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Top 50 Best Anime Cats (Most Popular of All Time)

Bijesh NageshBijesh-Updated March 10, 2021


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Cats are the cutest like couples! They are also incredibly intelligent if some of their online videos are to be believed.

 

They hail from a long line of historical greatness and have enormous amounts of mystery and beauty attributed to their species.

 

In this article, we at Entoin decided to cover some ‘inspired’ kitty cats. To achieve this, we chose to dive into the world of anime.

 

In anime, nearly every character plays a role, big or small.

 

This logic extends to pets and animals in this genre, particularly cats.

 

Felines have become an almost essential part of anime, and they are not often put there for show.

 

Their roles range from the cutest to the most significant in furthering the plot.

 

Let’s take a look at the various anime cats that have enhanced the anime world.

 

50. Blair

 

blair

 

Anime: Soul Eater

 

You may have heard of the ‘little black dress’ but have you seen this ‘little black cat’ yet?

 

In the “Soul Eater” anime, she’s what they call a monster cat, and for good reason.

 

Do not be misled by its adorable appearance, this kitty can transform into a human at will.

 

Her outdoor forays may be amusing but cause this Catto to end up upsetting a lot of characters.

 

Just ask some of the main players in “Soul Eater”, and they’ll tell you that Blair is more witchy than kitty.

 

This cat certainly packs some magical abilities, some of which involve the use of pumpkins.

 

How much more Halloween can you get?

 

From shooting pumpkin-orbs at people to dropping large pumpkins on them, Blair seems to uphold the other side of pet-cat expectations: they can be troublemakers at the best of times. 

 

 

49. Meowth

 

meowth

 

Anime: Pokémon

 

Granted, all Pokémon are based on some animal or other.

 

It is not surprising to realize that you can actually collect an entire cat-themed team for your Poké-battles.

 

But Team Rocket’s Meowth stands apart from the crowd thanks to his ability to speak.

 

He’s rather vocal about a lot of things, which only adds to the reasons why cats shouldn’t always be allowed to talk.

 

Meowth is also a ‘human’ kitty-kat, in the sense that he walks upright on two paws rather than resorting to a four-limbed gait like his other feline cousins.

 

In the “Pokémon” series, the nefarious machine-building Meowth is one of the handfuls of characters who have broken the fourth wall, making him as accomplished as he is unrelenting.

 

This cat also has plenty of cute moments to his name. No wonder he has become one of the most recognizable kitties in anime. 

 

 

48. Nekobasu

 

nekobasu

 

Anime: My Neighbor Totoro

 

This show’s a classic in the anime realm, and the Catbus character Nekobasu (the Japanese word for ‘Catbus’) has become a true pop culture icon.

 

From spoofs to special mentions and merchandise galore, you’ll find that this kitty is one of the most famous anime cats of all.

 

Not only have hit TV shows like “The Simpsons” and “Persona” made mention of this cat, but some of you may also be surprised to learn that he inspired the character of Appa in “Avatar: The Last Airbender”.

 

Seeing this cat do what it does, one immediately recalls the Cheshire Cat from “Alice In Wonderland”, whom the Catbus closely resembles in several regards.

 

It somehow does not come across as a ripoff, thanks to the genius of anime writers and illustrators. Nekobasu proves enormously helpful to the rest of the gang. 

 

 

47. Happy & Carla

 

happy and carla

 

Anime: Fairy Tail

 

We’re not trying to cheat here. Granted, these next two kitties on our list are not technically cats at all.

 

They are, in essence, magical entities called Exceed that have taken the form of cats.

 

In the “Fairy Tail” anime, we see so much of the egg-hatched Happy, especially how effortlessly he can fly, talk, speak, and perform magic. 

 

Buddy to the show’s protagonist, Happy the blue cat is as wacky as anime cats come.

 

His scenes with Carla (his female feline friend) are great to watch.

 

Both these furry cats are as captivating as their real-life counterparts.

 

They make us want to watch their antics all day long. Besides, it’s great hearing him say “Aye Sir!” every now and again. 

