Mayoi Neko Overrun!

Mayoi Neko Overrun! (迷い猫オーバーラン!, Stray Cat Overrun!) is a Japanese light novel series by Tomohiro Matsu, with illustrations by Peco. An anime adaptation started airing on April 6, 2010. “Mayoi Neko” translates as “Stray Cats”, referring the name of the cafe around which the story develops, and alluding to the orphans and other “stray” characters who collect there. It is also the name of a school club for helping people in the story. The story revolves around Takumi Tsuzuki who spends his days with his childhood friend Fumino Serizawa at the cafe Stray Cats and with his friends, in the Umenomori academy. One day, his older stepsister Otome brings home a strange girl named Nozomi Kiriya to live with them. And when his other friend Chise Umenomori starts a Stray Cats Club that helps people, Takumi’s life is filled with new activities.

The most interesting part of this series was that despite a formulaic harem setting, the show had a motif; a constantly echoed theme that ties all of the characters and stories together. The theme is stray cats, both literally and figuratively. The show examines what it means to be abandoned and alone, what it means to search for and find a place where you can belong, and what it means to have a family and a home. While not as well-developed as it should have been because of the aforementioned trainwrecking, these ideas are woven into the plot and the backstory of every single character. It all starts when Nozomi, a blue-haired emotionless catgirl with abandonment issues, is taken in by protagonist Takumi’s older sister. This unofficial adoption forces the other two members of Takumi’s harem to reexamine their own lives.

Opening Theme
“Happy New Nyaa (はっぴぃ にゅう にゃあ)” by Kanae Itou, Yuka Iguchi, Ayana Taketatsu
Eps #07: “GO! Grand Braver! (GO! グランブレイバー!)” by Yoshiki Fukuyama
Ending Theme
#1: “ItchaLove Come Home! (イチャラブCome Home!)” by Kanae Itou, Yuka Iguchi, Ayana Taketatsu
Eps #06: “Mayoi Neko Doukoukai no Uta (迷い猫同好会の歌)” by Kanae Itou, Yuka Iguchi, Ayana Taketatsu
Eps #07: “Kanadete Hoshi Uta (奏でて星歌)” by Hitomi Mieno
Mayoi Neko Overrun! Character CD 1 ~4

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