Monday, April 21, 2014

Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki

Spanning 52 episodes, Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki ran for the entire year of 2012. The lighthearted, slice-of-life series only ran for about 3 minutes an episode, so the whole thing only ran for about 5 to 6 and a half episodes by usual anime standards. It follows an extremely round orange cat named Poyo during his daily life and that of his friends and family. The title literally translates to Poyopoyo Observation Diary, so episodes tend to show events from Poyo's perspective most of the time.

It's never too hot out for cat love.

Poyopoyo was one of the most relaxing series I have ever seen. It is cutesy, calm, and super-sweet, with plenty of hilarious moments woven in. Each episode is so short that it's easy to digest in between heavier series, and you can watch several at once when you have some time to kill, such as on a lunch break or while waiting for someone.

They really do, ha ha...

Keeping in line with the super-light nature of the series, the art style is very cutesy and chibi-fied, with even the guys having huge eyes. Poyo's natural charm is impossible to resist, even if he weren't the spherical love he is. The interaction between characters is delightful as well, such as the Satou family (Poyo's family) and the little old lady next door. Poyo even makes friends of his own, and spends episodes interacting with them, human-free.

Poyo makes an excellent Mr. Mom.

Provided you don't mind the occasional Discovery Channel-type joke or same-sex relationships, this would be an excellent series to show to children. There's no swearing, no violence (though Poyo occasionally scratches some people), and really just nothing questionable about it. There isn't even any yelling, really. This could also be a good series to introduce someone to anime, or to change someone's perceptions about it were they introduced to something violent initially.

This is probably the raunchiest joke of the series.

Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki is available from Bakabt (in a combination torrent with Mukteki Subs for the first 16 and HorribleSubs for the rest), Sushi Tacos (Spanish), and Akuma Subs (Italian), though the latter 2 seem to have been dead for some time. On the upside, plenty of streaming sites have it.



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