 

 

46. Chi

 

chi

 

Anime: Chi’s Sweet Home

 

This next Catto from the anime “Chi’s Sweet Home” apparently enjoys having its name printed big in the show’s title.

 

Heavily inspired by its manga version, this cat is anime to its core and every bit as adorable. This kitty also has a beautiful storyline.

 

Taken in by a family, the stray Chi takes viewers through a sublime narrative that is equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming.

 

The series itself is renowned for having voluminous episodes, but each one is only around three minutes long.

 

Suffice to say, this cat has proven to be quite the scene-stealer. 

 

 

45. Madara

 

madara

 

Anime: Natsume’s Book of Friends

 

Nyanko-Sensei, or Madara as he’s otherwise called, is not your usual everyday chubby cat. He’s a Youkai, and a powerful one at that.

 

Fans of the anime “Natsume’s Book Of Friends” will know that this Catto is only a chosen form for the Youkai, and not an actual kitty in any realistic sense of the word.

 

He’s also single-minded about getting his paws on the Book itself, owing to its inherent power. 

 

This probably explains why Nyanko is as condescending as he is self-serving, traits that the meme-community have often associated with cats.

 

In Nyanko-Sensei, fans received a feline that flies and one that can shape-shift.

 

Nyanko, on occasion, emits a strange light that has proven capable of scaring away other Youkai.

 

He may seem like a fat Catto, but this one packs incredible strength in its portly form.

 

He grows fond of Natsume over the course of the show and makes us fond of him in return. 

 

 

44. Bananya

 

bananya

 

Anime: Bananya and the Curious Bunch

 

To put it simply, every character in this anime is called Bananya, but a prefix to each name denotes what role each of them plays in their amusing animated community.

 

The main Catto of the lot is simply called Bananya and, if the merchandise is anything to go by, he’s immensely popular among fans of anime. 

 

Step aside, Tabby and Elder Bananya, this cat has got everyone’s tongue…wagging while vocalizing its cute-sounding name. His story is well-pursued in the series and has made this anime stand out.

 

Adorable kitties in cute banana-bodies? Sounds weird when you think too much about it, but they’re actually rather sweet. Sad that the show had to end. 

 

 

43. Sakamoto

 

sakamoto

 

Anime: Nichijou - My Ordinary Life

 

Another unforgettable anime, “Nichijou - My Ordinary Life” sees Sakamoto the Catto being taken in by a caring family. Nano and Hakase are the show’s main characters, but Sakamoto brings his own to the plotline.

 

Things take a turn for the technological when Hakase crafts Sakamoto a scarf that enables the cat to speak. No magic here, just fictional tech. 

 

The cat, for all his cutesy looks, then sounded older and demanded respect. It makes for hilarious viewing to see how he’s treated, sometimes with venerability and other times not so much.

 

The more Sakamoto pretends he is more than a cat, and the more often he does things typically feline, the more fans end up adoring this anime cat. It is pleasant to see him transition from his deplorable former owner to genius inventor Hakase. 

 

 

42. Jiji

 

jiji

 

Anime: Kiki’s Delivery Service

 

The titular protagonist of “Kiki’s Delivery Service” finds herself with a cat companion during her time training to be a witch. Witches and black cats have often gone wand in paw, and these two are more popular than they are clichés.

 

Some strange magic is afoot with the Japanese and American versions of this show; unintentionally, we bet. Jiji’s character in the Japanese version of the anime is cautious, has a feminine voice, and is as humble as she is adorable.

 

Quite the contrary takes place in the American version of the show where Jiji proves to be chatty, speaks in a male voice, and is as sarcastic as he is proud. 

 

It is interesting to note a particular scene difference between the two anime versions. Kiki loses her capability to talk to Jiji in the Japanese version but regains that ability in the American.

 

Fans will recall the highly symbolic point made by reputed anime director Hayao Miyazaki (who contributed much to this show). Jiji the cat here symbolizes childhood and innocence. Kiki losing her ability to communicate with Jiji meant she was growing up. 

 

 

41. Kuroneko

 

kuroneko

 

Anime: Trigun

 

Yet another black cat seems to have pounced onto our list, and she’s every bit as welcome as the rest of them. In the “Trigun” anime, we see a rather contrary kitty in Kuroneko.

