Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Handa Nora is a typical boy. One spring day, on his way to school, he comes across a beautiful girl named Patricia. Patricia is a princess of the afterlife, who had come to destroy all life on the planet. Nora and Patricia share a kiss, transforming him into a black cat. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: As we reach the end of the premieres for a new season, there’s often a few straggling anime that feel superfluous. By this time we’ve found the gems, the titles with the most promise. At two weeks into the season, whatever is left has to make a strong impression. But many of these stragglers just aren’t memorable and I think that best sums up Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat. It’s a low budget, almost stick figure/slide show quality anime with extremely limited animation.
Linny: The show isn’t atrocious by any means but it doesn’t start with a lot of promise either. First off, it pushes out all its exposition within two sentences and its opening credits feature a fair amount of non-animated sequences. While this show seems like it’s going to be showcasing the hilarious hijinks and misadventures of these girls and the poor boy-turned-cat stuck with them, it’s hard to believe that any of it will be truly worth following.
Tom: Nora, Princess and Stray Cat jumps ahead in its narrative, hoping to inject us right into the fray of things in order to suck the audience in. But even so the time we spend with the characters is so short, so mismanaged, that we don’t get a strong sense of any character. It chooses to throw four girls and our main character, turned cat, at us all at the same time. Already we have no attachment to Handa Nora, the kid turned black cat, as he has no dialogue, no persona, no nothing to let us get to know him before he becomes a feline. The girls all eat up so much time themselves, that the best I can gather is who has a crush on Nora and who doesn’t.
Linny: Considering that the girls seem to be the main stars, it’s sad that they all seem to be just predictable stereotypes. It might work for fans of those stereotypes but these girls seem especially limited and unimpressive in this episode as they all are trapped to one defining characteristic. Just like the episode, none of them are repulsive but they’re really hard to praise at the same time.
Tom: Stray Cat is mildly amusing at times, throwing a decent number of jokes at us before our time with it is up. While it’s never offensive, it also never feels particularly clever. It’s a ho-hum experience, and if you came into it looking for Ecchi content, know that Stray Cat is actually quite tame.
Linny: Every season has its fair share of generic comedy shorts, and Stray Cat is a prime example. Its low budget animation and forgettable characters doom it to be abandoned in favour of more dynamic and hilarious shows.
Tom: Stray Cat is like a lot of short-form anime: unmemorable. It leaves little lasting impression and I find my memories of it quickly fading. If you need a very short break from the stress of life it may provide a chuckle or two, but Tsuredure Children or Aho Girl feel like a better way to go in this season alone.
Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat is available for streaming via Crunchyroll