Cats – always have been an intriguing animal. Unlike the friendly and familiar dogs, cats are private and mysterious, sometimes here and sometimes not, and always lounging around – sounds like a perfect creature to use in a show about intrigue and serenity.
See, the Sketchbook version of the cat episode uses cats in the same way that Aria did, but the approach is distinctly different. For one, Aria was more focused on learning about the planet of Aqua and its intriguing mysteries and citizens; Sketchbook leans more towards viewing the world through the eyes of different characters. And, well, in this episode, the cats talk.
Which would have totally screwed up the idea of Aria, as the mystery was a huge part of it, but Sketchbook is more about appreciating the little things, like the class structure of the cat world, where the one at a higher vantage point is always the superior one. This is the story of our friend Mike (mee-keh), the stray who wouldn’t flash his paws for Sora long enough for her to sketch, and his encounters with Kuma, the rather large and roundish bear-lookin cat.
Afterwards, Mike and his cat friends try to help Kuma get adopted by going about some odd ways, like advertising. The real beauty behind this episode was how the human world and cat worlds were distinct from each other but so interrelated at the same time, the two sides frequently intersecting and depending on one another. And then there’s the image of Sora through the eyes of a cat… looks more like the crazy cat woman from the Simpsons than a Tsukamoto Tenma…