Cat Soup

Alt title: Nekojiru-sou

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Mind Game

Mind Game

Nishi has been in love with Myon since he was 9 years old. They both had feelings for each other, but due to Nishi's cowardice their relationship never became more than friendship. Now, in the present, Nishi is 20 years old and aims to be a great manga artist; but he still loves Myon. After years of being apart they meet again, but she tells him that she's thinking of marrying her boyfriend. Nishi is still a coward so he accepts it and wishes her luck. While they're talking at her older sister's restaurant a pair of yakuza walk in looking for their father. One of the yakuza starts harassing Myon and out of anger Nishi chooses to finally take a stand -- but he is shot and dies. Now, in limbo, he chooses to live again; but will he really live any differently than before?

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vivafruit vivafruit says...

Both Mind Game and Cat Soup are must-sees if you enjoy mind-warping experimental animation. The major difference between the two (besides length) is that Mind Game actually has a coherent plot, but both are nonetheless extremely imaginative anime that push the definition of what an "anime" can be.

AnarchicQ AnarchicQ says...

Both Anime traverse the realm of the Afterlife through bizzar, surrealist imagery. The symbols and situations in both are highly imaginative.

AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

After a brush with Death, the protagonists from Cat Soup and Mind Game go on a bizarre journey through exotic locale(s). Mind Game seems like a grown-up Cat Soup, and (given the greater abundance in dialouge) it's over-arching plot is easier to grasp. The two are styled similarly, though the story and art of Cat Soup are rather more slow-paced. I was very surprised to learn they weren't from the same studio.

ludithor ludithor says...

Actually if you are looking for a kind of anime the make blow your head this two anime is for you!

Both have the "life" like a principal theme, using a lot of odd scenes without sense... XD

thepgo thepgo says...

Both have a similar feeling, with afterlife- and death- based story shown in very abstract and mind blowing way. They share a similar Art style - crazy, interesting and disturbing. Both are certainly must-see for mindfuck fans

Naga Naga says...

I somehow find those two similar enough in some aspects, both are worth a shot. Probably because you don t find styles that are taht weird.

Nicknames Nicknames says...

Both are abstract shows which share the theme of life and death and a unique animation style. Mind Game has a more coherent plot while Cat Soup's story is left to the interpretation of the viewers.

All in all fans of one will definitely enjoy the other

cycbrilu cycbrilu says...

Both films are totally crazy and wicked. In both story have 0 sense at first sight, and most of it is still incomprehensible after rewatch.

The Diary of Tortov Roddle

The Diary of Tortov Roddle

His name is Tortov Roddle, and he is a traveler from Tortalia. Along with his unusually large companion of a pig, the slender Tortov travels from place to place, always finding a new and beautiful adventure at his destination. From islands carried on the backs of frogs, to delightful cafes, to movie theaters and giant bears, there's a wonderful story to tell in the diary of Tortov Roddle.

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sothis sothis says...

Cat Soup and Diary of Tortov Roddle share a childlike sense of wonder with no dialogue and strange characters and places, though Cat Soup is remarkably more dark and twisted. Still, I felt the same sense of wonder after watching both of these, and would definitely watch them again. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.

yuujin yuujin says...

There are some really similar points in these two anime. Tortov's pig looks like the elephant in the circus in Cat Soup, and both anime parties are traveling through strange places that are nothing special to the characters (as they are the characters' normal worlds). Both main characters are almost always calm and have that smart look on their face. The only difference is that in Cat Soup the main animal is mostly cats, and in Tortov Roddle the most common animal is a rabbit. ;p

tasanime tasanime says...

Here we have two highly individualised abstract shorts, so unique in both design and theme, that any fan of a more artistic and philosophical approach to anime will enjoy. If you have enjoyed one piece, than you will undoubtedly want to seek the other.

CelestialVoices CelestialVoices says...

What these two animes share, aside from the tendancy to provoke a 'WTF?!' reaction from an audience through the surreal adventures portrayed in both, is an undeniable charm which makes both feel quite so delightful.

styln styln says...

The Diary of Tortov Roddle and Cat Soup feature characters wander around a very imaginative world that is really out there. Spoken dialog is non existant in both titles and both will titles might just make you just think what the hell did you just watch. A little warning Cat Soup is bit more twisted than the Diary of Tortov Roddle.

