Here we are, 300 anime reviews! It’s difficult to believe I have done that many or that I would stick with it long enough to do so. This past year has seen a decline in my frequency of posting reviews due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all the effects of that craziness. Working in healthcare, I have been so busy that it is hard to find time to sit back and enjoy anime like in the “Before Times”. I’m sure we will get back to that point, and I look forward to it. Until then I will keep posting as much as I can, even if it is not as often as I would like. Thank you so much to everyone that reads these. I appreciate your support and the way you make this all worth it.
A Whisker Away / Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Supernatural, Drama, Romance, School, Neko Transformations
First Released: June 2020, 104-minute film
Summary: Miyo Sasaki is a seemingly normal high school girl with energy to spare! She doesn’t have the best home life and focuses her energy elsewhere. She has a crush on Kento, but does not know how to properly convey her love. This changes when she is given the opportunity to don a mask that turns her into a cat, which she can use to her advantage in secretly getting to know Kento. Of course, turning into a cat has its consequences and Miyo will have to make some unique life decisions. Is being a cat really all it’s cracked up to be?
A Whisker Away is one of the latest works of Director Junichi Sato. It jumps off to a quick start, with a quick understanding of how the “Cat Transformation” world works, leaving a full movie to enjoy, rather than questioning what’s going on the whole time (even though the climactic finale is fairly wild). The animation is bright and vibrant during the supernatural scenes and more subdued during the everyday, regular world scenes. I appreciate the variety of color, as it helped differentiate between the two worlds and accentuate the fantastical properties of “Cat World”.
You might enjoy this if: You are a cat person with a deep-seeded desire to see what life would be like through the eyes of a feline.
You might not like it if: Being a humanoid is all you have ever cared about.
Note to the Viewer: Junichi Sato has been in the anime field for decades. One of his first works as a director is the 1992 Sailor Moon series, of which he directed the first two seasons.
A Whisker Away Official Netflix Trailer
Yorushika – Ghost in a Flower (Official Video from A Whisker Away)