The Cat Returns: An Anime Review

There can be some very interesting consequences for your actions. Some are bad. Some are happy. There is no way to tell what they will truly be. It is a roll of the dice. Sometimes they can lead you to adventures that you could never even imagine. 

Studio Ghibli always delivers interesting movies for anime fans. In 2002 the studio released a movie that featured two return characters. The Cat Returns boasts a stellar cast of voice actors. The movie takes characters from Aoi Hiiragi’s works. The Cat Returns also has a heavy hitting director with Hiroyuki Morita

Teenage Haru seems to be going through a stretch of rough luck. She just can’t seem to find her own footing in the world. One day she saves the life of a very dapper looking cat. Nothing is ever the same for her after that. The consequences of her decision that day change everything. What follows is a story filled with hijinks and unlikely friendships. 

The character of Haru is very well written. She is relatable to anyone who has struggled or is struggling to find themself. The work that was put into this anime is lovely. All of the settings are perfect to help the audience along in the story. The rest of the characters are perfectly written to accompany Haru on her journey. Whether they are helpful or hindrances they are great characters. Their designs are also very well done. 

As always, the music is transformative. It pairs perfectly with not only the mood of the scene but also with the adjoining artwork. The movie is well written and edited, as fans expect from any film from Studio Ghibli. All the elements of a classic anime movie come together for this film. 

Overall, The Cat Returns is a lovely and fanciful movie. It has a great story that all types of fans will enjoy. It is clear that a lot of care and work went into this anime. 

I highly recommend The Cat Returns. Enjoy!



Published by thiathebard

Lover of games, writer of articles and member of Real Women of Gaming. Thia the Bard has been writing from a young age and has always been a fan of the fantastic. She grew up playing video and board games. She loves trying different table top and role playing games. Thia is a proud geek and member of many fandoms. She is also interested in cosplay and Steampunk. Thia is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Time not spent gaming or running around in garb is usually spent writing. Always keep sparkling!

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