It seems the rise in popularity of cat girls/boys have been slowly climbing throughout the years in anime (well in my mind anyways). I know Neko’s have been popular for quite some time, but they seem to EVERYWHERE now a days. I feel like you can’t have a good anime without a cat girl or boy.
I am in fact a Neko supporter! I love anything that has to do with cats. This is largely due to the fact that I have two cats at home. But even if a Neko character (one who usually possess cat ears and a tail) isn’t prominent, regular characters then have cat like personalities. For example using meow in their speech, being agile, or having cat shaped eyes.
It isn’t just Neko’s that are super popular either, any half human/half animal characters seem to be getting a lot of support and traction in anime series. Look at the hugely popular Monster Musume or the upcoming title Centaur no Nayami. These particular anime revolve around very pretty anime girls with animal bodies/or body parts.
So what is our fascination with Neko’s? Is it because we as humans do not posses ears (that sit on top of our heads) or tails? Is it because we wish we could be cats ourselves? Is it because we worship cats like they are tiny fluffy gods?
I think it is a combination of all the things I just stated. As humans we are fascinated with appendages we don’t have ourselves. That’s why people are so drawn to having ears and tails. The same could be said of having cat eyes (eyes shaped sharply and having slit pupils instead of circular pupils while being able to see in the dark). And hell! Neko’s are just totes adorbs to look at! So cute and fluffy and cuddly!
It is the “we want what we can’t have” type of curiosity that draws us to Neko’s. I for one would love to be a cat girl! I think it would be freakin’ awesome. Does that mean I need to find an owner then? That is an open possibility!
The history of cat girls is as follows (thanks to my trusty source Wikipedia lolz):
“The portrayal of cat-girls in Japan goes back until at least 1924 when Kenji Miyazawa (Japanese author of children’s literature in the early Shōwa period of Japan) created 水仙月の四日 (The 4th of narcissus month) where the first “Modern Day” Nekomimi Cat girl appears as 雪婆んご in the story, a beautiful, cat-eared woman. The first anime titled The King’s Tail (Osama no Shippo) involving cat-girls was made in 1949 by Mitsuyo Seo. Cat-girls in Japanese media were further made popular when in 1978 the series The Star of Cottonland (Wata no Kuni Hoshi) started. In America, Catwoman and Cheetah were created by DC Comics that date back to 1940. Cat-girls have since been featured in various media worldwide.”
There are five different types of cat girls:
- Nekomusume (Which translates as “cat daughter”)
- Cat girls with ears and tail
- Normal girls that wear cat girl costumes
- Cat girls with ears but no tail
- Characters who transform into cat girls
If you want a little more in depth information on cat girls/boys then check out this article here: http://aminoapps.com/page/anime/7259146/origin-and-evolution-of-cat-girls. It gives a better insight on which shows started airing cat girls and which series have cat girls/boys in them. You know…just in case you were looking for a particular show to watch.
What is your views on Neko’s? Do you have any personal favorites? Do you think this trend will continue or become even more frequent then it is now? Let me know in the comment section down below! ❤
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