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From Left to Right: Raku-chan, Koneko-chan and Hitoshi-san
This has transcended being terrible to the point where it's become intensely fascinating and engrossing.
-Youtube comment on the first episode.

Nyan~ Neko Sugar Girls is a YouTube-hosted Fanime 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 (and earlier, if you check the tags in the first video) 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 at some point in its inception.


On April 12th 2020, a 5 minute animation was released on the official channel featuring the characters in an informational PSA on staying safe during the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, with all of the original cast reprising their roles. Although the animation quality is very much updated and improved with new modern software, the shitty art quality and awful voice acting are pretty much exactly as they left it in 2012.

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 contrast to Tsuki Desu, Large Bagel, Acedemy Sugoi Seiun, and Tokyo Crystal Mew.


Tropes that Nyan~ Neko Sugar Girls provides an example of:

  • Affectionate Parody: To Air of all things, considering what happens in the final episodes.
  • Ascended Meme: invoked Koneko says she thought the kidnapper's name was Geoff, which was a Fan Nickname created by a group of MSTers.
  • All There in the Manual: Until Episode 10, Hitoshi's would-be rapist goes by Kidnapper-kun, if the YouTube tags are to be taken seriously.
  • Amusing Injuries:
    • Raku-chan getting bit by a squirrel .
    • Additionally, Raku-chan falling flat on her face in episode 6.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Out of random, NNSG came back in 2020 to bring attention and general safety information concerning the COVID-19 epidemic. There weren't many jokes for it, but it was framed as a video sent to Raku from Koneko-chan.
  • Angrish: Raku-chan, when she is bitten by the squirrel.
  • Animation Bump: The animation and art for the scene in the park features decent shading, smooth(er) animation and a sharp decline in off model moments.
  • Animesque: Very much so. Also notable for using many, many Japanese Media Tropes and Japanese Honorifics to go along with it.
  • Anime Theme Song: The intro theme is the bubbly J-Pop variety, being ripped straight from DanceDanceRevolution. Literally, ripped straight from a gameplay video, not even clean audio or anything, given that it includes the applause and announcer from the game. "YOU'RE NOT AN ORDINARY FELLA"
  • Art Evolution: It's hard to tell due to the constant Off-Model nature of everything, but the art has changed in the time from the first episode to episode 9.
    • In episode 10 the art and animation is slightly better by the show's standards.
  • Art Shift: The intro theme uses the older DeviantArt concept art of the characters when giving their names. They actually look decent, compared to how they look animated.
  • Artistic License – Biology: The squirrel that bites Raku-chan has fangs like a vampire. Also, rabies isn't just a sickness that you get progressively weaker from. Either way it works out in the show's favor, since Raku isn't actually sick with rabies— she's possessed by a Bakeneko.
  • Aside Glance: All the characters do this in the finale after Kidnapper-kun's real name is revealed:
    Koneko-chan: Oh! I thought his name was Geoff!
    (Record scratch)
    (Everyone looks at the camera unamused)
  • Attempted Rape: In Episodes 2 and 3, Hitoshi's kidnapper takes him away to his "secret place" so they can "have some fun". Luckily, this attempt is thwarted by Raku and Koneko.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 1.5 has the protagonists going out to a swimming pool.
  • 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."
  • Bland-Name Product: Koneko-chan and Hitoshi-san walk past a "Seven" convenience store in episode 6.
  • 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.
    • Happens in the last episode too. See No Name Given below.
  • Breast Expansion: Raku-chan's ever-changing breast size.
    • Vet-sama, too.
  • Camp Gay: Hitoshi-san's kidnapper has an exaggerated lisp, and has a high, feminine voice.
  • Captain Obvious: Episode 5's first line of dialog: "Oh, my phone is ringing nyan, desu!"
  • Catchphrase: Hitoshi-san's "Nya... rawr" 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 begins 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.
  • 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:
    • Episode 5.
    Hitoshi-san: Don't worry Raku-chan, you're not alone and you'll never be alone. We're always here for you.
    • And now Episode 9.
    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.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The ending theme is sung by Raku-chan's voice actor, and seems to be from her perspective. Likewise, the final ending theme is done by Koneko-chan in Raku's place.
  • Drama Bomb Finale: Yep. Hitoshi gets together with his kidnapper, and Raku-chan straight up dies at the end. Note that the former causes the latter.
  • 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.
  • Evolving Credits: In the sense that it only evolved after the series ended. The credits image updates to cross out Raku after she dies, which is about the only big change that happens.
  • Eye Pop:
    • Hitoshi-san in the credits.
    • Happens in episode 9 to Hitoshi (again), though it's less exaggerated.
  • Eyes Out of Sight: The hair of Hitoshi's kidnapper covers his eyes. The only time he's ever seen without his eyes hidden is during Hitoshi's Imagine Spot.
  • Fan Disservice: There are several instances of panty shots and Gainaxing. It's not very hot, however, because the art style is extremely crude.
    • 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.
      • Ditto his pink mankini in the extra deleted episode released after the original series ended.
    • 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...
    • One of Raku-chan's panty shots in episode 6 is this is the regular sense, seeing as it comes off the heels of her suffering side effects from rabies.
  • Fan Sequel: invoked Nyan~ Neko Sugar Girls: Mayonaka. On the original upload, Yoli-chan left a comment showcasing her approval.
  • 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 Jerkass (even if it's unintentional).
  • Foreshadowing: Hitoshi-san's repeated daydreams about his kidnapper foreshadow him choosing Bokutachi over Raku in the finale.
  • 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.
  • Given Name Reveal: The finale reveals Hitoshi's kidnapper is named Bokutachi. Koneko thought his name was Geoff.
