# 25 Sorata, Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi
Anime: Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi
Granted, this can be a misleading way to start the list, given that Sorata has almost no plot presence as a character. But like, look at it.
Look at that plump Oreo-looking kitty.
It’s used as a plot point, at least, since Takaho takes care of him first and finds him in an alley. Then fast forward 10 years and now Yokozawa is taking care of the fluff ball. But then, sometime later, Hiyori starts taking care of him …
And all these transitions carry progression and change within the characters. It’s an interesting dynamic.
# 24 Nekotalia, Hentalia
With this entry, we actually have a group of cats, which are the feline equivalents of the Hentalia characters.
Hentalia is quite strange in itself. The fact that there is a version for cats should come as no surprise.
Each cat represents a certain country and their discussions often lead to humor, as well as some low-key political criticism. Personally, I love the cat from Germany and the cat from Italy more.
And yes, those are the names they go by.
The German cat is a very strict black cat who does everything according to the book, while the Italian cat is just a gentle cat who likes to play, flirt and tease the German cat. Nekotalia is also one of the rare occasions when Dub is truly amazing.
# 23 Sakamoto, Nichijou
A rarity on this list, Sakamoto is actually just a cat.
He can speak, but not through blood contracts or a demonic inheritance. No, it is thanks to the power of technology!
After living with a terrible cat owner, Sakamoto flees and finds himself in the care of the genius inventor, Hakase.
She makes him a scarf that gives him the ability to speak. And he uses this newfound ability to constantly demand respect, since he’s technically the oldest, because he counts in cat years.
# 22 Jiji, Kiki’s Delivery Service
Anime: Kiki’s Delivery Service
Every witch needs a black cat!
For Kiki that cat is Jiji, see?
One very interesting thing to note with Jiji is that his character actually fluctuates depending on whether you watch the sub or the English dub.
In the Japanese version, Jiji is a very cautious and humble cat who doesn’t even speak if he doesn’t have to. In the English version, however, he is a more proud, satirical, and cynical cat.
Even when it comes to the plot, there is a difference! In the Japanese version, Kiki loses the ability to speak to Jiji as she has grown older, while in the 1998 English version this does not appear to be the case.
# 21 Korin, Dragon Ball
Anime: Dragon Ball
Remember when Korin was on the show?
Before all the destruction of the planet and the universe began to turn into a typical Tuesday, Korin was seen as a master of martial arts.
He is an immortal cat who lives in a giant tower where he would train the only Goku.
He also gives Senzu beans to Goku’s gang so that legendary moment of worst parenting skills (shown in the battle against Cell) wouldn’t have happened had it not been for this furry old cat.
# 20 Kaya, Ghost Stories
Anime: Ghost Stories
Everyone has had that identifiable moment where you are just minding your own business, trying to rid the world of an evil spirit, when you accidentally do a reverse exorcism and now your cat is possessed.
Do you know what I mean? Same here.
And because of this mundane activity, the formally ordinary cat becomes one of the funniest characters on the show.
He’s so agile and grumpy that he’s just a fuss. Especially in the English dub where Kaya has the kind of shitty mouth that would get him canceled 10 times in this weather.
Thankfully it came out in the early 2000s, so Kaya’s temper remained intact.
Baron, The Cat Returns
Anime: The Cat Returns
Now, this is one classy cat.
Baron Humbert von Gikkingen first appeared in the 1995 film “Whisper of the Heart” and would return three years later as a larger character in “The Cat Returns.”
With his elegant white suit and top hat, he definitely leans more towards humans than cats.
I’m pretty sure this is how furries came to be. And can you blame them? Just listen to that silky voice. Ah, what an absolute gentleman.
He also becomes a statue during the day, but that doesn’t stop him from owning the Cat Bureau. I strive to be a baron without skin and stone.
# 18 Nekobasu, My Neighbor Totoro
Appearing in a hurry to help the girls and Totoro Nekobasu is a very useful presence in that universe. He also has that wide, scary but funny Cheshire cat smile.
Even on his own, I feel like he should be on this list simply because of how well-known and loved this character is in the anime world.
But then we get to the icing on the cake. Say it with me: Kittenbus. In case you haven’t heard, Ghibli made a short 13-minute special in 2003 that follows Kittenbus. Yes, it is as adorable as it sounds.
# 17 Kirara, InuYasha
Nothing has been as demonic and yet as attractive since then as Paradise Lost, scream at the few people who got it.
Kirara is a dangerous nekomata, who changes from her adorable little form to the bringer of death when necessary.
I’m really glad that Kirara is really useful too, unlike someone like Kiba’s Akamaru… but he’s not completely overpowered like some later entries either.
She still fights in tandem with her owner/friend. She is also a wonderful travel companion.
And every time she really “meows,” an angel gains like 7 wings.
