First Look: She and Her Cat -Everything Flows-

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Alternative titles: Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko
Anime Short by Liden Films
Streaming on Crunchyroll

Premise

There’s a girl and she has a cat.

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Iro’s verdict: Girl and Cat, Crime-Fighting Duo

Actually, there is no crime-fighting. There is a girl and her cat.

Jel’s verdict: Kana Hanzawa and Her Cat

Time passes. Makoto Shinkai (did not direct this). Liden Films. Sadness.

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Artemis’ verdict: I Want A Cat Narrating My Life Too

Let me say right off the bat that I’m not a big fan of Shinkai Makoto. I certainly don’t dispute the sheer quality of his work, but although his films are always a pleasure to physically watch, they also tend to leave me emotionally cold; craft over enjoyment. I do not have the same problem with She and Her Cat -Everything Flows-, quite possibly because while the original story was created by him back in the 90s, this short television series isn’t directed or scripted by him. I haven’t yet watched the old OVA so I can’t say how this new series compares, but what I can say is that despite its brevity, I’m very much enjoying what I’ve seen so far.

MAL lists the show as a psychological/romance/slice-of/life series, and Wikipedia lists it as a drama, but more than anything else I’d class this as an iyashikei “healing” anime: sweet, simplistic, and of course utterly soothing. With so little action going on, and of course without the trademark lush visuals that typically come with anything connected to Shinkai, I can understand if some people might find Everything Flows too dull for their taste, but personally speaking it’s right up my alley. I can find decent anime in just about any genre relatively easily, but what’s considerably harder to come by is an anime with absolutely zero in the way of moe, melodrama or fanservice.

Is Everything Flows going shake the industry up with its innovation or artistic flair? No, but it’s going to inject me with a huge dose of the warm fuzzies and relax me in a way that no anime has managed to do since Natsume Yuujinchou – and sometimes, that’s exactly what I’m looking for.

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