What's Michael?

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What's Michael?
What's Michael.jpg
Cover art of the North American release of volume 4, Michael's Mambo
(Howattsu Maikeru?)
Genre Comedy
Written by Makoto Kobayashi
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Morning
English magazine
Original run 19841989
Volumes 9
Original video animation
Studio Kitty Films
Released November 25, 1985
Runtime 55 minutes
Anime television series
Written by Satoru Akahori
Music by Kōji Makaino
Michiaki Katō
Studio Daume
Original network TV Tokyo
Original run April 15, 1988March 28, 1989
Episodes 45
Original video animation
What's Michael? 2
Studio Kitty Films
Released July 25, 1988
Runtime 60 minutes
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and Manga portal

What's Michael? (ホワッツマイケル?, Howattsu Maikeru?) is a Japanese manga series created by Makoto Kobayashi. In 1984, it began its serialization in the Weekly Morning magazine. The manga shows Michael, an orange American Shorthair tabby cat, his feline friends, and other domesticated pets in a series of humorous episodes. It is currently released in the US by Dark Horse Comics. The manga was presented in the standard left to right American reading format.

In 1986, What's Michael? received the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga.[1]

The manga was adapted into two anime OVA series in 1985 and 1988, and a 45-episode TV series in 1988–1989.


Most episodes of the series fall into one of two kinds of stories. The first portrays the cats in a realistic way, living out normal lives with their owners. It finds humor in how humans observe their pets' naturally quirky behavior. The second type of story is complete fantasy in which all the animals are given anthropomorphic characteristics such as walking on two legs, wearing clothes, and being able to talk to each other; these episodes place the animals in a clichéd storyline, and mixes up their human personae with normal animal behavior.

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  1. ^ Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 

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