# 16 Soul Eater, Soul Eater
Anime: Soul Eater
Ooo, who lives in a pumpkin, and is it a kitten?
Blair, the song had to die.
Blair is an interesting case; she is a monster cat, which means that she is her true form and yet she often turns to her human form. And his human form resorts to nudity. But I have no complaints here.
She is also a very powerful monster cat that leads many to mistake her for a witch.
Let’s hope he never participates in a project. And considering the power of her pumpkin-themed spells, can you really blame them?
She has taken down many enemies and if that wasn’t enough, you have to kill her 9 times before she dies.
# 15 Arthur, Code Geass
Anime: Code Geass
I like Arthur because he is a normal cat. No talking, no demons, nothing.
And yet it still had some influence on the plot.
In particular, that time he stole Zero’s mask and started running around the school starting the riskiest game of “catching the cat.”
Aside from these 15 minutes of fame, Arthur tends to relax in the background doing his thing. He also really likes to bite Suzaku, but who doesn’t bite him?
# 14 Karupin, Prince of Tennis
Anime: prince of tennis
I object to how cute this cat is. Set unrealistic standards for other cats!
I mean, just look at the fluffy little thing. Karupin and Ryoma’s love for each other is so precious.
Karupin also likes his toys very much; in fact, he will follow you to school, wander the halls, maybe climb a tree if you take his toy with you. He constantly sleeps with Ryoma, like a little cuddle buddy.
# 13 Kuroneko, Trigun
We have all heard of the fly on the wall. But now is the time for the cat in… everything.
My horrible analogy with memes is supposed to imply that in Trigun Kuroneko’s world it is seemingly everywhere.
This feline makes an appearance in almost every episode in the flesh or in the form of an image or stamp. Kuroneko always seems cheerful, usually smiling and meowing when discovered in some random trash bin or bag.
The plaster usually does not react in any way when the cat appears. Except that time he stopped Wolfwood from cheating at chess. Smart kitty.
# 12 Luna, Artemis, and Diana, Sailor Moon
Anime: Sailor Moon
It feels bad to divide these cats into three entries. And a mother cannot choose her favorite child, so we will simply combine all three.
Luna and Artemis serve as guiding lights for the protagonists throughout the series, especially in the beginning.
Having lived millennia prior to the show’s event, I’d say they picked up a thing or two. They also give the Senshi special items that allow them to awaken.
Diana arrives a little later as the daughter of the other two cats. But the twist is that she came from the future. All three are very iconic characters, so of course, they had to be included on this list.
# 11 Neko-gami-sama, Pani Pony Dash
Anime: Pani Poni Dash
I don’t even know where to start with this character.
So Neko-gami-sama, or Lord Cat, or God Cat, is a cat that is a god.
What does he do with his divine powers?
He stays inside the vending machines to make sure the drinks are always at body temperature. Why he does this, who knows.
He’s also very diligent at this “job,” so if he has to go out, he’ll find a replacement. He also has superpowers and changes the color of his fur in each episode.
In the name of all that is holy, what does this represent? No clue. But it’s funny. And I subscribe to the church of Neko-gami-sama.
# 10 Maya, Azumanga Daioh
Anime: Azumanga Daioh
Imagine being so hated by cats that they bite you every time you try to pet one.
That’s the life of Sasaki.
The cat named Kamineko seems to especially enjoy opening his jaw to bite his hand. But then, during the trip to Okinawa (which every part of the anime has for a reason), Sasaki finally finds the cat of his dreams: Maya.
Ironically, Maya is a wild cat. And yet he is the only one who is not averse to patting and hugging.
In fact, not only did he allow Sasaki to pet him, but he even followed Sasaki home.
That is compromise.
# 9 Neko sensei, Princess Tu Tu
Anime: Princess Tu Tu
Do you know that feeling when you are 30 years old and your family won’t get rid of you when it comes to marriage?
Well, Neko sensei is that feeling personified. With the added touch of being a cat and a teacher.
The man knows his priorities and takes every opportunity he has to make someone marry him.
And not like proposing all the time, no no no … more like “Oh, I see you haven’t done your homework … you’re done … as punishment you’ll have to marry me!”
Ironically, he runs away when another teacher wants to marry him. Ironically, in the end he marries a cat.
# 8 Shamisen, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Anime: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
I think of Shamisen as a parallel universe to Schrodinger’s cat, which works really well because you know it’s a cat.
I say this because at first Shamisen is just a normal stray cat.
But one day Haruhi decides to pick him up so that he can participate in her game as a family member. But when Karuhi begins to confuse the real world and the fantasy world, Shamisen has the ability to speak.
He speaks in a deep voice and usually talks about morality or something else philosophical. And regarding the opening statement, in “The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya” Shamisen is used to verify if Kyon still has a connection to the real world. Basically relying on the fact that Shamisen would be able to speak if that was the case.