SadisticTendencies SadisticTendencies says...

Looks can be deceiving; Cat Soup looks like a muted fable and The Diary of Tortov Riddle looks like boring, pretentious crap. In reality, though, they are two amazing short stories with plenty of similarities. Take the lack of verbal communication and the beautiful visuals dealing with fascinating landscapes for a few examples.

FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Both series are... weird to say the least. They both involve travelling around some weird places, and they have a fairly similar animation style too. 

Glassy Ocean

Glassy Ocean

Upon a glassy ocean, in a world where time appears to have stopped, an old man travels and reminisces about his past. Joining him is a painter who likes to capture ships and whales in his drawings, and a number of other travelers. From a whale about to jump, to a fallen star, to flying fish that are waiting to be caught, there are an infinite number of wonders to be found on the serene and glassy ocean.

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xaemar xaemar says...

Cat Soup and Glassy Ocean are two of the strangest anime I have ever seen! They are very abstract and very non-typical anime. Both involve someone who travels through strange environments and sees strange things; they also have a message to tell the viewer. Even if both movies are short, they are nothing less than a must see!

Theta Theta says...

These are both strange and surreal shorts.  Who needs a plot when the setting is this refined?

FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Both are very surreal and generally weird, but still pretty enjoyable. If you liked one, you'll probably enjoy the other too.

SpanglishJC SpanglishJC says...

Glasy Ocean and Cat Soup are two bizarre short anime that make use of odd imagery. Glassy Ocean was very tranquil whilst Cat Soup was darker but actually pretty amusing.

Both are worth a watch if you like abstract stories.

Nicknames Nicknames says...

Both are strange shows which feature characters on an adventure. Cat Soup may be quite darker than Glassy Ocean, but fans of one (and surreal shows in general) will enjoy the other too.

ChalamiuS ChalamiuS says...

Both of these are abstract shows (with all the surreal imagery that comes with it) that explore their own little world by having the characters go on an adventure.

Mt. Head

Mt. Head

After a miserly man consumes a batch of freshly-fallen cherries (seeds included), he finds himself in a hairy and unfortunate situation - a small cherry tree has sprouted from his balding forehead! With his mountain-like head becoming a tourist attraction, what's a miser to do?

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NekoRocket NekoRocket says...

Both Atama Yama and Cat Soup are one-shot anime with a dark and twisted theme to them. The imagery in each is nothing short of surreal, and the portrayal of the characters' emotions borders on the comical. Both of these are excellent if you like watching anything that makes you think "Oh my god, what WAS that?" :)

sothis sothis says...

Wacky randomness abounds in both of these OVAs. Cat Soup definitely has a considerably darker tone (and no dialogue) while Atama Yama plays out kind of like a folk tale. In any event, I highly enjoyed both of these, and I think you will too.

tasanime tasanime says...

Both are a magical and surreal outlook on an abstract world revolving solely around one character and the journey or discovery they must make. Truly unique in design and storytelling ability these are a must see for fans of the bizarre.

Sangokagome Sangokagome says...

Looking for something different than what you're used to? How about something totally fantastic that can literally make you dizzy with so many mind-boggling concepts? Interested in watching little kitties take a journey or an old man grow a tree (on his head)? Then look no farther and take a gander at Cat Soup and Atama Yama!

aritentd aritentd says...

These two short animations are both random and unique. While there is an obvious difference in style, being "different" is what unites these titles. If you have enjoyed one for its whackiness, you will enjoy the other for the same reason.

Angel's Egg

Angel's Egg

In a dark and largely abandoned city a little girl wanders in search of something – beneath the folds of her dress she carries a mysterious giant egg. While living on the streets, she encounters a lonesome warrior who has forgotten his past and his purpose and, like the girl, travels aimlessly. Now they journey together, mistrustful of each other whilst sharing in the silence of the city. But who is the little girl? Who is the warrior? And what form of creature lies sleeping inside the egg?

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ahuman ahuman says...

So, you thought NGE was too straightforward? Lain made too much sense? Cat Soup and Angel's Egg are both exercises in convoluted, overly artistic anime that should entertain you. Both are visually incredible, and both will leave you completely and utterly clueless. And that's nice, sometimes.

tasanime tasanime says...

