“On the hottest day of the summer, this cat and I started living together. The times we spent together, just going through our morning routine or looking at the familiar sunset, were precious. Through our little, gentle promises the world keeps spinning, so even if I get hurt, or there are times when I don’t know what to do, I can find my way again.”
Before Makoto Shinkai made it mainstream with animated films such as Garden of Words and 5 Centimeters Per Second, Shinkai worked on a five-minute animation short called ‘She and Her Cat‘ (Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko) in 1999.
With Shinkai as the voice of the cat and his wife as the voice of the girl, this five-months work was an achievement that soon garnered him acknowledgement and success over the following years, ultimately making him become the well-respected director he is today.
Now, going back to old roots, Shinkai’s She and Her Cat has been given the greenlight for a TV anime adaptation titled ‘Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows’ which is set to air this March.
Directed by Kazuya Sakamoto (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Clannad, Hyoka), She and Her Cat revolves around the life of a junior college student (Kana Hanazawa) and her black cat (Shintarō Asanuma).
The main premise of this adaptation is essentially still the same as the original black and white short: On one autumn day, She has a long conversation over the phone. After the phone call, She cries and becomes depressed. Chobi the cat doesn’t understand what had happened, and decides to stand by She and comfort her. Time goes on and Chobi the cat witnesses She moving on with her life.
Although the original animation was produced in black and white with little motion, this new adaptation is being done in full colour with a softer tone.
Despite no sign of Makoto Shinkai’s name in the credits, She and Her Cat will still capture prominent themes that Shinkai is best-known for including sadness, belonging, a sense of loss, and discovery of one’s self.
Check out the teaser below — Let us know what you think in the comments below!