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THE FIRST CATS AND CATGIRLS IN JAPANcopyright protection3PENANAkfKaoRwODt

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Green, and the first OVA made in Japancopyright protection3PENANAPTSXBhBY4W

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Midori no neko (the green cat) is the first OVA made in Japan by the mythical father of anime and manga: Osamu Tezuka.copyright protection3PENANAzqFZCvBdvi

This OVA is from October 10, 1983 and focuses on Green, a green cat that is said to attract fortune and misfortune to its owner.copyright protection3PENANAtkbmiMETLI

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Bagi, the first CatGirlcopyright protection3PENANAeKap7scLmX

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Ozamu Tezuka, was the creator of Manga and Anime, and of course the creation of the CatGirl had to pass through his hands.copyright protection3PENANAUdkn3FrnBJ

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In the 1980s, the Japanese government approved the research on DNA combination. Tezuka, who in his mangas and animes expressed his concern about the misuse of technologies by the government, decided to carry out the animation project "Bagi monster of the mighty nature".copyright protection3PENANAoRp4rE9Hxc

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In the anime, scientists create Bagi through genetic manipulation, the creature in question being the first CatGirl, dated August 19, 1984, the day the film was released in Japan.copyright protection3PENANA059utn6kOt

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Unlike Tezuka's previous films, the film is not aimed at a child audience, as it is basically a criticism of the Japanese government. Raw scenes abound, such as in the scientific laboratory where animals being tortured in the name of science in experiments worthy of the Nazi doctor Mengele. Tearful scenes also abound to accentuate the message of protest.copyright protection3PENANADcB4fqyXIq

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I will not analyze the plot of the film, but I will mention Bagi's characteristics:copyright protection3PENANAMRQ7N8Tpzn

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Bagi, being the first Cat Girl, has an old-fashioned "character design", i.e. more anthropomorphic features than the current CatGirl we know and love (a human girl with only cat ears and tail).copyright protection3PENANAXjXOqLWkav

Bagi, when running, can do it with her two feet or using her four limbs.copyright protection3PENANAHIJgR15qRS

Bagi's face resembles that of a feline with a cat's mouth and muzzle, and her face is covered with hair. This coat is short, but at the end of the film it grows.copyright protection3PENANAI8WIUsWGMt

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Kimba the white lion, the first anime in colorcopyright protection3PENANAtoKp7FR3mE

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Janguru Taitei or known in the world as Kimba the white lion, was the first color anime in the history of Japan, the year of the series' premiere was October 6, 1965.copyright protection3PENANA3pir9NGUom

The manga dates from November 1950.copyright protection3PENANAxRKihRX9Vj

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The story begins with Cesar, a white lion who is killed by humans, Cesar's partner, Snowene who is captured, gives birth to her son on a boat, this baby that is also white will be called Kimba. The ship sinks but Kimba manages to escape and has many adventures until she returns to Africa.copyright protection3PENANAkNVDf5qWZP

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Yes, the first Anime in color was of a feline!.copyright protection3PENANA6Vhz62UcjE

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The first catgirl in the mangascopyright protection3PENANAKXg2wm4ryn

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Bagi is the first catgirl in the anime and who is the first cat girl in the manga?copyright protection3PENANAmzOCNNG0Ix

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Mmm.... that's a tough one. The oldest I could find would be Alpeia Artemis, from the mangaka: Masamune Shirow, a genius who made a name for himself all over the world with works like: Dominion Tank Police, Black Magic M66, Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell, etc.copyright protection3PENANAWzOY7Jhmnj

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The manga dates from February 15, 1985, one year after Bagi. As one of the first CatGirls, she looks like Bagi, i.e. furry (fur on the whole body and animal face).copyright protection3PENANAB226Ex9C6C

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Catrap the first game with a catgirlcopyright protection3PENANAqQUtXy06b7

