Sunday, 15 March 2009

She and Her Cat by Makoto Shinkai

She and Her Cat (彼女と彼女の猫, Kanojou to Kanojou No Neko), subtitled Their standing points, is an independent five minute anime OVA about the relationship between a male cat and his female owner told from the cat's perspective. It was created mostly by Makoto Shinkai, except the soundtrack, which was done by his friend Tenmon. She and Her Cat is also the first project Makoto Shinkai directed.

The season was the beginning of spring, and that day, it was raining.

Sec. 1 [Introduction]

That's why Her hair, and my body too, were heavy with humidity. The air surrounding us was saturated with the immensely pleasant fragrance of the rain. Phone rings.

The Earth on its axis turned quietly without a sound, and in this world, Her and my body continued to lose heat peacefully.

I am currently not at home. Your business, please.

That day, I was picked up by Her. That's why, I am her cat.

Sec. 2 [Her Days]

She was kind like a mother, and beautiful like a lover. That's why I quickly became enamored of her.

She lives alone and leaves for work every morning. I don't know the details of Her work nor am I interested, but I very much like the way She looks leaving the room in the morning. Her long hair, properly tied up, the faint smell of cosmetics and perfume. She places Her hand upon my head. "I'll go and come back, OK?" she says aloud. She straightens her back, and with a pleasant sound echoing from Her shoes, She opens the heavy iron door.

A smell like grassy places wet with rain in the morning remains for a while.

Sec. 3 [His Days]

Summer has come and I have a girlfriend too. It's the young cat, Mimi. Mimi is small and cute, and really good at being spoiled, but after all, I like a woman who is more adult.

"Mimi, like Her."

"Ne, Chobi."

"What is it, Mimi?"
"Please marry me""

"Ne, Mimi. I've said this numerous times, but I have an adult lover.ot true."

"It's not, 'not true'.

"Let me meet her."
"You can't."


"Ne, Mimi. I've said it numerous times, but we'll have this kind of talk after you've become more of an adult. Or something."

This kind of conversation goes on forever.

"Please come over to play again, OK? Definitely, OK? Really come over, OK? Really, really come over, OK?"

In this way my first summer passes, and gradually, cooler breezes begin to blow.

Sec. 4 [Her Loneliness]

One day like that, after a long, long telephone conversation, She cried. The other line is cut, then a busy tone remains. She hangs up. I didn't understand the reason, but She cried for a long time by my side.

I think She is not the one at fault. Only, I am always watching. She is always kinder than anyone else. She is more beautiful than anyone else. She lives more earnestly than anyone else.

I can hear her voice, "Someone... someone... someone someone... someone, please save me."

Sec. 5 [She and Her Cat]

In the darkness that has no end, this world that we are aboard continues to revolve. The season has changed, and it is now winter. The scenery of snow that, to me, should be the first I've seen, I have a feeling I've known it from long ago.

The winter mornings are late, so even when it becomes time for Her to leave the house, it is still dark outside. The sight of Her engulfed in a very heavy jacket makes her seem practically like a big cat.

She, who wore the scent of snow, and her slender, cold fingertips, the sound of the black clouds streaming by far in the upper sky, her soul, and my feelings, and our room... the snow inhales the sounds of all, but only the sound of the electric train that She boarded reached my upright ears.

I, and probably Her too, this world, I think we like it.


  1. Thanks for sharing this.

    The prose/poetry is really wonderful.

  2. Some three years later, I still find myself coming back to this page to reference the script of She and Her Cat.

    Again, thank you for sharing this with us. :)