Web Animation: Nyan~ Neko Sugar Girls
From Left to Right: Raku-chan, Koneko-chan and Hitoshi-sanNyan~ Neko Sugar Girls
is a YouTube
series, which has gained a certain amount of infamy in some circles just for existing
. The show chronicles the lives of Cat Girl
Raku-chan, her best friend Koneko-chan, and the object of her desire, the blue-haired
Hitoshi-san. Animated in MS Paint
and supposedly voice acted by Japanese forum members, it's a confusing mishmash of Japanese Media Tropes
and Gratuitous Japanese
. Most episodes are but a few minutes long (including the theme songs), leaving little room for Plot
or Character Development
By around the third episode it becomes apparent that Nyan~ Neko Sugar Girls
is probably a Stealth Parody
of Western Otaku
culture, and many viewers consider the creators to be Trolls
of Tara Gilesbie
proportions. However, the creators do have a trove of concept art and character designs that implies that this was a sincere project.
You can watch the entire series on this playlist
, and several episodes have also been uploaded to Nico Nico Douga
for added MSTing
fun. If you don't feel like you can face it alone, there is a "Let's Watch!"
of the series here
. The creator has a DeviantArt here.
Compare and contrasts to Tsuki Desu
, Large Bagel
, and Tokyo Crystal Mew
Tropes that Nyan~ Neko Sugar Girls provides an example of:
- Big Damn Heroes: Raku-chan and Koneko-chan saving Hitoshi-san from the kidnapper.
- Big "NO!": "NOOOOOOOOO! Don't take me away to your secret place."
- Blatant Lies: The characters and the creators insist that they are actually Japanese.
- Blush Sticker: Used liberally.
- Body Horror: The constant Off Model nature of everything invokes this.
- Book Ends: After the first episode, every episode starts with someone waking up, and most end with someone going to bed.
- Break the Cutie: The series seems to be doing this to Raku-chan. Her love interest is falling for someone else, and now it turns out she has rabies.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the opening credits, when the song speeds up, the intro comments "Oh, that's too fast", a shout out to its DDR origins.
- Breast Expansion: Raku-chan's ever-changing breast size.
- Captain Obvious: Episode 5's first line of dialog: "Oh, my phone is ringing nyan, desu!"
- Catch Phrase: Hitoshi-san's "nya... rowr" seems to be one.
- Cat Girl: Raku-chan and Koneko-chan are the eponymous "Neko Sugar Girls", though they're never referred to as such, and the fact that they're catgirls is never actually mentioned until Raku-chan turns into a cat.
- Cerebus Syndrome: At first the show begins as some sort of Romantic Comedy style anime, but starting with the fourth episode it soon becomes dark once Raku-chan becomes infected with rabies. With no Snap Back or Status Quo to rely on, Raku-chan soon becomes weaker, before eventually running away due to feeling like a burden to her friends. Eventually, after what appears to be a message from some sort of divine entity, Raku-chan transforms into a full cat. Eventually she is returned to her former self, however it appears she is still suffering from the effects of the rabies. Meanwhile, Hitoshi-san beings to see his captor everywhere. Episode 9 reveals that Raku-chan had a bakeneko (or neko demon) inside of her, though it was taken out of her by Vet-sama. Of course to the audience, most of this will be hilarious.
- Cheeky Mouth: Hitoshi-san in the opening. He also sort of has a regular mouth. It's a little creepy.
- Christmas Episode: Or, rather, a "Kurisumasu" Episode.
- Character Song: Histoshi's is apparently Hips Don't Lie.
- Cliffhanger: Many of the episodes end this way.
- Continuity Nod: In episode 4 Raku is wearing the white underwear she bought in episode 2.
- And in episode 5, Koneko is wearing the pink underwear from episode 2.
- Corpsing: Hitoshi several times in his rendition of Hips Don't Lie.
- Death by Despair: Raku-chan dies of a broken kokoro in the finale
- Deliberately Monochrome: Used in episode 7 to flashback to the Squirrel Biting incident.
- Demonic Possession: In episode 9, it is revealed that rather than actually having rabies, Raku-chan is has instead been possessed by a bakeneko
- Department of Redundancy Department:
Hitoshi-san: Don't worry Raku-chan, you're not alone and you'll never be alone. We're always here for you.
Hitoshi-san: I'm sorry Koneko-chan. I just wanted something to take my mind off of Raku-chan's pain. Her pain... It pains me to think about that pain.
- Draco in Leather Pants: In-universe example; Hitoshi-san begins fantasizing about his kidnapper after the attack. Bonus points in that he is wearing leather pants in the daydreams.
- Dull Surprise:
- Koneko-chan isn't the most emotive of characters.
- Hitoshi-san has a really blatant one in episode 6.
- Dumb Blonde / The Ditz: Raku-chan, when she isn't acting like a child.
- Erotic Eating: The nurse/Vet-sama with the sucker in episode 5.
- Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels: Squirrel-chan/Squeeker-chan/Skweekasquirr-chan in episode 4. He brings both comedy and annoyance with one move.
- Eye Pop:
- Hitoshi-san in the credits.
- Happens in episode 9 to Hitoshi (again), though it's less exaggerated.
- Fan Disservice: Panty Shots and Gainaxing.
- Not to mention Hitoshi-san fantasizing about his attacker in episode four, picturing him with no shirt, leather pants, and a visible bulge.
- Hitoshi in pink swimtrunks from episode 6 definitely counts.
- Episode 8. Raku-chan's bikini. Good lord.
- Not to mention Hitoshi losing his swimtrunks and the audience getting a good view of his rear...
