Cat Manga for Nyan Nyan Nyan (or any day!)

February 22, 2018 | M. Elwood

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In Japan, February 22 is National Cat Day. It's celebrated on this day because the Japanese word for meow is nyan and the word for two is pronounced "ni", so when the date 22/2 is spoken it sounds a lot like nyan, nyan, nyan or meow, meow, meow. 

Japan, home of YouTube celebrity Maru, Hello Kitty and the addictive Neko Atsume game, is home to 10 million cats, one of the highest per capita rates in the world. 

Celebrate Nyan Nyan Nyan Day by reading some cat manga. 


Atomcat by Osamu Tezuka

Bullied schoolboy Tsugio escapes from stress by reading Astro Boy comics. He finds a stray kitten and names it after the robot superhero. After an encounter with aliens, Tsugio is shocked to discover that his cat has developed superpowers and together they fight against the forces of evil.

Baron the cat returns   The cat returns

Baron the Cat Returns by Aoi Hiiragi
The Cat Returns: DVD

Haru, a high school student, rescues a cat from a busy street but it turns out he's no ordinary feline; she has just saved the life of Lune, Prince of the Cat Kingdom. She soon finds herself in a world full of cats – who expect her to marry the Prince. How will she return home? This manga has been made into a popular feature film.

Chi's sweet home

Chi's Sweet Home by Kanata Konami

Chi is a high-spirited young kitten who is adopted by the Yamada family although they live in an apartment where pets are prohibited. This series is available in 12 volumes or in four compilations.

Fukufuku    Fukufuku2

FukuFuku: Kitten Tales by Kanata Konami

An older woman brings a kitten into her home and soon finds her life revolving around the feisty feline.

Volume 1
Volume 2

Plum crazy    Plum crazy 2

Plum Crazy! Tales of a Tiger Striped Cat by Natsumi Hoshino

Plum the cat lives a pretty peaceful life with Taku and his mother until the arrival of Snowball, a new kitten.
Volume 1
Volume 2

Did you know that comic books and manga are available on the library's Hoopla service?