 

Meaning, she adds nothing of canonical value to the plot but somehow plays a significant role in the show. The number of times she shows up on screen varies but the fact remains that Kuroneko is present in every episode of this anime. 

 

The cat has a brilliant character-task: she adds comic relief where needed, sometimes even enhancing the humor already present in a scene.

 

Her tension-breaking skills are as golden as the object-shattering capabilities of cats in general. Fans most certainly have appreciated the time this Catto stopped chess-cheat Wolfwood. 

 

 

40. Artemis and Luna

 

artemis and luna

 

Anime: Sailor Moon

 

We’re looking now at another pair of cats that are not what they seem. Aliens from Planet Mau, these two kitties are apparently too big for their fur coats.

 

In the “Sailor Moon” anime, Luna also showed that she can adopt a human form, using which she fell in love with a man (a distinct story arc, one worth watching). 

 

The core duty these two characters fulfill in the series is to instill the value of magical young girls having pet companions, and oh what cute little companions they are.

 

A kitten shows up later in the show… Fans will know that this little Catto is the result of an intimate involvement between Luna and Artemis. 

 

 

39. Kuro

 

kuro

 

Anime: Blue Exorcist

 

When you think about it, cats have so often been associated with demons that it comes as no surprise to see one manifest in anime.

 

In “Blue Exorcist”, we see precisely such a thing happen in Kuro. Familiar with the show’s main character, Rin Okumura, this cat may seem playful but he is a rather capricious kitty.

 

Before his days as a familiar, the show reveals a moment when Kuro attacked several people for destroying a shrine that was dedicated to him.

 

The exorcist Shiro Fujimoto soon made Kuro an offer he couldn’t resist. Naturally, it involved wine. It was heart-breaking and memorable to see how deeply this cat felt for Shiro’s loss when the man passed away.

 

Before long, Rin and Kuro became a magical companion-pair whom fans couldn’t get enough of.   

 

 

38. Kirara

 

kirara

 

Anime: Inuyasha

 

In a series known for showcasing a plethora of demonic creatures, a demon-cat seems almost at home. Following Sango around is a diabolical kitty called Kirara who has captured the love and cute-admiration of fans everywhere.

 

Imagine a sweet little kitty that can transform into a flying sabretooth beast called a Nekomata. 

 

Though this kitty cannot verbally communicate, like some of the other cats on this list, Kirara is still an intimidating creature packed into one small adorable package.

 

Also, remember those sweet squeaky sounds she made when she was little? There’s certainly more to “Inuyasha” than meets the anime-eye, and Kirara is definitely an integral part of the show. 

 

 

37. Kyo

 

kyo

 

Anime: Fruits Basket

 

High school boy turned cat, Kyo perfectly symbolizes the core narrative of the “Fruits Basket” anime. The show focuses on a family who is cursed by Chinese Zodiac symbols.

 

Stuck in cat form means Kyo gets isolated from several people, including his loved ones who start to see him as a monster. Talk about curses!

 

Kyo returned in the reboot and is still fun to watch. He brought outstanding balance to the narrative, despite being a cat. There is no end to the fun and funny moments he has contributed to the series. 

 

 

36. The Baron

 

the baron

 

Anime: The Cat Returns

 

Baron Humbert von Gikkingen… You wouldn’t think the name belonged to a cat. And what a cat! Style, sophistication, chivalry, and a protective spirit that makes him go the extra mile in “The Cat Returns” anime has made The Baron and his ‘Cat Bureau’ fan favorites. 

 

What was once a statue gathering dust in an antique store transforms into The Baron. Though this cat-character first appeared in “Whispers of the Heart” (1995), he made it big in “The Cat Returns”.

 

There is a keen anthropomorphic angle in the show if this cat’s white suit and matching top hat are anything to go by. The Baron is also one of the most mysterious kitties on our list. 

 

 

35. Sorata

 

sorata

 

Anime: Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi

 

No plot involvement, no real character-driven narrative, and yet this kitty has made it on our list purely because it is cute.