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In 1990, for the gameboy console, the game Catrap (cat + trap) was released, a game whose game system was basically to move blocks through a certain number of levels.copyright protection3PENANA4aRTFQ5RHk

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Catrap, has its origin in a game made by the Japanese Yutaka Isokawa in 1985 for the computer Sharp in 1985 game that was called Pitman (man of the well)copyright protection3PENANAJXIUT1791E

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The story is about two protagonists who enter a haunted house and are transformed into a catgirl and a catboy respectively. Both must escape the haunted house and regain their original human form.copyright protection3PENANAq6BBJcJWOX

The protagonists have an aesthetics taken from the modern anime and manga, that is to say they only have ears and tail in their catpeople form.copyright protection3PENANAkxV3sO4zX6

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I tried to see images of the original game of 1985 but I could only find the game of 1990 on youtube, but if the protagonists of the game for the Sharp computer are catboys, then they would be the first catboys in history, only after Ozamu Tezuka's Bagui who created the first catgirl in 1984.copyright protection3PENANAdL2PnL16IP

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The first Japanese cartoon of a cat with soundcopyright protection3PENANAdKRfze1AlK

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Hi, I'm not going to talk about the history of Japanese cartoons, a really big topic. I will simply summarize it by saying that what we call ANIME/MANGA is the creation of Ozamu Tezuka, the drawings with big eyes and extensive and deep plot are the creation of Tezuka's genius. But before Tezuka, the Japanese were already making cartoons, these weren't mangas or animes, I'd call them pre-animes.copyright protection3PENANAXlIKRqwBI2

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Kuro Nyago (the black cat), is a 3-minute cartoon, drawn and directed by Novuro Ofuji who also plays the producer. The year 1929.copyright protection3PENANAS63BRV1nwK

This would be the first Japanese cartoon with sound featuring a cat; and second, in the entire history of Japan, as the first cartoon with sound would be Tairiki Taro No Mucha Shugyo (The Bold Training of the Mighty Taro) from 1928.copyright protection3PENANApeHcMTyA7u

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Kuro Nyago, starts when the cherry blossoms are blossoming and some children pass by singing, saying that they would like to see a cat with a red collar and who talks and who can dance. Behind the cherry tree, a cat emerges to dance and calls his younger brother to join him in the dance.copyright protection3PENANAeJvikmdmJK

The song says that cats evolved from tigers. The surprised children ask how this is possible and the cat replies that it was necessary so as not to frighten the children.copyright protection3PENANA69YOmLHUmP

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Felicia, the first catgirl fighter and the nationality that was invented for hercopyright protection3PENANAQEMPs9Ba3X

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Felicia is a character from the game DARKSTALKERS (Vampire in Japan), a Capcom company game that was released in 1994.copyright protection3PENANA64DXAv8tBG

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What I always found strange was that Felicia was a U.S. citizen, since she is classified as a Bakeneko in the game, and this creature is originally from Japan.copyright protection3PENANAQXxTSfjCdn

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Perhaps the explanation lies in the fact that there was already one Darkstalkers character from the land of the rising sun (Bishamon - the samurai ghost warrior).copyright protection3PENANA5DRqw9dz2b

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As the game is from 1994, Felicia the Cat Girl, has several anthropomorphic parts on her body (her four limbs) as well as some fur on her body. If the game had been older, it would surely have been covered in hair like Ozamu Tezuka's Cat Girl: Bagi (1984), and if it had been a more recent game, Felicia would have had only ears and tail (plus more powers).copyright protection3PENANAtj0VCgXrGt

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Let's hope to see a fourth installment of this game as the people in charge indicate between the lines that they are not going to make a new game (if they answer something else it would seem to be so as not to upset the fans in front of them). I hope I'm wrong since Felicia's fans are so many.copyright protection3PENANABTOJ7BJAIm

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Felicia would be the first catgirl fighter in a street fighter game. Since the first female fighter in a fighting game is Chun Li (year 1991)copyright protection3PENANAxA0EkchdCv

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