Cat Returns, The

Alt titles: Neko no Ongaeshi

Movie (1 ep x 75 min)
4.175 out of 5 from 10,490 votes
Rank #446

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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vivafruit's avatar by vivafruit on Oct 19, 2009
Score: 7/10

I’m pretty sure Ghibli is one of the only studios on earth capable of taking a storyline like this one’s and making something worthwhile out of it. The plot has a kind of meandering, silly quality to it that could easily have turned to tedium, but no; from the seemingly boundless resources at Ghibli’s disposal, the studio makes the movie work as a creative, lighthearted, and ultimately... read more

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

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