First Impressions: The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat

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Light Novel Adaptation by JC Staff
Simulcast on Crunchyroll

Premise: A young pervert gets tired of never being able to speak his mind and wishes away his perverted inhibitions. At the same time a young girl who wants to become more mature wishes away her expression. What they get is more than they ever hoped for, way more in fact and the two quickly form a team to get back what they lost.

Lifesong’s Verdict: Solid Romantic Comedy

I would like to tell you that the title of this anime is misleading, but well it really isn’t. What I can tell you however, is that Stony Cat is much more fun in practice than I would have expected. The protagonist is a total pervert, if you dislike perverse protagonists this isn’t for you, but there is more going on than a bunch of sexual jokes. Those are here also, but so is a drama about being careful what you wish for. The protagonists nature may not be something most viewers will relate with, but who hasn’t wished to be more honest with others? Or in the heroines case who hasn’t wished to become more mature? The comedy may be full of absurd sexual jokes, but the drama and romance are well grounded. Also, the heroine is super cute.

I wonder who it was that stole Tsukiko's expression...

I wonder who it was that stole Tsukiko’s expression…

Marlin’s Verdict: Bad Premise, Good Execution

I feel this show really just suffered from some bad PR based on its name and premise, the same way Pet Girl did before it turned out to be a decent show in its own right. Stony Cat definitely stays closer to the original sell than Pet Girl, but in a weird way that’s kinda how it works for me. I think it helps that the MC understands that just spouting whatever lewd nonsense that comes to mind is a bad idea, and that the plot is about reversing their terrible mistake. At the same time, watching him basically make a pariah of himself is kinda funny. It also helps that character designs are cute as hell. I’m not quite sure what it is about them yet, but I just booted up the OP and the characters themselves were enough to make feel optimistic for this show. With the barrens that is this season I can use all the good shows I can get, hopefully Stony Cat will continue to surprise.

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