Cats are pretty much everywhere in anime. From Fairy tail to Natsume’s Book Of Friends. Neko is the Japanese word for cat. It can refer to actual cats or to characters in anime or manga that have catlike features. Anime cats are really famous in Japan, they even have a ton of merchandise made on them, I mean from cat ears to costumes they have everything.
Let’s take a look at some of the anime that features cats.
A whisker away
First up we have a whisker away which is a 2020 anime movie and it is one of the first anime movies I’ve reviewed. Here’s the synopsis:
Miyo “Muge” Sasaki is a peculiar second-year junior high student who has fallen in love with her classmate Kento Hinode. Muge resolutely pursues Kento every day, but he takes no notice of her. Nevertheless, while carrying a secret she can tell no one, Muge continues to pursue Kento. Muge discovers a magic mask that allows her to transform into a cat named Tarou. The magic lets Muge get close to Kento, but eventually it may also make her unable to transform back to a human.
Read my full review here.
Nichijou – my ordinary life
How could we Nichijou, one of the best surreal comedy anime. In Nichijou Sakamoto, a black cat who wears a scarf created by the Professor, which allows him to speak. Being technically older than both Nano and the Professor, he speaks in a condescending tone towards them, though he occasionally succumbs to his catlike habits.
Sakamoto is one of my favorite anime cats so far.
Nichijou primarily focuses on the daily antics of a trio of childhood friends—high school girls Mio Naganohara, Yuuko Aioi and Mai Minakami—whose stories soon intertwine with the young genius Hakase Shinonome, her robot caretaker Nano, and their talking cat Sakamoto. With every passing day, the lives of these six, as well as of the many people around them, experience both the calms of normal life and the insanity of the absurd. Walking to school, being bitten by a talking crow, spending time with friends, and watching the principal suplex a deer: they are all in a day’s work in the extraordinary everyday lives of those in Nichijou.
Chi’s Sweet Home
A grey and white kitten with black stripes wanders away from her mother and siblings one day while enjoying a walk outside. Lost in her surroundings, the kitten struggles to find her family and instead is found by a young boy, Youhei, and his mother. They take the kitten home, but pets are not allowed in their housing complex, so they try to find a new home for the kitten. This proves to be difficult, and the family eventually decides to keep the kitten, naming her “Chi”.
The art is simple and clean, with a flat, cartoonish feel to it. All of the characters are distinct and easily recognizable. This book is in color, using a warm palette and a watercolor style to give the book a soft, gentle feel. This is one of the cutest, and best anime shows I’ve ever seen. Even though it looks to be a show for little kids, it’s still got a great sense of humor. I think Chi’s voice is great, and I love the animation done for this show. It’s always a refreshing reminder to see that great things can be done for all to enjoy.
My Roommate is a Cat
Subaru Mikazuki is a 23-year-old mystery novel author, major introvert, and an awkwardly shy person. He would much rather stay home to read a book than go outside and interact with others. Further exacerbating this life of solitude, his parents tragically died in an accident many years ago, leaving him alone in the world.
One day, while giving offerings at his parents’ grave, Subaru runs into a small grey and white cat named Haru, which he ends up taking home with him. Subaru, however, has never taken care of anyone else in his life—can he even take care of a cat? Haru is grateful toward Subaru, as he gives her all the food she wants—a luxury for a cat who is used to a rough life on the streets. But she notices that Subaru can’t even seem to take care of himself! Will she be okay with this dunce?
This is an adorable anime about anime about a writer and his cat. My Roommate is a Cat is also a very inspiring anime which shows the growth of all the characters beautifully. I loved this series, and I consider it to be one of the underrated shows, it deserves more attention and love from viewers and I do hope it does.
She and Her Cat -Everything Flows
For the longest time, it’s just been the two of them. “Kanojo” and her cat Daru are inseparable, having grown up together. Now a junior in college, Tomoka—her roommate of a year and a half—moves out of their shared apartment, and in order to keep her living space, Kanojo must find a job. Day by day, Daru watches her continued efforts from a cat’s-eye view, eagerly awaiting his owner’s return. When she gets back, once again, it’s just she and her cat.
A wonderful anime by the “Your name” creator Makoto Shinkai. The short anime lasting only four episodes each 8 minutes was really beautiful to watch. Each of those eight minutes were a delight to watch. Daru was bought by Miyu’s mother for Miyu when she was young. At first she didn’t like the cat but eventually developed feelings. When she moved out of her mother’s house she brought the cat with her.
A really short and sweet anime to watch.
My top three favorite anime cats
Baron – The cat returns
Baron Humbert von Gikkingen first appeared in the 1995 movie “Whisper of the Heart” and would return three years later as a more important character in “The Cat Returns”. As the owner of the strange “Cat Bureau”, he is known as helper to all. He is an artisan’s statue that somehow has been brought to life. He also becomes a statue during the day but that doesn’t stop him from owning the Cat Bureau. He also becomes a statue during the day but that doesn’t stop him from owning the Cat Bureau.
Happy – Fairy tail
Happy is a cat with some magical power, which may be the reason for his ability to speak. He can temporarily grow wings on his back and fly, and is capable of carrying only one person in this form. Happy apparently can fly at incredible speed. This is also the only kind of transportation that does not make Natsu sick. When asked why, Natsu got angry and exclaimed that Happy was a friend, not a means of transportation, ironically Natsu later gets sick when Gray gives him a piggyback ride when he’s injured. He’s very close to Natsu and becomes friends with Lucy quickly. Happy is a full-fledged member of Fairy Tail, and has a member stamp on his back.
Madara – Natsume’s book of friends
A mysterious feline spirit. Madara was sealed in a shrine until he was accidentally released by Natsume. Because Madara was trapped in a material form for so long, Madara ordinary takes on the shape of a maneki neko (lucky cat), leading Natsume to nickname him Nyanko-sensei. In this form, other people can see him, leading for Natsume having to ask his guardians if he could keep him as a pet. Madara is a powerful spirit, who protects Natsume from others and teaches him spells on occasion, in return for Natsume’s promise to give him the Book of Friends when he dies. They often fight each other, which leads to Natsume punching Madara on the face and knocking him out. Despite his protests of not being a cat, he likes to play with cat toys.
As you know I’m more of a cat lover than a dog mostly because I’m scared of dogs. Anyway I’m not here to talk to you about my fear of dogs, hope you liked this post.
Thank you for reading.