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What's Michael?
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ホワッツ マイケル?
(Howattsu Maikeru?)
Genre Comedy
Author Makoto Kobayashi
Publisher Kodansha
English publisher United States Dark Horse Comics
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Morning
English magazine United States Mangajin
United States Super Manga Blast
Original run 1984 – ongoing
Volumes 22
Original video animation
Studio Kitty Films
Released November 25, 1985
Episodes 1
TV anime
Studio Kitty Films
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
Episodes 1
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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 comic shows Michael, an orange American Shorthair tabby cat, his feline friends, and other domesticated pets in a series of humorous episodes.

The manga was adapted into two anime OVA series in 1985 and 1988, and a 45-episode TV series in 1988-1989. It is currently released in the US by Dark Horse Comics. The comics were presented in the standard left to right American reading format.

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


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. All the animals are given human 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 personas with normal animal behavior.


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

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