NIS America has
imported a cute comedy for their latest release: The
Everyday Tales of a Cat God. This Premiun
Edition Blu-ray set is well made
boasting solid technical specs and providing another lovely hardcover
known for. The show itself is a fun
little number that doesn't break any new ground but is still an
to spend some time.
Yuzu is a young girl who runs an antique shop that
specializes in old pottery. She barely
scraps by, which is a bit surprising because she lives with (and
god, Mayu. It turns out that there are
thousands of gods, and Mayu, the cat god of lost items and forgotten
is a lazy and self-indulgent one. She has
been kicked out of Takamagahara (the home of the gods), stripped of her
and banished to Earth in order to teach her a lesson.
Not that it's doing too much good. Mayu
is still pretty indolent and when she
does exert any energy she mainly gets into trouble.
Mayu and Yuzu have a wide circle of friends, all of whom are
also gods. There's Sasana, another
female who happens to be engaged to Mayu due to an unfortunate
when they were children, Meiko, the granddaughter of the god of death,
Shamo, the god of poverty who causes economic ruin wherever she goes,
name a few.
The stories are episodic and rather simple. Something
will put the friends in a bind
(usually a careless act on Mayu's part) and they'll have to figure
out of it. In a typical story Mayu
throws away a very large pot (without looking inside it first) only to
that it was filled with a magic ash that must be sprinkled on the
or else they won't blossom. Now the pot
is missing and a Mayu (whose only power is to locate lost objects) has
with her friends in order to locate it.
What ever will they do?
This is a low-key comedy, and while very few of the gags
actually will actually elicit laughs, much of it is amusing. The relationships between the various
characters are established early and then milked for laughs for the
rest of the
That's not to say it's a bad show, it isn't, it's just not that
memorable. None of the characters get back
the exception of Yuzu whose tale pulls on the heart strings and is the
part of the series) and so they're never more than caricatures. Still, if you're looking for a show to take
your mind off of the problems of the day, you could do worse than this
I really like the way NIS America handles their Premium
Edition releases. This time the 13-episode
show (12 broadcast episodes and the OVA) is presented on two Blu-ray
discs. The discs come in a pair of double
cases which are housed side-by-side in a beautiful sturdy board case
nearly 8 in X 11 in. The case is
attractively illustrated with characters from the show.
In a nice touch that shows a fine attention
to detail, the UPC code in hidden inconspicuously on the side of the
that the artwork isn't marred. Included
with the two DVDs and two Blu-ray discs is a very nice hardcover art
book. Scroll down to the extras section
details on that.
This release arrives with the original Japanese soundtrack
in lossless LPCM stereo. It sounded very
good, with full range and some nice separation.
There are optional English subtitles, but there is not a dub
which is fine with me. I prefer watching
anime in Japanese since that was the way it was created to be seen.
The 1.78:1 anamorphic image looks very good. The
colors are strong and solid and they're
accurately reproduced and come through clearly.
The level of detail is very good and the lines are tight. Digitally it also looked very good with
aliasing, which often plagues anime, being nonexistent.
This release comes with some cool on-disc bonuses.
First up is an OVA episode that takes place
after the series ends, Cherry Blossom
Viewing Ghost Busters, which is a nice way to round out the program. There are also a series of 7 mini-episodes,
which are cute, and a clean opening and closing.
As with all NIS Premium Edition releases, there is a very
nice hardcover book that is included with the set.
This attractive full-color book is arranged
like a scrapbook, with each of the main characters getting a page (at
least). There is a complete episode
guide (each synopsis is 'written' by a different character) as well as
character sketches and lots of photos from the show, many of them
images. It's printed on high quality
glossy paper, and is really very striking.
A cute show that is fairly predictable, Everyday Tales is
still a fun watch if you don't go in with high expectations. NIS
has done another wonderful job with the whole package, creating a very