The Japanese certainly are adept at coming up with different ideas for their TV shows. This one called Samurai Cat was perhaps one of the strangest yet worthiest ones in a while. It aired from 2013 to 2015 and was apparently quite popular. The premise was that a samurai had been hired to do a job, which was to kill a cat that had supposedly possessed someone. Cue the crickets right about now for those that don’t fully understand what the Japanese are doing with their shows, but there was still a lot of interest in the show and what it might be about, aside from the cat and the samurai.
It’s easy to look at a different country’s idea of entertainment and be kind of mystified as to why they would air such a thing, but that’s how some countries look at America in terms of our programming as well. And to be honest we have a few programs that are above and beyond the call of crazy as well, so a samurai cat is not the worst or even strangest thing around. It might be kind of odd to watch really since you don’t generally equate samurai as being hired assassins unless they’re ronin, masterless samurai. Of course the term ronin has been tossed around so much throughout the years that in western society it’s come to mean something a little different than it might have been intended as.
One question about this show is whether or not they had to sedate the cat to be so calm during filming, since a lot of animals take a lot of training or have to be somehow calmed down in order to get the desired shot. Plus, moving around with a cat on your arm isn’t always the best idea unless the cat is completely mellow and just doesn’t care. But if you’ve ever tried doing more than a quick walk with a cat in your arms you might have found out that a lot of felines don’t like the swift motion and will surely claw, scratch, and bite until they’re released. A lot of cats are after all fiercely independent, no matter how they’re seen in different cultures. That tends to mean that while they’re pampered they’re good with the treatment, but only insofar as it satisfies their needs. Upsetting a cat in any way is usually never a good idea since if they have their natural weapons still intact they’ll use them without hesitation.
This is also the first time I think I’ve seen the words goblin and cat put together. Demon and cat, or devil and cat have gone together quite well in the past, but the term goblin seems to be more mischievous than downright evil. Maybe it’s a western vs. eastern culture thing that doesn’t translate very well, since the Japanese idea of the spirit world is in fact very different than that of many Americans. It might be an interesting show just to watch for the sake of curiosity though.