Review: Cat Street [2004]

catstreetManga-ka: Yoko Kamio
Tankoubon: 8
Genre: Shoujo, slice of life
Publisher: Shueisha
Magazine: Margaret

Plot (mangaupdates):

The story centers around Keito Aoyama, a former famous child actor. Due to a childhood incident, she retired from her career early and withdrew from normal society. Now 16, she passes her days in boredom and without purpose. But one day she runs into a stranger who takes her to El Liston–a free school for high school students like herself, who don’t have a place where they belong. Though hesitant at first, Keito decides to enter El Liston and subsequently, she begins a new stage in her life. With the help of her only remaining childhood friend, Taiyou, and her new classmates Rei, Momiji, and Kouichi, Keito slowly finds the courage to open up to others and to accept their support. Will Keito return to acting? Will she find true friends? Love?

I Say…

Yet another good manga with an interesting plot. It’s quite difficult to believe though, that a kid can get traumatized the same way as Aoyama Keiko did, and that any parent will allow it by just letting her be. I think any parent can at least do something to turn things around for their child.

Kamio Youko seem to be fond of the number four, as she created F4 and the Legendary Four, in the case of Cat Street. This manga is indeed a bearer of Yoko Kamio’s trademark: the explicit language; agony among friends liking the same girl and strong-willed heroines who do not know the meaning of giving up.

I also loved the concept of the school El Liston… but again it made me wonder if it can really help heal kids with social issues or only make matters worse for them in case they don’t learn or understand their purpose of existence. Cat Street was positively written though, leaving a message that all wounds heal in time.

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