The Cat Returns

Alt title: Neko no Ongaeshi

Movie (1 ep x 75 min)
4.206 of 5 from 13,917 votes
Rank #502

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
DropofVenus 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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CaseyJewels Mar 5, 2017
Score 7/10

This was a fun movie, with Haru doing a good deed of saving a cat's life, only to find the cats wanting to repay her in ways they see fit, not understanding this is something she as a human wouldn't care for. I love how slowly the oddness of it all builds up, and the characters were a ton of fun. I will say, the cat she saves at the beginning of the movie seems like a completely different cat than when he... read more

Related anime

Whisper of the Heart
  • Movie (1 ep)
  • 1995

Related manga

Mimi wo Sumaseba
  • Vol: 1; Ch: 4
  • 1989 - 1990
Mimi wo Sumaseba: Shiawase na Jikan
  • Vol: 1; Ch: 2
  • 1995 - 1996
Baron: The Cat Returns
  • Vol: 1
  • 2002
Original Manga



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