After two-month-old kitten Chibi-neko is abandoned by her former owners, she is found by 18-year-old Tokio. Although his mother is allergic to cats and has a great fear of them, she agrees to let him keep the kitten because she fears he is becoming too withdrawn after failing his university entrance exams. Chibi-neko soon falls in love with Tokio.
In her own mind, Chibi-neko is a small human who speaks in human words, although people only ever seem to hear her meow, and she believes that all humans were once kittens like her. A stray cat tells Chibi-neko of a paradise called Cottonland, where dreams can come true.
If you like feel good anime, you'll love this movie. It follows the adventure of a little kitten that wants to be human and the family that takes her in. Even though the viewers see her as a little girl, she is an average cat. The mother seems to have an extreme fear of cats, or the fear of allergies caused by cats. I don't know what it is, but she's deathly afraid of this kitten.
The story seemed like one that you would see in an old cartoon from the 90's or 80's. It's not a riveting plot. It doesn't
have any odd twists. It's just an average plot. but it didn't need anything big.
You can tell that this movie is pure old school anime. it has the same style as Harlock and the rose of Versailles. Every one has 70's hair and wear a lot of sweat shirts. It's pure nostalgia. The animation was amazingly smooth. Simple things like the wind blowing through their hair looked great. The character designs for the cats were too cute, Raphael the Persian looked so fluffy and soft. it's a nostalgic joy.
since this movie was made in the 80's, it has synthesized music and even an engrish music bit in the middle. I enjoyed it.
The characters were kind of bland, I have to admit. The father was silly, tokio was kind, the mother was old fashioned. There wasn't much to them. It's not terrible, it's just typical.
I loved this movie to death. It had me going "awww" all through it. It's just a silly sweet little movie.
Over all, I would have loved to have seen this movie as a child and it's on the top of "shows I want to show my children" list.
About as interesting as tepid, watered-down soup. Oh, except for the creepy vibe you get through the whole thing.
Little kitten is adopted by a depressed adult student who can't get his life together. And yet, his mother (who has one of the most over-exaggerated cat 'allergies' in existence) thinks that he may regain his spark by taking care of this cat. And so, all sort of cute little misadventures ensue, as the kitten gets mixed up in all sorts of mischief.
Except, as I mentioned, the creepy part. Which is, the
little kitten is a young girl in a dress. Or at least, she thinks she is. And that she will grow up to be a human! This is truly the meaning of 'anthropomorphism', as she engages in all sorts of human behavior and actions. But, of course, everyone else sees her as just a cat.
If you can get past that...well, then you're left with a lazy, meandering, and largely meaningless story. Feh.