 

The pudgy Oreo-hued kitty called Sorata has made viewers of the “Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi” anime ooh and aah from experiencing intense cute-attacks.

 

The cat is care-taken by characters like Takaho and then, ten years later, Yokozawa followed by Hiyori. This makes Sorata an integral part of the series, though the kitty plays no real game-changing role in it.

 

Character progression and dynamics have indirectly benefited just from having this floofy cat around. 

 

 

34. Korin

 

korin

 

Anime: Dragon Ball

 

You will be forgiven for drawing any parallels to Master Shifu from “Kung Fu Panda”. This next kitty-kat is a veritable kung fu master, as seen in the “Dragon Ball” anime before everything went super-Saiyan.

 

This immortal cat, residing in a giant tower, is responsible for training the one and only Goku.

 

To be fair, the battle versus Cell could entirely have been avoided if this cat didn’t give the gang those dratted Senzu beans. But then again, where’s the fun in that? This fuzzy venerable old kitty is definitely “Dragon Ball” canon.

 

Fans have adored his contributions to the show’s narrative, let alone Goku’s character arc.

 

 

33. Arthur

 

arthur

 

Anime: Code Geass

 

Arthur’s a cat. That’s all. No demonic powers, no shape-shifting, no talking, no magic… Just your average kitty, takin’ it easy. That’s precisely why we wanted to add him to this list.

 

That, and because we could all do with a break this far into the article, dontchya think.

 

There was a singular moment in the “Code Geass” anime when Arthur stole Zero’s mask and made a run for it. He ran all over the school, giving fans of this anime a glance into what normal cats in real life usually do.

 

Some interesting cool-cat moments and his invariable tendency to bite Suzaku have further endeared him to viewers.  

 

 

32. Nekogami-Sama

 

nekogami-sama

 

Anime: Pani Poni Dash

 

His name quite literally means ‘Cat God’. This divine feline most certainly has powers, ones that he uses in the “Pani Poni Dash” anime to do the most bizarre thing… He stays within vending machines and makes sure all the drinks stay at a particular temperature.

 

Even when he has to leave the said machine, he finds a replacement to step in and carry on the task. Talk about a dutiful cat!

 

Changing his fur color also happens to be another of Nekogami-Sama’s powers, and fans see him in a new hue every episode. This show is as strange as it is funny, and has stayed in the hearts and minds of anime fans all over the world. 

 

 

31. Shamisen

 

shamisen

 

Anime: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

 

What at first appears to be your average stray cat soon becomes something magical. When Haruhi uses Shamisen in a game of her own making, granting him the role of familiar, confusions boil over and leave this kitty with the ability to talk.

 

Morals and philosophies are often Shamisen’s go-to conversation topics, but this feline with its deep voice and drown-worthy eyes makes a good case for magical anime cats.

 

He plays a significant role in bridging narratives and has grown into one of “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” anime’s most beloved characters. 

 

 

30. Chomusuke

 

chomusuke

 

Anime: Konosuba

 

Silent but deadly cute, the “Konosuba” anime is home to many wonderful characters, but this cat stands out in its own light. Or rather, she slumbers in it.

 

Chomosuke plays the role of Megumin’s familiar and is often seen with the gang wherever they rove. She seems to be especially fond of Kazuma, seeing as how she often sleeps on his head.

 

And there is more than one reason why this next kitty on our list likes to spend time with Wiz. Except for the times she uses fire, this is to all intents and purposes a rather ordinary anime cat. Just don’t go telling her that.

 

 

29. Kaya

 

kaya

 

Anime: Ghost Stories

 

In the real world, you skip things like summoning demons or accidentally getting your pet kitty possessed with one.

 

The “Ghost Stories” anime certainly lives up to its name. Kaya the kitty-kat in this show becomes the unwitting victim of an unintentional reverse-exorcism, making her one of the show’s most hilarious characters. 

 

Though grumpy and often on edge, Kaya manages to come across as amusing and worth watching. The English dubbed version of this show sees this kitty tearing several pages out of the potty-mouth book.

 

Good thing the show came out in the early 2000s when such foul language was not a snowflake’s nightmare. 

