Cat Shit One

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Cat Shit One
Cover of Cat Shit One volume 1 as published by Softbank Publishing
(Kyatto Shitto Wan)
Written byMotofumi Kobayashi
Published bySB Creative
English publisher
Original run19982005
Original net animation
Cat Shit One: The Animated Series
Directed byKazuya Sasahara
Produced byJunya Okabe
StudioStudio Anima
ReleasedJuly 17, 2010
Runtime23 minutes
Cat Shit One '80
Written byMotofumi Kobayashi
Published bySB Creative
Original run20082013

Cat Shit One (Japanese: キャットシットワン, Hepburn: Kyatto Shitto Wan) is a three volume manga series written and illustrated by Motofumi Kobayashi. It was published in North America and the United Kingdom (printed in Canada) in 2004 by ADV Manga. It was also released in Poland in 2006, also under the title Cat Shit One. It has been released in France, Belgium and Spain, as Cat Shit One, by Glénat in 2006.[1]

In 2008 Kobayashi released a follow-up to Cat Shit One – Cat Shit One 80. Currently four volumes have been published in Japan.

A computer-generated original net animation series of Cat Shit One by Studio Anima began release on IDA Entertainment's YouTube channel in Japan from July 17, 2010,[2] and in North America, Australia and New Zealand on February 5, 2011. The animated version is set in the Middle East rather than Vietnam,[3] and a trailer indicates that the action takes place after 1991.


The manga follows three American soldiers (who are anthropomorphic animals) in the Vietnam War named Botasky, Perky and Rats. All three are in the recon team called "Cat Shit One". Each mission (or chapter) shows the daily activities of the reconnaissance group in Vietnam. There are sections of the manga which give brief history and truths behind the war, such as the types of weapons used by different countries and the activities of forces in the war. At the end of volume one there is a chapter called "Dog Shit One"—separate from the main story—showing human characters.

In Cat Shit One '80, the story continues to follow the three main protagonists as they became involved in various low-intensity conflicts in the 1980s. Perky, now a member of the elite Delta Force, was attached to the Special Air Service and was involved in various SAS operations while Rats and Bota were involved with the US operation in Afghanistan against the Soviet invasion.

An animated adaptation of Cat Shit One was released in 2010 and set in the 21st century Middle East; however, it follows the Cat Shit One '80 storyline.

Character depiction[edit]

The manga depicts the characters as different animals according to their nationality as follows:

The following are new animals depicted in Cat Shit One '80:

Main characters[edit]

  • Sergeant Perkins (aka Perky) Voiced by: Hiroshi Tsuchida (Japanese); Will Prescott (English)
An American fuzzy lop soldier and leader of the Cat Shit One recon team, later receiving the rank of Captain. In Cat Shit One '80, Perky, now a major, continues to serve in the Army under Beck with the newly formed Delta Force. He is attached to the British Special Air Service under the command of Sir Michael Rose as the American exchange officer and develops a close personal and professional relationship with GSG 9 commander Ulrich Wegener and GIGN commander Christian Prouteau. Perky is heavily involved in the SAS operations during the Iranian Embassy Siege and the Falklands War.
  • Sergeant White (aka Rats)
A Netherland Dwarf rabbit soldier, sniper, and interpreter of English and Vietnamese. Rats, who was born in the Bronx, comes from a humble background and is sympathetic to the plight of those displaced by the war. In Cat Shit One '80, Rats is recruited into the CIA and was sent to Afghanistan to serve as liaison and military advisor for General Massoud and the Mujahideen under his command against the Soviet forces.
  • Botasky (aka Bota) Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (Japanese); Tom Flynn (English)
A Dutch rabbit soldier and the radio operator for the group. In the story he is often portrayed as cowardly and racist. After the war, Botasky made a fortune selling fast food and became the chairman of a multinational fast food chain. In Cat Shit One '80, Botasky begins to expand his business to the Asian market and uses his influence with the Chinese government to smuggle Chinese-made weapons into Afghanistan to Rats and Massoud's Mujahideens.
  • Chico
A Montagnard (or "Yard") trained by the Americans. He is featured frequently in the story, often bailing Cat Shit One out of jams.
  • Beckwith
Major Charlie Beckwith, the commander for the Special Force Detachment B-52, is in charge of the recon team operations. Cat Shit One always receives their orders directly from Beckwith himself. In Cat Shit One '80, Beckwith becomes the commander of Delta Force and is forced to retire due to the failure of Operation Eagle Claw.
  • Misha
Introduced in Cat Shit One '80. Misha is a young brown bear that is an inexperienced Soviet VDV second lieutenant sent to Afghanistan to reinforce the Soviet forces in the region. His position was under heavy suicide attack by the Taliban, and he was rescued by Perky and a small SAS detachment. Due to his bravery, he was assigned to a Spetsnaz unit. It is later revealed that Misha is the son of a high-ranking KGB general.




A CG animated ONA adaptation of Cat Shit One was developed by IDA Entertainment. So far, only one episode has been released on Japan's YouTube channel on July 17, 2010, with plans for a 12-episode series currently in production, but as of 2023, no further news about this sequel was published. An English dub was released on YouTube on February 5, 2011, and will be independently distributed on DVD and Blu-ray Disc via Amazon in North America.[4] In December 2022, a Kickstarter was launched for a DVD/Blu-Ray/3D Blu-ray set. However the Kickstarter failed to accomplish its goal as it made US$17,350 (approximately 2,246,447 yen) out of its US$77,227 (10,000,000 yen).[5]

# Episode Title Original air date English air date
1TBAJuly 17, 2010 (2010-07-17)February 5, 2011[6]
Sergeant "Perky" Perkins and his companion Botasky as private military contractors are sent to the Middle East to retrieve 3 hostages (1 camel and 2 rabbits, one of the rabbits called Bowen) from a group of local terrorists. Yet they saw one of the rabbit hostages tried to escape then got executed by one of the terrorists. As Perkins infiltrates the camp and manages to reach the remaining 2 hostages, Botasky panics after coming under attack when his sniper position is compromised while using his marksman rifle to provide Perkins support, requiring Perkins to help him clear out the other terrorists. After rescued the 2 hostages, they received CP's intel that enemy reinforcement will arrive before an Mil Mi-24 gunship code name "Angel 1" support can, Perkins orders Botasky to get the hostages to safety while he fends them off single-handedly. Although Botasky afterwards regathers his courage and returns to Perkins' aid, both of them end up being pinned down by enemy fire. Just as all hope seems lost, a friendly "angel" arrives in time to provide air support to help save the day.


The recent Cat Shit One adaptation was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short category in the 9th Annual VES Awards.[7]


For the US release, it was retitled as Apocalypse Meow to parody the title of the film Apocalypse Now, which also took place during the Vietnam War.


  1. ^ "Cat Shit One #01". Manga Glénat (in French).[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Apocalypse Meow Manga Gets CG Anime Series from Anima". Anime News Network. 2009-03-20.
  3. ^ Green, Scott (March 24, 2009). "AICN Anime – Cowboy Bebop, Upcoming Figures, Cat Shit One, Battleship Yamato and More!". Ain't It Cool News.
  4. ^ "Cat Sh*t One's U.S. DVD/BD Planned for December". Anime News Network. 24 September 2023.
  5. ^ "Cat Sh*t One Kickstarter Fails to Make Campaign Goal". 24 September 2023.
  6. ^ "Cat Sh*t One's English-Dubbed Episode Now Streaming". Anime News Network. 24 September 2023.
  7. ^ "News: Cat Sh*t One Nominated by Visual Effects Society". Anime News Network. 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2010-01-12.

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