The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat: A Quick Take

Tsukiko provides commentary
I’m now interesting for being uninteresting.

A boy who wants to be able express his mind and a girl who wants to hide her emotions prey to a cat statue and get more than they wish for in the first episode of Henneko. Youto happens to be an extremely perverted high school boy who is somehow perceived as an upstanding student, but he wishes to be able to speak his mind openly. He hears about a cat statue that grants wishes if an offering is provided, so he heads to the statue and meets a girl named Tsukiko who is there because she no longer wants to express her feelings so easily. They pray to the statue and the next morning Youto earns the nickname of the Hentai Prince and Tsukiko is completely emotionless. The pair have to learn to deal with their new situation and another girl who seems to have Youto’s facade.

I may be alone in this regard, but I found the characters far more interesting prior to the change than they were after. Tsukiko in particular bothers me in this regard. She is transformed from a girl who is able to speak her mind and feels like a complete person to basically a simple puzzle. To its credit, Youto’s attempts to get Tsukiko to laugh aren’t played with the same level of perversion as his interactions with every other character in the episode.

Conceptually, this series seems rather odd with how it treats its characters. It’s almost like they felt that in order to make it a good comedy, they absolutely had to make the characters one-dimensional. It pretty much invalidated the first half of the episode in my mind. It doesn’t even matter where these people came from. Instead, what we are going to be left with is a half-assed comedy around set pieces involving a fake ojousama character, a boy with no filter and a pretty generic silent girl who hurls insults. There’s not much of a need to construct a larger story on top of that.

As for the production quality, it’s about what you would expect from the first episode of a J.C. Staff produced series. Lots of bright colors and the like, but it all felt as empty as Tsukiko’s character in the second half of the episode. I don’t know how many episodes this series will be, but I’d imagine with the late start it won’t be enough to stretch the budget too far.

Reasons to Continue Watching: Interactions involving Azusa, Youto and Tsukiko and comedy that doesn’t take itself seriously
Reasons to Drop: The characters from before the change don’t matter and intentional disregard for character development

My Verdict: This series will be more popular than anything I wrote above will imply. As a comedy, it really didn’t deliver anything at all for me. Dropped.

6 thoughts on “The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat: A Quick Take”

  1. This show sucked. I’ll admit the visuals were up to typical JC standards (they used to be great, but now they are about average, but by no means bad). The show itself was crap. You mention the weakening of the characters by turning them into one-dimensional types. As far as RomCom harems go, I would much rather watch “Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru”, which has some interesting characters.

    1. I wouldn’t really call OreGairu or whatever it’s called a harem unless there’s another girl introduced it’s pretty much just a love triangle. I still can’t believe intentionally weakening characters for the sake of making it a comedy is a thing.

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