Mayoi Neko Overrun!

TV (13 eps)
3.329 out of 5 from 6,747 votes
Rank #4,522

Having lived in the same orphanage as children, Takumi Tsuzuki and Fumino Serizawa grew up together and remain fast friends. Now living and working at a bakery, Takumi does his best to prevent catastrophe, particularly when the clumsy Otome is in the kitchen! He attends school with Fumino and is still the only person capable of reading through her baffling habit of hiding her emotions by saying exactly the opposite to what she means. However, the arrival on the scene of enigmatic catgirl Nozomi may force Fumino to be more honest with her feelings than she is used to - or perhaps even able to. This, along with a host of crazy friends and associates such as the stuck-up Chise and the otaku Ieyasu, ensures that there is rarely a dull moment in their lives!

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"There is only enough happiness on the plate for one"                                  - Nozomi Kiriya, MNO A quote from this anime and one very relevant to the harem genre. Not only that, but it is also important for our actual lives, i.e. truer words can't be said. Does this anime do anything about it however? Surprisingly, I found the first few episodes to be rather touching and I wondered if it had anything to do with the fact I was drunk. I bravely decided to try the rest without beer. Was it a good decision? One thing for sure, I can't do a review on an anime I've only ever watched under the influence. Mayoi Neko (translates to stray cats) Overrun is a harem/ecchi anime with some comedy aspects (dare I say romance too?) about the highschool student employees of the 'Stray Cat' patisserie (cake shop). It seems to be all over the place, sometimes serious, sometimes joking around and making fun. Sure it's possible to mix the two, but honestly this one can't do it well. I like cats, however that fact will not affect this review. I also hate ecchi/harem and that will affect this review. Cracking on, the animation quality itself is top-notch. The style seems to be a colourful one I've seen before, but there isn't much choice in that case. So if quality is not becoming an issue these days, how do I judge the animation? By what is animated, i.e. what they decide to animate. There is some ecchi and on my drunk run, I looked over it. However I noticed it a bit more when sober. Not much to say about it, I've complained enough already about ecchi in general. Sound design is average. Music didn't really stand out and neither do I remember it enhancing the scenes, maybe because it wasn't good enough to be noticable? Can't say much more. This anime is only in Japanese so English subtitles are recommended. The characters all work at Stray Cats and arguably there are 3 main ones, so lets start with the guy at the centre of the harem issue. Takumi Tsuzuki is a high-school student who works and lives at the Stray Cat, which happens to be the shop owned by his older sister. SPOILER< He is an orphan, who was taken in by Otome Tsuzuki after the orphanage closed and nobody would take him in. Fumiyo Serizawa was a fellow orphan at the time. >SPOILER As a character, he is initially an OK guy but soon you realise like most harem central characters, he lacks empathy and is too indecisive. He ends up in a situation where he is back to back with a nude girl (a stranger). His lack of action could be interpreted as him being a respectful person (who wouldn't do anything funny with a girl, he also says this to Fumino in one episode and... find out) or a gutless fool. You also find out that he is being heavily influenced by his otaku friend. A disappointing typical harem protagonist then. Probably the most important of the potential romances, Fumino Serizawa is Takumi's childhood friend.  Not much is said about her family. SPOILERS< Her real parents died in a car crash and she was one of two children left behind at the church when the orphanage closed and nobody took them in. Story suggests that Otome found Takumi first leaving Fumino on her own >SPOILERS This character gives MNO the tsundere tag and is the very definition of tsundere. If you don't know what it means, watch the first few episodes. She seems to often say the opposite of what she really feels causing somewhat serious problems. Obviously the romance department is afflicted by this. Takumi is one of the few characters who can understand her sometimes, however (though not when it really matters XS). She is of course hot headed (going hand in hand with the tsundere trait), often physically assualting and abusing Takumi, even when he's done nothign wrong. Sometimes I can feel sympathy for the guy and I feel that its wrong, but then I remember he's a typical indecisive harem protagonist so I loose my empathy for him. This character has me conflicted as to whether she deserves to be liked or not. Her background indicates that she needs a hug, but her Tsundere gets to the point of infuriating me and Takumi sure doesn't help. I'm not sure whether this was a mix-up with another character but apparently she likes to look after homeless animals, in other words: cats. Nozomi Kiriya is the iconic catgirl of this anime. Somewhat mysterious in terms of her background, her cat-ears are never explained and she doesn't seem to have a tail. Maybe it's just the way her hair is done? She gets taken in by the Tsuzuki's at the start, just like a stray cat. Anyhow, Nozomi is a bit of a prodigy excelling in everything she tries at. One early example is that she is an expert at making goods for the patisserie, despite lacking experience. Other than that, her behavious is similar to that of an average cat. Therefore she doesn't talk much, often meowing and putting her hands up as paws and generally being passive and chilled out. Early on it doesn't seem that Nozomi is one of the potential romances, but she seems to have her mind set on Takumi by the end. After all, if there's only one bit of happiness on the plate, you might as well grab it and fight for it right? The other character aren't as important. There's a big ego, selfish child-girl Chise Umenomori, who happens to be the daughter of a very wealthy family. Her two main maids happen to also be senior students at their school. A typical anime trope character. There also seems to be the typical anime trope Otaku perver character, Ieyasu Kikuchi claiming he only likes 2D girls (Despite the fact he is an anime character himself). This character is the worst of the bunch as he does the most bullshit pointless things in episode 6, almost getting the main character killed. Otome Tsuzuki is Takumi's big sister, owns the Stray Cat patisserie, has big breasts *sigh* and has a tendency to pick up stray cats and take them in, similarly to the people who live with her. The story is very lacking. Of this 13 episode series, only 12 episodes are original 'story' (using the term very loosely) and the last is an overview of the plot (again, loosely) with the 3 romantic interests giving commentary. The plot arguably only takes place in the first 2-3 episodes and the last one the rest is pointless filler where nothing really happens. Both a token hotsprings and a token beach episode appear. No progress is made on any front other than having Nozomi live with the Tsuzuki's. Overall a pointless bullshit harem story. Theres even an episode entirely dedicated to a filler in the style of terrible combining mecha ala Power Rangers. Definitely the most pointless part of this series. This doesn't even have the chilled-out relaxing atmosphere, which would result in the lack of story being forgivable. It doesn't get the worst score, only due to 2 characters backstory however. In the end I was right to not drink for most of the episodes, if only to give an accurate review. But during those episodes, I wish I had, since this was as pointless as most of the rest of this genre. Take it from me, only episodes 1-3 and 12 are worth watching and even then, it isn't a good anime. Had I been sober for all of it, I might have been more critical of the first few episode and therefore given it an even lower score. Family-friendliness Rating: 4/5 I might call this ecchi rating, due to ecchi content but lack of nudity or other mature themes (lower is better) Overall Rating: 3/10


