Neko Ramen / Neko Rahmen
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Food, Cooking, Ramen Cat
First Aired: Winter 2007, 13 Short-form episodes
Summary: A cat (Taisho) is the ramen chef of Neko Ramen, the only restaurant in Tokyo run by a cat. Business is usually slow, but Tanaka is a regular at the restaurant. Neko Ramen is based on the four-strip comic strip manga created by Kenji Sonishi. The short-form nature of the episodes gives the anime the feel of a comic strip, which is fitting since that is the source material.
Every episode of the anime series is produced by a different creator, resulting in a different animation style. The animation is simple and the series is episodic, but the humor is fantastic. Whether he is opening a new location or experimenting with new ramen recipes, Taisho is always up to something. If you have ever wondered how a cat would run a ramen restaurant, this is the show for you.
My only complaint is how the anime is so short and only one season. However, as the case usually is, the manga covers a lot more material than the anime. If the series piques your interest, there are five manga volumes that are hilarious from start to finish, introducing even more colorful characters and crazy antics from Taisho.
You might enjoy this if: You are looking for a break in between dramas or dark and depressing shows. In other words, if you just watched Basilisk, give Neko Ramen a watch for a quick pick-me-up. If you have a cat and are familiar with the quirks of kitties, you won’t be able to get enough of Taisho! If the meager 10 episode series did not give you enough to satiate your Neko Ramen hunger, check out the 2006-2012 manga.
You might not like it if: You want a show with more substance and depth. Neko is an easy series, what you see is what you get.
Note to the Viewer: Neko Ramen was the first anime series to be made available as a free download with no digital restrictions.
Neko Ramen Opening for episode 8