  • 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!
    • ...and in Episode 8:
    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:
    "I need complete silence for this spell." *commences ear rape*
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Apparently Hitoshi-san's thoughts on his attempted kidnapper, post-kidnapping.
  • 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.
  • 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 from "rabies" on Facebook.
  • Last-Second Word Swap:
    Hitoshi: I'm not even supposed to be here! [The Star Spangled Banner begins to play] You have no right to hold me captive! There's freedom in this country, this is Americ— Japan!
  • Limited Wardrobe: Aside from the time that Raku, Hitoshi and Koneko went swimming, they only seem to wear the same set of clothes.
  • Love Confession: Raku-chan decides to confess her feelings to Hitoshi-san in the finale. It does not end well for her.
  • Luminescent Blush: Also used liberally.
  • Miko: Vet-sama turns out to be one.
  • Minimalist Cast: The show has only 9 characters. 3 of them are main characters, and 2 of them are recurring characters. There's 10 characters if you count Dolce-chan, who was a scrapped character.
  • 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.
    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.
    • The worst parts are when Koneko-chan's tail starts to look like a certain male body part.
    • Raku-chan's constantly growing and shrinking breasts are pretty bad. At least Koneko-chan's are more consistent.
  • 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.
  • Puni Plush: The intended art style.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Hitoshi-san's pink swimming trunks in episode 6.
  • Rape as Drama: In the second and third episodes, the plot revolves around Hitoshi being kidnapped by a potential rapist. Raku and Koneko then go on to save him.
  • Sensory Abuse: Raku-chan's voice. Most notably in this scene. Listen at your own risk.
    • While Raku-Chan’s voice leans into this, she’s more of Cute, but Cacophonic most of the time. Vet-sama’s voice, on the other hand, is this constantly. Her voice actress seems to make a habit of being too loud and close to the mic.
  • Series Continuity Error: In episode 5, Raku-chan is clearly wearing just a bra when she begins talking to Koneko-chan on the phone, but after the shot switches to Koneko-chan, she is immediately in her blue shirt.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Weirdly only happens the second time around for Raku. The first time, she comes back with all of her clothes, but the second time she transforms into a human naked.
  • Shopping Montage: "Oh you have such kawaii underwear, nyan!"
  • Shout-Out:
    Koneko-chan: She (Raku-chan) is gone. Gone with the Wind.
  • Shrinking Violet: Raku-chan is so terribly shy that when she first meets Hitoshi-san she gets a brain aneurysm that results in a massive fountain of blood gushing from her nose.
  • Slasher Smile: Hitoshi-san's kidnapper in episode 3.
  • Slippery Swimsuit: Hitoshi-san loses his pink swim trunks in Episode 8.
  • Sexy Santa Dress: Raku wears one in the Kurisumasu Supesharu. And so does Vet-sama. Of course, Vet-sama's outfit might not count as clothes.
  • Slice of Life: Initially, the series starts off as mundane, with the only instance of anything "weird" about the genre being the fact that the main characters are cat girls. However, the series eventually delves into Cerebus Syndrome.
  • 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-san begins fantasizing about his kidnapper after the attack, and has erotic dreams about him twice on screen. Bonus points in that he is wearing invokedleather pants in the daydreams.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: The finale ends with Raku confessing to Hitoshi, only to find out he's dating his kidnapper, Bokutachi-san. 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.
  • Sweat Drop: Also used liberally.
  • Transformation Sequence: Several — both Raku turning into a real neko and back to human again and Vet-sama turning into a Miko.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: There's this exchange:
    Hitoshi: [...] Her pain... It pains me to think about that pain.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mochi ice cream and green tea make up most of what the main characters eat in screen, other than the punch in the Christmas Special.
    • Episode 2 begins with Hitoshi-san sitting down to his favorite breakfast: Pocky and Ramune.
  • Troperiffic:
    • As of December 2012, there are 10 episodes (not counting specials) comprising approximately 68 minutes of material. However, the intro and ending themes shave about 2 minutes off of each episode, giving us around of 62 minutes of actual storytelling, over 100 tropes and almost no actual plot. There has never been a show that did so much, and yet so little.
    • At its total 62-minute length, Neko Sugar Girls comes in at a trope every 13 seconds, which rivals Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog in trope density.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Raku-chan in episode 6.
  • Useless Protagonist: Hitoshi. He looks to made out to be the Papa Wolf to Koneko and Raku, But as soon as episode two starts he is kidnapped without any trouble and has to be saved by Koneko and Raku in episode 3.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • The eponymous Neko Sugar Girls themselves are apparently nothing out of the ordinary for this world, even though most of the people seen in the series don't have cat ears or tails like them. Nobody really comments on it either.
    • Hitoshi barely even questions Raku turning into a cat again in episode 9, even greeting her normally when he runs into her.
  • Verbal Tic: "Nyaa~" and "Desuuuu".
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?; Koneko-chan's voice actress' - and by extension Koneko-chan herself - attempt at a (presumably) Japanese accent ends up sounding more like a stereotypical Spanish one; possibly Lampshaded with Koneko-chan exclaiming "Pinche cabron!" note  in Episode 10.
  • The Woobie: In-universe; in the fourth episode, Raku-chan intentionally tries to pass herself off as one to Hitoshi-san and Koneko-chan, in order to win even more affection from them both.
  • You Meddling Kids: The kidnapper says a variation of this after Koneko-chan and Raku-chan save Hitoshi-san from him.
    Kidnapper: "I would have had my way with him if not for those meddling kodomos!"

Alternative Title(s): Neko Sugar Girls