Going Down The List: Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.

(MAL LINK)

Henneko is one of those shows that, were it to air right now, I would never have the patience for. It’s “LN trash”, but not from the worst end. It’s just average. It’s filled to the brim with clichés. The story doesn’t really matter. I didn’t even really like it when it was airing. I initially gave it an approximately average rating, and it’s only gone down from there. So why do I have so many memories of this show compared to most other shows that aired in Spring 2013?

It’s because I was hyped for this show. Not because of the story or the seiyuus or anything like that, but because of the original character designer, Kantoku, whose character designs I still like. In retrospect, seeing how I was disappointed with the show because the art couldn’t make the story interesting, I now know that character designs can’t carry an entire show. But, I also now realise that the show was carried by something else: The fandom.

GDTL Henneko 2

The thing that made Henneko bearable to watch weekly was the fandom. The Tsukiko vs. Azuki Azusa wars, the funny gifs, the catchy and cute OP and ED. By the way, the solution to the war is obviously “AZUKI AZUSA BEST GIRL”, as fotc would say. Ah, fotc, I remember his poetry. He made waiting for subs feel like Christmas every week. As time went on, his writing got more and more absurd(in December 2013, he actually quoted the Prose Edda). Reading a post by fotc ended up being more fun than actually watching the show itself. So, in conclusion, it was little things like that that made Henneko memorable. Thank you, fotc, and god bless you.

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