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 3745237,452 users)
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Ranked: #25222
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Popularity: #2343
Members: 78,426
Favorites: 956

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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.

(Source: ANN)


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
Key Animation


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Jul 15, 2023
I'm writing this review after reading most of Nekojiru's work, however Cat Soup was my introduction to her. Knowing more about her story, her death, and her work, this short feels like a true love-letter to Nekojiru as a person, rather than just as a creator. It features the more introspective and absurdist chapters from Nekojiru Udon, and strings them together into a beautiful narrative about life and death, and everything between.

This is the kind of thing that requires some background to fully appreciate and understand, however it can still be enjoyed by a complete outsider to Nekojiru's work, although its meanings and message ...
May 3, 2021
Mixed Feelings
I finished it with zero understanding of what's going on...

If you're simple-minded like me, I suggest you go and watch other people's commentary on this instead.

The message behind Nekojiru is great, revealing cruelty and emotional abuse; there are many ways to interpret the story, this is just one angle to look at it. Because there are no words, it can be very hard to figure out the intention behind each scene if you miss out on the details. For example, the orange flower on the cover is what Nyatto need to get back the other half of his sister's soul. I was not aware of ...
May 13, 2018
Well, it was pretty evident from the character designs and the artwork who scripted this short film. None other than the “great” Masaaki Yuasa. I use great in parenthesis, because besides Ping Pong The Animation, I tend to believe his work is a bit overrated (still good, just not great). The Tatami Galaxy, for example, was far from a masterpiece, as it reused tired anime tropes, and revealed its central philosophical thrust — to grasp onto the opportunities that lie in front of you, and stop chasing the rose-colored, “perfect” life — in the very first episode, rendering much of what came ...

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