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Neko no Ongaeshi


Alternative Titles

English: The Cat Returns
Synonyms: The Cat's Repayment
Japanese: 猫の恩返し

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 20, 2002
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Other
Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.
Rating: G - All Ages

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Score: 7.981 (scored by 57,238 users)
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Ranked: #5502
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Popularity: #603
Members: 87,682
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Synopsis

Haru Yoshioka is your ordinary high school girl who has trouble making decisions for herself. One day, she spots a strange cat crossing the road with a small present... and a truck headed straight for it! Haru doesn’t even stop to think before jumping in front of the truck and getting them both to safety.

This one selfless act initiates a chain of events that sends Haru on an epic adventure. The cat she saved turns out to be no ordinary feline, but Lune, Prince of the Cats. In honour of her bravery and for saving his life, he offers to marry her. Haru mutters a reply which is taken to be a "yes", and for better or for worse, her fate is sealed.

Alongside her cat companions Muta and the Baron, she's aided from above by a raven named Toto, and must travel to the cat world in order to rectify this misunderstanding. Her journey is tougher than it seems: If she cannot escape from the claws of the King of the Cats and find her true self, she will be turned into a cat forever.

Haru may start off as an everyday girl, but after her descent into the world of cats, she returns a different beast entirely.

Background

The Cat Returns is a spin-off of the movie Whisper of the Heart, and although some characters are crossed over, the stories in the two films are not related. Studio Ghibli began work on the movie as the 20 minute “Cat Project” in 1999 for a theme park in Japan. Although the theme park cancelled the project, the 20 minute short film turned into a 45 minute project, and then a feature length film.

The movie was the second Studio Ghibli film to be directed by someone other than Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata. It won an Excellence Prize at the 2002 Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Characters & Voice Actors

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

Staff

Suzuki, Toshio
Suzuki, Toshio
Producer
Morita, Hiroyuki
Morita, Hiroyuki
Director, Storyboard
Yoshida, Reiko
Yoshida, Reiko
Script
Miyazaki, Hayao
Miyazaki, Hayao
Executive Producer


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"Kaze ni naru" by Ayano Tsuji



More reviewsReviews

kahlua_coco
Jan 6, 2008
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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JTurner
Mar 15, 2008
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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RangFlash
Jul 16, 2008
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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Jarrbearr
Oct 24, 2014
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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