning he met a beautiful girl called Patricia, but she turned him into a cat because she's a princess of the underworld on a mission to eradicate all life. (I'm not sure how the former follows from the latter. Why not just kill him?)
This short-form anime is the same, but for laughs. Nora does turn human again, but only briefly in the last episode and we don't see it happen. (He's not wearing any clothes as a cat, so he's not wearing any clothes as a boy either. He's soon a cat again.) He's not very important, to be honest, and we spend much more time with the girls. There's Patricia (zombie queen of evil) and her sisters Euracia (young) and Lucia (protective, high-minded and funny in ep.3). There's a shy one, a serious one and a boy (!). However there's also Nobuchina Takada, who's loud and has scarlet hair with pigtails. She'll use tanks to attack anyone with bigger boobs than her on the beach in ep.4. Nobuchina Takada is Tank Girl. That was amusing.
The show plays with format. The oddest episode is ep.7, which is live-action footage of goats. Just goats. We can hear their thoughts as delivered by the usual voice actresses, but they're goats. There's also an Underworld Quiz Show that only an idiot would want to win. (Spot the idiots.) There's a giant robot parody in ep.7. There's a nod to the anime's origins in ep.9, in which we get a cat's eye view of the female characters in their miniskirts, in which the joke is lots of very, very blatant censorship. Then, in ep.10, there's a take-off of visual novels, except in the murder mystery genre rather than following the source material.
It has a couple of semi-serious episodes, though. Nora's mother died several years ago.
Is this a good anime? Urm... pass. It entertained me. It was good enough for one watch, but I don't know if I'd recommend it. That would raise expectations. This series did make me laugh, but only in the kind of silly throwaway way that only works because you're in a good mood. It's the kind of animation where everyone's only four heads high, except in the "Thoughts Of A Cat" end segments when they're two heads high. (For what it's worth, standard human proportions are about seven-and-a-half heads high. Comic book superheroes could be anything up to twelve or thirteen.) One of the best things about it, to be honest, is that it's not really sexualising the girls and instead is avoiding the harem cliches I'd been expecting based on ep.1. Give this a whirl if you're looking for rapid-fire silliness.