So he also has a purpose in the plot, not just an amazing cat.
# 7 Happy, Fairy Tail
Anime: Fairy Tail
This flying blue furball is the face of the Fairy Tail guild and anime in general.
A pet if you will.
It’s mostly used for comic relief throughout the show, which is why it was constructed as very insane and lovable. Having spent his whole life with the hotheaded (and hot-all) Natsu, a bit of his temper and camaraderie definitely rubbed off on little Happy.
His signature “Aye Sir!” never fails to catch a cheeky little smile. And when he’s worried or sad, we collectively pull out some tissues because a waterfall is coming up.
Nor can we forget her feline friend F-Carla.
# 6 Puck, Re: Zero
Anime: Re: Zero
It is scientifically proven that the cuter a character is when he is happy, the more horrifying he is when he is angry. Okay, I haven’t done the tests yet, but I’m sure you know what I mean.
At first glance, Puck is a carefree artificial spirit who protects our worst girl, Emilia, and jokes with Beatrice and Subaru from time to time. And it’s just adorable.
But hey, when Puck gets mad, run for the hills.
Even in his basic form, Puck is an absolute powerhouse, being the manifestation of the Ice Age on a budget.
But then there is his other way. I’m not going to screw it up, but let’s just say it goes from friend to gentleman real quick.
# 5 Kuro, Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)
Anime: Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)
Look, I told you that the spawn of Satan would appear eventually!
And I don’t mean the character, since Kuro is a softie in that sense, but he is a demon.
Being originally a protective deity for humans, Kuro had it quite well. Until the humans began to neglect him and even tore down his sanctuary.
Like most cat characters, for some reason, he had a fighting way and was enraged.
Fortunately, Shiro calmed him down with the power of soft words and strong liquor. Well, it was wine, but you get the point.
Later, Rin would be passed the torch of striking Kuro with love and once again spread the love for wine with her new familiar.
# 4 Chomusuke, Konosuba
Chomusuke is Konosuba’s quiet but cute factor. She is Megumin’s relative, hence the name hm… memorable, and she usually follows the gang like they do God knows what.
She seems especially close to Kazuma since she spends a lot of time resting on his head.
He also really enjoys playing with Wiz, for some reason… well, two big reasons.
He definitely has no powers, just a normal cat. Ignore all use of fire from time to time. Just a normal cat, do you have it?
# 3 Anpu, Saiki Kusuo no ψ-nan: ψ-Shidou-hen (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K .: Reawakened)
Anime: Saiki Kusuo no ψ-nan: ψ-Shidou-hen (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K .: Reawakened)
Anpu is how dogs imagine cats to be.
It is a neighing kitten who thinks humanity is blessed with its mere presence. Through Saiki, who can read his mind, we see him constantly trying to manipulate those around him for his own benefit.
He’s used to unfiltered worship. This is why Saiki’s utter nonchalance drives the cat crazy as he continues to try to gain his approval.
Well, it did succeed once in protecting him from a cockroach, although it was far from the victory Anpu envisioned.
There was also all that proof of when Saiki was his wingmate, but that was weird to say the least.
# 2 Meowth, Pokémon
Probably the most well-known anime cat of all time, even by non-fans.
Being part of the funky trio on one of the greatest children’s shows to ever come to television can get your name out there.
The fascinating thing about Meowth is that, in many ways, he is the most human of Team Rocket.
He has shown doubts regarding what he is doing with his life and obviously regrets the fact that he and Pikachu cannot just be friends.
He’s also the brains of the operation, as he builds all the machines, makes all the plans, and is the best at getting Ash and his gang to play their little games.
If it weren’t for the plot armor, one might wonder if it would continue to “take off again.”
- Cyborg Kuro-chan
- Jibanyan, Yo-kai Watch
- Nao, Fuujin Monogatari
- Giovanni, Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru
- Nyako, Nekojiru-sou
- Fruits Basket
- Chi’s Sweet Home
- Neko no Ongaeshi
- Madara, Natsume Yuujinchou
# 1 Madara, Natsume’s Book of Friends
Anime: Natsume’s Book of Friends
In my opinion, some of the best friendships in anime are those that start out as a simple alignment of interests.
At first, Madara is just another youkai who wants to get his little hands on Natsume’s Book of Friends for the power he gives up.
So the two fix a deal: if Natsume died, Madara would inherit the book, but in the meantime, he would serve as Natsume’s bodyguard.
The relationship between the plump little youkai and the good-natured Natsume would only grow from there, finally leaving the original contract in the past.
Madara is a proud little bastard who is extremely possessive of Natsume, always ready to risk his life to protect him. A lovely kitten, if I may say so.