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Wata no Kuni Hoshi (Mushi, 1984)
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Wata no Kuni Hoshi (綿の国星, “The Star of Cottonland”) is a feature movie based on a very popular manga series by Yumiko Ōshima. Running from 1978 to 1987, the manga tells the adventures of an abandoned kitten who is adopted by the young cram-school student Tokio. Chibi-neko's adventures are told in a realistic, slice-of-life way. But it presents them from the point of view of a cat who is convinced she is human, so it develops a pleasantly fairy-tale quality. At the same time it remains quite true to cats' behavior and (so far as we humans can discern it) believable feline psychology.

In 1978 the manga Wata no Kuni Hoshi received the Kodansha Award in the shōjo category, and in 1979 it was voted the most popular series in the magazine LaLa. It is credited for introducing and popularizing the "catgirl" theme in manga/anime. In 1984, the reorganized Mushi Production, the pioneering studio founded by Osamu Tezuka and restructured after its initial bankruptcy in 1973, adapted the series into a feature anime film. As with Mushi’s earlier anime projects, the cels are hand-traced in the old style rather than using the newer xerography process that is prone to fading.

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