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''Cat Soup'' (a.k.a. ''Nekojiru-Sou'') is a multiple award-winning short film directed by Tatsuo Sato and inspired by the work of manga artist Nekojiru.

It centers around a family of anthropomorphic cats, specifically two kittens: the [[IllGirl terminally ill]] Nyatta and her younger brother Nyako. After Nyatta dies, Nyako manages to take back [[OurSoulsAreDifferent half of her soul]] from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ksitigarbha Jizou]]. This brings her back to life, but leaves her braindead. Determined to bring his sister back to normal, he goes on a surreal journey through [[SpiritWorld the land of the dead]] [[ToHellAndBack to retrieve the other half]]. [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs Or something.]]

Not to be confused with ''Manga/NekoRamen''.
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!!Tropes:
* AdultFear: In addition to their daughter [[IllGirl being on the verge of death]], the parents also almost lose their son when he nearly drowns in the bathtub.
* AllThereInTheManual: Nyatta and Nyako are only given names on the movie's websites.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: The Father Time equivalent towards the end.
* AuthorAppeal: Art Direction is handled by Creator/MasaakiYuasa, who is well-known for his colorful DerangedAnimation and manipulation of perspective.
* AutoCannibalism: The Pig ends up being served some of its own fat, by Nyako.
* BlackComedy
* BloodyHilarious
* CarnivoreConfusion: Nyako befriends a pig, [[CatsAreMean butchers him alive]], and [[ITasteDelicious shares his meat with him]].
* CatsAreMean: Nyako is pretty vicious to anyone who isn't a family member.
* CessationOfExistence: [[spoiler:Nyako's family, the world itself, and you, all die in this fashion.]]
** Subverted when time stops; Nyako breaks off and stomps on a person's teardrop...whatever ''that's'' supposed to mean.
* CircusOfFear: Nyatta and Nyako go to one just before they start off on their adventures.
* CuteKitten
* DissonantSerenity: "Big sis, big sis, my arm came off."
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:After the quest is over, Nyako's family disappears one by one, and then...]]
* EarCleaning: Nyako's father does this to him early on in the movie. Seeing how Nyaako just ran all night to try and get back his sister, this scene could be considered a HeartwarmingMoment.
** Actually, he's cleaning his ears because he found Nyako half-drowned in the tub. While Nyako was half-dead, he spirit-walked outside his body and noticed Jizou taking his sister's soul, took it back, and when his father revived him by pulling him out of the bath, he still had the soul. To add insult to injury, Nyako's dad is so drunk he doesn't actually even notice Nyako is still unconscious while he does so; Nyako only wakes up just before the mother runs in to announce the death of Nyatta.
* EmptyShell: Nyatta [[spoiler:before Nyako finds the other part of her soul.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Technically they're pterosaurs, but close enough.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: There's a scene where Nyako imagines samurai cutting up a fish until there's nothing left of it but its head, bones, and tailfin (that it somehow is able to walk on). Then it swims in the water and ends up on the beach... it's supposed to be symbolic.
* EyeScream
* FeatherFingers: One scene has a fish walking on its tailfin.
* FantasticRacism: The Cats are racist toward the Pigs. In the movie they beat the pig who saved them from the flood by taking them unto his boat. In the show, Nekojiru Gekijou, the Cat children are taught to be racists by their parents.
* FreeRangeChildren: Nyako, a kitten, is able to travel (with his brain-dead older sister for company) to some utterly bizarre and very dangerous places -- and his parents don't seem to even notice.
* FunnyAnimal: In a [[BlackComedy very dark]] and [[CatsAreMean disturbing]] way.
* GainaxEnding
* GrandFinale: Being a BigDamnMovie that [[spoiler:concludes with the entire Nekojiru [[TheVerse universe]] ([[{{Postmodernism}} and its viewers]]) [[CessationOfExistence being erased from existence]]]], the film serves as this for the Nekojiru canon.
* GodIsEvil: Subverted, since he seems to be more apathetic than outright cruel. Considering how his main concern was eating a part of a planet, [[spoiler:even messing with time and space to do so]], this may not be far from the truth.
* GrotesqueCute: A story featuring two little kittens traveling through hell can't get much cuter or more grotesque than this.
* IllGirl: Nyatta
* ImAHumanitarian: The pig finds it hard to resist Nyako cooking his own flesh and eventually decides to [[ITasteDelicious have a piece.]]
* LetsMeetTheMeat: Nyako and the pig.
* MatureAnimalStory
* MechanicalLifeforms: A bunch of these reside in a mechanical forest where [[spoiler: the flower that contains the other part of Nyatta's soul is found.]]
* MindScrew
* NobodyPoops: Averted twice, possibly [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory symbolically]]. The [[ContemplateOurNavels first]] time leads to a visual digression on the circle of life and death.
** A woman [[FreezeFrameBonus can be seen]] taking a dump in the middle of the street earlier in the film.
* OminousMusicBoxTune: The ending theme, [[spoiler:to add to the DownerEnding]]. Sato mentions on the commentary track that this was a recording of a ''real,'' custom-made music box.
* {{OVA}}
* RealityBreakingParadox: An [[EpilepticTrees interpretation]] of the ending: [[spoiler:by rescuing his sister from death, Nyako broke the laws of nature and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero consequently erased all of existence]].]]
* RebusBubble
* RuleOfCool: If the scenes aren't supposed to be symbolic, then they are this.
* SawAWomanInHalf: A pretty horrifying version, to say the least.
* ShoutOut: The cruel treatment towards the pig is a callback to the original Nekojiru manga, where the characters were prejudiced against pigs for some reason.
* SilenceIsGolden: The only audible speech is [[TheUnintelligible squeaky-sounding gibberish]], although there's a few lines that appear as SpeechBubbles.
* SurrealHorror
* TimeStandsStill
* ToHellAndBack
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Nyako doesn't find the pig's head bumps as good as his flesh.
* WidgetSeries
* WordSaladTitle: The English title sounds like this -- but it's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, at least for one scene.
** Actually, there's another reason behind the odd title. The movie is based on the works of a comic artist with the pen name "Nekojiru" ("boiled cat stew"). Her works often had "nekojiru" in them - this movie's original title, in fact, is "Nekojiru-sou" ("boiled cat stew grass"). "Cat Soup" is an English pun on "catsup," a spelling of "ketchup," and thus the closest the translator could get to a morbid English food-related cat pun similar to the original.
* YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler: Everyone dies. Even ''you''.]]
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