Fragglepuss Anime Review 208: Bananya
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Cat Bananas
First Aired: Summer 2016, 13 short-form episodes
Summary: Imagine a world filled with some sort of half-cat half-banana hybrid. That’s Bananya! In this world we follow the main Bananya through everyday life, whether it’s taking a trip to the supermarket or simply watching TV. The colorful cast includes:
Bananya is very optimistic and carefree. He likes sweet treats. He also loves to play. His dream is to become a trendy chocolate-covered bananya.
Bananyako is the Madonnya of the bananya world. She’s a girl who loves to look fashionable and researches makeup every day.
Baby Bananya looks very cute when he’s asleep. His favorite treat is banana milk. He has quite an age gap with Daddy Bananya, but they’re still good friends.
Tabby Bananya is a boy cat with a handsome tabby-striped coat. He’s the type that hates losing. He likes Bananyako but she doesn’t return his affection.
Daddy Bananya is the oldest of the Bananyas, so the banana part of him is more ripened than the others. He’s self-conscious about it, but it makes him look sophisticated and handsome. He was apparently quite appealing back in the day.
Namaste Bananya is a bananya from another country. He seems to have come from the land of curry. He has a strong personality.
Elizabeth Bananya also came from another country and has a strong personality. She is a fancy bananya, raised on a famous banana bread farm.
Black Bananya has a beautiful black coat and wears a bowtie. He looks so stylish. He’s a gentleman from Europe who loves fine cuisine.
Long-Haired Bananya is the most handsome of all the bananyas. His long, fluffy coat makes him look so handsome, it’s almost infuriating. The coat is his pride and joy, and he takes care of it every day…for two hours!
Mackerel Tabby Bananya is Tabby Bananya’s younger brother. He’s a dependable sort who cares about his older brother. His role model is Black Bananya. He is awkward with girls and shy.
The Bananya Bunch are three of Bananya’s siblings. When they’re all together they’re difficult to tell apart.
Calico Bananya lives next door and comes over to play sometimes. He’s good friends with Bananya but mainly goes over to see Bananyako.
What a delightful anime! Bananya combines a simple concept with an appropriately short run time to create a quick and easy watch. The entire series can be binged in about half an hour, or you can spread out the cuteness by watching an episode here and there. Either way seems good to me. A short episode of cat bananas can be a great way to recover after a difficult day at the office. The story is basically non-existent, the animation is basic, and the soundtrack is simple, but the purpose of the anime is achieved. It’s super adorable and leaves you loving those cute little characters.
The only thing I don’t understand is what the bananyas are exactly. Are they tiny cats that took up residence in a banana peel? Are they bananas that evolved into an actual cat-banana hybrid? Can they be seen and understood by humans or just the narrator that interacts with them like Muppet Babies?
You might enjoy this if: You are a crazy cat person or just a cat person in general.
You might not like it if: You have never had the curiosity of seeing what a cat-banana hybrid would be like.
Note to the Viewer: Make sure to watch until after the credits of each episode. It shows an adorable real cat every time!
Bananya Crunchyroll Trailer