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Poyopoyo (Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki, "Poyopoyo's Observation Diary") is a Slice of Life manga by Rū Tatsuki about a spherical cat named Poyo who is discovered and adopted by a young woman named Moe. Much cuteness ensues.

The manga was serialized in Manga Life MOMO from 2003 to 2016. A 52-episode anime was made in 2012, in two minute episodes which can be viewed on Crunchyroll here.

Not to be confused with Puyo Puyo. Has nothing to do with Kirby, either, though the title character is voiced by another Nintendo icon's voice actress.



  • Animals Hate Him: Hide, who is the only one Poyo seems to use his claws on.
  • Anything That Moves: Kuro will try and hump anything, be it Poyo, a delivery person's head, or a tire.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Poyo is a sweet animal, but mess with Kurobe, and he'll make you regret it.
  • Big Eater: Moe.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows:
    • Sato
    • Shigeru, Moe and Hide's father.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hide
  • Cats Hate Water: Averted; Poyo doesn't mind baths.
  • Cuteness Overload:
    • Everybody towards Poyo.
    • And there was the image of Moe thinking of the kitty version of Poyo that cause her to nosebleed.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Everyone towards Poyo, naturally.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: In episode 47, Moe sings part of the theme tune while washing laundry.
  • Ear Worm: The "Chikuba" song from episode 33 gets in everyone's head. Even the narrator is singing it by episodes end.
  • Every Episode Ending: "Poyopoyo! Hya!"
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  • Eyes Always Shut: Shigeru/Papa, who has black streaks seemingly combining eye and eyebrow. Hide often has his eyes shut indignantly or in shock too, which resembles this at times.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode has the word "Maru"note  somewhere in its name.
  • Large and in Charge: Poyo. He's apparently seen as a sort of boss around town among the animals.
  • No Mouth: Papa Sato (unless he's talking to someone else). While in the Manga, at a distance sometimes the mouths are removed for simplicity.
  • Panty Thief: Poyo in episode 13. They apparently make comfy bedding material.
  • Rebus Bubble: In episode 20 — Tsuchinoko = fat cat = Poyo.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Poyo
  • Shout-Out: To Brain Age in episode 23 — Kuro's owner Hana likes to play it on rainy days.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Poyo and Eri during episode 18.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Uttered by Hide in episode 5.
  • True Companions: The murder of crows that did not abandon their crow leader.
  • Theme Naming: The four kittens left on the doorstep. Lemon, Strawberry, Apricot, and Plum.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • One of the neighbors is terrified of animals in general, as she lived in the city before moving.
    • In episode 24, Poyo develops a fear of frogs.
  • Yonkoma: The original manga.

Alternative Title(s): Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki