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The Hentai Prince And The Stony Cat Episode #12 Anime Review

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The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat, Episode 12
The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat, Episode 12

It’s at this stage of a series you you start looking for the happy ending, but in Henneko, you don’t entirely get one…

What They Say:
It is said that a stony cat standing in a hill can make our dream come true. Asking for their wishes, the protagonists come to a hill and ask for their wishes to the cat. Then, for some reason or other, a high school boy loses the face he wears in public and his nickname becomes a pervert prince. A cute girl is deprived of her true feelings… The cat makes mischief to their relationship better and worse. What will become of them?

The Review:
Having witnessed some of the unkind things she told her mother as a child, Tsukiko’s feeling more than a little guilty. As for Yokodera, his younger self had met Tsukasa after her daughters had gone to Italy and, noticing that she never smiled, had made it his duty to try and brighten her life – something he never managed to do, even as Tsukasa slipped away from a terminal illness. But Yokodera has an idea for putting things right…

With the best will in the world, there are some things you just can’t fix. A terminal illness is a terminal illness, and seems to be beyond the power of a wish to the cat god to fix (although no-one seems to try…) – but there are other things that younger-Yokodera can do. Things that involve a great personal sacrifice that’ll impact him for life, and that Tsukiko’s not pleased about – as much for the effect that they could have on her as on Yokodera himself.

I’ll just toss in my usual complaint about comedy shows going all serious on me, and given that the Bad Stuff in Henneko appears to be permanent, that should probably apply double. But I have to say: firstly, I really do appreciate that the series had the balls to go for what in some ways is a ‘bad ending’ and avoided hitting the ol’ reset button; and secondly, for subject matter that’s deathly serious in places, it’s actually handled very well, with due reverence given to scenes where it needs to be, and enough more light-hearted moments dropped in – especially in the second half of the episode – to keep it from all getting a but too much.

It also gives us as close to a definitive end as anime tends to give these days, with the Tsukiko-or-Azusa issue resolved. You really couldn’t ask for more, and while, yes, I’d like to have kept to focus firmly on the comedy, given that the main plotline felt more like it had been thrown together along the way than thought out in advance, I was genuinely pleasantly surprised by how well, how enjoyable, it turned out to be.

In Summary:
I initially nicknamed this one HNNNNGeko, thanks to the effect that its overboard cuteness had on me. It’s a compliment, I promise – but the show has proven itself to be more than just about the “D’awww!” and the cuteness, and turned out to be one of the better shows of the season. Well worth a look.

Content Grade: A

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment: 27” Apple iMac, 2.9GHz Core i5, 32GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.8.4

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