 

 

28. Karupin

 

karupin

 

Anime: Prince of Tennis

 

Setting high cuteness standards for all anime cats, Karupin deserves recognition just for sheer adorability. Ryoma and he love each other so much that it becomes hard not to want something like that for ourselves.

 

This Catto adores his toys so much that he actually follows any characters who go carrying one of his playtime favorites.

 

Cuddle buddies have seen nothing until they witness Karupi and Ryoma catching a snooze in some of several amazing moments in the “Prince of Tennis” anime. 

 

 

27. Maya

 

maya

 

Anime: Azumanga Daioh

 

Sasaki has terrible luck with cats, worse when you consider that she gets bitten by them every time she tries to pet one. In the “Azumanga Daioh” anime, we even see a crazy cat called Kamineko (more on him later) unhinge its jaw to give Sasaki big painful bites. 

 

But one cat stands out from the bite-worthy crowd, and that’s Maya. Sasaki finds this cute kitty during a trip to Okinawa. Ironic, Maya happens to be a wild cat but one that is uncommonly comfortable with Sasaki getting close to her.

 

This Catto even follows the protagonist all the way back home, thereby becoming an important element of the series. 

 

 

26. Puck

 

puck

 

Anime: Re: Zero

 

Carefree pseudo-spirit Puck serves as a protector to Emilia, who’s one of the characters in the “Re: Zero” anime movie.

 

The way Puck jokes around in the company of Subaru and Beatrice adds to her endearment value. But when this cat turns angry, she might give The Hulk a run for his smashes. 

 

This kitty is, canonically speaking, quite the powerhouse. It would have been a gross under-use of such potential if the writers failed to tap into this.

 

Puck, despite his cute sounding name and adorable feline features, is every bit as deadly as his jungle cousins. 

 

 

25. Anpu

 

anpu

 

Anime: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened

 

A fancy name for an otherwise straightforward anime, this series gave the world a clichéd cat but one that is still a favorite among anime pet lovers.

 

One of the main characters, Saiki, can read the kitty’s mind. Through him, viewers experience the high and mighty attitude of this Catto who is always attempting to manipulate someone for something or other. 

 

Used to get all the attention, and then some, Saiki’s don’t-care stance often irks Anpu. Their interactions make for some funny moments in the show. At the end of the day, this cat plays diverse roles in Saiki’s life, from protector to wingman. 

 

 

24. Neko-Sensei

 

neko-sensei

 

Anime: Princess Tutu

 

A tutor and a cat both rolled into one, Neko is at once annoying and welcome. His obsession with marriage may seem unhealthy at first. Just ask anyone who’s been single for a while and they will tell you that the whole idea is a rotten one.

 

But with Neko, duty comes first, failing which marriage to him should come soon after.

 

It is ironic and interesting to see him run away when the big moment actually finds him. He does eventually settle down, though.

 

The “Princess TuTu” anime may sound strange, but it has a lot of good points working in its favor, one of which is certainly Neko-Sensei. Just watching him on-screen will make fans giggle with delight. 

 

 

23. Pantherlily

 

pantherlily

 

Anime: Fairy Tail

 

We nearly forgot about this dark and deadly kitty from the “Fairy Tail” anime. He may seem small and adorable, but Pantherlily is the Magic Militia’s ‘First Division Commander of the Royal Army’. An Exceed character, his power is rather extraordinary. 

 

Him being a member of the reputed ‘Fairy Tail Guild’ adds to his legendary status in this popular series. He despises noisy people (who doesn’t), and is a grumpy cat most of the time.

 

For all his bluster, this kitty is afraid of thunder. But offer him some kiwi fruit, and he will continue singing yet another ditty praising its deliciousness. 

 

 

22. Cheshire Cat

 

cheshire cat

 

Anime: Pandora Hearts

 

In what appears to be a well-transcripted alternate version of the famous “Alice In Wonderland” story, the “Pandora Hearts” anime has much worth appreciating.

 

The Cheshire Cat in this series is based on the original one, of course, but with some major twists. More like ‘twisted’.

 

This Catto can change into human and back to cat form again. The anime harbors plenty of dark narratives, which have certainly rubbed off on this kitty.

