Sunday, 15 November 2009

Nyan Koi! - Episode 7

It's school field trip time for Nyan Koi's seventh episode, which means that it's time for Junpei and the rest of his class to take a trip to Kyoto for a few days... surely a chance for him to build up his burgeoning romance with Mizuno, right?

Of course, this wouldn't be Nyan Koi if Junpei's curse didn't get in the way, starting with a request from a cat to be taken back to Kyoto with him to make for a cheap return trip for said feline. Although this is a simple enough request, that cat then decides to tell all and sundry about Junpei's "power", and before he knows it the poor guy is bombarded with requests from cats as his infamy grows, giving him little time to spend enjoying himself.

Things only go from bad to worse when Junpei gets caught peeking at the girls at the hotel's hot spring (in a surprisingly fan service free scene, a refreshing change for this anime season), before even his final day of free time which he plans to spend with Mizuno ends up turning into more feline-related activities.

There isn't really a lot to say about the content of this episode - It's all very run-of-the-mill and traditional, with basically no twists, turns or surprises... everything here is exactly as you'd expect it to be. That said, there is some room for praise when it comes to this episode's sense of comic timing - Some relatively basic jokes and visual gags are actually turned into smile or laugh-worthy moments due simply to good timing in terms of both the delivery of lines and the way the animation for such punchlines are mapped out. If ever proof were needed that the oldest jokes can sometimes be the best, this is it - Sure, it isn't cutting-edge comedy, but it does bring this episode up from the realms of mediocrity to create some moments of genuine amusement and entertainment to keep this quirky and enjoyable little series ticking over.


Anonymous said...

Apparently there are Russians roaming all over Japan. Kyoto, Akiba, all the good spots.

Glo said...

I love how the cat he brought to Kyoto turned out to belong to Ichinose, not to mention all the other coincidences that were related.

Nyan Koi is the best show I've seen in a while.

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Meroko said...

I love this series. It's not fresh or new humor wise, but it works, and I don't get bored watching it. Also I am a huge cat fan, so prehaps I'm a little biased?

Hanners said...

Yep, I think "it just works" is probably as accurate a comment about this series in general as any. :) And of course, anime where cats feature heavily is always a good thing. ;)