Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san is a yuri comedy anime based off of a four panel manga by Kuzushiro. In 2014 Seven, a studio I’ve never reviewed works of before, put out an anime adaptation. Made up of three minute episodes. Which, to be fair, is long enough for the jokes you find in a four panel manga. So, let’s see if they use their format well. I’ll be including the special in this review since the series is so short.
We open with a quick introduction to our main characters. Inugami Yachiyo has a lot of canine-like traits, as her name suggests, but she loves cats. Nekoyama Suzu is the opposite. In keeping with her name, she has a lot of feline-like traits but she loves dogs. The two meet through a mutual friend and pretty much become instantly moist for one another. They go on to meet some other girls with animalistic traits and corresponding names and get into all kinds of shenanigans.
The biggest issue with the series is that some of Yachiyo’s plans to get closer to Suzu are really uncool. Like when they go on that hot spring trip and Yachiyo keeps trying to grope her among other things. The other notable example is the catnip episode. In all fairness, she doesn’t actually cross the line at any point but she comes close enough to make it a bit uncomfortable.
On the positive side of the spectrum, the humour does generally work well and the short episodes are handily utilised. The flirtations among the girls are quite charming. So, it is a pretty thoroughly enjoyable series. And it’s very much a situation where you can’t expect much more from it, given that it runs for around forty minutes total.
The characters are pretty simple comedic school girls. However, the series does a good job of giving its characters a mesh of animalistic traits and more human ones. Save for Aki, who’s the more ordinary girl. Her job is to roll her eyes and be snarky about her friends and their shenanigans. And the characters, though simplistic, do have strong comedic interactions with plenty of potential for more. This series could be twenty six half hour episodes and have plenty to do with the cast.
The character designs are nicely done and their movements are well animated. There are also some nice backgrounds and object art. And that’s pretty much to be expected since these are three minute episodes and you’d know Seven just didn’t give a shit if they couldn’t be bothered to put together good art for it.
Our main girls are voiced by Uesaka Sumire & Touyama Nao, both of whom are very good. We also get some strong performances from Ootsubo Yuka, Horino Sayaka, Yamazaki Erii and others. The music is quite nice as well.
There’s a lot. Pretty much every girl, except Aki, has a blatant lesbian love interest. Suzu has Yachiyo. Mikine has Yukiji. Sora has Hibari. And it doesn’t end that simply either. There’s a lot of flirtation just among the characters in general. I’d suggest polyamory, but there’s clearly some jealousy issues present that would make that untenable.
So, that’s Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san. Ultimately, it holds up really damn well. For forty minutes, you aren’t going to find a much better comedy and I really enjoyed that. If you want a quick comedy split into segments with heavy yuri elements, this is for you. I’ll give it an 8/10. Next week, Made in Abyss.