- Flat Character: Everyone, although Koneko-chan has the worst of it. At least Raku-chan has her whininess and Hitoshi-san seems like a smug Jerk Ass (even if it's unintentional).
- Foreshadowing: Hitoshi-san's repeated daydreams about his kidnapper indicate that he may choose the kidnapper over Raku-chan, creating Drama.
- Flashback: Used in episode 7 after Raku is changed into a full cat, recalling the squirrel bite of episode 4.
Koneko-chan: "Do you think it might have been the rabies?"
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In episode 10, pause around the 12:24 mark and you'll see everyone going bald and the lower half of the girls' clothes are missing!
- Furry Confusion: When Raku-chan goes to the vet in episode five, there are a cat and a dog on a chair next to her.
- Gainaxing: Yes. Notable in that the animators are two girls.
- Gag Boobs: Raku-chan's. Combining the Off Model nature of everything with constant Gainaxing is absolutely hilarious.
- Vet-sama too, particularly in episode 9.
- Go Out with a Smile: Raku-chan.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Emphasis on "gratuitous".
- The "Kawaii Underwear-chan Store" that the girls visit in one of the earlier episodes is a good example of this.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Surprisingly, in episode 7...
Koneko-chan: Hitoshi-san! Vente aqui!
Koneko-chan: You can just sit in this mochila for awhile.
- In episode three when Hitoshi thanks Raku for saving him from the kidnapper, she says 'de nada.'
- Koneko-chan says "pinche cabron" in the finale, which is a pretty vulgar term while loosely translated to "asshole".
- Halloween Cosplay: In the Kurisumasu Supesharu, Squeaker-chan is Cosplaying Miku Hatsune.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Koneko-chan and Raku-chan.
- Hong Kong Dub
- Hypocritical Humor: Quoth a comment on Episode Nine:
- If It's You, It's Okay: Apparently Hitoshi-san's thoughts on his attempted kidnapper, post-kidnapping.
- Ill Girl: As of Episode 5, Raku-chan has contracted rabies.
- Imagine Spot: Hitoshi has one in the fourth episode, of his attempted rapist in leather pants with a clear, large bulge, while **NSYNC's "I Want You Back" plays in the background.
- He has another in the fifth, still about his kidnapper.
- Impairment Shot: Raku-chan in episode 6.
- I Remember It Like It Was Yesterday: Used in episode 5.
- Japanese Honorifics: Applied liberally, painfully, and incorrectly.
- Lampshaded Double Entendre: Hitoshi-san's assailant from episode 2:
"Oh calm down, hun. I'm just going to take you to my Secret Lair
and we're going to have some... fun, if you know what I mean."
- Large Ham: Hitoshi-san. He constantly sounds like a Smug Snake, despite that type of voice sounding inappropriate for a sugoi Bishōnen like he supposedly is.
- Last Episode New Character: The finale introduced four characters, Raku-chan's college buddies, who pop up to see her after reading she's sick on Facebook.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Raku-chan in the fourth episode, upon being bitten by a squirrel. She screams for 40 seconds.
- Male Gaze: When Raku-chan and Hitoshi-san first meet, it looks like Hitoshi-san is looking down at her breasts.
- Marshmallow Hell: Raku-chan to her squirrel friend in episode 4. Also what prompts it to bite her.
- Moment Killer: In episode 5 Raku seems about to tell Hitoshi her feelings, but then Koneko interrupts with Mochi Icecream and Green Tea.
- MST: The Let's Watch! series by Failsafe Productions.
- Naughty Nurse Outfit: Vet-sama.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Vet-sama being a Miko comes completely out of left field, and conveniently allows her to help cure Raku-chan.
- No Name Given: The kidnapper (until the final episode), so the MST series decided to call him Geoff.
Raku-chan: I hope you and...?
Hitoshi-san: Oh, his name is Bokutachi-san.
Koneko-chan: Oh, I thought his name was Geoff.
All: [Record skip sound as they stare at the camera]
Bokutachi-san: Where'd you get Geoff from?
- Nose Bleed: Raku-chan's reaction upon meeting Hitoshi-san.
- "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Apparently.
- Ocular Gushers: Whenever Raku-chan cries.
- Off Model: DAMN.
- Older Than They Look: Raku-chan seems like a teenager, probably one who's recently moved out considering she rooms with Koneko-chan, but the finale shows she's a college graduate.
- One-Woman Wail: The "spell" Vet-sama performs. And it is hilarious.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The voice actors try to use these weird, faux Japanese accents. And fail at them.
- Overly Long Gag: Raku-chan being bitten by the squirrel in the fourth episode.
- Panty Shot: Used throughout the episodes and in the picture for the ending credits.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Hitoshi-san apparently, considering a random guy is willing to break into his house in broad daylight to try and kidnap him for some fun.
- Soap Opera Disease: Raku-chan gets rabies from her squirrel bite.
- Sorry, I'm Gay: Hitoshi to Raku-chan in Episode 10.
- Stealth Parody: All but confirmed in Episode 9.
- Stealth Pun: "Raku"-chan has rather large breasts. Pronounce it how the voice actors do, but without the "u"...
- Stockholm Syndrome: Hitoshi seems to have become enamored with his would-be kidnapper...
- The Stoic: Koneko-chan.
- Stylistic Suck: If it's a parody.
- Sudden Downer Ending: The finale ends with Raku confessing for Hitoshi, only to find out he's dating his stalker now. Raku dies of a broken kokoro and the final screenshot is Hitoshi's mortified face. The finale itself kept on going up and down with the mood, with one moment Raku nearly dying and the next we get happy montages.
Oh, thats so Sugoi!