Ito Junji No Neko Nikki
, also known as Cat Diary: Yon and Muu
(猫日記 よん&むー Neko Nikki Yon to Mū
), is a manga by famous horror manga author Junji Ito
and his daily life with his fiancée's cats.
Drawn in his usual style used for his previous works like Gyo
, this manga is actually comedy, but with similar visual effects of his earlier works for comedy value.
This series provides examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: Of Ito's own work as a horror mangaka.
- Art-Style Dissonance
- Author Avatar: Mr. J is Junji Ito himself.
- Cats Are Mean: Subverted, or played straight, depending on your point of view.
- Cat Scare
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Mr. J and A-ko chan.
- Comical Overreacting: The usual source of the Nightmare Face ala Junji Ito in this manga.
- Cuteness Proximity: With a healthy dose of Nightmare Face.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Despite polar opposite art-styles, the humor is quite similar to Hyperbole And A Half, in part because they're based in the personal stories of the artist.
- Everything's Better With Sparkles: Subverted; Yon sneezes all over the floor, creating pretty yet disgusting sparkles.
- Face of a Thug: Yon is basically the cat version of this trope. Mr. J is scared of his face even before seeing the skull-like markings on his back. He's actually quite affectionate.
- Four Is Death: The cat with the death's head markings is known as Yon, which is the Alternate Character Reading of the kanji for the number 4, "shi" that's used because the latter sounds like the word for death. The name could be a sort of Visual Pun.
- Gilligan Cut: "That accursed cat is coming to my house?! I won't accept this! I won't accept this!" Cut to Mr. J building the cat tower.
- He Also Did: Junji Ito is known mostly for his horror stories, like Gyo and Uzumaki.
- Iyashikei: Aside from the spooky art style, this is really a comic about a Happily Engaged couple doting on their cats. One of the most dramatic incidents is when Yon runs away, which is resolved when he's found at the plumbers' warehouse and the nice folks who work there help catch him. It's basically about nice people and cute cats.
- Journal Comic
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Pretty much every human character.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to the rest of his works.
- Mark of the Beast: Yon's markings on his back look like a skull. This troubled Mr. J in the manga before he grew fond of him.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Cat Wand Battle!!
- Nightmare Face: A-ko, J's wife: no irises, and ALWAYS smiling. Once in a while, J makes one too.
- Nonhumans Lack Attributes: Averted; the cats have assholes.
- Playing Against Type: This series compared to the rest of his work.
- Really Dead Montage: Subverted.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Muu.
- Slice of Life
- Tears of Joy: Mr. J when Muu sleeps next to him. Except it's not really Muu, it's just his bedding.
- Tender Tears: Mr. J, every couple chapters.
- Toilet Humor: Mr. J buys a plastic poop.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Muu, after being neutered.
- What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Mr J initially wants nothing to do with Yon, who's not very cute no matter which way you look at him, but he gradually warms up to him.