A Paradise Full of Neko
Debut during Christmas period roughly 3 and a half years back, Nekopara took the world by storm via its release on Steam, one of the first of its kind.
The doujin game (Complete with optional erotic contents via an R-18 patch which can be purchased outside Steam) features a successor of Live2D technology called E-mote, which really brings out the liveliness (And jiggle physics www) of the characters of the ADV AKA visual novel game.
There are currently 3 Nekopara games out in the wild: Vol. 0 (A free prequel), Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. A fourth one, Vol. 3, will be available later this month (Edit: Delayed to end of May, due to health issue suffered by Sayori-sensei… Get well soon!)!
Aside from that, a successfully kickstarted 1-hour long OVA (Proud to be one of the pledgers) will be available later this year as well, and will come with a mini OVA featuring the main Neko in their kitten years. =w=
From the Steam page:
Why, it’s a cat paradise! Kashou Minaduki, the son of a long line of Japanese confection makers moved out to open his own shop “La Soleil” as a patisserie.
But upon moving out, hidden amongst his things were two of the catgirls, Chocola and Vanilla, that the family had been raising. When he tried to send them back, they begged and pleaded until he gave in and now they’ve opened La Soleil together.
With two catgirls who really, REALLY love their master trying their very best and occasionally failing — a heartful comedy opens for business!
See the Sayori NEKO WORKs’ mascots Chocola and Vanilla like never before, moving, and in full voice on screen. And now with the E-mote System, the characters smoothly move on screen changing expression and poses in countless ways.
Aside from the games and OVA, there are many merchandise as well, most of them can be obtained from Koineko Shop if you wish to. :3c
Released during the holidays late last year, the Nekopara Trading Figure box reached my paws just earlier the year, but I haven’t got the time to actually unbox them until now due to laziness… ^^;
Anyway, here they are! :D A total of 8 different trading figures inside the box itself, with no duplicates. These are meant to be sold as blind boxes originally, but getting the box means you get all figures without needing to rely on RNGoddess. www
As my box was one of the first release pre-orders, it came with a omake: an actual autographed (Not printed!) shikishi penned by Sayori-sensei herself!
Such lovely illustration!
Moving on to the Neko themselves. =w=
For a trading figure, the paint job on the Neko are surprisingly detailed and professional, akin to the like of larger scaled figures!
All Neko’s head are attached onto their chibi body via a peg, allowing a certain freedom of rotation.
Each of the Neko also comes with their universal Neko-shaped clear base stand, which will be plugged into the back of their tiny torso.
First pair to greet you is Vanilla and Chocola, the heroines of Nekopara Vol. 1, mascot and real-life cats owned by Sayori-sensei! XDc
Vanilla is Chocola’s twin sister, and together they are the youngest catgirls in the Minaduki family.
She loves Chocola both as a sister and in a romantic manner, and sees Kashou as a love rival, but has always instinctively worried about yearning for a male, so she might have found an answer in the relationship between the three of them.
Her cat breed is not mentioned.
Chocola is Vanilla’s twin sister, and together they make up the youngest catgirls in the Minaduki Family.
The pair of them were found as strays on the side of the road by the Minadukis.
A few days after being adopted, they developed crippling illnesses due to refusing to eat, but recovered after being taken to a clinic – Chocola fell in love with Kashou at this point as he stayed and comforted them when they were sick and unable to move.
When they learn about Kashou’s plan to move away from the household, she and Vanilla stow away themselves in two boxes that were mailed to the shop so that they can reunite with him, much to Kashou’s dismay.
Chocola later became a maid at La Soleli and later Kashou’s domestic partner. She continues to love Kashou while helping his dream flourish.
Her cat breed is not mentioned.
The heroines of Nekopara Vol. 2, Coconut and Azuki, welcome you to La Soleil.
Coconut is the second youngest of the Minaduki catgirls.
The others typically consider her to be cool, but Coconut yearns to instead be considered cute, and doesn’t seem to have much confidence in her body.
Her breed is a Maine Coon.
Azuki is the oldest of the Minaduki catgirls.
She is quite full of energy, but can be rude and has a knack for badmouthing her younger sisters, despite supposedly being the most grown up.
Her breed is a Munchkin Cat.
The heroines of the upcoming Nekopara Vol. 3, Maple and Cinnamon, will sing their hearts out for their beloved master.
Maple is the second oldest Minaduki catgirl.
She has a very refined sense of etiquette and way of conducting herself.
Her breed is an American Curl.
Cinnamon is the third youngest catgirl of the Minaduki household.
Her somewhat active and perverted imagination causes her to interpret various everyday occurrences in a sexual manner and become aroused as a result.
Her breed is the Scottish Fold.
The side charas of the story, Milk and Shigure, shall amuse you with their cuteness. In fact, the latter is not even a Neko. 0w0
Milk also known as Food Stand Cat, is a minor character introduced in Nekopara Vol. 1.
She manages a takoyaki food stand in a park where Kashou, Chocola and Vanilla often used to walk at.
Milk is owned by an unknown female who formally owns the takoyaki stand Milk runs for her.
Minaduki Shigure is the younger sister of Minaduki Kashou.
A refined young lady, she takes an almost mother-like pride in the catgirls she has trained.
Despite appearances of elegance, she is a big bro-con and loves her brother in an incestuous manner.
Out of the 8, only Coconut and Vanilla have the ability to stand on their own feet without the given base stand, thanks to their surprisingly long hair design that act as body/weight support. XDc
Value wise though (Especially if you do blind box purchase), Vanilla and Chocola took the cake as both of them have more volume thanks to their huge hair style. =w=
Spent several hours last weekend just to do this fun stuff as seen below… XDc
Dem scary Neko eyes are perfect for this shot. :P
And here’s the behind the scene during that session.
Yes, I used my custom lightsabre as a light source. :P