Cat Manga for Nyan Nyan Nyan (or any day!)
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 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 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.
Did you know that comic books and manga are available on the library's Hoopla service?