Thursday, 12 November 2009

Nyan Koi! - Episode 6

Just when you thought that Junpei's harem couldn't get any bigger, up pops yet another girl come the end of the last episode to complicate things a little further. Wait, did I just say "another girl" in a singular sense? Make that two girls.

Yes, that's right, Nyan Koi's sixth episode deploys a pair of identical twins onto the scene, guaranteeing confusion aplenty, especially considering that one of the pair, Kotone Kirishima, seems to have fallen head over heels for Junpei and his misfortune while the other, Akira, is only interested in keeping him away from her sister. To top it all, these girls are the daughters of the head priest at Jizou's shrine, which seemingly gives them both the power to "see" Junpei's curse, while their own cat, Noir, is currently in the middle of a major falling out with the priest's cat Tama.

To be honest, the whole "helping cats" thing really takes a bit of a back seat to the other shenanigans on show here (and I don't just mean the fan service, which I'm going to try to ignore), as Junpei's ever-growing collection of girls which hang around him causes yet more misunderstandings and confusion between himself and Mizuno, undoing much of the good work of the last episode.

After admiring the last episode for seemingly breaking with harem tradition, we seem to have gone right back to the roots of said genre this time around - Did we really need any more girls to confuse Junpei's life further? Apparently so according to the writers on this show - Although the introduction of these twins does little to really damage Nyan Koi's place in this season's line-up as an enjoyable yet vacuous series, I guess I was hoping for a little more in the way of initiative this time around. Still, the show's madcap pace does remain fun to watch in its own way, so it isn't all bad.

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