Impression – Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko., Episode 01

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko. (J.C. Staff) – Genre: Comedy, Romance, School

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Episode 01 – “The Perverted Dude and the Stony Cat”

The series title might be suspect, but the actual story is more harmless than one might think. The title translates to “The Perverted Prince and the Stony Cat” and revolves around the titular pervert Youto Yokodera (CV: Yuki Kaji, as in Alibaba from Magi). Throughout his high school career he’s been forced to suppress his true nature (i.e. his inner pervert) with a carefully created facade. This leads to some trouble when the president of the Track Team, Tsukushi “Queen of Steel” Tsutsukakushi (CV: Yukari Tamura, as in Rika from Higurashi) requests that he become the new president. He can’t possibly tell her that the only reason he’s so dedicated to the team is just to peep on the Swim Team and is therefore forced to accept the offer.

That night, Youto’s friend tells him of a mysterious cat statue that is capable of ridding a part of your personality that you don’t want by giving it to someone who needs it. Curious, Youto visits it in the dead of night and finds a girl there by the name of Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi (CV: Yui Ogura, as in Alice from Kamisama no Memochou). She’s there for a similar reason as Youto. Where Youto is there to rid himself of his restrictive facade, Tsukiko wants to become more adult-like by being able to suppress her emotional outbursts better. The two make their offerings, and the results show themselves the next day at school.

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We’re then introduced to Azusa Azuki (CV: Kaori Ishihara, as in Aladdin from Magi) who appears to have a princess-complex about her, stating that the only way for a man to approach her is through actions. Well, her wish is answered by Youto’s now facade-less character. Unfortunately, the cat’s power is so strong that even he has no control over his urges anymore, causing him to speak his mind without fear of the ramifications and earning the title “Perverted Prince” amongst the school.

It also turns out that the cat’s power worked too well on Tsukiko as well, who is now unable to show emotion on her face anymore. It’s a real shame because I really like her energetic character (with Yui Ogura’s great voice acting, too). In the end, the two realize that Youto’s facade went to Azusa and decide the only way to revert things back to normal is to have Azusa make a wish to return it. In order to get close to her, Youto offers to become her dog which her new facade forces her to accept.

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I have some high hopes for this series. J.C. Staff is on a roll this season because the animation here is great. The humor is spot-on and while we’ve had romcoms with perverted leads ad nauseum, the scenario created in Henneko feels really fresh. Also, the two main female characters are completely flat-chested and hearing Alibaba from Magi hit on Aladdin is incredibly amusing. I’m interested to see if this swapping and trading of personality traits will lead to any sort of character development and growth.

B.W.

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