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Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows 17 May 2016

2015 slice of life, four short episodes: AniDB, vt "She and Her Cat: Everything Flows". Miyu's cat contemplates their life together.

This is of course tied to Shinkai Makoto's early short video Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko; in fact it's a prequel – but Shinkai didn't write, draw or direct this, though he asserts copyright over it, and it's no longer in his distinctive artistic style.

The original piece was less than five minutes long; these four episodes reach about half an hour between them, though that's including repeated credits. There are more characters and a little bit of plot, but it's all very light seasoning on a solid base, and the main point of all this is still the cat's view of life.

This no longer has the novelty of the original, and is best approached as a palate-cleanser between more engaging works, but it's inoffensive and enjoyable. Given a choice between the two, the original feels fresher, but the art may be off-putting. As a single OVA this would probably wear out its welcome; as four separated episodes it does its job, but no more.

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