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If there is one animal that seems to be popular in anime, it has to be cats. From kittens to full grown cats, they are featured everywhere! They laze around, give our main character's attitude, and just cause trouble, but when there is a cat on the scene, we just cannot help but be drawn to those ferocious felines. What is cuter than when a cat goes "Nya~"? Damn, those cats are cute!
With everyone's love of cats, did you know there are some anime that revolve around a cat(s)? Yes, there are plenty of cat anime out there that you just have yet to be discovered! You will see the stuffed animals in stores, but believe it or not, many of them have an anime that will just have you going "kyaa!" over their cuteness. Now, enough anticipation; here is our list of the Top 10 Cat Anime!
10. Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko (She and Her Cat)
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: April 2002
She is a woman whose name is never mentioned. She has a pet cat named Chobi. They met one fateful, rainy day when She discovers Chobi abandoned outdoors. She decides to take him home and take care of Chobi. Chobi instantly adores her. She gave him a home, but soon, the cat develops a feeling of love for her. Can they really be something more than a pet and his owner?
Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko, also known as She and Her Cat, is a short OVA cat anime that is told from the viewpoint of a stray cat named Chobi. Chobi does not care for the small stuff, but he does care for one thing: Her. There is a love here that is not perverse but rather, it is the love of a cat for his owner. What she means to him. What importance she has in his life. Even when Chobi's life continues on, he still has love for his owner that is only known by "She".
- Episodes: 50
- Aired: July 2009 - June 2010
Based on a manga, Kuruneko follows the life of a woman who loves sake and her cats. She adores cats so much, she even goes to the pet store to watch the cats even when she has a cat at home. This is a woman who loves cats!
Kuruneko is a cat anime with short episodes revolving around the life of a woman and her cats. The cats all have their own personalities, but that doesn't mean the woman loves them any less. She is always willing to open her home to a cat who needs one. This may be an anime about a woman and her pet cats, but when you watch it, you really have to ask, who is the real pet here? Perhaps this is what happens when you own a cat.
8. Nyanpire the Animation
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2011 - September 2011
Nyanpire the Animation is an anime about a stray cat who, while lying on his death bed, is pitied by a vampire and given his blood. Nyanpire now has the gift of immortality, however at a price: Nyanpire must live the life of a vampire! One day, a girl named Misaki takes Nyanpire home to take care of, but what is going to happen to this cute little vampire cat whose favorite saying is, "Give me blood, Nya!"
If you think vampires are hot, well check out this creature of the night! Nyanpire is one adorable kitten who just wants one thing: blood! And he is not shy about his lust for blood. This short cat anime will surely have you entranced by its adorable Nyanpire who will do anything to quench his thirst. Would you mind feeding this cute little cat?
7. Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki (Poyopoyo)
- Episodes: 52
- Aired: January 2012 - December 2012
One day, Sato Moe comes across a stray cat. He's round and cute, but he charms Moe so she ends up adopting him into her home. Moe named him Poyo due to his roundness. Poyo is starting to become an important part of the Sato family.
Poyo, also known as Puffy in English, is one adorable cat that you will not want to miss! Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikko is a cat anime tale about the adorable Sato Poyo, a strangely round cat who just wins everyone's hearts. Well, everyone but Moe's brother, Hide. Poyo is a good cat who doesn't cause trouble, except when he feels mischievous, and treats everyone with adoration, except Hide. Watch Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki for some cat anime cuteness! Poyo's roundness is sure to capture any cat lover's heart.
6. Fuujin Monogatari (Windy Tales)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: September 2004 - February 2005
The Digital Camera Club has but two members. One of the members of the club is Nao, who also plays the part of the manager. However, Nao has no interest in shooting pictures in anything other than clouds and the sky until one day, when Nao comes across a cat on her favorite picture taking spot. This cat is special because it can manipulate the winds! Then there's the other member of the Digital Camera Club, Miki, who is also Nao's best friend. Taiki-sensei is the one who taught the cat its ability to manipulate wind. Then there's Ryoko, a girl who likes Taiki-sensei, Jun who aids the Digital Camera Club with finding a cat with the ability to fly, and Yukio who is a widow. The "Wind Handlers" have formed and now, a special event called the Wind Festival is about to commence.
While a lot goes on in Fuujin Monogatari, the main focus is mainly on the cats! It is a cat anime after all. These cats have a peculiar power which allows them to manipulate the winds, which can give them the ability to fly. What would you do if cats could fly? Cats are very complex creatures that we humans may not always understand, but when they become so intelligent they can manipulate air, you know you just have to find out more. Watch Fuujin Monogatari to find out the tale of these wind manipulating cats and the "Wind Handlers" who, like you, just need to know more.
5. Youkai Watch (Yo-Kai Watch)
- Episodes: Unknown
- Aired: January 2014 - Ongoing
Amano Keita is as innocent as any other young boy his age. However, Keita's life changes when he comes across a strange capsule while venturing through the forest one day. Whisper emerges from the capsule after being imprisoned for 190 years after Keita sets him free. As a reward, Whisper decides to become Keita's guardian in the face of the supernatural. As it turns out, Whisper is a Yokai and he gives Keita a Yokai Watch to gives Keita the ability to interact with other Yokai. Using the Yokai Watch and with Whisper by his side, Keita will learn more about the Yokai as friends and the force that fixes all the problems the yokai create. Once a boring student, Keita is now living the life that no primary school student ever dreamt of.
