Every quarter we are running a Manga Review Contest where you can submit a review from a selected list of manga. If you want to participate or learn more, click the link. Read on to learn what fan Hailey thinks of the cat-tastic manga Cat + Gamer Volume 1 and Nights with a Cat Volume 1.
Cat + Gamer Manga Volume 1 Review By Hailey
In this day and age, manga about cats come in quite the variety, almost like isekai. But maybe not that many. Cat + Gamer feels like a new flavor of cat manga, though that can feel very relatable for many, I'd imagine. The story follows Riko, a twenty-nine-year-old office worker who is always quick to get her work done and be off on time, at the same time, every day, turning down any offer for an outing with coworkers once the clock strikes 5 p.m. She's quick when it comes to confidently turning down anyone. After all, her precious video games await her at home! It's her own little paradise, sitting in front of her TV, playing her games for hours on end. Until a kitten is found at work and, before she knows it, she's taking it home. The only problem is, she's never had a pet before, let alone a cat! Now her everyday life has just a tad bit more excitement to it. Whether that's good or bad depends on how close the kitten's paw is to the power button on her gaming console.
I will say, this story really makes me incredibly sad that I don't own a cat. As someone who plays video games all the time, reading the way the kitten constantly follows what the character is doing on the TV and reacting to sudden monster appearances just sounds like the perfect recipe to make any game 80% more entertaining. I've heard enough from friends who have cats to know that's exactly how they can act when a game is on. The shenanigans that occur between Riko and her new kitten are just absolutely charming. But my favorite part most of all has to be the bonus chapters that follow each normal chapter. The main story follows Riko's point of view, but these bonus chapters are just a quick page or two inserts from the kitten's point of view, reacting to events in the chapter that just passed.
Overall, Cat + Gamer is a fun time. It's perfect if you're looking for something cute and fun to read. I'm definitely looking forward to the next volume and the new shenanigans Riko's kitten will cause!
Riko, a twenty-nine-year-old office worker with an obsession for video games, finds her quiet life upended when she takes in a stray cat in this adorable manga series! Her coworkers can't quite figure her out—she never talks about her personal life, she never works overtime, and she never joins them for happy hour. Is she antisocial? Nope, she's rushing home to play video games! One day, a stray cat is found in the office parking lot, and before Riko knows it, the cat has moved in with her! Having no experience with pets, Riko uses lessons drawn from video games to guide her in cat care, while her cute companion tries to understand her behavior through a cat's worldview.Add to CartLearn More
Nights with a Cat Review By Hailey
Ever wanted to know what it's like to live with a cat? Or are you someone who owns or lives with a cat and enjoys looking at cat-related items that make you nod your head and think, "same"? Nights With a Cat is the perfect read for anyone, whether they have a cat or not. The story follows Fuuta, whose sister moves in with him and brings along her cat, Kyuruga. Fuuta had never really been around cats before and found himself immediately curious about them. Every day he seems to learn something new about his new furry roommate. Though sometimes when he thinks he's figured something out about Kyuruga's habits, he's immediately proven wrong, as is the case with cats usually. Whether he can figure out how cats work or not, there isn't a single moment when Fuuta isn't enamored with his adorable, mysterious, fluffy, and sometimes violent four-legged friend.
For those who hang out on the internet, the art style and characters might be very familiar. I know it was for me when I first saw the announcement that it was licensed in English. It wasn't until reading it that I realized I've definitely seen shorts about a boy and a cat floating around the internet before, which makes sense as these were originally published on Kyuryu Z's Twitter. And just like the first time I saw them online, each of these stories are just as charming and funny. Though the situations each story touches on are so relatable, it's the art style that really drives it home. There's just something about the simplicity of it that adds to how ridiculous the physics of cats can be. And even though Fuuta doesn't show much expression, his silence tends to speak all-too-relatable volumes.
The best way to really summarize this story is that it's simply just pleasantly charming. It's what you would read when you're looking to relax. It's not a story that will hurt you, and instead it just leaves you quietly amused. I can't wait to pick up the next volume and see what new shenanigans Kyuruga is going to commit next!
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