A show that many should have had longer episodes but the impact was still made and it was a big one. This is Inu-Neko, not to be confused with the manga Inuneko.
Alternative Title: Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Yuri
Number of episodes: 12, 3 1/2 minutes each + 1 OVA
Plot Summary: Suzu Nekoyama is a timid, shy tsundere girl who loves dogs; her classmate Yachiyo Inugami is a super masochistic, air-headed, friendly girl who loves cats. One day, after a fateful meeting, the two find themselves attracted to each other. In response to Inugami’s instinctive approaches, Nekoyama is always bashful. Their friend Aki has to work hard to make jabs at some of the situations of the two, and also to stop Inugami from going berserk.
Inu-Neko is a short yuri show about a group of girls whose last names are related to animals. Aside from the dog and cat main duo there are other animals like a cow and a mouse.
Much of the show’s humor centers around four themes. Besides cute girls doing cute things, there are also jokes revolving around the girls’ animal surnames, Aki being the straight person (Both literally and figuratively) to the her friends’ wild antics and several lesbian sex jokes.
The yuri jokes can range from super steamy to plain oral erotica. This show has a hard time toning down the pace and fans would not have it any other way. It’s the rapid-fire yuri goodness that made it appealing to the nation in the first place.
Like the humor the animation style is pretty random, in a good way. The regular art style is already a visual treat but when the animators decide to go wild with their drawing utensils, THEY GO WILD!
The soundtrack is obviously small but the few tunes the show has are all delightful, especially the kickass main theme of the show. One of my personal favs of the year.
Inugami-san is a dog girl in every sense of the word. She can be loyal but also easily distracted, she’s very affectionate with people she likes (Sometimes much to Nekoyama’s chagrin), her ponytail magically wags like a dog’s tail when happy and she licks more than kisses.
Nekoyama-san is a somewhat reserved cat girl who demands constant attention without showing it, her hair stands up when upset or shocked, is lazy, dislikes water and gets jealous easily.
Their most common trait are their undeniable love for one another and their short temper.
These are the two girls that are more like animals. There is a second pairing who are somewhat like their animal counterpart and a third pairing who have very little to do with their counterparts other than some gags revolving around fear fear for one girl and another girl who gets irritated whenever favorite stuff about her animal are mentioned.
As for the yuri…”chuckles”, do I REALLY need to go into detail about the yuri content? Watch the first episode. That’s all readers need to do to get an idea of what to expect.
Overall Inu-Neko was a short and sweet delight that the nation wishes it could have been longer. What we did get though was nothing short of glorious. There’s no story other than cute girls doing cute things and being gay for one another. Any yuri fan who isn’t an uptight mook should give this one a go. Shouldn’t take more than an hour to go through the whole thing.