Since Nekogami Yaoyorozu is the only show that I had expectations for this season and met those (moderately high) expectations, I’m very excited about it. I came for a fake Touhou anime, and that’s what I got—lazy immortal gods grappling with poverty, awesome character designs, yuri hijinks, and a very “yukkuri shiteite ne” vibe of comedy—but also well thought-out classifications and fighting systems for the occasional lighthearted battle. This is exactly how I imagine a Touhou anime would be.
None of that is surprising because FLIPFLOPs was a popular Touhou doujin circle that went pro with this and a few other, shorter manga. The last time we got an anime adaption of a manga by a former Tohou doujin artist, it was Yumekui Merry by Ushiki Yoshitaka, which had some pretty obvious Touhou influences. However, this is a whole different ball game. Ushiki had done a couple of Touhou doujins, most popularly Advent Cirno, which is a parody action manga that combines Touhou with Final Fantasy: Advent Children; meanwhile, FLIPFLOPs has done an assload of Touhou doujins, including the fantastic Two Scarlet Sacraments Under the Starry Sky, which is a complete retelling (or even adaption) of The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. While most of their doujins may have been more parody, it’s clear that FLIPFLOPs is really attached to Touhou mythos itself.
It only takes a glance at the character designs in Nekogami to determine that they look an awful lot like Touhou characters, and a mere plot description is enough to make it sound one step short of an outright adaption.
In any case, while reading Two Scarlet Sacraments had the most to do with psyching me for Nekogami, the Touhou background wasn’t the only thing that grabbed my interest.
Nekogami comes from a weird production background considering the tameness of the series’ content. This is a show wherein the characters wear a *lot* of clothes that don’t come off a whole lot, and fanservice moments are nearly nonexistent. It becomes surprising when you line it up with the other manga in its magazine, Champion Red (Seikon no Qwaser, Yomeiro Choice, Shigurui—yes, this is somehow a shounen magazine), and the other shows by its studio, AIC PLUS+ (Asobi ni Iku yo!, Nana to Kaoru, Quiz Magic Academy 2—yes, that’s porn).
Aside from that weirdness, though, the staff and cast are enough to get me to watch anything. Sakurai Hiroaki is an excellent comedy director, whether handling more straightforward comedies such as Cromartie High School and GA, or more plot-driven ones like Kodocha and Kaichou wa Maid-sama. More importantly, the cast is a laundry list of spectacular seiyuu; in the order listed on ANN, it includes (but is not limited to): Tomatsu Haruka, Horie Yui, Toyosaki Aki, Takagaki Ayahi, Taketatsu Ayana, Itou Kanae, Mizuhashi Kaori, Konishi Katsuyuki, MAKO, Tanaka Rie, Arai Satomi, and Sanpei Yuko. I mean, damn!
I doubt I’ll have enough to say about this show to warrant posting on it episodically or even semi-episodically, but it’s definitely the show I’m most enthused about watching this season.