She and Her Cat: Everything Flows Review

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She and Her Cat: Everything Flows is a four-part anime based on a 1999 short created by some complete unknown named Makoto Shinkai. Huh? What’s that Makoto? You are actually a big shot movie director? No way! Let me check your IMDb page. Ah yes, I recognize some of those films. Silly me. My memory is so bad. How could I have possibly forgotten your name? Anyways, this short but sweet series gives us a glimpse into the life of a young lady named Miyu, who is currently going through some tough times. Viewers see the tale play out through the eyes of her pet kitty Daru.

OVERVIEW

Liden Films’ catalogue of work is quite varied. One minute they are making an artsy series, like this one, and the next they are animating a show that stars a big-breasted honey badger (Killing Bites in case you are wondering). She and Her Cat begins with Miyu’s roommate moving out of their apartment. Miyu’s pal has decided to vacate the premises in order to cohabitate with her boyfriend. Although Miyu wishes her friend well, she is worried about making future rent payments now that she is on her lonesome. Miyu’s financial situation is dire, as she has been unsuccessful in securing full time employment.

From the four episodes on offer I would have to say that the second one was my favourite. It chronicles how Miyu and Daru first met, back during her childhood. Although the pair are now inseparable that wasn’t always the case. Years ago, when Miyu’s mom gifted Daru to her, she moaned that black felines are bad luck. Daru also aggravated matters by accidentally shattering a mug belonging to Miyu’s deceased father. He tried to make amends by presenting his young owner with a lizard he had just killed. The scaly offering seemingly energized the languid Miyu, as it caused her to sprint away – shrieking in terror.

VERDICT

My rating for She and Her Cat: Everything Flows is four stars. See everyone? My taste isn’t limited only to lowbrow animation. Yours truly can appreciate arty cartoons too. If the script is solid I’ll enjoy a series, whether it features cat-girls or regular cats. What impressed me, about She and Her Cat, is how much emotion director Kazuya Sakamoto managed to squeeze into each seven-minute episode. I really got a feel for the relationship between Miyu and her mother. At first it seems to be hostile. Later on however, we learn that Miyu is keeping her distance, so her mum can find happiness with a new husband.

I must caution prospective viewers that She and Her Cat: Everything Flows will affect your tear ducts, in the same way that pealed onions do. Miyu is a fragile lonely girl, who is dependent on her pet for support. With that in mind, it gets rather worrying when several characters make unsubtle comments about Daru’s advanced age. The risk of potential tragedy is worth braving though, as the series is beautiful. Be sure to stick around until the end credits finish rolling by the way. Nick Fury shows up and makes a surprise appearance! Okay maybe not, but trust me you don’t want to miss out on the finale.

28 thoughts on “She and Her Cat: Everything Flows Review

  1. I remember seeing the original She and Her Cat short film as an extra for the Voices of a Distant Star DVD way back when. I might check out this reiteration of that short. I’m a fan of Shinkai’s older works like the aforementioned Voices and especially The Place Promised In Our Early Days. Good job on the review.

    • Thank you. I haven’t watched the original, but I can vouch for this version. The series is based on Shinkai’s story, but directed by someone else. Said director also seems to have a talent for pretty visuals and emotional moments.

      • You’re welcome. I figured it would be from a different director, but I may give it a shot whenever I have some time. Hopefully, I haven’t come across an anime hipster for liking Shinkai’s earlier works. I’ve known his stuff for a long time now. Haha! The visuals do look interesting though.

  2. It’s rare I get intrigued by something like this. the video clip shows some stellar animation, the music is super dramatic. It feels almost like Benji mixed with the saddest parts of Hope Floats, Terms Of Endearment, and Fried Green Tomatoes. Which is interesting to me because there aren’t too many Pet movies that come to mind which center primarily around emotion, and vulnerability. Usually they go for something lighthearted, or comical.

    • People love animals so studios capitalize on that with comedies. I guess sad pet stories are rarer because it is a tougher sell. Wow, it has been ages since I heard the name Benji. I believe a remake is being made because that’s what Hollywood does these days.

  3. I knew about the original short and the manga adaptation, but I missed the fact it was redone. I will have to check it out now.

    Well, maybe not now. I’ll save it for when I need a good cry.

  4. I don’t know….lately my tearducts don’t need much to get them started running in the first place…so this will probably not be a big exception 😊 I actually know about this one for a change, but I have not yet seen this. As it’s only four parts..I might add this one to my anime theme month if I can find it somewhere 😊 Great post!

      • Awww, I remember that episode πŸ˜€
        It was so sad. Fry’s poor little dog sat outside the pizza shop, waiting for him to come back and he never did. Then I think, Bender threw his poor wee fossilised body in a pit of lava, so that Fry couldn’t clone him. πŸ˜₯
        Also the dog sang Walking On Sunshine, which made it even sadder 😦

  5. This little short narrative was therapeutic for me when I saw it. The strong reliance of emotional support through a cat is something I had through almost ten years of my life until my dear friend passed away. I watched this around 2 months after and it definitely hit all my emotional weight on those feelings of my loss. A simply beautiful look into true companionship..

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