Title: Itou Junji no Neko Nikki: Yon & Mu
Alternate Titles: 伊藤润二的猫日记-四&Mu, 伊藤润二的猫日记-小四&小六, 伊藤潤二の猫日記よん&むー, Ito Junji’s Cat Diary, Ito Junji’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu, Itou Junji no Neko Nikki: Yon & Muu, Itou Junji’s Cat Diary
Author & Artist: Itou Junji
Genre: Comedy, Seinen, Slice of Life
Volumes: 01 (Complete)
Horror manga author Mr. J moves into his new house with his fiancee, A-ko. Much to his chagrin, she brings two guests with her. All information come from Manga Updates. This blog post will contain spoilers please read after the cut if you’ve already read the manga.
If you’re not sure who Junji Ito is, then I’m guessing you don’t read horror manga very often. His most well-known works include Uzamaki, Gyo, Tomie, and many more. He actually worked as a dental technician before he became a full time manga artist.
However, the manga we’re looking at today is far, far removed from body gore and psychological terror that he’s used to writing and drawing.
Today, we’re looking at his cat diary that he wrote when he and his wife first got married. In the manga, he dubbed over their names and called them like J-san, A-ko, Yon, Muu, etc. It actually hardly matters because the focus on the story on how he’s trying to cope living with cats, since he’s a dog person.
What makes this pretty funny is that he’s telling a non-horror story using his signature horror style. It kinda makes things creepier than he intended but once you’re stuck in a style, it’s hard to get out of it.
There are a lot of moments where we can relate to – trying to get the cat’s affections, when cats do weird things, when cats run away. The cats themselves definitely have their own personalities and honestly, I think Junji wasn’t entirely serious on doing this manga in the first place. It says what it is right on the tin: a cat diary.
He learns things that people like him would learn about cats and how people are with them. I don’t have much to say about it because it’s really cute and it’s really funny. Within the manga, there’s also some questions some fans would ask him and he’d earnestly answers them!
If you’re a cat fan, you’ll relate to this manga. If you’re a Junji Ito fan, then this is a funny piece of trivia to have in your arsenal. It’s a nice and light read to kill some time but I wouldn’t really want to pick it up over and over again unless I can truly relate to the antics (which I probably won’t since I have cat allergies).