For me, I enjoyed reading this manga very much! A fan of Itou Junji after reading Uzumaki, I began reading his many other works. After hearing that he's not some psycho manga artist, but instead, a gentle cat lover who drew a cat manga about his real life experience with his cats, I know I must go and read that manga!
All the works from Itou junji that I have read was horror or gore related. Only this was so cute and.. normal! Normal in a way that there's no blood or rotting flesh related things appearing inside
It's so comical at how Itou Junji's drawing style are used in this 'normal' kind of environment. Imagine the horrified faces Itou Junji draws, when the protagonist sees a rotted body or spirals or tomie reviving a thousand times (in Uzumaki, Tomie), being used here, when the protagonist is instead, faced with cute and cuddly cats!
It's just so funny and different from his usual works. This is a must read!
Today, we’re looking at his cat diary that he wrote when he and his wife first got married. In the manga, he dubbed over their names and called them like J-san, A-ko, Yon, Muu, etc. It actually hardly matters because the focus on the story on how he’s trying to cope living with cats, since he’s a dog person.
What makes this pretty funny is that he’s telling a non-horror story using his signature horror style. It kinda makes things creepier than he intended but once you’re stuck in a style, it’s hard to get out of it.
There are a lot of moments where we can
relate to – trying to get the cat’s affections, when cats do weird things, when cats run away. The cats themselves definitely have their own personalities and honestly, I think Junji wasn’t entirely serious on doing this manga in the first place. It says what it is right on the tin: a cat diary.
He learns things that people like him would learn about cats and how people are with them. I don’t have much to say about it because it’s really cute and it’s really funny. Within the manga, there’s also some questions some fans would ask him and he’d earnestly answers them!
If you’re a cat fan, you’ll relate to this manga. If you’re a Junji Ito fan, then this is a funny piece of trivia to have in your arsenal. It’s a nice and light read to kill some time but I wouldn’t really want to pick it up over and over again unless I can truly relate to the antics (which I probably won’t since I have cat allergies).
Junji Ito, easily the greatest horror mangaka ever, decided to write an autobiographical diary about taking care of his two cute cats with his wife. It was a radical departure, but Ito's talent shined through, creating a funny, entertaining work.
Despite being a manga about two adorable felines and his wife, Ito uses the same drawing style and presentation as for his horror manga. The wife has pupil-less eyes and a demonic grin. The cats are constantly drawn as creepy, fearsome beings internally plotting among themselves for their owner's demise. Frequently, Ito draws himself as an insane monster. This
art style and presentation, when contrasted against the stories of taking care of two adventurous felines, is amusing and stays that way throughout the almost 200 pages of the manga. Everyone outside of Ito's household is drawn as a normal, cheerful person, adding to the humor.
The individual chapters detail different episodes of dealing with cats, from their adoption to them curling up on a bed to one escaping and being caught. It's entertaining enough for cat lovers and owners, but one obviously shouldn't expect Ito's usual creativity. It is, after all, a cat diary. Ito was smart enough to end it after 10 chapters, before the cat's antics became repetitive, and the charm of the horror-style presentation faded away.
One aspect I really enjoyed were the color photos of Ito's two real-life cats contained near the end of the manga. After seeing them, I was even more impressed by Ito's fiction depiction of them in the manga. Then again, as a cat lover myself, I know there is a little devil inside even the most innocent of cats!
Junji Ito's Cat Diary is a good, solid manga I would recommend to any fans of his, cat lovers, or anyone looking for a short, fun read.
No real story but a buncha short stories. It's super cute. I don't really know if there's much else, but because it's so comfy and homey I think that gives it credence to be a little better than average. It's about as cozy as Junji Ito can get, or rather, as he WANTS to get. He gives it his flare, of course, by making it somewhat horrific but mostly always comedic. I think that warrants a step up from what most would consider a standard cat blog in manga form.
Ito's art is tons of fun and I think that's what sells this. It's so beyond
what one might expect, and it's got so much charm to it. I didn't really think he'd go all out but he did. He made cat loving seem more insane than it is, considering it almost always converts dog lovers (or HAMSTER lovers!)
The characters of J-kun and A-Ko are so much fun but since it's more about the cats, it's clear that most of the personality was given to them instead. This isn't bad, just don't expect much out of these characters. But, you're not reading this story for deep character drama's, you're reading it because holy crap guys Junji Ito wrote a cat comedic cat manga. How cool is that?
Super enjoyable. I laughed, chuckled, and the whole thing was super enjoyable. I wish there was more. I really do. I could read his cat diary for the longest time. It'd be so neat to see him draw horrific yet adorable little cunning kittens as they prowl around his home, but I'm also fine seeing him write other horror stories too.
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