Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko Review

“No one likes to see a girl cry, no matter who she is.” – Yokodera

The quote above sums up the entire tone of the entire show. It’s genuine and fun to its very core. Anime comedies, similar to Hentai Ouji, that rely heavily on moe or cute girls as it’s driving force are overly contrived of tired old gags that aren’t truly funny and come across as annoying than anything else. However there are shows that are exceptions to this and Hentai Ouji is one of these and is by far the best one to come out in the last year or two.

From the beginning, the plot is already quite over the top. You have a boy who can’t help but be perverted because he loves girls so much and he finds a cat statue that somehow grants wishes to people who are near it. Where did it come from? Why does it grant wishes? We don’t know. Quite frankly they don’t really bother explaining a lot about why it’s here but to the show’s credit they are at least aware of how silly the premise is and the way the show is set up makes it completely obvious. It does go to a serious plot arc near the last episodes but at best the pacing isn’t terrible and provides some decent development to the characters especially with our three main leads Tsukiko, Yokodera, and Tsukushi. One other thing that set this back involves Yokodera and Tsukushi and the fact that he tricks her into thinking that he’s a younger brother to himself and this somehow fools her easily without hesitation. Even with how silly everything in the anime is, this was easily eye rolling material if someone were to buy into this.

Now let’s talk the biggest strong point in the show: The characters. From time to time we don’t often get harem anime with protagonists, especially the ones that are perverted, that aren’t spineless wimps or they don’t express their perverted fantasies openly like the true perverts they are. Luckily recent harem shows in the past year or two have realized this and fixed this mistake that was long over due, and Hentai Ouji’s protagonist Yokodera is one of the stronger aspects of the show. Voiced by Yuki Kaji, who is no stranger to perverted roles, Yokodera brings so much of the show’s charm front and center from his honesty and the way he is written as a pervert who is likable within his main trait. Most writers can’t pull it off perfectly but the writers for Hentai Ouji are definitely an exception.

So how do the girls fair in the character department? Are they all clichéd stereotypes? Yes. However, given in context to the show’s charm, these stereotypes are forgiven because of the sheer sincerity of the characters motivations. Tsukiko provides great humor in a deadpan tone throughout most of the show, which is a shame since the seiyuu Yui Ogura who plays her is better when she’s putting more emotion to her performance than when she is playing a dandere. Azuki Azusa may seem like your typical tsundere character at first, she quickly starts to become more than just her alleged stereotype later on. Then we have Tsukiko’s big sister Tsukushi who is the least interesting of the rest but she does have some nice needed humor involving her and her sister wanting to marry her, which is just as strange as it sounds but then again this show is silly in-of-itself so it’s a nice added bonus.

The animation is fairly standard anime fare with nothing special or interesting, but the art design of the characters specifically is really something to behold. Nicely done moe girls that don’t seem as bloated with so much fluffy or jagged lines around the characters that make it really good on poorly trained eyes. The original character designer Kantoku is very talented in what he does and it would be a shame to not let him have any more Anime deals in the near future.

Voice acting is very well done in all aspects to give all characters their own given charisma. Yui Ogura is absolutely fantastic how she manages to pull of the dandere role as well as Tsukiko’s original outgoing personality. Kaori Ishihara is easily the best one out of the rest simply how she pulls off the loud mouth tsundere without making Azusa Azuki grating or unpleasant from an audio perspective. I’ve already mentioned Yuki Kaji before and he’s as eccentric and delightful as ever in yet another perverted triumph of a performance. The rest are fine in their own way but nothing special to discuss about.

The opening and ending songs are very catchy and pleasant to listen to. Nothing in terms of complex or experimental rhythm but they’re nice J-Pop songs that are there to capture the essence of the show’s pleasant comedic tone.

It would be considered unprofessional for a reviewer to recommend a show purely based on fun and entertainment simply by the fact that people appreciate different types of comedy or entertainment. With the growing hate of moe shows of recent years, there’s no doubt that a lot of people won’t bother checking this out after looking at the posters or screenshots. With regards to my own taste of entertainment, I appreciate shows like Hentai Ouji that rely on entertainment but at the same time you come out of it with a sense of gratitude and pleasure rather than the feeling of regret or gain nothing from the experience like most shows with moe traits. If you’re open-minded enough to subject yourself with cute girls for 12 episodes, rest assured that you will most likely come out of this show feeling good and accomplished without feeling any form of regret watching it.

-A

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