She and Her Cat

She and Her Cat

Graphic Novel - 2017 | First edition., Vertical Comics edition.
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"This is the story of Miyu, a woman who lives alone with her cat, Chobi. As Miyu navigates the world of adulthood, she discovers both the freedom and loneliness that come with living independently, and Chobi learns of the outside world through her actions. Time drifts slowly for Miyu and her cat, but the harsh realities of the world soon catch up" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Vertical, Inc., 2017.
Edition: First edition., Vertical Comics edition.
ISBN: 9781945054402
Branch Call Number: TEEN SHINKAI
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 18 cm


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Aug 07, 2018

It's a decent slice of life short delving into the loneliness of human adulthood, from the perspective of a pet cat. Makoto Shinkai always utilizes a fragile delicacy when presenting these types of themes. Emotional moments like the girl breaking down and crying from loneliness/anxiety/existentialism are handled painstakingly.
I deducted a star for presentation though. In keeping things in the perspective of a cat, the whole story is told in almost like a stream-of-conscious style. The only sense of time is brief, when the cat notices seasons change or the day go from morning to night. The narration just skims through events and emotions and keeps going, not diving much into anything. The artwork is also somewhat sub par at times, with some perspectives making zero sense and the cat looking very ugly sometimes. And of course, no Shinkai work is complete without a brief and abrupt end, and the book version of his work loyally follows suit.

Jul 03, 2018

Only Shinkai could take a slice of life story of a young woman and her cat and make it so artistically beautiful and so rich in depth and detail. The story is as the title states a woman who has a cat. Through her care taking of her cat we find out she is like many young women in modern Japan: overworked, unrecognized and under appreciated. Unlike Miyazaki who spins out fantasy from the real world, Shinkai makes the real world and what others may think of as the humdrum of life fantastic.


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