 

Driven by aggression and motivated by vengeance, this is one of the darkest cats on our list, and we aren’t referring to his fur. 

 

 

21. Jibanyan

 

jibanyan

 

Anime: Yo-kai Watch

 

This fierce little orange cat wields fire like no man’s business. It’s adorable watching such a powerhouse kitty-kat sometimes give in to lethargy or simply choose to disregard Nate’s orders.

 

Play anything from his favorite music group, ‘Next HarMEOWny’, and he’s your friend.

 

Especially fond of Chocobars, Jibanyan has found a place in fans’ hearts for being determined, adorable, and relatable. That last is thanks to his fanboyish craze for that music group he adores to the point of worship. 

 

 

20. Kamineko

 

kamineko

 

Anime: Azumanga Daioh

 

Touted to be Sakaki’s main antagonist in the “Azumanga Daioh” anime, this Catto is no walk in the park. We detailed Maya earlier, another sweet cat found in this series. But with Kamineko you get all fangs and no purrs.

 

His name literally translates to ‘biting cat’ or ‘evil cat’ in Japanese. Jaws akin to a bear-trap and his tendency to keep snapping down on Sakaki each time she tries petting him has been an ongoing laugh-fest in this series.

 

Who knew something so adorable could prove so villainous? 

 

 

19. Poyo Satou

 

poyo satou

 

Anime: Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki

 

A round Catto named Poyo rolls onto our list. He can be found in all his rotund glory in the “Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki” anime, along with the family who adopted him.

 

The show is simple and sweet, ferrying viewers into an ‘everyday’ world, one that first originated in the manga created by Rū Tatsuki.

 

The character Hide is initially averse to this orange kitty but grows to like him as the show progresses. All in all, Poyo has become a household name owing to his high adorability quotient.

 

The fact that he is the show’s main character is as curious as it is admirable. 

 

 

18. Aria Pokoteng

 

aria pokoteng

 

Anime: Aria the Animation

 

A blue-eyed kitty, serving as a mascot that brings good luck… Fans found this and more in “Aria the Animation”. The President of ‘Aria Company’, Pokoteng seems to have his work cut out for him.

 

This Aqua breed feline has the skill to comprehend human words. 

 

Thanks in good part to Akari and Alicia’s attentions, Pokoteng has become one of the most beloved chubby cats in anime. He adores eating, finds himself drawn to President Hime, and is particularly repelled by President Maa.

 

The latter gives unruly bites on his soft round belly, and he absolutely hates it. 

 

 

17. Tailmon

 

tailmon

 

Anime: Digimon Adventure

 

Partner to Yagami Hikari in the amazing and well-paced “Digimon Adventure” series, this next cat on our list brings a lot to the table. Her ‘evolutionary’ arc is admirable, more so given the circumstances in which she grew to become Tailmon.

 

This cat packs a punch, in more ways than one. Her ability to remain consistent and, when required, to retaliate has made her quite the fan favourite. Tailmon is certainly a bona fide anime cat. 

 

 

16. Marl

 

mari

 

Anime: Fairy Tail

 

We covered Happy from this same anime earlier, but found ourselves wondering ‘Where does he get it from?’ This led us straight to mama-cat, namely Marl.

 

From her memorable matronly looks to her sweet voice, this cat may be far beyond her kitten years but still exudes innocent charm.

 

Her kindness and willingness to help often save Happy and Carla from some tight spots. Marl’s compassion was also how Shagotte even flew again.

 

She is more understanding than others of her kind, namely Exceed, making her more than worth adding to this list of best anime cats.

 

 

15. Bub

 

bub

 

Anime: Sankarea

 

Family cat to the Furuyas, Bub brings a bucketload of quality to the “Sankarea” anime. Some interesting death and reanimation narratives drive this story forward.

 

Bub’s technically an un-dead kitty, one who met with an accident and couldn’t quite be reanimated.

 

The way the writers managed to work in resurrection potions, characterization excellence, and feline other-worldliness all do this show great credit.

