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English: Cat Soup
Japanese: ねこぢる草


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 21, 2001
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Duration: 32 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.381 (scored by 25,390 users)
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Ranked: #21952
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Popularity: #1816
Members: 50,282
Favorites: 623


The surreal and dark atmospheres are synonymous, as well as the fact that they both have very little dialog.  
report Recommended by GOKU_NO_SORROW
Both explore very surreal, highly creative and imaginative worlds.  
report Recommended by Pandadice
freaky, psychedelic, a journey filled with random happenings, surreal visual style, Yuasa Masaakis segment "happy machine" on Genius party is somewhat reminiscent of his work on Cat soup 
report Recommended by eyerok
It's in the same genre of awkwardness though not as fast paced. It has it's disturbing moments as well so those who like either of these should definitely check out the other. 
report Recommended by Jaloyoloti
Both are about anthropomorphic cats going on pointless journeys through surreal locations. 
report Recommended by vigorousjammer
Both Tamala and Cat Soup juxtapose inherent cuteness that are cats and surreal settings in order to create somewhat unsettling experiences. Experimental, eccentric, dark, whimsical, and above else unique, the two anime feel quite a bit like a psychedelic dream. 
report Recommended by metamorphius
Both have surreal and dark atmospheres which give them a similar feel. The one big difference is in Cat Soup there is pretty much no dialogue while in The Tatami Galaxy the main character talks so fast during his monologues that it is occasionally hard to keep up with the subtitles. 
report Recommended by Jackster27
Both are very complex and may seem bizarre or too abstract to some. Both use unique and interesting ways of telling their story. But, Nekojiru-sou (Cat Soup) is only a 32 minute short, while Serial Experiments Lain is a 13 episode series. 
report Recommended by Leruki
Trippy, surreal and dreamlike stories. 
report Recommended by Numi
Bizarre surrealism at it's finest. While Inaka Isha features a much darker color palette than Cat Soup, both maintain a similar atmosphere. 
report Recommended by LucySky
Similar weirdness, very surreal. Not much talking. 
report Recommended by Stefanxd
Manie-Manie: Meikyuu Monogatari (Neo Tokyo) is a triple-feature, only the first part being comparable to Nekojiru-sou (Cat Soup). Have trippy visuals that are related to a dark theme. Are atmospheric and imaginative. Involve a cat venturing through strangeness. Have a simple plot that could be described as a single event, yet that event spurs off into numerous unexplainable situations. 
report Recommended by bloge
At the end, you've wondered just what you've watched. 
report Recommended by Apomaro-Mellow
They both seem more like pieces of art than anime, having that dark, psychedelic, and surreal style and atmosphere with practically no dialogue. 
report Recommended by LittleCaesars
both are surrealist journeys through the inner and outer mind that take deep looks into the nature of reality through kaleidoscopic travels by water.....psychonauts will enjoy both.......... 
report Recommended by octal9
Mind Game and Cat Soup traverse the realm of the Afterlife through bizzar, surrealist imagery.The symbols and situations in both are highly imaginative.if you like mind-warping experimental animation,you will enjoy watching it. 
report Recommended by Monjoex
Bothe series involve very cute cats doing very cute things such as cutting robots into little pieces and trying to bring family members back to life. If you enjoyed the refreshing and cute atmosphere of "Chi's Sweet Home" then you will most certainly enjoy Nekojiru-sou for... well... you know... There are cats in it too! 
report Recommended by HypocriticalDuck
Both are short films -less than an hour with no words, cute and pretty weird (in a good way). Also, there's some kind of sad/dark (but Nekojiru is way more dark though) 
report Recommended by JackMayson94
Both are very good short movies, both are good characters and visuals, both have surreal and dark atmospheres, psychedelic.  
report Recommended by castellanko
both are extremely surreal, creepy and weird. both are strangely absurd. only in cat soup, they don't talk. 
report Recommended by mothersSPAGHETTI
Both metaphorize something but it's not necessary to understand it to enjoy it. 
report Recommended by LoidNerdy101
Both have the same feeling. I mean, both have the same dark and surreal environment. Also, there's no (not so) voice acting (I mean dialogues). So that means for me that both have the same feeling! 
report Recommended by Yuuichi_J_Aizawa
"Cat Soup" / "Nekojiru-sou" and "Little Red Riding Hood and Health" / "Akazukin to Kenkou" are both comedic works that rely on an absurd setting coupled with bizarre situations that feel somewhat experimental in nature. 
report Recommended by StevenHu
Both animes show us some creepy images and are quite hard to watch. None of them are -good-, but both share similar atmoshphere of disturbance and discomfort. 
report Recommended by Lightfellow
The crazy and vivid realities in both are equally striking. 
report Recommended by shine_heaven
Trippy, surreal, dark and macabre. If you like Cat Soup you'll probably enjoy this short. 
report Recommended by XanthReborn
Cat Soup is a lot like Eternal Family in it's atmosphere of complete randomness. Both are movies that you just have to laugh at for the extream strangeness. And I mean extream. Cat Soup has almost no dialogue and the whole not quite knowing where the characters are going is similar to Eternal Family. Chances are that if you liked this you'll like Cat Soup as well. 
report Recommended by AngelND
There are some common things between both animes. Such as both have to deal with cats and have weird things happen in different worlds. Even though one os more surreal then the other they are still similar in some ways.  
report Recommended by hamstar138
Both deal with anthropomorphic cats who deal with (very) unusual circumstances.  
report Recommended by GOKU_NO_SORROW
Although they are both very different, I got a very similar vibe off both of them. Maybe the odd landscapes or something. Enough said. 
report Recommended by _Me_
Dark and psychological, the story is also about survival and the extremes people do to achieve it. 
report Recommended by keyzc
Although Nekojiru-sou is a little bit longer, both Neko and Osamu Tezuka's PUSH share deep reflections on human behaviour, and are meant to be watched with close attention and open mind. Nekojirou-sou may disturb some viewers. 
report Recommended by andredrezefilth
Both short films have a slightly strange but high-quality anime style and sudden, speedy camera movement. They're both extremely odd, use surrealism, and leave you trying to comprehend all the meanings involved. 
report Recommended by hoonoki
If you liked Cat Soup you should check out the series which the ova spawned from (and vice-a-versa). The two while having the same cast and dark humor, are actually a bit different, Nekojiru is a bunch of [black] comedic shorts with talking, cat soup is a longer more 'arty' and metaphorical adventure. 
report Recommended by Vesey
Both are set in a surrealistic world. 
report Recommended by lighthalzen-kun
Short animations with cats as protagonists. Both are psychological, but Nekojiru has "dementia" while Her Cat is more realistic. 
report Recommended by Frezlaj