The Cat Returns Alternative Titles
English: The Cat Returns
Synonyms: The Cat's Repayment
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 20, 2002
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Walt Disney Studios, GKIDS
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
Score: 7.771 (scored by 126,596 users) Ranked: #8952
High school student Haru Yoshioka is bored with a monotonous life. One day, she saves Prince Lune of the Cat Kingdom from being run over by a truck. In gratitude, the Cat King sends her a "gift" and invites her to the Cat Kingdom to become Lune's wife. Haru's inability to properly communicate with the cats leads to the misunderstanding that she accepted the proposal.
As Haru considers finding a way out of her predicament, a mysterious voice guides her in search of the Cat Bureau. However, not long after she arrived at the office, a pack of cats flooded in and forcibly brought her to the Cat Kingdom, along with a member of the Cat Bureau. Concerned for their safety, the owner of the Department of Cats, Baron Humbert von Gikkingen, followed closely behind.
The more Haru gets involved in the activities of the Cat Kingdom, the more cat-like she becomes. To her disappointment, she soon learns that, unless she can find her true self, she can become a cat forever. Haru's adventures in the cat world lead her on a path of self-discovery, allowing her to return as a more confident person.
Baron Humbert von Gikkingen - Main - Hakamada Yoshihiko
Yoshioka Haru - Main - Ikewaki Chizuru
Moon Renaldo - Supporting - Watanabe Tetsu Yuki - Supporting - Maeda Aki
There are a group of fans who believe that Ghibli can do no wrong. Yet even the studio who gave us classics such as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky, and Spirited Away, are capable of turning out a second-class effort. The Cat Returns, a curious entry to the Ghibli library, is one such movie. Directed by newcomer Hiroyuki Morita, this film is a spin-off of Yoshifumi Kondo's magical Whisper of the Heart--almost unheard of for a studio that strives on original productions.
The story, which involves Haru, an unlucky high school student, whisked away to