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Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto (魔法少女猫たると Mahō Shōjo Neko Taruto?) is a Japanese anime television series. The series centers on the exploits of a race of pet cats, drawn as catgirls and the occasional catboy.

Characters

Animals

Taruto (たると Taruto?)
The heroine of the story, Taruto is believed to be the legendary Kinka princess. She often is found goofing around and talking with her master, who she admires deeply. She loves adventure, and she is often bullied by Charlotte. She always says "meow" or "nyan" after every saying she says. In the final episode it is revealed that the Kinka kingdom had two princesses. Taruto is the older sister of the twins. (Also, Taruto is the name of an alien character in Tokyo Mew Mew)
Charlotte (シャルロッテ Sharurotte?)
Charlotte's past remains mysterious, as to her name was given by an elder, but it is known that she escaped from the pound. Because of this past, she has shown great disliking of caged, or as she thinks of it, "imprisoned" animals. Charlotte is known for her stubborn attitude, and doubts that Taruto is really the Kinka princess.
Chitose (ちとせ Chitose?)
She has a quiet and graceful personality and seems very much the epitome of the proper Japanese girl. But even though she is very polite, Chitose never hesitates to speak her mind. She has a rather strange fixation with tails, Taruto's tail in particular. Even though their personalities are quite different, Chitose is best friends with Charlotte.
Kakipi (柿ピー Kakipī?)
Ever since he was trapped in Iori's ceiling and Taruto rescued him, Kakipi has been Taruto's trusted sidekick. He was the one who came up with the idea that Taruto may be the Kinka princess, and believes this with all of his heart. He is usually trying to break Taruto of her lazy habits, but finds this job very difficult.
Chips (ポテチ Potechi?)
Chips is the leader of her mall team with her brother Nachos. She is a "rebel", and has an obsession with collecting shiny objects. She dislikes Taruto, believing that she is "weak". Chips once thieved Iori's precious bottle, but after Nachos broke one of her collected bottles, she realized how bad Iori must feel, so she reluctantly returns it.
Nachos (ナチョス Nachosu?)
Nachos' gender is often confused because of his appearance, but he is actually a boy. He is calm and laid-back, and is Chips' partner & brother. And he will always do what she says. He has a crush on Taruto, and once even helped her and the group, coming up with a plan to rescue a cat which was trapped in a house.
Chiffon (シフォン Shifon?)
The wise and long-lived Shifon is often found with a book in her face, and she is always seen when there is a problem, for her knowledge always comes up with a good solution. She was the one who took Charlotte in when she was a stray, and also gave Charlotte her name.
Rakugan (落雁 Rakugan?)
Rakugan is a very old cat, possibly as old as Chiffon, and calls himself a master of magic. In reality, he only knows a few ninja tricks (such as his commonly-used smoke bomb for escaped). He is the one who taught Taruto to use the "Great Tiger Meow Meow" spell, and is willing to give advice despite the fact it doesn't always work the way she expects.

Humans

Iori Monaka (最中 庵 Monaka Iori?)
Iori is Taruto's kind master. He is very gentle but easy-going. His hobby is making all kinds of sweets and foods. He is very affectionate towards Taruto, but, since he is a human, cannot understand her and often frustrates her when she is trying to communicate with him. He is smitten with a woman named Anzuko Domyoji, but she shows no interest in him whatsoever. In episode 4 he refers to waiting for his 'sis' to come home when speaking with his mother, so it seems that he and his sister live together.
Kinako Monaka (最中 きな子 Monaka Kinako?)
Kinako is Iori's niece, and is very fond of him. She has a vibrant, independent personality, and likes to go on all sorts of adventures. Kinako feels lonely when Iori, whom she lives with for unknown reasons, ignores her and spends his time trying to impress Anzuko. She is good friends with a boy named Geppei.
Anzuko Domyoji (道明寺 杏子 Dōmyōji Anzuko?)
Anzuko is a cat collector, and once she has set her eyes on a cat, she will go to great lengths to catch it! She loves cats and has many things in the shape, and also, many cats themselves. She started liking Taruto the first time she saw her. Ever since she started liking Taruto, she decided to capture her, regardless of the fact that Taruto belongs to Iori. Every day, she does anything - even cutting through people's lawns, breaking other people's belongings, or even pushing people with force out of her way - to add Taruto to her collection.
Geppei Ogaki (岡木 月平 Ogaki Geppei?)
Geppei Okaki thinks he is better than everyone else, and acts like he is the boss of his town. However, his X-rival, Kinako, set him straight. When they first met, they were enemies, but soon put their differences aside and became close friends, and often go on adventures together. Gallette, his cat, is his partner and goes everywhere with him.

