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Seriously! What's up with Japanese and cats?
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Cats cats cats and freakin' cats....everywhere? What is the deal with the Japanese people and cats?
Seems almost like a wierd fetish or something. Can someone please explain to me why cats are not only in half the animes, but also take on the role as alien beings, magical beings or even battle machines?
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Race has nothing to do with it, plus there are a lot of cat videos from countries outside of Japan. Cats are just adorable creatures, I mean, how could you resist them? (Though I kind of know since I'm allergic. :~:)
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ARE YOU INSULTING HAPPY? You should be ashamed of yourself. Shame on you!
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25 / M / This Dying World
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ahhh you must be new to anime...
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31 / M / Bellingham WA, USA
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Because cats are cute, and drawing anime girls who look and act cat-like is even cuter.

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Not new to anime, just wondering!

And i would NEVER insult Happy!
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Japs love the pussy.
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Japs love the pussy.


Omfg
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38 / M / Reno, NV
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Well, Japan has long seen cats as a sign of good fortune and prosperity. And pretty much all cultures tend to have some vague concept of cats having a connection to the mysterious and supernatural. In a lot of Shinto traditions, house pets are pretty much just below humans in the hierarchy of living beings.

As to their prevalence in manga/anime...cats are easy to draw. Even if you make them humanoid or super-deformed or a giant robot, they're still immediately recognizable as cats. Dogs are a bit harder, especially if you're going for cute. Pigs are close, but they aren't exactly as common to keep as pets.

The cat girl thing? Well, cats are traditionally thought of as more feminine in their body language; you can go as far back as the Egyptian goddess Bast. And Catwoman pre-dates almost all of anime. I think its popularity came from the relative ease of cosplay for cat girls, which led to more anime with cat girls...that's just a guess, though.
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Furries. Furries everywhere.
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I like dogs better. Cats are like a misogynistic portrayal of women in a way. Give you affection when they want something and when they don't prefer to be left alone. Yet you still love them because they're so cute. I like cats, I don't like snobby cats, so I'm basically saying I don't like most cats. I guess dogs would be better for man-service anyway. Loyal, unconditionally affectionate, pretty smart but not TOO smart usually, pretty strong but delicate and patient, and they enjoy humping legs. It sounds pretty stupid like this but when you think about it I don't see why we don't have more dog guys or even dog girls. I happen to think it would be the cutest thing ever.
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ARE YOU INSULTING HAPPY? You should be ashamed of yourself. Shame on you!



Worst mascot character ever.
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And everyone loves cats (pussies),
not just the Japanese. So?



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1. Japanese is the land of anything considered cute, or moe.
2. Part of culture and folklore's

" In Japan, there is the Maneki Neko, also referred to in English as the "good fortune" or "good luck" cat. It is usually a sitting cat with paw raised and bent. Legend in Japan has it that a cat waved a paw at a Japanese landlord, who was intrigued by this gesture and went towards it. A few seconds later a lightning bolt struck where the landlord had been previously standing. The landlord attributed his good fortune to the cat's fortuitous action. A symbol of good luck hence, it is most often seen in businesses to draw in money. In Japan, the flapping of the hand is a "come here" gesture, so the cat is beckoning customers.
There is also a small cat shrine (neko jinja (猫神社?)) built in the middle of the Tashirojima island. In the past, the islanders raised silkworms for silk, and cats were kept in order to keep the mouse population down (because mice are a natural predator of silkworms). Fixed-net fishing was popular on the island after the Edo Period and fishermen from other areas would come and stay on the island overnight. The cats would go to the inns where the fishermen were staying and beg for scraps. Over time, the fishermen developed a fondness for the cats and would observe the cats closely, interpreting their actions as predictions of the weather and fish patterns. One day, when the fishermen were collecting rocks to use with the fixed-nets, a stray rock fell and killed one of the cats. The fishermen, feeling sorry for the loss of the cat, buried it and enshrined it at this location on the island.
Another Japanese legend of cats is the bakeneko: when a cat lives to a certain age, it grows another tail and can stand up and speak in a human language."

- via Wiki but convoy's the general basis
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Posted 12/14/13
You must be a dog person.


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Posted 12/14/13
@ qualeshia3 - I actually is more of a dog person, though i do like cats as well. I'm just amazed/baffled by the amount of cats in anime!
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