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Manga / A Man and His Cat

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A Man and His Cat (Ojisama to Neko, lit. "Old Man and Cat") is a manga by Umi Sakurai. It began serialization in the magazines Monthly Shonen Gangan and Gangan Pixiv in 2017, though it was originally self-published by Sakurai on her Twitter and Pixiv accounts. It was later adapted into a live action drama in 2021, and will receive an animated adaptation in 2022.

A lonely, exotic cat yearns to be loved and spends every day watching other kittens get adopted before him. One day, an equally lonely old man named Kanda Fuyuki decides to adopt him and names him Fukumaru. Together, Kanda and Fukumaru begin living together.


A Man and His Cat contains the following tropes:

  • Adult Fear: The moment where Fukumaru tries climbing a bookshelf during Kanda's piano practice. He at first thinks that "Daddy" will get mad when seeing the CDs damaged. Nope; Kanda is more worried that Fukumaru might have gotten badly injured. He cuddles him on seeing that his cat wasn't even scratched.
  • Chick Magnet: Kanda is very charming, even in his old age; as a result, a lot of his female students are attached to him. They get worried when he seems to be obsessed over a new girl, but he explains he adopted a cat and shows photos. The students are more than relieved.
  • Cool Old Guy: Kanda. He's a kind-hearted, caring, and talented pianist and music teacher with an adorable cat. More than one character remarks on how handsome he is, too.
  • Cute Kitten: Fukumaru gets jealous when Kanda says that he saw cute kittens on the train to work. Then Kanda says that no cat is cuter than his.
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  • Defrosting Ice King: Downplayed with Kanda, who is a Nice Guy but his backstory explains he didn't want to give pets to any animals. His mother pushed him into a piano career and isolated him from people and strays, saying his body was too "precious" to associate with them. Kanda first held a pet when he met Fukumaru at the shelter, and was worried that he wasn't good enough.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Fukumaru spent a very long time in the shelter, watching younger kittens get adopted while he languished alone. As a result, he's happy for anyone to give him the time of day.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: The sight of Kanda walking down the street in a fashionable suit is enough to prompt Moriyama to dub him a "dreamboat" and "so freakin' handsome". Also, in their first encounter, Moriyama comments on how good Kanda smells and how his heart is beating around Kanda.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Kanade Hibino, a former rival of Kanda’s, is disgusted with his mother pawning off her unwanted cat onto him. He remembers how his mother once took in a dog he liked and then sent it back because “she wasn’t warming up” to the mother. Still, because he remembers how his mother is and because he does feel bad for the cat, he takes it in.
  • First Pet Story:
    • Kanda has never taken care of a pet before. Fukumaru is his first pet and he’s learning how to raise a cat for the first time.
    • Slightly averted with Hibino. He has taken care of a dog when he was a kid before his mother sent it back to the store. He is learning to take care of a cat for the first time, but he seems to be a fast learner.
  • Gonk:
    • Fukumaru goes un-adopted for so long because he's seen as fat and ugly. One visitor even calls him "snotface". Kanda on the other hand believes Fukumaru is adorable.
    • Hibino briefly thought Fukumaru’s sister looked ugly when he first took her in due to her flat face. He quickly gets beyond thinking her features her are ugly and starts considering everything about her is adorable.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Fukumaru hates the piano. He thinks that it takes "Daddy's" attention from him. Sitting on top of it gives him power and vindication.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: The old man loves cats and is very kind to Fukumaru.
  • Meaningful Name: "Fuku" means luck/happiness, and the old man names the cat accordingly because meeting him has given him happiness.
  • Mister Muffykins: A case where it is a positive example. Kanda spoils Fukumaru rotten and lets him have the run of the house. He only sets boundaries about the piano, that he has to practice and get up for work. Fukumaru is, fortunately, an indoor cat, and he makes it clear that only "Daddy" can hold and cuddle him. This arrangement suits them.
  • The Mourning After: Kanda had a lovely wife, but after her death and the kids moving out he's become depressed and lonely. Fukumaru coming into his life changed that; now while he doesn't think to move on with another woman, he has a fulfilled love in taking care of the big cat.
  • Parental Substitute: Fukumaru thinks of the old man as his father, with the English translation having Fukumaru calling Kanda "Daddy".
  • Parting Words Regret: The reason why Kanda got a cat is that his wife always wanted one. He had to go on tour and promised her that when he came back, they would adopt a cat for her. She then died before he could, and Kanda to honor her memory adopted a cat, which was Fukumaru.
  • Posthumous Character: Kanda's wife had been dead for a while but it was her suggestion that lead to Kanda adopting Fukumaru.
  • Pun: Anytime the story focuses on Fukumaru, he says certain words with a cat-related pun. For example, he’ll say “mew” instead of “you” or “pawsitive” instead of “positive”.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Fukumaru is an exotic shorthair cat, an uncommon cat breed derived from the more mainstream Persian cat known for their unique faces.
  • Slice of Life: The series centers around Kanda and his cat Fukumaru and the wacky day-to-day experiences they have.
  • Silver Fox: Kanda's still a pretty good looking guy and his younger female students fawn over him, despite his age.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Fukumaru and his sister Marin bear a striking resemblance to each other and their mother despite the difference in fur colors and patterns.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: This manga is slice-of-cat-life and very reassuring. Fukumaru brightens Kanda's day and helps him cope with his tragic past, while Kanda reassures Fukumaru he is the best cat.
  • You Are Not Alone: One of the main themes of the series, with both Kanda and Fukumaru coming to this realization through their days together.

Alternative Title(s): Ojisama To Neko


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