Two shows I expect not to like: Nekogami Yaoyorozu, Manyuu Hikenchou

Nekogami Yaoyorozu has nothing that stands out, no reason to watch it, but I think I will anyway. I think it’s cute.

At times, maybe too agressively cute ...

Even through the OP I was thinking to myself, “Hey, that’s kind of cute.” And it’s strange. I’ve seen these sort of character designs before. None of them really stood out as especially cute. The story, where our cute little gods try to keep a cute little poverty god from entering their town, is routine (In fact, I’ve been racking my brains. In what other anime series was there a god of poverty that needed repulsing?).

Cuteness and comedy work together, but I didn’t laugh that much. I enjoyed the tycoon watching his profits rise while eating sticky candy, and I liked how every character who had a flashback announced it in some way or another, but that’s it. Maybe the characters all cooperated to form a ensemble cuteness that is greater than the sum of its parts. Maybe the show comes close to my hitherto undefined personal cuteness ratio, where character design combines with art and story and voices to achieve a balance pleasing to my senses.

And you’re all thinking “He’s nuts. This show is stupid.” I’m sure you’re right. But I’m going to keep watching it to investigate this phenomenon. There are worse reasons for watching a show.

Which makes me wonder why I watched Manyuu Ikenchou 1 all the way to the end. What was I hoping for?

Um ... no, that's not it.

Chifusa, successor to the Manyuu clan, runs off with the secret scroll for big breasts (Act NOW and get the secret for three easy payments of … oh, sorry), since in this alternative universe, tits rule the world. Women are punished by having them cut off (or something. Fortunately the show censors itself), and, though Chifusa’s got a big rack herself, she doesn’t think it fair. She encounters an ordinary woman who was a victim of her clan’s cruelty, which gets her a guilt trip and nearly killed, and then the pursuers arrive. There’s a fight with a bizarre ending, and Chifusa decides to devote her life to overturning her own clan. If you removed the breasts aspect and replaced it with something else, this would be an unimaginative historical adventure series episode one. As it is, it’s ridiculous. In fact, the (male) narrator who sets up the story sounds like he’s stifling a laugh. Too bad the show’s serious. Dropped.

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