 

It certainly makes Bub the only death-touched kitty on our list. This adorable zombie cat practically confirms his cuteness each time he sits on Mero Furuya’s head. 

 

 

14. Puar

 

puar

 

Anime: Dragon Ball

 

A shape-shifter and Yamcha’s best buddy, this next Catto brings exceptional loyalty and care into the “Dragon Ball” anime.

 

His unconditional faith in Yamcha sets him apart from all the cats in the crowd. This cute blue wide-grinning egg-hatched cat has its own fanbase.

 

He can also be devious when he wants to be, and did we mention he can shape-shift. This kitty has witnessed and lived through some of the most game-changing moments in the “Dragon Ball” franchise.

 

 

13. Muta

 

muta

 

Anime: The Cat Returns

 

Though he plays a supporting role in this superb anime film, fans have enjoyed nearly everything this large cat brought to the movie. Anyone can be a star when they find themselves in a Studio Ghibli production.

 

Remember The Baron cat we detailed earlier? Muta’s his chubby companion at the ‘Cat Bureau’.

 

With Muta the grumpy cat, fans were amused at the sheer sarcastic potential contained in this kitty. Add a generous dose of condescension and an immense appetite, and this is one cat who’s definitely earned his place on our list.

 

When the time came, he proved more than ready to team up and help out, which redeemed him in the eyes of fans. His story-arc with Haru and the ‘Cat Realm’ are a must-see. 

 

 

12. Lecter

 

lecter

 

Anime: Fairy Tail

 

We are covering yet another Exceed cat on our list from the evergreen “Fairy Tail” anime. As if Lecter was not powerful enough, he is also a skilled Mage in this show.

 

From his red fur to that smug expression on his kitty-face, it is not surprising to realize that Lecter has his own set of fans despite being one of the most arrogant cats in the series, and the most egotistic one on this list.

 

His affiliations with Sting and the Sabertooth Guild make for amusing viewing. His character arc also adapts to changing narratives in this anime, and he brings more than a handful of expressions to the show. 

 

 

11. Nanashi

 

nanashi

 

Anime: Clannad

 

Though this cat does not speak or do anything of significance to further the plot of the “Clannad” anime, he still has fans all over the world. This striped kitty has been lauded for being as cute as a button. 

 

Additionally, this cat’s story-link to the character Misae in the series has gathered countless admirers. That sweet smile and those big eyes on his itty-bitty face are enough to bring most viewers to the brink of a giant cute-attack.

 

 

10. Chimaera

 

chimaera

 

Anime: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions

 

A cat known for her signature look, Chimaera lives up to her name in the “Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions” anime. This Catto's ever-present pink angel wings and attached serpent have turned the heads of fans every time she showed up in the series. 

 

Tōka Takanashi’s interactions with her are fun to watch, seeing as she’s allergic to cats in general. Not that Chimaera cares, though. Around season two’s finale, we see this cat becoming the proud mom of six adorable kittens.

 

All in all, this character is absolutely worthy of being on this list. 

 

 

9. Lucky

 

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Anime: Fairy Tail

 

We have thus far detailed Happy and his mom Marl on this list, and we would have been guilt-struck if we forgot to mention the dad, namely Lucky.

 

This venerable white-furred black kitty-kat redefines the words strict, aggressive, loud, and angry. 

 

His sense of style could do with a wakeup call, but none of this has stopped Lucky from making a shipload of fans. The “Fairy Tail” anime already has fandoms all over the world, especially anime cat lovers.

 

Lucky’s also a rather caring father, adding to the wonderful characterization value that suffuses this series. 

 

 

8. Takkun

 

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Anime: Fooly Cooly

 

Adopted by Mamimi, this little black Catto is all kinds of adorable.

 

Blessed with literally cartoony proportions, just one look at him will make any fan wonder how the illustrators of the “FLCL” anime managed to weave him into a genre known for a recognizable and distinct animation style. 

 

Takkun’s movement and body are the stuff of cartoon flair. He is around for the longest time in Mamimi’s life. It is genuinely beautiful to see the way these two meet and play at a riverbank because Mamimi is not allowed to keep pets at home. 

