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Poyopoyo (Episodes 1-26) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00
Here's a series that could really be reviewed in one sentence: If you have a cat, watch this show. (And even if you don't, you'd probably get a kick out of it as well.) Which leaves me wondering what to write below the cut...

Moe Satou (who lives up to her name, despite being 22 years old) first encountered Poyo - a lovable ball of a cat - while on a drunken trip home, and just couldn't resist bringing him home with her. He's got typically feline character - surprisingly fast for a fat cat (especially when snacks are on offer), well-tempered, although lacking in feline grace, perhaps, he's the ideal pet - although for some reason Moe's brother just can't seem to bring himself to like him. This is Poyo's happy family life...

First meeetingPoyo

Poyopoyo is an Akitaro Daichi show, which (when he does comedy at least) leads to certain expectations: sharp, fast-paced and highly entertaining. In this case, the fast-paced part is enforced by the format: each episode is less than three minutes long, including credits, and so not the sort of thing were gags have the chance to be played to death.

After an opening few episodes that introduce Moe, her family, and her new sphere-shaped cat (whose shape goes on to be a running theme in the series' episode titles), we get on to the real business: taking a wry look at the eccentricities of cats, and the people who own them. It's territory that will be very familiar to anyone who's owned a cat, and while Poyo may be a bit larger than life in the way that he's presented, it's a rare episode that goes by where you don't end up sitting, nodding your head, and thinking "Yup, typical cat...".

Poyo isn't the only furry critter on the scene, either, with next-door moggie Kurobe making regular appearances and other pets getting occasional attention as well. This allows the focus to get away from the Satou household on occasion; while the antics of the family don't escape attention, either, with Dad's farm and little brother Hide's love life both getting fun poked at them on occasion.

It's a bit of a mix of things, then, but it's a mix that works really well, even if you're marathoning a batch of episodes. I'm not normally much of a fan of this type of short-form series, but Poyopoyo is probably the best example I've seen of how to use the format right, and is well worth watching.

Rating - *****

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