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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075952923X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759529236
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 722,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A unique supernatural action series that promises to appeal to cat fanciers everywhere!

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Yuji Iwahara

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd Ash Pyne on 9 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
Those lucky cats. Getting to live in paradise. Sunny beaches, palm trees. Oh hang on. CAT paradise. All the fish you can eat then? Balls of yarn on demand?

Yumi has just started at Matabi Academy, a school where pet cats are most definitely allowed. As she settles in and her cat does too things take a turn for the bizzare and trepidacious. Trouble, it seems, it close at hand, because this is no ordinary place. Indeed, there's danger lurking in the form of an old, old enemy of man and catkind, and the student council is the only defence, including it's newest and most clueless members, Yumi and Kansuke (her cat).

An eye-catching cover drew me in like a cat to moving string and the inside did not dissapoint. Lovely art filled me with the promise of a great tale and as the end of the first volume draws to a close I am left quite satisfied, yet wanting more.

Though the pairing up of human and animal sidekick (or vise versa) has been done before, I've only just realised it, which is a testiment to the series feeling fresh and unique amongst that genre, if it absolutely has to be classified at all.

It's a charming tale with some curious folk, including a very spectral benefactor. The relationship between Yumi and her cat Kansuke is sweet and humorous. It'll be interesting to see where it winds up in later volumes.

The student council members, both cat and human deserve the attention I think they're gonna be given in later tales, both peronal lives and powers coming into the spotlight, with the first insight appearing here in vol#1.

Definitely a worthy read.
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By C Fox VINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2011
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This is a short Manga of 5 volumes and if you love cats then this is a wonderful tale. Its set in a special school where the students are allowed to keep their pet cats. The reason for this, however, is part of the mystery of the story and the way the cats talk to their humans is brilliantly executed. It does get a little dark so I would not give this series for an under-12 to read despite the cute cats.
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A Ripping Good Yarn 19 July 2009
By Loran - Published on
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How far will you go to protect your loved one? What are you willing to do to gain your heart's desire? If you had power, what would you do with it? These are the themes of Cat Paradise.

Yuji Iwahara's two previous books (King of Thorn and Chikyu Misaki) were both well-written fantasies. This new story promises to be even better.

Chikyu Misaki was a good story for children that explored issues of family relationships and reverence for all living things. King of Thorn was a genuinely scary fantasy about power and teen angst. It was definitely a story for older teens and adults.

Cat Paradise appears at this stage to strike a balance between these two previous stories. The characters and setting are wholesome but the monsters are still scary.

The main characters are a magical girl and her magical cat. The bad guys are monsters (y'kai) straight out of Japanese folklore. The art is excellent. The story rocks from one action scene to another. The author inserts humorous scenes and gags at appropriate places to balance out the story. This is the best manga I have read this year.

Buy it. Read it. Give a copy to a 10-year-old girl.
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This is AWESOME 11 May 2010
By Anna M. Frohling - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a review based on the first three volumes of Cat Paradise.

This story starts off typical for a manga, about a secret council in a prestigous high school. The main character brings her cat and is surprised to find the rest of the council happens to be cat people too- since their cats are all imbued with magical powers.

The art is where the series really shines. The straight pen-and-ink illustrations are charming, and the panels flow with life.
Each volume is designed as a self-contained battle between the cats and the yokai. Both sides have amazingly imaginative attacks, such as magic yarn that can be turned into any kind of battle armor, or the ability to suck the opponent into a dream world. Just when you think it can get any better, there are dramatic reversals and game-changers. The artist really loves what he is doing, and you can feel it through the panels. Nautilus shells, magic transfomarions, and mythical creatures are drawn with verve and loving attention. The only negative thing I can think about the series is that some of the characters are flat and cliched.

Best of all, this series is only 5 volumes with no filler, which makes it easy to collect. This is a really under-rated series that I really enjoyed. So far, it is my favorite manga release of 2010. Highly recommended.
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Mai-HiME for cat-lovers 3 Aug. 2010
By David Mankins - Published on
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(This review is also based on the first three volumes of this series.)

Mai-HiME for cat-lovers: a school set up above a gateway that holds back the spirit-world; the school is odd because the students are encouraged to bring their cats (the cats will become familiars to some of the students as they guard the gateway).

I've become a big fan of Iwahara, who did Chikyuu Misaki, King of Thorn (and the character designs for Darker than Black). This series does not disappoint. This series is halfway between those other two in terms of its mix of creepy and cute. The monsters are monstrous, but not omnipresent, as they were in King of Thorn. And the characters are cute, but not overdone.

All the elements of Cat paradise have been done before, but Iwahara handles them with skill and humor. By volume three, we see hints that not everything will turn out to be as it seems.
Fun book! 2 May 2013
By Beth M Houle - Published on
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It is a fun story! If you like action and cats this could be the manga for you.
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