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Bananya

Darling Show About Fruit + Cats Is a Recipe for Success

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 on Twitter

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.

Are you not charmed by Bananya?
Are you not charmed?

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.

Bananya and Friends
Bananya and Friends

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?

Rhylan Dane

Rhylan Dane

Formerly a freelance copywriter, Rhylan now manages Armorbelle and creates marketing thingamajigs for personal clients. She has wanted to be a pirate since the age of 3, and although she still has no idea how to sail, she’s become very adept at stabbing and plundering.
Rhylan Dane

4 thoughts to “Darling Show About Fruit + Cats Is a Recipe for Success”

  1. I did not know that cats in bananas existed until I saw this article. I certainly didn’t think I needed them in my life. I went straight to Crunchyroll and watched all 13 episodes. Now all I want to do is knit Bananya plushies by the dozen. (I already checked Pinterest, the patterns are out there!) Thank you for introducing me to this orgy of adorableness!

    1. You’re very welcome! Cats in bananas are just one of those things we can all benefit from, you know?
      (And I’d love to see those plushies if you end up making them!)

  2. In our home, we eagerly await the arrival of our monthly Kawaii Surprise Box; thanks to this article, we now have Bananya to ease the pain of waiting for a new box to arrive. Thank you! Cuteness managed!

    1. I’m glad it’s helping you survive the wait! Those monthly subscription boxes are so fun… and see, cats love exploring boxes too, so it’s a perfect match. 😉

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