Furry Confusion: Anime and Manga
- In Hyper Police, the main character Natsuki Sasahara is a cat girl who lives with several dozen cats. Likely subverted by the fact that she is half cat goddess; her mother is the Egyptian sun goddess Bastet.
- Axis Powers Hetalia lampshades this when China and Japan are discussing Hello Kitty's pet cat, Charmy, mentioned below in the Collectables section. Japan thinks it's cute while China is noticeably disturbed by the idea, though not for the reason one might think:
Japan: Yes, it's true. Kitty-chan raises a Persian cat...Isn't it cute that a cat would own a cat?China: ...She's only a cat and yet she's raising emergency rations...
- Averted in Porco Rosso, where the main character is human turned into an anthropomorphic pig, and therefore, has no problem with eating ham.
- In Bleach, Sajin "Captain Furry" Komamura is an anthropomorphic canine with a wolf's head. He owns a pet dog and likes watching dog shows. Wut?
- As of 583 we have been further confused by the revelation that Komamura's grandfather is a a gigantic, non-anthropomorphic canine, who is apparently none-too-pleased at Komamura's former shame at hiding his appearance. We later learn that Komamura comes from a clan of werebeasts.
- In The Cat Returns, ordinary housecats are extremely spooked and agitated at the arrival of a parade from the Cat Kingdom, containing cats that, aside from walking on two legs and holding things, look exactly like normal cats. This is made funny when anthropomorphic tuxedo cats, bouncers, stomp around and bully the riffraff away.
- One episode of Kirby of the Stars involved a colony of evil penguins on a motorized ice floe taking over Dream Land after their own home was destroyed. Wait a minute, isn't King Dedede also a penguin?note Though Escargo(o)n does call the Wandering Pengi "Your Majesty's relatives", at least in Japanese.
- The anime frequently features non-sentient fish. One recurring character, Kine, is a talking fish. A late episode has a slightly disturbing scene where Kine tries talking to some of the main characters while they're fishing. He doesn't seem to understand why this is a bad time for a chat. Then they explain that he could end up as sushi if he sticks around, and he's naturally terrified. On that note, the episode in which Kine was introduced* included a scene where Chef Kawasaki tried to cook him and feed him to a customer.
- In Naruto, there are talking dogs like Pakkun and non-talking dogs like Akamaru. The strange thing is that both seem to be of about the same intelligence (Akamaru can actually use Jutsu) but only one can speak the human tongue. Possibly justified in that Pakkun is a summoned animal (who all seem to talk, being mystical creatures and all) while Akamaru is just a normal dog. Well, normal aside from the fact that he's trained in ninjutsu.
- One omake has Naruto lampshade Pakkun speaking (who apparently was taught by Kakashi to do so) to Kiba (who can understand Akamaru's barks). The latter confirms that Akamaru will eventually be able to speak human like the other dogs in his clan, but whether it comes naturally or with outside aid is left ambiguous. Akamaru then tries to speak to Naruto. His first words; Meow.
- In the manga Wa!, there's a scene in which Those Two Girls engage in a Seinfeldian Conversation which quickly turns into Conversational Troping regarding this trope and Carnivore Confusion.
- It has been thoroughly pointed-out that the animal-characters on Nagasarete Airantou look nothing like the animals everywhere else in the world. Meimei makes costumes of the said real animals, drawn rather realistically for effect, that scare animal-characters of purportedly the same species.
- In Eden's Bowy, Ms. Nyako, a humanoid catwoman, is absolutely shocked to hear a talking white leopard (secretly the goddess Enefea, who had been punished by her father, the god Lumezavia, to be trapped in such a form.)
Ms. Nyako: What?! The cat spoke?!
- Very easily Hand Waved due to the nature of One Piece. This is slightly averted for all Zoan type Devil Fruit users, who are animal-humans, but is played fairly straight with Tony Tony Chopper the human-reindeer.
- Some creatures are still of very questionable species, however, seeming to be neither human nor animal and yet not stated as Zoan-types either, such as Hamburg from the Foxy Pirates, who seems to be a Gorilla-man but is otherwise not shown to be a zoan-type user.
- This trope was also inverted by the starfish Papagg, who is just a starfish species usually kept by the fishmen and mer-folk as non-sapient pets. Papagg believed he was sapient when he was young, and learned the speech of the Fishmen/Mer-folk because he didn't know that he wasn't supposed to. He then became a successful clothing-line designer. His *own* Furry Confusion caused him to go from animal to Talking Animal.
- Being that the Digital World and Real World are entirely separate entities, this is inevitable in pretty much every Digimon canon, with both animals and animal-inspired Digimon sort of coexisting. One of the best examples comes from Digimon Adventure, where Kari has both an actual pet cat, Meeko, and is partnered with Gatomon, a cat Digimon; the two don't appear to ever meet though. Also, while fish-based Digimon do exist, Gomamon's Marching Fishes attack appears to summon real fish, even in the Digital World.