Cat Soup is an extremely abstract, abnormal, and at times, disturbing adventure, from the director of Nadesico. This 30 minute OVA follows two kittens through what seems to be the underworld, as they search for one of their lost souls. Along the way, they encounter new (edible) friends, scary situations, and even the end of the world! Will these felines manage to return unscathed? Or more importantly, avoid becoming the main course for dinner? Confusion abounds in this quirky OVA.
When otherworldy Kazumi met normal Yuko at a rockin' punk show, great things were destined to happen. And great things, of course, implies riding a cybernetic creature from the TV named Face to another world full of scantily clad heavyweight men, encountering murderous and sex starved jello-like demons, and even gaining the ability to morph body parts into weapons! Just a normal day in the life of two friends... right?
Cat Soup and End of the World are perfect recommendations for each other. Both possess a certain "oh my god, what the hell am I watching right now??" quality that will leave you clueless and scratching your head, while laughing. Randomness and craziness abound in each of these shorts, though Cat Soup is undoubtedly the darker of the two. If you liked one, I simply cannot believe you wouldn't like the other.
Cat Soup and End of the World have just about the same "WTF DID I JUST WATCH" value. They are about an abstract, bizarre journey through a strange world with very little clue what's going on. Understanding is overrated, if you enjoyed the bizarreness in one of these, you'll love the other.
Welcome to a world in which memories can be transferred from body to body; old painful memories can be removed and replaced with new ones, and the poor sell their bodies to the rich to survive. Waking up one day, Kaiba finds himself in a strange place with no memories of his past and a mysterious hole in his chest; the only clue as to his identity is a locket with a picture of a girl hanging from his neck. Armed with this token, Kaiba must now travel across the galaxy to discover who he is and what the girl in the locket means to him; however, his journey will bring him into contact with many people whose lives have been tragically affected by the manipulation of memories. All too soon it becomes clear that something is very wrong with this world…
Both anime are incredibly surreal, with the visuals constantly shifting and morphing - both also have an simplistic and childlike art style depicting adult themes, and finally both shows revolve around a search for something vague.
Kaiba and Cat Soup can seem childish and innocent at the first glance but they have actually more depth and are something dark.
They are about characters discovering surreal and esoteric worlds (in the vein of Alice In Wonderful Land or The Little Prince). The story of Cat Soup is totally abstract and is more about symbolism while Kaiba has a complex story.
Both shows are really original and creative and never get boring. They are the best examples of surreal animation out there!
I think that if you liked the abstracted nature of the themes and ideas, as well as the bizarreness and creativity of the animation, then Kaiba might be right up your alley. Kaiba actually has a narrative with developed characters and a distinct setting, however, it uses its animation style to provide the kind of mindboggling moments that Cat Soup does.
Cats can be very selfish and inconsiderate beings – Nyako and her little brother Nyatta are certainly no exception to the rule. They live their day to day lives with a total disregard for everything, including the lives of the people they interact with. These kittens can't even seem to perform the most mundane of tasks without some innocent bystander losing a limb, or having their guts splattered all over the room. When you throw their alcoholic father and over-bearing, abusive mother into the mix you have a concoction that will surely reach excessively morbid proportions.
Cat Soup and Nekojiru Gekijou are twin for having the same character, same graphics and same weirdness! Both deal with dark and cynical humour. At the first apparence, it seems cute and innocent, but after a lot of blood, cannibalism and all, it appears to be rather dark and gore; not for the faint of heart! Cat Soup has better graphic, better music and a more abstract story; Nekojiru Gekijou is not as well done but is more violent and traumatisant. In conclusion, if you liked one, you should check the other for all the similarities that both series share.
Aside from the very basic fact that both of these anime have cats as their primary protagonists and that they share a very similar style, they also share a mind-warping aspect. Though Nekojiru Gekijou contains more humour, you tend to find yourself thinking 'What the Hell?!' when you watch either of these series, so if you liked that in one, then try the other.
With very similar looking artwork, Cat Soup and Nekojiru Kekijou follow the antics of a pair of kittens.
You will definitely be left questioning what on earth you are watching as pigs are butchered for the young cats to eat as they move through their confusing and slightly psychadelic worlds.
Not the greatest anime shows by a long shot, but I think if you watch one, you should watch the other, if only to chalk it down to experience.
In Japan, a team of scientists have created a medical breakthrough: a device that allows the wearer to enter the dreams of a patient, for the purpose of healing. The talented Paprika is a master at her profession, but complications have now appeared in the form of a “dream terrorist” – an unknown foe who inserts nightmares into the minds of those who use the device. The victims are swept up in a ghoulish parade of dolls, kitchen appliances, and musical animals, and are reduced to a vegetable state – or worse. Now, Paprika and the team of scientists must delve into the minds of those affected to figure out the source of the tampering before more people, including themselves, are damaged beyond repair.
The most important similarity between Cat Soup and Paprika is that they balance a child like imagination with a sincere chill factor. And just when you get used to that awkward combination, social commentary and fuzzy, genuinely heartwarming scenes manage to sneak up on you. These films are rewarding as somewhat avant garde visceral experiences, but back it up with emotional, and maybe even a little cerebral substance.
Cat Soup and Paprika somehow managae to spawn vast amounts of random behaviour, are packed to the brim with crazy abstract designs and will serve to confuse an already very disturbed viewer. Both will keep you highly entertained in their own schizophrenic way.
Both Cat Soup and Paprika take a big deep gulp from the surreal, and even though the end result is quite different, I would still think that anyone that enjoys one, would enjoy the other.
Walking out on her human mother, the simple Tamala heads out into the universe to find her home planet. Life can be dangerous for a small kitten, though, even with a the help of a newfound boyfriend she picked up when jetpacking past his car. Trouble is stirring, for the dog police are corrupt, and the sinister corporation Catty & Co. are moving behind the scenes. Tamala 2010 is an assault on your brain cells in (mostly) four shades of grey.
Tamala and Cat Soup are über-odd movies about cats. Don't let the adorable character designs fool you, though, as both are mindf*cks with fairly disturbing subject matter (I was fine with both, but my friend had to leave halfway through Cat Soup, and Tamala is even more so).
These two titles might seem harmless just judging from the main image in the site; just some cute cats, what's the harm there? Don't be fooled, as when the first minutes of Cat Soup and Tamala 2010 roll on the screen, you'll realize both anime are twisted, crude and totally all over the place. I can't see a reason why not to watch these, though, quite the opposite! :D