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.
In a hectic, commercial world full of skyscrapers, neon signs and power lines, two people reach out for each other.
Confuson, slightly hectic action you needn't understand to like and deep hidden meanings you only see if you know a bit about the background/the world, are what make these two shortish pieces similar. If you enjoyed one, it is likely you will also gape at the other.
Poor Nana just is not able to adapt to her new life after being invited to stay in Kouta and Yuka's home. Especially when Lucy, the evil killer she's living with and despises, is turning out to be an incredibly sweet, clueless person named Nyuu who just wants to make others happy. Regardless, Nana is determined not to be shown up by the likes of her and will pull no stops at proving she can be useful too. Whether it be cleaning the floor, scrubbing the windows or even going on walks with the girl she hates the most, Nana is set on fitting into her new household. But through her efforts is she starting to grow close to Nyuu, despite the way she feels about Nyuu's other personality?
No matter how ridiculous this recommendation may seem to be I could not find any show that was more similar to Cat Soup. Both of these animes are filled with blood and unjustified violence. Despite that, it is possible to consider them as a parable of the human nature and find a deeper meaning in both.
F City, F Prefecture: the battleground where good and evil have finally chosen to decide once and for all who will rule the world…or at least that's the general idea! Neither side seems up for the task, as surviving the brutality of everyday life is enough of a chore. On the side of evil is the organization of Across, its only member the loudmouthed and abrasive Excel who struggles just to put food in her stomach; on the side of good, three disenfranchised, unemployed bachelors whose only pursuit in life is romance. Add in alien invasions, jungle warfare, and Mexican immigrant laborers to Japan, and this war doesn't seem likely to be ending soon!
One dark and blustery night, a lone doctor is called to a village ten miles away in order to help with a sick patient. Quickly losing his servant to ill-intentioned hands and whisked away upon frightening horses, the doctor meets his young and ailing patient under the scrutinizing eyes of his family. It is here that the doctor will try to discover the root of the boy’s illness and also try to make some sense out of his own psyche.
A man's psyche is an interesting and a complex thing, hiding inside all kinds of weird stuff. That's what is apparent in A Country Doctor and Cat Soup. Both of them are psychological, psychedelic and abstract OVAs that leaves you wonder what the hell did all of this just mean. If that's your favourite state of mind, try these titles.
Meet the Ghiblies. Designed from the ground up to reflect the wonderful and talented people behind the famous Studio Ghibli, they have volunteered to let the light shine on the behind-the-scenes workings of their work and personal lives. Follow them as they decide where to eat lunch! Laugh with them as they reveal their inside jokes! Feel their pain as they remember their first love! Witness their many hidden talents! Be shocked as they perform hedonistic dances in their underwear! Find solace in their good deeds! And through it all, remember that these are the minds that have changed the face of anime as we know it!
Both Cat Soup and Ghiblies use very stylized animation throughout. In each, a story is told, with many side tracks taken and explored. They're both just basically a light-hearted romp throgh "Improbable Land," and fully enjoyable.