Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko 1

Henneko 1 31Advisory: Henneko has been certified “unhealthy” by WHO (why hate otters).

 

 

 

Similar to the way Oreimo and Railgun S give viewers heart HNGH attacks while simultaneously driving their blood sugar levels through the roof, Henneko strikes at the heart of susceptible guys (and possibly girls), rendering them incapable of uttering nothing else but “HNGH“. It is super effective!

As the 3rd and final show that I’m most hyped for (the other two being, Oreimo and Railgun S, surprise!), I’m actually really relieved glad that Henneko is able to give the other two a run for their money. Given the higher than what-has-been-deemed-healthy  levels of “moe” this season, I might just not make it out alive, all for the greater good.

The perverted prince and how he lost his…facade

Let’s face it, perverted male leads are way more fun to watch compared to their dense/ball-less counterparts. Yokodera Youto (we meet again, Kaji Yuki) is not only a pervert, he embraces it. Here comes the first world problem, he wants to be more open about it, yet is unable to do so because his facade, or what I call the light side, forbids him from doing so.

One fine day night, upon hearing about the statue of the stony cat and the legend behind it, Youto seeks it out in a bid for him to become a little more honest. The rest is quickly history as when a guy openly speaks his mind about breast sizes and tights (no, I’m not going to share my opinion about that), the rest of the school quickly labels him as a freaking pervert – just for spilling his thoughts.

Going on a off-topic for a little, it is a sad truth that putting on a show is “necessary” for society to function, be it at school, work, wherever. Everyone wears a mask, be it thick or thin, for the sake of maintaining peace and order, but I can’t help but wonder – would the world be a better place if people become slightly more honest with themselves? Henneko is a prime example of what happens to a person who drops their act and expose themselves for the world to judge, and perhaps that is also the reason why everyone is afraid to reveal their true nature – the fear of being judged and labelled. Which begs the next train of thought – Isn’t the world technically living a “lie” then?

The stoic girl and how she lost her…emotions

Completing the other side of the triangle is Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko (Ogura Yui), who makes life hell for anyone who tries to call her by her family name. Contrary to Youto, Tsukiko wishes to become more “mature” by not wearing her heart on a sleeve for everyone to see. Thanks to the wish she made alongside Youto, it will probably take quite a while before we get to see Tsukiko with her array of expressions again.

Emotions define our feelings, and without expressions we can’t convey our intentions across properly. Having a poker face is helpful for.. playing poker. *Suddenly, a certain poker face song plays in the background* When it comes to Tsukiko, I don’t really know about people wanting to mask themselves further as we’re all already professional actors to begin with. Though I guess certain people are more prone to bottling up their feelings while others are less reserved about such matters? Point being, I find that Youto’s wish of wanting to be more forthcoming is more realistic than Tsukiko’s desire to prevent her emotions from showing.

The tsundere ojou-sama and how she…met her match

Rounding up the triangle (oh the irony) is heiress Azusa Azuki (Ishihara Kaori), who makes life hell (or heaven) for anyone who tries to ask her out. Classic tsundere ojou-sama character archetype – consider that approved. Azuki met her match in Youto who is unaffected by her “tsun” as he was under the effects of the stony cat. Needless to say, we got to see the “dere” side of her as a result. Mission accomplished.

However, as both Tsukiko and Youto both subsequently realize, being brutally honest/being unable to make facial expression is way too extreme and they now seek to undo that process, otherwise it is dead or die for them. It is here where the real journey begins.

First impressions

First announced at AFA’12 way back in November last year, I wasn’t really into the series until I looked into the cast and discovered the holy duo of the Yui x Kaori. As relative newcomers to the voice-acting industry, I’d have to say that they have managed to make a name for themselves fairly quickly, thanks to their unique voices (more so for Ogura Yui) and the appropriate opportunities given in order for them to establish themselves. For others, the HNGH-factor may well be Tsukiko, but let me tell you that the real gem of Henneko is actually Ishihara Kaori playing the role of a spoiled heiress, as Ogura Yui typically plays the role of the small petite girl (though I have to admit her voice suits that kinda role perfectly). Having Kaji Yuki on board is always more of a “not again” for me rather than a “yay” (considering his rise to fame). Though as long as he isn’t whining or screaming his lungs out, he actually is quite a versatile seiyuu  – as evident by his portrayal of the perverted Youto.

More importantly, the character designs are a huge factor in the why people were so eagerly anticipating the adaptation of Henneko. While not as good as the original (light novel) version, J.C Staff still manages to capture the essence of Kantoku-sensei’s artwork. Having pleasant characters to look at is always a huge plus (right Aku no Hana), except for Youto, don’t ask me why. It’s hard not to be entertained by this premiere episode of Henneko, animation quality is more than decent, given that J.C Staff is also doing Railgun S at the same time. The comedic elements were spot-on and I can’t wait for the romance half to kick in.

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