Episode list

Episode no. Episode title Original air date
01 Come Ye, Come All!
"Hajimari Hajimari" (にゃーの 01 - はじまり はじまり)
July 5, 2001 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Taruto and her master Iori moves to a new house. She meets new neighbor cats Charlotte and Chitose, and uses her magic to help Kakipi fly.
02 Blooming and Blooming
"Saita Saita" (にゃーの 02 - さいた さいた)
July 12, 2001 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Taruto and friends learn about the legendary Kinka princess from the knowledgeable Chiffon, as well as the difference between real magic and illusionary trickery.
03 Long Time Ago
"Mukashi Mukashi" (にゃーの 03 - むかし むかし)
July 19, 2001 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Taruto, Kinako, and Geppei all want to be the boss of a hidden lawn patch, and fight over it, but at the end they learn to share it.
04 Perserverance Perserverance
"Nokotta Nokotta" (にゃーの 04 - のこった のこった)
July 26, 2001 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Chips and Nachos are causing mischiefs around town as usual, and when Taruto chases them they use a railroad crossing illusion to stall Taruto. Later when they're chased again and reuse the same trick, Taruto uses her magic to save Chips from getting run over by a real train.
05 Blabbing
"Pera Pera" (にゃーの 05 - ぺら ぺら)
August 2, 2001 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Charlotte suffered some trauma of being locked up in a scary pound when she was little. She managed to escape from her cage, but she still has frequent nightmares now during sleep. One day when she sees a cat (named Moose) seemingly locked inside a home she asks her friends to help her free that cat. It turns out that Moose is not very sociable and prefers to live inside the house, but he does want to visit an old lady who once helped him find his way home when he was lost. This old lady turns out to be Iori's mother, whose granddaughter Kinako is also visiting to reconcile with her. Charlotte is able to make peace with her past and no longer has nightmares after this incident.
06 Glittering, Twinkling
"Chikachika Kirakira" (にゃーの 06 - ちかちか きらきら)
August 9, 2001 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Iori's treasured good luck charm, which is a spice bottle his cooking teacher gave him, is stolen by Chips who likes to collect bottles. Taruto and friends look around town for it, but eventually Chips realizes that losing something precious hurts and she lets Nachos return the spice bottle to Iori's home.
07 Ting Ting
"Chirin Chirin" (にゃーの 07 - ちりん ちりん)
August 23, 2001 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
It is rumored that an arcade tunnel leading to a nearby Shiozu beach is haunted. One day Iori decides to visit the beach to taste the famous snow cones from the snack shop, and Taruto runs into the tunnel to protect him when she hears that there might be ghosts inside. She ends up saving a kitten who then leads her to the beach. The owner of the snack shop there is very grateful to Taruto and offers her a tasty snow cone. However, when Taruto leads Iori back to the beach, the snack shop looks desolate, with a snow cone recipe on the floor and a note for Taruto attached to a wind chime.
08 Secret Secret
"Naisho Naisho" (にゃーの 08 - ないしょ ないしょ)
August 30, 2001 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
During a hiking trip Taruto and Gallette walk past a misty forest and somehow end up in the legendary Ganache. When some Byou fighters dicover that Taruto is a Kinka because she can use magic, they try to kill her. An old Kinka priestess Saburet and her followers protect them from harm and show them the way to return to the human world.
09 Walked to Walk
"Teku Teku" (にゃーの 09 - てく てく)
August 6, 2001 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
An Iriomote wild cat named Nougat wanders into town and steals a candy apple from Chitose's candy store. News about him soon spread around town because Iriomote wild cats are very rare and usually only found in jungles. It turns out that when Nougat was young he once met and then lived with a foreign researcher and his cat for some time. When they returned to Ameringo, Nougat longed to see that country and meet with them again, so he started travelling East. Although he still has a long way to go, Taruto uses her magic to show him how wonderful his destination looks like, encouraging him to go on.
10 Uneasiness
"Hara Hara" (にゃーの 10 - はら はら)
September 13, 2001 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Byou fighters have managed to find a portal to the human world, and they're after Taruto! Fortunately, 3 mysterious mask-wearing Kinkas save her from harm. Taruto's friends now realize that those fairy tales about Ganache are actually real history, and they all chip in to help Taruto. However, the evil Byous kidnap Kakipi and use him to force Taruto to come with them.
11 Pit-a-pat
"Doki Doki" (にゃーの 11 - どき どき)
September 20, 2001 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Taruto's teacher Rakugan shows up to distract the Byous so that Taruto and Kakipi can escape but he gets beat up by the baddies. Taruto then gets captured by Anzuko who has been grief-stricken over the recent lost of one of her pet cats. Iori sees that and convinces Anzuko that collecting cats is not the right way to fill the emptiness in her heart, what she really needs is love. On her way to the Castella Hall Taruto gets ambushed and captured by the Byous, while at the same time her cat friends as well as human friends all converge at the mansion for the final showdown.
12 Happy Ending
"Medetashi Medetashi" (にゃーの 12 - めでたし めでたし)
September 27, 2001 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The 3 Byou baddies, Cyclo, Aspa, and Rutame, are finally defeated outside the Castella mansion after a fierce battle. It is then revealed that Taruto is indeed a Kinka princess, but she also has a younger twin sister Pie A La Mode, the 280th Queen of the Royal Matah Family. Because of her stronger magic ability and leadership skill, Pie was the one chosen as the Kinka queen to lead the fight against the Byous in Ganache, therefore she could only pay occasional short visits to Taruto in the past. The Kinkas have just scored a major victory in Ganache so Pie must return there. She brings Madam Willow back with her and bids farewell to Taruto and her friends. Taruto gets to live happily ever after with Iori in the human world.

Theme Songs

Opening Theme

Ending Theme

  • "Hallelujah in Humming!" (ハナウタノハレルヤ! Hanauta no Hareruya!?)
    Lyrics by : Masaaki Taniguchi
    Composition and Arranged by : Masumi Itō
    Song by : Magical Nyan Nyan (Hisayo Mochizuki, Masayo Kurata, Maria Yamamoto)

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