Cat Soup and Angel's Egg manage to do what few others can, that is to express an abstract tale through surreal use of animation style and little to no speech to draw in a ‘thinking' audience. Both are must sees for fans of strange but compelling anime that are truly stunning if just to look at.

kilrothi kilrothi says...

Cat Soup and Angel's Egg, though very different in subject matter and storyline, both require a suspension of disbelief to be entirely enjoyed. Don't ask "how are they doing that?" or "why!?" ... just go with the flow, and the artwork and every-direction-at-once storylines will pull you in.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Cat Soup is whimsical with a meandering milieu, whereas Angel's Egg takes place in a stable setting and has incredibly dark and edgy overtones. However, if you enjoyed one because it's a visual feast that remains senseless unless you motivate your brain to make it make sense, then definitely try the other.

Nicknames Nicknames says...

Both are convoluted surreal shows that will make the viewers excercise their brain to try to figure out what they have watched. I liked the art in Angel's Egg more, but fans of one will enjoy the other!

Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space

Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space

Walking out on her human mother, the simple Tamala heads out into the universe to find her home planet. Life can be dangerous for a small kitten, though, even with a the help of a newfound boyfriend she picked up when jetpacking past his car. Trouble is stirring, for the dog police are corrupt, and the sinister corporation Catty & Co. are moving behind the scenes. Tamala 2010 is an assault on your brain cells in (mostly) four shades of grey.

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Rar Rar says...

What is it about cats that means they can be made quite so freaky? Cat Soup and Tamala are both cartoony, simplistic and really very disturbing, going through surreal and out the other side. If you could cope with the dark humour of one, the other should appeal, and not mentally scar you too badly either.

AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Tamala and Cat Soup are über-odd movies about cats. Don't let the adorable character designs fool you, though, as both are mindf*cks with fairly disturbing subject matter (I was fine with both, but my friend had to leave halfway through Cat Soup, and Tamala is even more so).

Menchi Menchi says...

These two titles might seem harmless just judging from the main image in the site; just some cute cats, what's the harm there? Don't be fooled, as when the first minutes of Cat Soup and Tamala 2010 roll on the screen, you'll realize both anime are twisted, crude and totally all over the place. I can't see a reason why not to watch these, though, quite the opposite! :D

Ailly Ailly says...

Both titles have anthropomorphic cat protagonists being caught in real bizarre circumstances. Nothing makes much sense, but I guess that's the charm of these kind of works. Tamala has a more consistent storyline, though I personally enjoyed Cat Soup more because of the wieird imagery.

End of the World

End of the World

When otherworldy Kazumi met normal Yuko at a rockin' punk show, great things were destined to happen. And great things, of course, implies riding a cybernetic creature from the TV named Face to another world full of scantily clad heavyweight men, encountering murderous and sex starved jello-like demons, and even gaining the ability to morph body parts into weapons! Just a normal day in the life of two friends... right?

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Rar Rar says...

Both End of the World and Cat Soup are as colourful as they are surreal - the abstract landscapes matched by equally strange, almost grotesque events. If you enjoyed the apparent simplicity but appreciated the dark humour of one, you may enjoy the other too.

sothis sothis says...

Cat Soup and End of the World are perfect recommendations for each other. Both possess a certain "oh my god, what the hell am I watching right now??" quality that will leave you clueless and scratching your head, while laughing. Randomness and craziness abound in each of these shorts, though Cat Soup is undoubtedly the darker of the two. If you liked one, I simply cannot believe you wouldn't like the other.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

Cat Soup and End of the World have just about the same "WTF DID I JUST WATCH" value. They are about an abstract, bizarre journey through a strange world with very little clue what's going on. Understanding is overrated, if you enjoyed the bizarreness in one of these, you'll love the other.

Paprika

Paprika

In Japan, a team of scientists have created a medical breakthrough: a device that allows the wearer to enter the dreams of a patient, for the purpose of healing. The talented Paprika is a master at her profession, but complications have now appeared in the form of a “dream terrorist” – an unknown foe who inserts nightmares into the minds of those who use the device. The victims are swept up in a ghoulish parade of dolls, kitchen appliances, and musical animals, and are reduced to a vegetable state – or worse. Now, Paprika and the team of scientists must delve into the minds of those affected to figure out the source of the tampering before more people, including themselves, are damaged beyond repair.

