A Man & His Cat Volume 11 Review • Anime UK News

After we first met retired live performance pianist Fuyuki Kanda, he had lately grow to be a widower and – as a result of his late spouse Suzune beloved cats – he determined to undertake Fukumaru, an unique shorthair kitten. Since then, Mr. Kanda has grow to be a whole convert to being a cat proprietor and has discovered many different allies amongst his fellow musicians. It’s taken him some time to summon up the braveness to go to his father-in-law however, feeling the time is correct, he pops Fukumaru in a harness after which within the cat provider and units off. (Sure; Fukumaru doesn’t make a fuss about going within the provider, so in contrast to the cats I do know and love!) On the best way over to his father-in-law’s, Mr. Kanda visits Tsukigata-ya, a candy store that he and Suzune used to frequent, to purchase some candy bean mochi as a present. The proprietor remembers him and Suzune and clearly isn’t conscious that ‘Suzu’ has handed away, which ends up in an ungainly dialog (from Mr. Kanda’s perspective) wherein he has to smile and behave as if every part was nonetheless because it was.

Distracting himself from his bitter-sweet reminiscences by letting Fukumaru out of the provider for a stroll (that’s why he put the harness on him) who ought to they encounter however Mr. Kanda’s mom! It’s solely now that we get to see how a lot Mr. Kanda is upset by this sudden assembly and notice how a lot his childhood has traumatized him, as he gathers Fukumaru up in his arms and flees. The story then flashes again to his childhood when his mom made him enter piano competitions regardless that competing gave him horrible abdomen pains. As he runs from her, he finds himself realizing, I can’t even go on stage. I can’t play for an viewers correctly. I’m a pianist who’s steadily being forgotten. The form of loser you detest!!!… And also you need me to come back residence?!

Along with his abdomen aching, he crouches down – after which has a flashback to his first assembly there with Suzune once they had been each youngsters. He had doubled up then with abdomen ache on the prospect of getting to go to his piano lesson and she or he was solely too desirous to distract him with the bugs and snails she’d been amassing (so their daughter Sorako will need to have inherited her love of entomology from her mom!).

When Mr. Kanda ultimately arrives at his father-in-law’s home, he’s relieved and reassured to seek out him on good kind. When he introduces him to Fukumaru, the older man exclaims, “Hanamaru Kitty?!” Hanamaru Kitty is the identify Suzune gave to a fortunate attraction cat made by her late mom which she then gave to younger Fuyuki to deliver him luck in all of the piano competitions his mom was forcing him to enter. There’s one thing of a resemblance between the mascot and Fukumaru – and it’s nonetheless within the household, though Sorako is now taking care of it.

Nonetheless, Mr. Kanda’s father-in-law is harbouring a secret of his personal… it’s simply that his feline companions are hiding and received’t come out and introduce themselves to his friends! Can Fukumaru persuade them?

As in all of the earlier volumes, A Man & His Cat is all about emotions – and having come this far with Mr. Kanda, it’s good to be taught extra about how he and Suzune first met, in addition to the stress imposed on him as a gifted youngster by his terrifyingly formidable mom which, Umi Sakurai now suggests, might be a significant component in inflicting his present incapability to carry out in public. However the best way Sakurai portrays Mr. Kanda’s mom on this sudden encounter reveals us that whilst she tells her grown-up son to come back again and stay together with her, on the identical time talking harsh phrases about his late spouse and his beloved Fukumaru, that the steadiness of her thoughts is disturbed. Her eyes go clean and darkish as she speaks to Mr. Kanda as if he had been nonetheless a bit of boy. It’s a very chilling second – though the reminiscences of his life-enhancing friendship with Suzune observe, and it’s contrasted tellingly with the heat proven in direction of him by Suzune’s widower father when his little daughter brings residence her new good friend.

If all of the household angst and drama appear too oppressive at instances, no worries as Umi Sakurai lifts the temper between chapters with extra light-hearted 4-koma pages about Fukumaru. And there’s a one-page illustrated afterword by the mangaka.

Taylor Engel continues to translate this pleasant All Ages-rated collection for Sq. Enix Manga and expertly delivers all of the cat voices, meows, and cat conversations (that people can’t perceive), ably aided and abetted by letterer Lys Blakeslee. As within the different volumes, Sq. Enix Manga give us 4 color pages, together with one yon-koma web page and every part (together with the chibi cat motifs on the internal covers) make this one other must-have quantity for cat-lovers (and musician-lovers too). Sq. Enix Manga are additionally bringing out the child-friendly one-shot (64 full-colour pages) hardcover A Man & His Cat Image E-book: Fukumaru and the Spaceship of Happiness in July.  Quantity 12 is due out in October and the collection is ongoing in Japan.

(And regardless that we don’t but discover out about what has occurred to rescue cat Siam – see Quantity 10 – we do get to see what occurs between the 2 youthful musicians as Yoshinari Kanda and Teruaki Kuju have a really frank and emotional dialog that they need to in all probability have had years in the past. Is it too late to rebuild their damaged friendship?)

Our overview copy from Sq. Enix Manga was provided by Turnaround Comics (Turnaround Writer Providers).