I stumbled upon this little gem of a show today while I was browsing Crunchyroll, and I’m glad that I did. She and Her Cat -Everything Flows- (Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows) is a show about a girl who is just breaking into adulthood, and her cat. Normally I wouldn’t think about doing a full post for an anime this short, but I’m going to make an exception here because I don’t think that many people know about it, and it deserves to be watched.
Sitting at a mere four episodes at just under eight minutes a piece including the opening and closing, She and Her Cat covers the span of a year in the life of Miyu, and her cat Daru. Miyu is a junior college student who has recently moved into a place on her own, and is trying to get a job in the harsh Japanese working world. The story is told from the perspective of Daru with the limited, however interesting, understanding that could be expected from a cat.
For anyone that has been through the phase of life that Miyu is going through, this show will most likely hit close to home. Venturing away from the nest, and the protective embrace of ones parents can be a very difficult and depressing time. Suddenly you are bombarded with all of the realities of adulthood, and its one of the hardest adjustments that a person ever has to make. While the show does not go into any specific detail due to the constraints of time and a cat perspective, it was still very effectively portrayed. She and Her Cat manages to be at times depressing, but also incredibly heartwarming. Daru’s love for his owner permeates every line of narration, and the bond that he and Miyu share is sure to bring a smile to your face, especially if you’re a cat owner.
The visual style is very appealing, using soft colors and a clean style that’s somewhat reminiscent of Usagi Drop, going perfectly with the tone of the show. I was particularly impressed with the realistic movement of Daru. Anyone who has seen Shirobako will have a deeper level of respect for good animal animation, and this show pulls it off marvelously.
The show has an OP and ED that fit perfectly, but I skipped them after the first episode since they weren’t exactly notable and were far to long for such a short show. The soundtrack did exactly what is expected of it, complimenting the mood of the show without being noticed, which is what most sound directors strive for. The voice acting pulled fantastic performances from Shintaro Asanuma as Daru, and more notably, the great Kana Hanazawa as Miyu.
TL;DR: She and Her Cat -Everything Flows- is a heartwarming tale about a girl and her cat. With a total run time of under 30 minutes, there is no reason not to watch it.
Recommended Audience: Nothing here that can’t be watched by everyone, but people who have moved away from home may have a deeper appreciation.
She and Her Cat -Everything Flows- is rescued with 4.5/5 HP!
Info Source: MAL