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ace52387 ace52387 says...

The most important similarity between Cat Soup and Paprika is that they balance a child like imagination with a sincere chill factor. And just when you get used to that awkward combination, social commentary and fuzzy, genuinely heartwarming scenes manage to sneak up on you. These films are rewarding as somewhat avant garde visceral experiences, but back it up with emotional, and maybe even a little cerebral substance.

tasanime tasanime says...

Cat Soup and Paprika somehow managae to spawn vast amounts of random behaviour, are packed to the brim with crazy abstract designs and will serve to confuse an already very disturbed viewer. Both will keep you highly entertained in their own schizophrenic way.

steampunk steampunk says...

Both Cat Soup and Paprika take a big deep gulp from the surreal, and even though the end result is quite different, I would still think that anyone that enjoys one, would enjoy the other.

Nekojiru Gekijou

Nekojiru Gekijou

Cats can be very selfish and inconsiderate beings – Nyako and her little brother Nyatta are certainly no exception to the rule. They live their day to day lives with a total disregard for everything, including the lives of the people they interact with. These kittens can't even seem to perform the most mundane of tasks without some innocent bystander losing a limb, or having their guts splattered all over the room. When you throw their alcoholic father and over-bearing, abusive mother into the mix you have a concoction that will surely reach excessively morbid proportions.

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xaemar xaemar says...

Cat Soup and Nekojiru Gekijou are twin for having the same character, same graphics and same weirdness! Both deal with dark and cynical humour. At the first apparence, it seems cute and innocent, but after a lot of blood, cannibalism and all, it appears to be rather dark and gore; not for the faint of heart! Cat Soup has better graphic, better music and a more abstract story; Nekojiru Gekijou is not as well done but is more violent and traumatisant. In conclusion, if you liked one, you should check the other for all the similarities that both series share.

cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Aside from the very basic fact that both of these anime have cats as their primary protagonists and that they share a very similar style, they also share a mind-warping aspect. Though Nekojiru Gekijou contains more humour, you tend to find yourself thinking 'What the Hell?!' when you watch either of these series, so if you liked that in one, then try the other.

KiraRin KiraRin says...

With very similar looking artwork, Cat Soup and Nekojiru Kekijou follow the antics of a pair of kittens.

You will definitely be left questioning what on earth you are watching as pigs are butchered for the young cats to eat as they move through their confusing and slightly psychadelic worlds.

Not the greatest anime shows by a long shot, but I think if you watch one, you should watch the other, if only to chalk it down to experience.

Kaiba

Kaiba

Welcome to a world in which memories can be transferred from body to body; old painful memories can be removed and replaced with new ones, and the poor sell their bodies to the rich to survive. Waking up one day, Kaiba finds himself in a strange place with no memories of his past and a mysterious hole in his chest; the only clue as to his identity is a locket with a picture of a girl hanging from his neck. Armed with this token, Kaiba must now travel across the galaxy to discover who he is and what the girl in the locket means to him; however, his journey will bring him into contact with many people whose lives have been tragically affected by the manipulation of memories. All too soon it becomes clear that something is very wrong with this world…

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relmneiko relmneiko says...

Both anime are incredibly surreal, with the visuals constantly shifting and morphing - both also have an simplistic and childlike art style depicting adult themes, and finally both shows revolve around a search for something vague.

Dark6momo6marcy Dark6momo6marcy says...

Kaiba and Cat Soup can seem childish and innocent at the first glance but they have actually more depth and are something dark.

They are about characters discovering surreal and esoteric worlds (in the vein of Alice In Wonderful Land or The Little Prince). The story of Cat Soup is totally abstract and is more about symbolism while Kaiba has a complex story.

Both shows are really original and creative and never get boring. They are the best examples of surreal animation out there!

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

I think that if you liked the abstracted nature of the themes and ideas, as well as the bizarreness and creativity of the animation, then Kaiba might be right up your alley. Kaiba actually has a narrative with developed characters and a distinct setting, however, it uses its animation style to provide the kind of mindboggling moments that Cat Soup does.