The Cat Returns

Alt title: Neko no Ongaeshi

Movie (1 ep x 75 min)
4.196 of 5 from 12,978 votes
Rank #482

One afternoon on her way home from school, Haru saves a cat from getting run over by a truck and promptly gets the shock of her life when it stands on its hind legs to thank her. That night, she is greeted by a parade of felines who inform Haru that her earlier heroics saved the prince of the Cat Kingdom. Haru suddenly finds herself inundated with gifts of mice and catnip as means of thanks, culminating in the announcement that she will be taken to their kingdom to marry the prince. With no desire to marry Prince Lune, Haru turns to The Baron and Muta from the Cat Bureau for help, but unable to stop them, Haru is swept away by a horde of cats. Can Haru prevent this marriage of inconvenience and return home before she becomes a cat herself?

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DropofVenus's avatar by DropofVenus on Sep 25, 2014
Score 10/10

Not going to lie this short little Ghibli work is pretty damn perfect, as it should be. Many people say you should watch the Whisper of the Heart first before seeing this one, but I do not think it really matters. Before I explain more, let me give you a little background information about this movie's beginnings. Background: Basically after the Ghibli movie, Whisper of the Heart, came out in the late 90s (I... read more

MissH's avatar by MissH on Feb 10, 2016
Score 10/10

Warning: Spoiler Alert The Cat Returns is essentially a spin off of Whisper of the Heart. Yet it only features one common character - The Baron. The story follows Haru, a sweet yet disorganised and clumsy girl. After saving a car from being knocked down, she learns he is actually The Cat Prince, Lune and is then showered in gifts by his father, The Cat King. Though what the cats consider gifts aren't really... read more

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Whisper of the Heart Movie 1995

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Baron: The Cat Returns 2002 Original Manga

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