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Old 2004-10-02, 09:58   Link #1
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The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi) - Another amazing Ghibli film!!

I got the rather surprising opportunity today to watch a Studio Ghibli film that I had never heard of before called "The Cat Returns". It's not one of their best films and is a little short only running one hour and fifteen minutes (15 min less than the standard 90min minimum running time of most films) but it was in no way less enjoyable. The charecters were entertaining an engaging, the humor was great, and the adventure was fun. The concept of cats talking and the kingdom of cats was quite interesting too and well portrayed I believe. I wondered why I hadn't heard about this film before, but upon further research it turns out that it only came out in 2002. I can't find any R1 dvd's of it yet (it's licenced under the disney-tokuma deal), but it is available in R2 dvd, subs file is available courtesy of AXP (sorry, no linkage as I only my friend has the original subs file) if you really wanna watch it. If anything, I highly suggest you do go get this film, it's easly a 9/10 rated film in my book.

Has anyone seen this film yet? It's not a Miyazaki film, but instead is directed by Hiroyuki MORITA. The storyline/genre is fantasy adventure. It's definatley worth getting and watching I believe. I'm going to keep hunting for someone who's selling the DVD's and report back if I find it, because even though I can't afford it right now, I'm most certainly going to add this one to my collection.
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Old 2004-10-02, 10:07   Link #2
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Yeah, I've seen it! It's wonderful! So light-hearted! It's the kind of movie that makes you feel happy It also has some references to a previous Miyazaki/Ghibli movie called "Whisper of the heart" have you heard about it? It's a rather old movie... The characters of the Baron and Mootah (?) are also mentioned in that movie, so you get to know a little of their background, but they're not really main characters in "Whisper of the Heart". Also I think the main character from "The cat returns", the girl (what's her name?) has a really silly voice, it makes you laugh just to hear it! And the ending song it's beautiful! It totallly reflects the mood of the movie!

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Old 2004-10-02, 10:40   Link #3
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It is charming, relaxing anime movie. It has it's moments but it lack the drive and imagination of Spirited Away or Nausicca.
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Old 2004-10-02, 10:50   Link #4
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Cat Returns is a spin off story from Whisper of the Heart. In Whisper of the Heart, it gives the background behind the Baron.


BTW, the girl's name is Shizuku Tsukishima

If you want to know more about the Baron...
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Old 2004-10-02, 13:28   Link #5
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I'm surprised that the character designs of this Ghibli film are a lot more eye-candy than usual.
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Old 2004-10-02, 13:51   Link #6
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Cat Returns is a spin off story from Whisper of the Heart. In Whisper of the Heart, it gives the background behind the Baron.
Wow, I didn't even know about that film and I call myself an anime otaku! o_0

I checked out the details on it and it looks good. I'm going to have to round me up a copy of it. If it's as good as this movie it sould be very enjoyable!

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I'm surprised that the character designs of this Ghibli film are a lot more eye-candy than usual.
How so? I didn't think they looked all that key candy'ish myself. I think they were very well drawn though.
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Old 2004-10-02, 14:56   Link #7
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can any1 post sum screen shots of teh movie
maybe some of the girl in her anthro cat form
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Old 2004-10-02, 15:23   Link #8
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I mean eye-candy where the characters has the "usual big anime eyes like every other anime series" than the usual "Ghibli" character designs where the eyes are small and black.
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Old 2004-10-02, 17:21   Link #9
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Oh, ok. When you said eye-candy I was thinking like flashy effects and cool layouts and the like. hehe.
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Old 2004-10-04, 01:32   Link #10
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Wow, I didn't even know about that film and I call myself an anime otaku! o_0
Haha, seriously, if you havent seen every Miyazaki movie you cant call yourself an otaku.
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Old 2009-12-17, 00:34   Link #11
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I just watched this movie myself, and although I have not yet watched all of Ghibli films, I can confidently that at least it's at least the best I've seen from them so far. The playful nature of the whole story, the sincerity and naive charm that the protagonist exudes, her friends and quirky antagonist just got to me. Everything coupled with Ghinli's usual great OST, and a great ending zone, Kaze ni Naru.
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Some context of what can one expect: For the people who liked the human talking to cats plot background point found in Nyan Koi but where disgusted by how the series eventually devolved into harem, this movie is a must check.
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Old 2009-12-17, 02:21   Link #12
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The newbie director did a great job of trying to match the wonderful sense of imagination that Miyazaki's films do with such effortlessness. While I personally wouldn't rate it on the level of some of Ghibli's best, it's far better than, say, "Tales from Earthsea", which was also by a newbie director at the studio.

Have you watched Whisper, by the way, Proto? That's sort of the spiritual prequel to this one, and it is my favourite film, period.

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Indeed. The soundtrack was composed by Yuji Nomi, who unfortunately only has two Ghibli films under his belt, but his music, particularly the lovely orchestration, is so well-done that it's a shame he isn't more used.
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Old 2009-12-17, 22:14   Link #13
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I remember seeing this one about a year back since my mom, brother and I are complete Ghibli fans. I liked it quiet a bit even if it was lighter than some of the other fare that Ghibli has put out. Very cute and I was tickled to see how it was the story within the story of Whisper of the Hear.
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Old 2009-12-17, 22:41   Link #14
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Have you watched Whisper, by the way, Proto? That's sort of the spiritual prequel to this one, and it is my favourite film, period.
I have. It is usual Ghibli quality, but unfortunately I didn't find the characters that compelling or the story that appealing. I guess I have a knack for super natural elements and high fantasy, hence why I found this to be on the lower side in my personal Ghibli ranking. Which is pretty high anyway when compared to the rest of the anime movies i've seen anyway.
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