Yokai Watch is regarded as "the new Pokemon," but let us not get the two confused, shall we? Yokai Watch has been gaining in popularity since its first showing and the release of the Yokai Watch video game, but it's the cute cat yokai that just have us all over the place! Yes, there is a lot that goes on this anime, but when it comes to trouble, the cat yokai just cannot be beat. You will definitely want to give Yokai Watch a see.
4. Nyan Koi!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2009 - December 2009
Kousaka Junpei is allergic to cats, but his crush, Mizuno Kaede loves cats but doesn't know how to treat them properly. Unfortunately for Junpei, he accidentally breaks the head off of a cat shrine while attempting to kick a can into a trash can. As punishment, the cat deity has cursed Junpei, requiring him to perform 100 good deeds for cats in order to break the curse. With his crush on Kaede and the cats' less than pleasant requests, Junpei has a lot on his hands. To top it off, Junpei must keep the curse a secret or else it will get worse! Now, with a cat named Nyamusas, Junpei must work hard to break the curse or face the rest of his life as a cat.
While the main character is most certainly not a cat, Junpei is one lucky bastard who finds himself suddenly surrounded by the cute felines. Nyan Koi! is one cat anime whose plot revolves around cats and their problems, with our main character, Junpei, as the cats' hapless servant. If they have problems, you bet Junpei will be there to resolve them. Although the cats can be, well, catty, they are all definitely full of personality! No two cats are the same, and Nyan Koi! is one cat anime that will show you just what type of personality lies behind the "nyaa".
3. Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2008 - September 2008
Takashi Natsume is an odd boy who has a horrific secret, but it has nothing to do with girls, as is normal for boys his age. No, Natsume's secret is about yokai who have been chasing him for as long as he can remember. Natsume's deceased grandmother Reiko has left him the Yuujinchou, otherwise known as the "Book of Friends". Reiko had taken control of many spirits, placing their names within the Yuujinchou. Now, the yokai haunt Natsume in order to gain their freedom. Natsume doesn't have much good in his life; he merely wants some place to belong. The only solace that Natsume can find is in his self-proclaimed bodyguard, a feline spirit named Madara, who Natsume also refers to as Nyanko-sensei.
Cat yokai appear to be quite the popular in anime, so the cat anime Natsume Yuujinchou just cannot be ignored. While Natsume may not know how to handle the yokai, he can count on our dear Nyanko-sensei to teach him the ropes and watch over him should things go wrong. How many of us would pass up a cat guardian like Madara? Many of us love having cats as companions, but what about a cat bodyguard? Cats are special creatures and Madara is no exception. Why else do you see so many Madara plushies? Natsume's Book of Friends is a cat anime worth checking out.
2. Chi's Sweet Home
- Episodes: 104
- Aired: March 2008 - September 2008
One day, a gray and white kitten bearing black stripes gets lost wandering away from her mother and siblings. Unsure of how to find home, the kitten is soon discovered by a mother and her little boy, Youhei. Kittens are not allowed in their housing complex, so even though they take the kitten home, they know they cannot keep her so they attempt to find her a new home. It has been a difficult task, but soon the kitten that they named "Chi" establishes a place in their lovely home.
If you have ever enjoyed Hamtaro, you will be sure to enjoy Chi's Sweet Home, which is a cat anime about a kitten just trying to find her way back to her mom. Chi is a curious little kitten who just keeps getting distracted. How will Chi ever find her way back home? In the mean time, her new humans are not so bad. Chi may be a young kitten who wants to go back home to her mom and siblings, but maybe there is a new home awaiting Chi. What is a curious little kitten to do?
1. Neko no Ongaeshi (The Cat Returns)
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: July 2002
Neko Ongaeshi, otherwise known as The Cat Returns, is based on the novel by Hiiragi Aoi, Neko Danshaku. This anime movie follows a 17 year old girl named Haru who is not special in anyway. Haru can be quite dimwitted and she's not blessed with great beauty. Haru cannot even make choices regarding her own life, so she will often follow someone else's opinion rather than contemplating her own. Then one fateful day, Haru comes across a cat whom she saves without hesitation. The cat whom she saves is actually the Cat Prince which leads Haru to be trapped in the Kingdom of Cats. It is now up to Muta and Baron to save Haru from the Kingdom of Cats.
By Studio Ghibli, Neko Ongaeshi is not an anime movie to be taken likely. It is sometimes viewed as a spin-off from Whisper of the Heart where Muta and Baron were first seen, but do not think they are the same anime movie! As a cat anime, The Cat Returns is set in a cat kingdom with cats playing a big part, character-wise, but it is our heroes who go out to save the girl, Haru that really stand out. While we do not want to spoil too much about the movie, we do want to say one thing: The Cat Returns truly deserves the top of our list of cat anime.
From cuddly creatures to full on main characters, cats can be seen playing all sorts of parts in anime. Don't let the cute faces fool you, cats should not be taken lightly. They are some fierce felines with attitude! Don't you just love them?
Now, we shared our favorite cat anime. Do you have a favorite from our list? Or maybe you have another cat anime in mind. Are there a few cat anime that you can think of that belong on this list? Share your favorite feline friends so we can all enjoy what cats have to offer!