Title: A Whisker Away
Original Title: 泣きたい私は猫をかぶる
Running time: 104 minutes
Studio: Studio Colorido
Directed by: Junichi Sato
Miyo Sasaki is an energetic high school girl who comes from a broken family consisting of her unconfident father and an overly invested stepmother, whose attempts at connecting with Miyo come across as bothersome. Seeing Kento Hinode as a refuge from all her personal issues, she can’t help herself from forcing her unorthodox demonstrations of love onto her crush.
While Miyo is unable to get Kento’s attention as herself, she manages to succeed by interacting with him in the form of a white cat, affectionately nicknamed “Tarou” by Kento. But Miyo soon realizes that she can’t help Kento with the various problems she overhears in her cat form and is now caught between two tough choices. Will she continue her relationship with him as a cat, or will she reveal her identity and risk what they have, in order to help him as her human self?
I have to say right away that I envied the protagonist for the whole film: having the ability of transforming into a cat is awesome and it would probably be my super-power if I had to choose one.
I’m not a fan of the character design and I appreciated only the ones of the cats, even if I found the merchant’s one really creepy.
I didn’t like the protagonist much, but it still entertained me, and I found the main couple really interesting and original.
I liked that it isn’t the classical love story, but it also has some personal dramas of the characters and also the mystery of the transformation into a cat.
It is a movie that I strongly advise you to watch because it has a nice morality: you don’t have to flee from your problem, but you have to try and solve them to avoid being left disappointed and regret what you haven’t done.