As I receive more and more anime from NIS, they are rapidly becoming my favorite distributor. Not only do they license great anime but it seems they are passionate about creating a total package. Everyday Tales of a Cat God, The Blu-ray Complete Series (S) Premium Edition contains episodes 1-12 plus the OVA and a hardcover, 32-page art book that provides a deeper viewing experience with illustrations and additional personal touches from each of the characters! The everyday tales of this cat god and her harrowing adventures to the candy shop, a landfill, and a beach resort show Mayu and her friends that sometimes, the simplest things in life are the best. Even though Cat God is not exactly the type of show that I was expecting NIS America to license, they once again come through producing another high-quality LE package. The artbook just looks exceptionally great. It’s all bright and cheerful, which is the proper mood for what this show is about.
An engaging slice of deity life comedy with lots of cat jokes about being lazy and greedy for food. The comedic style also runs similarly to Lucky Star. It feels slightly sporadic and silly and very little of what’s going on makes much sense. I love comedy, but my personal choice of comedy usually isn’t the Lucky Star brand of works. While it’s cute, there usually isn’t much substance. So it’s a good thing to watch if you’re in a down mood or had a stressful day. Again, not much is really explained until about halfway through and when it they do it, it really comes as a shocker. It really changed the mood of the whole series and suddenly there was a story arc that took over. Sure the insane antics continued, but the majority of the episodes were far more serious and just peppered with humor. This is what made us to believe that there was a lot they were trying to fit into this run. A lot of things are explained via flashbacks and stories told by Maru or Yuzu for the most part, but there is still quite a bit that’s left up in the air.
No complicated story and no distractions. It’s just laid back simple fun which I truly appreciate. It’s a forgotten kind of approach on anime because almost everything now needs to be compelling and intriguing. Once upon a time though, there were anime you just watch on a weekly basis just so you can have fun while watching them. There used to be a lot of simple anime with non-episodic plots. Shows like Love Hina, Sorcerer Hunters and even Galaxy Angel that was just out for fun and nothing more. All in all this leads to an adorable scene where Shamo shows the level of authority she has. She even has the other gods and goddesses bowing to her. Though she sounds stern at first she then reveals that she’s actually proud of the work that they’re doing and that she’ll leave the town…only to then decide to stay because she wants to beat the video game she’s playing. This series is definitely adorable and the comedy isn’t the funniest, but it has it’s moments. If cute and quirky is something you like in a series, you’ll most likely enjoy this one.
Some nice seasonal stories as the various gods of Spring, Summer and so on do their “set pieces” throughout the Japanese festival calendar. The animation style is a bit simple, but it’s very clear (especially in HD) and fits the story well. It’s has a pretty modern feel to it. The music is pretty stock for 2010’s Anime, the ending credit song is catchy, the incidental music fits the scenes well. Despite the fact that even the pacing the season and how it was presented was chaotic in and of itself, the show was great. There is also some manga panel style in some of the anime which features another story about a girl and death god. It’s a pretty nice easter egg in the anime. Overall, the good far outweighs the bad.