Cats are wonderful creatures. Cuddly. Majestic. Feisty. Curious. It’s no wonder that 49% of people own at least one cat as a pet and why cats as a whole have found massive success on the Internet.
Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, and Sam Has Eyebrows are just a few examples of cats that have rocketed to stardom thanks to social media. They have professional contracts, merchandise, and are far more wealthy than any of us will ever be. And while the world spazzes over how perfect these feline specimens are, they are more than happy to continue lounging in their favourite window seat while wondering what all the fuss is about.
As a means to get closer to the cats that we all adore, Japanese development team Hit-Point decided to make a handheld game for iOS and Android that revolved around befriending cats. Enter Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector, which was released on October 20th, 2014 for Japanese audiences and on October 30th, 2015 for English-speaking audiences.
Toted as being “adorable, addictive, and free”, players are given a backyard area where over 70 different varieties of cats come to visit. These cats must be lured to visit the yard by using Goodies (such as Toys, Balls, and Plastic Bags) and Food. Different types of Goodies and Food attract different cats to your yard, including the elusive Rare Cats like Joe DiMeowgio and Saint Purrtrick.
With the continued enthusiasm over the game over two years since its release, something new was bound to be on the horizon.
A trailer has just been released for a Japanese film adaptation of Neko Atsume, titled Neko Atsume no Ie and featuring tons of adorable, live-action fluffballs.
CrunchyRoll reports that the film will follow a writer names Masaru Sakamoto, who moves to a rural land to try to conquer a case of Writer’s Block away from city-life distractions. One day, a stray cat appears in Sakamoto’s yard. After feeding and befriending the cat, more and more cats begin to arrive and invade his yard.
The trailer is currently available only in Japanese with no subtitled or dubbed versions available as of now; however, anyone familiar with Neko Atsume’s gameplay can gather what is happening throughout the video. Sakamoto is delighted by his growing cat family and clearly loves and admires each one of them.
Neko Atsume no Ie was directed by Masatoshi Kurakata and stars Atsushi Ito, Shiori Kutsuna, and Tomorowo Taguchi. It premieres in Japanese theatres on April 08th, 2017.
In the meantime, you can join 10 million other users in downloading the Neko Atsume app for iOS and Android and gathering a cat family of your own!