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[[caption-width-right:325:[[TheWalrusWasPaul And the aquoliphaunt was Ringo.]]]]

''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]] Nyako and her younger brother Nyatta. After Nyako dies, Nyatta 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 Nyatta.
* BlackComedy: Especially the Father Time scene. Special mention goes to an animation of people being executed by terrorists in reverse.
* BloodyHilarious: Nyako gets splattered with blood at the circus.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Nyatta befriends a pig, [[CatsAreMean butchers him alive]], and [[ITasteDelicious shares his meat with him]].
* CatsAreMean: Nyatta is pretty vicious to anyone who isn't a family member.
* CessationOfExistence: [[spoiler:Nyatta's family, the world itself, and you, all die in this fashion.]]
** Subverted when time stops; Nyatta 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
* CreepyCrossdresser: In the original doujinshi, Nyako was a little boy whose family could only afford the girls' clothes, so he had to wear those instead. In the {{OVA}}, Nyako is a girl.
* DissonantSerenity: "Big sis, big sis, my arm came off."
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:After the quest is over, Nyatta's family disappears one by one, and then...]]
* EarCleaning: Nyatta'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 Nyatta half-drowned in the tub. While Nyatta 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, Nyatta's dad is so drunk he doesn't actually even notice Nyatta is still unconscious while he does so; Nyatta only wakes up just before the mother runs in to announce the death of Nyako.
* EmptyShell: Nyako [[spoiler:before Nyatta finds the other part of her soul.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Technically they're pterosaurs, but close enough.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: There's a scene where Nyatta 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
* FanDisservice: At one point, the camera has a rather lingering view of an ass. [[BodyHorror Just an ass]].
** There's also the mansion scene, when Nyatta and Nyako are almost [[ItMakesSenseInContext eaten alive by an obese man in bondage gear]].
*** In the manga, Nyako gets a PantyShot. It's about as gross as it sounds.
* 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: Nyatta, 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: Nyatta [[spoiler: ends up erasing all of reality by bring his sister back to life]].
* 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: Nyako.
* ImAHumanitarian: The pig finds it hard to resist Nyatta cooking his own flesh and eventually decides to [[ITasteDelicious have a piece.]]
* JustifiedTitle: Nyako and Nyatta find themselves in a cauldron of water, making it cat soup.
* LetsMeetTheMeat: Nyatta and the pig.
* MatureAnimalStory
* MeaningfulName: Nyatta and Nyako's names start with the Japanese onomatopoeia for a cat's meow.
* MechanicalLifeforms: A bunch of these reside in a mechanical forest where [[spoiler: the flower that contains the other part of Nyako's soul is found.]]
* MindScrew: Symbolism everywhere. Whether EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory or just the RuleOfCool is up the viewer.
* 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, Nyatta 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.
* SuddenlyVoiced: While Nyatta is limited to saying "Nyan!" and "Baka!" in the manga and TV series, here he says this line:
--> "[[DissonantSerenity Big sis, my arm came off]]."
* '''SurrealHorror'''
* TailfinWalking: In one scene.
* TimeStandsStill: Father Time does this.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Nyatta eats snails and has a KangarooCourt in his backyard dedicated to killing bugs. Nyako squishes dead animals, and at one point kills a dog by beating it to death.
* ToHellAndBack: In order to find Nyako's soul.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Nyatta 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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