Welcome back to Currently Watching: Summer 2017 edition, where I’ll be giving my first impressions on a show that is currently airing.
And what an interesting show this is.
When the first shot of the whole anime starts off with two females kissing, you know you’re in for something.
Centaur no Nayami (2017), or in English, A Centaur’s Life, is a supernatural fantasy slice-of-life comedy, originally a manga written and illustrated by Kei Murayama and adapted by Haoliners Animation League.
So, apparently in this particular world, humans now evolved into four different groups of beings, or what we know as mythical creatures:
- Catfolk, Goatfolk and Fauns; have tails and different ears
- Angelfolk; have wings on their back
- Centaurs; part human, part horse
- Merfolk; part human, part fish
- Werefolk were a thing but they now are extinct
In the past, discrimination between these groups was very common and some were treated extremely bad such as forced to being slaves. Basically, now that they are in the modern times, society does not allow any racial discrimination at all and strive to achieve equality.
That being said, we’re focused on a girl who is a centaur (part human, part horse) named Himeno Kimihara, alongside her two friends Nozomi Gokuraku, an angel, and Kyouko Naraku, I think is a goat.
To sum this up in one sentence, we see the daily lives of these three individuals (and more characters) live in an unusual world, but still strive to have a bunch of fun.
It’s a slice-of-life that you would see anywhere, with the nonsense discussions, going out and playing during the summer, weekend study sessions and all that. However, there are some things that they added that kind of separated this show from the others.
To me, it seems like they implemented a lot of problems that are or have occurred in society such as racial discrimination, same sex relationships and even the discussion of evolution, something that has been debated in a serious manner for many years.
For example, there was this one scene where the triple twin cat sisters of one of Hime’s classmates/friends, Manami Mitama, asks why don’t Manami and Hime have the same amount of affection as kids have with people close to them such as siblings, friends the same age as them and parents. Manami goes ahead and tells them that once girls grow up to be bigger, they aren’t that close and friends don’t kiss each other anymore.
However, two of their other classmates who are both female and are in a romantic relationship come up to the little kids and show that kissing each other in a romantic way is still okay. Something about teaching very young kids, who don’t have a clue about the real world yet, something as serious as gay/lesbian relationships and how some societies don’t find that acceptable, that doesn’t exactly sit tight in my mind. I absolutely don’t mean to offend anyone and I don’t want to get in a big argument in the comments section, but that’s how I see this show.
But if we just take those things away, as I said, it’s a fairly interesting and generic slice-of-life comedy. I also thought the first one or two episodes were EXTREMELY slow, so if you can bare with a couple of episodes with a slow pace, you might enjoy this.
Everyone has their own unique personalities, Hime is a shy and kind type of girl; Kyouko looks like she doesn’t give a single shit but actually keeps up with schoolwork and such; and Nozomi is the lazy, boyish girl in the group.
The side characters that come in also are pretty interesting such as Manami’s triple twin cat sisters who are curious and energetic… at the same time.
Also, the little angel sister, she’s the best character yet, oh my lord she is the purest.
Art and Animation
Pretty generic. It looks good though.
Voice acting was pretty decent, not much else to say.
While this is one of the rarer times where I’m not a big fan of the opening or ending, the background music for this show is actually pretty good! I forgot which episode, but they had a track where I perked up and said to myself, “oh wow this sounds nice”.
At the beginning, I thought I wouldn’t like this as much, but once episode 3 or 4 rolled around, I realized it’s a regular and fairly entertaining slice-of-life. It’s not bad, but I’ve seen better. If you want a different twist with your SoL shows, might as well check it out.
MyAnimeList Page: https://myanimelist.net/anime/34525/Centaur_no_Nayami
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