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Cat Returns, The

Alt titles: Neko no Ongaeshi

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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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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Whisper of the Heart Movie 1995 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Baron: The Cat Returns 2002 Original Manga
Name Role
Satoko MORIKAWA Character Design
Hiroyuki MORITA Director
Yuuji NOMI Music
Aoi HIIRAGI Original Manga Creator
Toshio SUZUKI Producer

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Neko no Ongaeshi bedheadred 7/10 Nov 17, 2013
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