 

 

7. Sphynx

 

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Anime: A Certain Magical Index

 

This is a memorable anime for a variety of reasons, most importantly the way it conveys the importance of adopting pets. The main character Index saves one such kitty from a harsh life on the streets, and that’s how Sphynx the cat enters this well-written series.

 

There’s a catch, though. This kitty needs to remain hidden in Toma’s dorm room. Interactions between the characters and the Sphynx (which feels like a curious name for a cute little cat such as this) are worth appreciating. 

 

 

6. Cait Sith

 

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Anime: Final Fantasy VII

 

The “Final Fantasy” franchise is as anime as it gets. Besides, we wanted to take a quick break from talking about cats within the illustrated realm of anime.

 

The game “Final Fantasy VII” has a lot going on, its characters being one of the best things about it. Cloud’s party better brace themselves for some insane and dopey moments where this kitty is concerned. 

 

With Cait Sith, fans received a playable character who is no pushover.

 

Megaphone in hand, this kitty gives all the orders, particularly to a large stuffed Moogle that he gave life to. Cait Sith’s an anthropomorphic plush-toy kitty, one who’s remote-controlled, and one who definitely belongs on this list of the best. 

 

 

5. Haru Mikazuki

 

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Anime: My Roommate Is A Cat

 

If her name sounds like a full-fledged anime character, that’s because it is. The only difference being that Haru Mikazuki is a feline. A stray tuxedo, she was adopted by the main character Subaru Mikazuki in the “My Roommate Is A Cat” anime. 

 

With her unforgettable tragic back-story and wonderful emotion-driven moments, Haru is an important addition to this master-list of anime kitties.

 

Aside from her signature red ‘Meowal’ collar, with attached ribbon and no-longer-attached bell, Haru’s story-arc and characterization in this show are nothing short of excellent. 

 

 

4. Piro

 

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Anime: Kanon

 

Nayuki finding the stray Siamese cat Piro proved to be a game-changer in the “Kanon” anime. She later joins the Minase Household, where this next kitty on our list continued to inspire love and awe. 

 

Translated in Russian, this Catto's name actually means ‘Fried Pork Bun’, which makes her sound leagues cuter.

 

There’s a moment in this series when Piro’s disappearance was a point of concern for fans. A strong emotional arc follows this kitty within the storyline, making her an integral part of the narrative in “Kanon”.

 

 

3. Chachamaru

 

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Anime: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Amino

 

In this creepy yet fun anime, fans see the character Tamayo conducting medical research into ‘demon blood’. And of course, he needs a familiar to help him.

 

Enter, the cat Chachamaru, who at first appears too adorable to be associated with anything diabolical. 

 

This tricolour calico Catto has beautiful brown, black, and white spots on his body, enough to make anyone want to pet him instead of fear him.

 

The brown box it carries has its own nefarious purpose, and the bright red Yushiro-drawn talisman hanging from its neck adds to the familiar’s devious purpose for being. 

 

2. Nyamsus

 

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Anime: Nyan Koi!

 

Family cat to the Kousaka household, this chubby and superior kitty-kat with its red bandanna seems all set to make Junpei’s life a living hell. But her real intentions are later revealed, and they are not all bad. 

 

Her role in the “Nyan Koi!” anime is defined and important, one that fans have come to appreciate.

 

Let’s just say that without this kitty in the series, an entire character should be created just to replace her, and to bridge crucial scene-moments. Guess she has a good reason for being all icy and supercilious. 

 

1. Doraemon

 

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Anime: Doraemon

 

Looks like we’re finishing our list with a cat whose name is actually the show’s own. This ‘gadget cat from the future’ has become an icon and fan-favorite.

 

From his blue fur to the fact that he’s born in the year 2112, Doraemon has become a household name for an assortment of reasons, one of which is that he plays a potent part in the “Doraemon” anime.

 

He is sent back in time to help the main character, Noby. Making ample use of the ‘4th Dimensional Secret Gadget Pocket’ situated smack in the middle of his belly, Doraemon fishes out all sorts of secret gadgets to help Noby.

 

But the boy often falls short of competence, adding to the humor and amusement that this series comes packing.