Cat Soup

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Japanese: ねこぢる草
English: Cat Soup
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 21, 2001
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, Award WinningAward Winning, ComedyComedy
Themes: AnthropomorphicAnthropomorphic, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 32 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.321 (scored by 3646436,464 users)
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Ranked: #24062
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Popularity: #2290
Members: 76,093
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The main character, a cat named Nyatto, embarks upon a journey to save his sister's soul, which was ripped in two when Nyatto tried to save her from Death. She trails after him, brain-dead. They encounter many brilliant, mind-bending situations, beginning with a disturbing magic show.

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It won an Excellence Prize (Animation Division) at the 2001 Japan Media Arts Festival; the "Best Short Film" award at the 2001 Fantasia Festival and; the Silver Award for Animation 2003 New York Exposition of Short Film and Video.

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Yuasa, Masaaki
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Yoshinari, You
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Aug 21, 2008
Every once in a while, a truly magnificent and original anime shows up. Being a media everyone relates with silly characters, a fun story and a little ecchi now and then, the typical anime-lover would get a mild shock from a movie such as this.

Through the film, we follow the cat Nyatto on his quest to reclaim his sister's lost soul. They embark on a strange journey filled with mystery, darkness and disturbing obstacles. There isn't much more to say, really.

Nyatto and his sister - and also a few other characters - were all in Nekojiru Gekijou, the series this film spawned from. Although ...
Dec 4, 2014
Cat Soup or Nekojiru-sou in its Japanese title is a lot stranger than its own name makes it out to be. It can be best described if you gave a loony philosopher, who just happened to love cats, some drugs this short film would probably be the result of what they see in their high. A series of abstract ideas presented in such a bizarre manner while seemingly nonsensical is alluring in its strange nature. It is very difficult to make any sense of it or confirm it means anything, but that’s part of what makes this short film have such a strong impression in ...
Sep 6, 2019
Mixed Feelings
How could a thirty minute, one episode OVA turn into such excruciating boredom? Simply put, the answer is that this one had no end goal or general direction in mind. It crams - or tries to cram for lack of a better word - several ideas and themes down the viewer’s throat, and tries to present and highlight several topics and issues that aren’t even interminably connected, to the point where it becomes blurry as to what it’s reach and end goal is. It presents several ideas of religion, the circle of life, death and the afterlife, etc. yet it never explains why they are ...

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