There are moments when you see something and think, “Yes… clearly this was made for me.” When I saw Bananya, an animated show about cats living in bananas, this was my exact experience.
And apparently I’m not alone! Random people on Twitter and Reddit love Bananya, so you should too. Feel the peer pressure.
Bananya was created by Japanese stationary company Q-Lia, which is responsible for other lovable characters like Shizuku-chan (a raindrop spite), Milky Shy Cat and Ojipan (from “ojiisan” and “panda”).
The series was created thanks to a crowdfunding campaign on Shooting Star which offered incentives like postcards, clocks, towels, mugs and body pillows.
Sounds legit to me. A Bananya pillow would probably earn you slightly less ire than one of your favorite anime/game character in various states of undress. Not that I would know.
The titular character is voiced by none other than Attack On Titan‘s Yuki Kaji aka Eren Jaeger. You might not think he’d have it in him to “nya” for viewers after going into a bloodthirsty rage and getting his arm ripped off, but meow he does, and admirably so.
The cast of characters is nicely varied considering each episode only has a 3-minute run time. You not only have Bananya, who wants to become a trendy chocolate-covered banana, but several others like Black Bananya, Tabby Bananya, Bananyako (essentially “girl Bananya”) and Baby Bananya.
Mr. Narrator isn’t the brightest when it comes to naming.
The kitties come out to play when their home’s humans are away. They indulge in strenuous activities like watching TV, sharpening their claws, playing and sleeping. Also, Bananyako is introduced as the Madonnya of the Bananya world. MADONNYA. Why are you not watching this show right now?
You can watch Bananya on Crunchyroll.
Do you like cats in bananas? If not (what is wrong with you?), which fruit would you prefer to see cats combined with?
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