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#WorldCatDay: Favorite Anime Cats

In honor of #WorldCatDay today, I am sharing my list of favorite cats from anime stories.

Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service

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The Cat Bus from My Neighbor Totoro

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Luna and Artemis from Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal

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Kyo Sohma in his cat form, from Fruits Basket

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And of course the most famous anime cat and celebrating a 40 year Anniversary this year Hello Kitty!

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So how are you celebrating World Cat Day?

What cats are on your list?

#AtoZBlogChallenge: Umbrella Carrying Characters

#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Umbrella Carrying Characters

Umbrellas are not an everyday accessory for most people. However, several characters can be seen carrying umbrellas regularly for one reason or another. Below are 10 characters who include an umbrella as a regular accessory:

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Mycroft Holmes (as seen in BBC series Sherlock)

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Mary Poppins

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Totoro

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The Doctor (7th)

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Perona

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Mr Tumnus the Faun

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Hagrid

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Kagura

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John Steed

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The Penguin

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#AtoZBlogChallenge: Princess Mononoke

#AtoZBlogChallenge: Princess Mononoke

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Today, I thought I would highlight one of my husband’s favorite Hayao Miyazaki animated films, Princess Mononoke, per his request.

This animated film was released in 1997 in Japan and adapted for English speaking audiences and distributed by Disney.

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Set in medieval Japan, Miyazaki’s original story envisions a struggle between nature and man. The march of technology, embodied in the dark iron forges of the ambitious Tatara clan, threatens the natural forces explicit in the benevolent Great God of the Forest and the wide-eyed, spectral spirits he protects. When Ashitaka, a young warrior from a remote, and endangered, village clan, kills a ravenous, boar-like monster, he discovers the beast is in fact an infectious “demon god,” transformed by human anger. Ashitaka’s quest to solve the beast’s fatal curse brings him into the midst of human political intrigues as well as the more crucial battle between man and nature.
from amazon.com

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What I find the most interesting about this film is not only is an epic fantasy story, with interesting characters and scenery, but it also seamlessly integrates hand-drawn cels with computer-generated images, which created a new standard of visual storytelling.

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An example of the computer graphics used in the film

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