The series, though sadly short, is a masterpiece in all its glory. It blends several common anime tropes to create a work that is not only familiar to the average anime fan, but fresh and an acceptable break from many others of the same genre. It is a remarkable fusion of drama and comedy, all in all worth every second of your time. First, we have the two titular characters, Raku and Koneko, finishing a delicious meal of ice cream. This is heavily implied in the subtext to be a metaphor for the end of the sweet innocence of childhood. However, Raku takes a moment to regard the recent memories, a symbol of her unwillingness to mature psychologically, and is naively eager to return home. Koneko is considerably more mature and soft-spoken than her companion, and acts as the straight man in times of desperation. They leave the metaphorical mochi ice cream shop behind, homeward bound. This represents womanhood, and the walk home is the difficulty of puberty, specifically the pressure it puts on one as childish as Koneko. On this path they meet the third character, Hitoshi. His smug demeanor, red eyes, and bizarre sexual preferences (in later episodes) suggest that he is a rapist archetype. He stops the catgirls in their journey, and permanently skews Raku's maturation, causing her to lust over him. Koneko, through her own willpower, resisted the ungodly influences she faced on the path home, and continues to show Raku, who is beyond recovery, her undying support. However, her intentions are far more sinister tan they appear. Over the course of the series, Raku becomes increasingly immature, Hitoshi becomes a sex-crazed maniac, even to the point of obsessing over his rapist (who may be a metaphorical figure from his childhood that drove him down this dark path), and Koneko becomes and stoic, manipulative character who is intent on using the people around her. Neko Sugar Girls includes a rare GOOD usage of the lazy, overused descent into the dark and gritty. By illustrating the transition of the characters from mildly insecure to clinically insane, it provides a thought-provoking interpretation of the horrors of human nature.
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