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Neko no Ongaeshi

Neko no Ongaeshi

Alternative Titles

English: The Cat Returns
Japanese: 猫の恩返し


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 20, 2002
Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
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Ranked: #5152
Popularity: #529
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The Cat Returns is something of a loose spin-off of "Whisper of the Heart" as it features two characters from that film: Muta (the cat from "Whisper") and the Baron (the cat statue from "Whisper"). There is no other connection between the two movies and this is not a sequel. The story is based on Neko no Danshaku (The Cat Baron) by Hiiragi Aoi.

The main character of the story, Haru, is a clueless, ordinary 17-year-old girl. She has no special abilities and neither is she an extraordinary beauty. When faced with reality, she is unable to make decisions for herself, thus often sways to others' opinions to avoid challenge. One day, Haru saves the life of a cat without considering her own safety. The cat turns out to be the Cat Prince from the Kingdom of Cats, however as a result, Haru is trapped in the world of cats. Can Baron and Muta rescue Haru who has wandered into the world of cats?

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Related Anime

Adaptation: Baron: Neko no Danshaku
Parent story: Mimi wo Sumaseba

Characters & Voice Actors

Baron Humbert von Gikkingen
Baron Humbert von Gikkingen
Hakamada, Yoshihiko
Hakamada, Yoshihiko
Yoshioka, Haru
Yoshioka, Haru
Ikewaki, Chizuru
Ikewaki, Chizuru
Moon, Renaldo
Moon, Renaldo
Watanabe, Tetsu
Watanabe, Tetsu
Maeda, Aki
Maeda, Aki


Suzuki, Toshio
Suzuki, Toshio
Morita, Hiroyuki
Morita, Hiroyuki
Director, Storyboard
Yoshida, Reiko
Yoshida, Reiko
Takiguchi, Teiichi
Takiguchi, Teiichi
Key Animation

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Jan 6, 2008 9:10 PM
This is my first review, but hopefully it is of some use to the community here.

Story: The Cat Returns is a side story to the Studio Ghibli film, "Whisper of the Heart'. In essence, it is a separate story within a story, which makes the concept quite clever. It brings back old characters from the original showing, into a plot that has a similar atmosphere to The Nutcracker or Alice in Wonderland. It is a fantasy, in a which a shy girl is carried off into another land, and in the process learns more about herself. The moral behind the story is a touching read more
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Oct 24, 2014 5:04 AM
Studio Ghibli has a long history of film making and is known for its great producers. They've made a name for themselves as one of the best studios in the past few decades with all the movies that have risen to fame quickly and cultivating fans throughout their entire run. Everyone has probably watched a Miyazaki film or heard his name. His movies are always top quality and tend to outshine the other films Ghibli makes.

Neko no Ongashi or The Cat Returns is one that has received both good and bad opinions over the years. I discovered this movie due to watching a marathon of read more
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Jul 16, 2008 9:48 PM
A pretty good effort from Studio Ghibli, here.

The story here is very similar to many other Ghibli movies. A character is thrust into a magical land, or sees something out of the ordinary. However unoriginal it may be, it's well done. It's well written, and it's well paced.

The art style is a bit mediocre for a movie. The characters are drawn very simply, and lack shading to make them look more three-dimensional. The background paintings are very beautiful, though.

Soundwise, it is very well done. The music is high quality, and the stereo sound is mastered well. The English dub is done pretty well, no read more
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Mar 15, 2008 11:46 AM
There are a group of fans who believe that Ghibli can do no wrong. Yet even the studio who gave us classics such as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky, and Spirited Away, are capable of turning out a second-class effort. The Cat Returns, a curious entry to the Ghibli library, is one such movie. Directed by newcomer Hiroyuki Morita, this film is a spin-off of Yoshifumi Kondo's magical Whisper of the Heart--almost unheard of for a studio that strives on original productions.

The story, which involves Haru, an unlucky high school student, whisked away to read more
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Anime: Totsuzen! Neko no Kuni Banipal Witt
there are some simulator things
-There's a Cat World
-People who enter the cat world somehow turn into cats 
reportRecommended by Karchan
Anime: Majo no Takkyuubin
Coming-of-age story with a young female protagonist who gets swept up with magical experiences and has a humorous feline companion. Also, two of the best-suited animes for children 
reportRecommended by djdrocco
Anime: Omoide Poroporo
It's the simplicity of each one of these that make them so delightful to watch. The Cat Returns might not be realistic, but that's not the point of this recommendation anyway. Just cheer up. 
reportRecommended by Riebelt
Anime: Karigurashi no Arrietty
In both there are elements of fantasy but very humanized. In Arrietty by the inclusion in the human world of small creatures, while Nako no Ongaeshi the world of cats is quite humanized.
While the character design is quite different, the movements (running style, etc.) is typical of Ghibli.
Also, both have a small dose of action and drama that gives best value to the work. 
reportRecommended by SunWukung
Anime: Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.
In Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha, there's a girl who gets granted a wish by a deity to thank her for saving a little fox.

In Neko no Ongaeshi there's also a girl of similar age to Inari who saves a cat and gets rewarded for it and taken to the world of cats, etc..

Similar relaxing kind of feel-good anime. 
reportRecommended by rasenshiruken973
Anime: Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru
Both have other-worldly aspects with a sense of adventure featuring anthropomorphic cats.  
reportRecommended by wolved

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"Kaze ni naru" by Ayano Tsuji

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