Mei to Koneko Bus

Mei and the Baby Cat Bus

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Mei to Konekobasu, Mei and the Kitten Bus
Japanese: めいとこねこバス
English: Mei and the Baby Cat Bus
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Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 1, 2002
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Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 14 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.291 (scored by 85028,502 users)
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Ranked: #27512
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Popularity: #4767
Members: 21,876
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One windy day, Mei Kusakabe ventures outside to play despite the turbulent weather. But just as she is about to indulge in her caramel candy, a sudden whirlwind appears and begins to chase her! Retreating back into the house, Mei discovers that her pursuer is a young Nekobasu, and after deciding on a sweet truce, the two quickly become friends. The baby Nekobasu returns that evening and invites Mei to travel with him—marking the start of their exhilarating adventure in and around the bustling forest.

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Mei to Koneko Bus is a short animated film exclusively shown at the Ghibli Museum since 2002. The film was briefly shown in the United States to celebrate the North American release of Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi in 2006.

Characters & Voice Actors


Miyazaki, Hayao
Director, Screenplay, Creator
Hisaishi, Joe
Suzuki, Toshio
Chief Producer
Yonebayashi, Hiromasa
Animation Director


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May 6, 2021
The only LEGAL way to watch this sequel is to visit the Ghibli museum in Japan and hope that they're showing it while you're there. However, like generations before, you can find bootleg in theatre footage of this movie and watch it the cheap way. Obviously, you're missing out on a lot of what would make this experience special, but you can still understand what this would feel like to watch in person.

Like all Ghibli movies the art and sound is very good. The characters and story are cute, but considering the length of the film there's not much that could be done with them ...
Jul 1, 2014
First of all, keep in mind that this was made exclusively for the Ghibli museum in Japan. It has never been officially released outside of the museum, and the film itself has never been solidly leaked online either. Your only way to watch it is to either go to the museum or watch one of the few camrip versions. The camrips are not pretty, but it's not like they will prevent you from getting any enjoyment out of it. With that said, it's time to review the film itself.

This is a short film that takes place after the events of My Neighbor Totoro. The younger ...
Oct 31, 2020
Mixed Feelings
If you're here, you've probably seen Totoro and want to see even more Totoro, however, it might come as a shocker that this movie was almost singlehandedly aimed at people who complained about how little screentime the Bus Cat got. It's almost as Miyazaki is evening the odds for all kinds of fans of the movie.

The story at hand could slide anywhere midst of the movie's plot of sometime afterward, as Mei goes about a story of her own in the mystical world of Totoro and friends. As she follows the dust bunnies around, she seems more and more from what the invisible world ...

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