Katt: Ah Nyan Koi!, I have had my ups and downs with you, but now that it’s come time for your finale…I’m sad!! While I wouldn’t say that I’m attached to every single character in the main cast, I do love the main trio (and the main kitty trio, too!). Lots of laughs and ‘aw, cute!’ moments thanks to the melange of romance and the cat-related curse. I hate to leave this show behind, and the quality time I’ve spent with my cat watching it (yes, I’ve watched every episode with one of my cats), but at least there is a manga to turn to so that I can get my kitty fix!…unless that much joked-about second season comes true~
Wrapping up the curse
As we left off last time, the curse is progressing faster all of sudden because Kaede now knows about it! While the twins do their best to suppress it, Jizou’s curse is moving forward faster than it can be stopped. And with cat ears, Junpei has to be very very cautious–which we all know never works in the anime world. The only logical solution is to make Kaede believe that the curse A) doesn’t exist, or B) has been lifted from Junpei.
Watching Junpei’s acting skills when he has to convince Kaede that the curse was from vandalizing the lucky cat statue was…amazing. The twins were pretty bad too, but Junpei–ironically–stole the show with his fail skills. Sweet unknowing Kaede fell for it, though, and it looked like everything would work out just fine, with her thinking that the curse was broken by the twins’ ritual. Then, of course, I realized that it was about halfway through the episode and romantic comedies never wrap up so neatly. Cue Nagi’s entrance, and Junpei’s hat being taken off to reveal the cat ears. Silly costume, or a curse? Only Kaede believes the latter but that is enough for Junpei’s transformation to progress even futher! Oh no!
I’m so satisfied that we got to see a completely kittyfied Junpei in this final episode. The series wouldn’t have bene complete without it. Unfortunately, a completely kittyfied Junpei = a dying Junpei, and the only one who can save him is Kaede. While normally one would expect a rescue to entail acknowledging someone’s problem, Kaede has to disregard Junpei’s curse; what a weird situation. When Kaede shows up and picks kitty!Junpei up, a cure doesn’t seem all that important anymore…but it is this positive acknowledgement from a cat, and the gang of kitties that flocks to her (even if they’re really there for Junpei) that raises Kaede’s spirits and makes her realize that such a sweet animal could never be the cause of a curse; Nekojizou’s curse can’t possibly exist! Little do you know, Kaede, that that belief just saved Junpei’s life.
Wrapping up the romance
Since the Junpei/Kana issue was seemingly wrapped up in the last episode, it’s time for a Junpei/Kaede episode! Which makes sense, considering that it is undeniably the main pairing, so it had better be the focus in the final episode of a romantic comedy. What I really love about the way that this potential pairing is dealt with in this episode is that we finally get to see what is going on in Kaede’s head. Up until now Junpei’s affections for her have been the focus, and we’ve gotten to see Kana’s progression with her love for Junpei, but never, never Kaede’s thoughts.
Of course, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that, now that we get to see into her mind, Kaede definitely has a crush on Junpei, too. Her concern for Junpei’s curse could just be taken as caring for a friend; however, when the girls have a one-on-one conversation, Kana forces Kaede to think a little more on her feelings. This push towards figuring out where Kaede’s thoughts are at cumulates when she receives a phone call from Junpei (actually not romance-related, but shh! She didn’t know that!) and gets really hopeful and starts thinking about what he could want to say to her. One of the top moments from this episode has to be when Kaede gets all riled up after the phone call and her dogs crowd around her excitedly–so cute! I can’t help but love Kaede and her sweet personality.
While the post-phone call meeting amounts to nothing romantic (much to Kaede’s dismay, I’m sure), her unrelenting concern for Junpei shows that she’s come to care for him a lot. In fact, she and Junpei even share a moment!…but Junpei is a cat at that time and is the only one aware of that moment being shared. This is when the romance department shifts back to Junpei’s thoughts, and I have to admit that cat!Junpei thinking that he’d be happy if he died in Kaede’s arms was really adorable, in a comedic, melodramatic kind of way.
Aside from that moment and finding out that Kaede does have some sort of feelings for Junepi, the romance ultimately amounts to nothing solid. In fact, by the end, even Kana seems to be back in the game (possibly thanks to seeing Junpei naked? I think so). I guess this is to be expected of a series of this nature, but it still is a little disappointing.
Nonetheless I can’t deny that this last episode really was a great one. I mean, the show ends…with Junpei totally naked in front of everyone. A pretty solid ending, I must say. Now will that much joked-about season two happen? I don’t know how popular this series was, but I think that it probably got enough attention to warrent another season–and truth be told, I’m kinda hoping for one!
Katt’s kitty-fix was filled by Nyan Koi! episode 12…10/10
Katt’s kitty-fix was filled by Nyan Koi! overall…8/10–love the humour, love the cats, love the main romance, but some of the side characters were just there for the laughs that I didn’t like.