If you have two hours to spare, you could do far worse than spending them with the cast of Poyopoyo, DEEN’s wonderful little anime about a round yellow cat and the family who adopts him. Each episode is 2:50 long, and the entirety plays out over the infectious background music. There’s only so much depth one can achieve in less than three minutes, but legendary director Daichi Akitaro manages to mine a ton of laughs and general enjoyment out of this premise.
The 52 episodes of Poyopoyo were unfailingly fun, clever and charming – and could be surprisingly edgy, too. It’s the best fit for you if you love cats, of course, but there’s a lot of affection for other animals as well, and some witty gentle needling of Japanese culture. I always looked forward to Poyopoyo and it never disappointed me – I think this is about as good as it’s possible for anime to get in this format, and I highly recommend you check it out.