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Mitchiri Neko Character Gets Anime, New Manga

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Franchise about cats that speak, act like humans began in 2012

The October issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine is revealing on Friday that marketing company Frencel is launching a new manga series adaptation of its Mitchiri Neko character franchise in the magazine's next issue on October 3. The issue also reports that an anime adaptation of the franchise has been green-lit. Frencel and G-angle are credited for the manga.

The franchise centers on the cats known as "Mitchiri Neko," who seem to multiply greatly when left alone. (As the official YouTube channel explains, "'Mitchiri' means sticking together or packed, and 'neko' means a cat in Japanese.") The cats are able to speak and mimic human behavior. The franchise has a variety of cat characters that have distinct personalities.

The franchise began as a four-panel manga on the Famitsu.com website in 2012, and it later moved to the Famitsu app. The manga currently runs in DeNA's Manga Box app. The manga inspired a smartphone game titled Mitchiri Neko Mix that debuted in January 2014. The franchise also inspired a series of short animations that began in the official Mitchiri Neko YouTube channel in 2014.

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