This anime was another inspiration for me. Let me explain: I have some kind of "tradition" to add more scenes or new plot with same characters, all in my mind, and later in some writing app.  One of my anime character prototype, Renai-chan, is basically Nozomi but with short white hair and visible cat ears.  While Fumino seemed like Katyusha from Girls und Panzer series (especially when she was fighting with Chise, mostly in Theatre/Special episodes. But the personality of Chise was pretty similar to Katyusha, or even to Taiga Aisaka from ToraDora.  I watched this anime while I was clearing some time ago opened tabs (I have currently 64 tabs plus this page I'm writing review). I saved this anime as an want-to-watch-later for about an month. It was when I was searching for neko-related animes besides Nekopara.  But what is an anime without funny moments! I laughed so hard when Otome went to war zone to give water to soldiers. Also, the ending was a little emotionally embarrassing, but thank Mart Laar I've seen. . . let's say, worse...  yeah, more emotional stuff. For example, I cried pretty hard on the end of ToraDora.  Let's go back to start. Yeah, making scenes in my mind and then in app. I was writing Tartu Raatuse no Satsujin Jiken, (trying to combine real life with anime, thus making somewsom murder anime happen in my school with animezied real characters. And in mind, I was between Tartu Raatuse no Satsujin Jiken, Little Busters 2/EST (which I decided to be sequel to Tartu Raatuse no Satsujin Jiken) and some smaller groups (Estomonogatari, Boys und Panzer, The Great Mages (Strike Witches sequel) and some ongoing (in other words, currently what I am watching, like Mashiro-iro Symphony: The Color of Lovers) to decide what to continue. I can do this especially on night, since I can't sleep as well as others can.  Anyway, I'm very thankful to Mart Laar and myself that I saved this anime. Inspirations Mayoi Neko Overrun, ToraDora and some others (I can't remember) gave to me made me fully interested in anime, to even this far that I decided to allow anime like religious freedom in my class.  It also appears I'm very interested in the animes which have genre "School", "School-life", "Love/romantic" and "Rivaling girls" and maybe "love triangle". 

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