Just as Maurice Sendak’s beloved terrier Jennie made cameos in many of his works, eventually getting a book of her own (Higglety Pigglety Pop), legendary mangaka Leiji Matsumoto often drew cats inspired by his own faithful companion, Mii-kun. In 1978 Matsumoto created a manga devoted to Mii-kun, and in 1999 it was presented as a two part anime micro-series, featured as bonuses on the DVD releases of Queen Emeraldas OAVs 3 and 4.
Mii-kun is a feisty female tabby, adopted by Toshiro (not to be confused with Tochiro) Oyama and his family. “Mii” is the Japanese onomatopoeic equivalent of “mew,” and it’s also a not uncommon cat name in Japan. Toshiro refers to her as “Mii-kun” (rather than Mii-chan) because he claims the tiger-like stripes of a tabby are more common on male cats. I haven’t found any evidence online to support this belief, but the dude also claims to understand everything cats say, and perhaps in the Matsumotoverse, he actually can.
Despite the fact that these are cute cat adventures in a tranquil domestic setting, with no fighter planes or spaceships or robots, familiar Matsumoto themes of life, death, and love are woven into the storytelling. This appears to be a fairly low budget effort, with that late 90s digital ink & paint look, but for me at least, I thought the story was charming enough to overlook its technical shortcomings.