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Mayu is a mischievous cat god who's caused problems one too many times, and, as punishment, is stripped of her powers and banished to Earth. There she's taken in by Yuzu Komiya, the owner of the Yaoyorozudou antique shop. There are other gods in the town beside Mayu, many of whom are familiar with her, and many more she'll get to know. So begins a self-described "neighborhood deity comedy" about Gods among men and the hijinks that ensue.

Originally a manga by FLIPFLOPs which was serialized from 2007 to 2012 in Champion Red Ichigo, Cat God (Japanese name Nekogami Yaoyorozu) was adapted into an anime in the summer of 2011 by AIC PLUS+.

Cat God provides examples of:

  • Arranged Marriage:
    • Sasana and Mayu (two goddesses) were engaged long ago, with their fathers each thinking the other's child was a boy.
    • Maya also has one with Tsukuyomi, who wanted Mayu to be a guardian cat. The marriage interview was a misunderstanding.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Yuzu is normally sweet to the point of seeming oblivious, but she gets Gonta and the others to listen when they're considering kicking Shamo out.
  • Brick Joke: The Nam Pla that Gonta makes in episode 5 reappears in episode 7 as the secret ingredient in the CEO's ramen.
  • Cat Girl: Mayu, along with her family and Sasana, are all cat gods that appear as otherwise normal humans with cat ears and two cat tails.
  • Chain of Deals: It starts with Mayu helping some kids out with their games, and ends with Mayu and Amane getting free candy.
  • Cherry Blossoms: A major part of episode two, with Yoshino, the newest generation of the sakura gods, needing to find the ash to get the trees blooming after Mayu accidentally throws the (huge) jar containing them away.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Introduced in the OVA. She haunts a cherry tree in the town's abandoned general hospital.
  • Disappears into Light: The eventual fate of the ghost girl from the OVA, when Yuzu reveals that the tree she's been supposedly haunting was actually destroyed three years before.
  • Family Business: The Yaoyorozudou used to be run by Yuzu's parents before they died.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Some of the manga pages in episode 3 (the ones without voiceovers). Notice the shinigami character's book that says "TH NOTE" on the cover.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Manga artist and Onmyodo Yukina makes use of shikigami as assistant manga artists. Episode 3 centers on them suddenly going on strike from being overworked.
    • Meiko uses her hammer (according to Yoshino) to summon a bath-and-bed kit in Episode 7.
  • Older Than They Look: Mayu is implied to be just as old as her (early-to-mid-teenage looking) friends, but still looks like ten. Shamo looks like a little girl and may be even older.
  • Product Placement: The game system is revealed to be a Sega Genesis. In episode 6, Mayu plays with Game Gear.
  • Really 700 Years Old: While the series is full of gods and spirits that are older than they look, Shamo is a standout case as she's noted to be an influential god and notes when meeting Yuzu that she's the first person to treat her like a child to the extent she did, giving her a bath, sewing up her stuffed animal, etc.
  • Running Gag: Gonta's reaction anytime someone uses the phrase "fell out" or something similar after Episode 5.
  • Sarashi: The OVA reveals that Yuzu apparently also wears this under her dress instead of a brassiere.
  • Schizo Tech: Mayu plays Sega Genesis but they have cell phones with Internet.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Mayu, at the marriage meeting, and she's also behaving mature and polite... until she finds out it was just a prank by Lord Tsukuyomi.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Yukina's parody of Golgo 13, complete with a wig and eyebrows, at the festival shooting gallery.
    • From the OVA: The ghost of a girl interested in a supposedly-cursed cherry tree? Where have we heard that before, hmm? Though it's not too surprising, given FLIP-FLOPS' roots as a doujin circle doing Touhou doujin...

Alternative Title(s): Nekogami Yaoyorozu