Twenty-nine-year-old workplace employee Riko is a hard-working particular person who all the time will get her job accomplished on time, however by no means socialises or meets different colleagues exterior of labor. Why? As a result of she’s bought extra essential issues to do, like play the most recent Dragon Sword title and full all of the facet quests. She’s a gamer who’s comfortable to spend each night and weekend enjoying her favorite video video games. Sooner or later, the safety guard at her workplace brings in an deserted kitten, hoping somebody at work will take the cat dwelling. Riko, to her and her colleagues’ shock, agrees to take it. Riko is at Stage 1 in relation to cats, she is aware of nothing about them, however that doesn’t imply she will be able to’t degree up and develop into the most effective cat proprietor a gamer will be!
Not all manga is created equal; some are created as a result of the mangaka needs to inform a grand story with heavy themes and plot twists. Some are created as tie-ins to different sequence and assist promote merchandise. Some are skinny disguises to attract porn, and a few are there simply to have a very good time. Cat + Gamer falls into this class. The premise is so simple as the paragraph above, there aren’t any unusual twists or hidden depths or eventualities created to get Riko in horny poses; it’s only a sequence a couple of gamer woman, studying to take a care of a cat. So, if something from the synopsis above grabs your consideration and also you simply desire a fluffy, enjoyable learn, then look no additional than Cat + Gamer.
The primary quantity of the sequence covers the primary eight chapters of the sequence; every chapter is instructed from Riko’s perspective with every situation being one thing like Riko attempting to eat dinner or get pleasure from her gaming however then being distracted by the cat in her dwelling. Cats want consideration, meals and sleep, so it’s all about how Riko’s way of life should change to accommodate it. On the finish of every chapter, we additionally get a number of panels from the cat’s perspective; it’s not needed to know the story, however they’re cute, nonetheless. The occasions within the story are very slice-of-life: what do cats play with, when ought to I feed him, how do I get the cat to cease attempting to scratch me while I’m enjoying my recreation, and so forth. Every chapter is self-contained, so the amount as an entire is a simple breezy learn.
We don’t get a lot by way of backstory for Riko, however the character is likeable; typically when a narrative has a ‘gamer’ in it, the writer tends to only stick to broad strokes: at finest it’s somebody who simply likes video games typically however has no explicit preferences, or on the worst, somebody who’s socially awkward, nerdy and visually unappealing. However there are literally various kinds of players, like there are various kinds of filmophiles. For players you will have these for want one totally different style to a different (e.g. RPGs or FPS) or have explicit playstyles (just like the velocity runners or those that simply to expertise the story). Riko is a completist; she’s going to max out her get together and try to combat the identical battle many times, simply to get that 2% uncommon drop she needs. She additionally likes to gather restricted version controllers to match her video games, and so forth. As a fellow gamer, I may see plenty of myself in her (as a proud proprietor of the Shadow the Hedgehog PS2 controller) and I’m certain different players will too. As for being a cat proprietor, I haven’t had one since I used to be a baby, however I do have a good friend who has shared many tales of her two cats – together with their many makes an attempt to get their proprietor’s consideration while they labored from dwelling – so I can think about that cat house owners will discover the antics of the angelic cat on the quilt might be amusing to them as properly.
Story and artwork are supplied by Wataru Nadatani. They don’t have many titles to their title, and this appears to be their first English launch. Artwork-wise, they clearly had plenty of love for cats as every panel not solely has them in cute poses but additionally the extent of element in the best way the cat’s fur is depicted could be very spectacular, particularly on he cowl – you virtually wish to attain out and pet the cat! I additionally preferred the element within the video games that Riko performs; they’re considerably generic, with references to the likes of Dragon’s Quest, Last Fantasy, the Souls video games and such, but it surely’s nonetheless detailed regardless.
English translation is supplied by Zack Davisson, who does a very good job at translating the cat puns and Riko’s quirks for the English readership, my solely quibble is with the nickname that colleagues give Riko – the ‘Zero Additional time Girl’ – was there nothing snappier or humorous that would’ve been accomplished? I can’t think about that title taking off within the workplace.
Cat + Gamer = a light-hearted, enjoyable learn that can please each side of the equation. Check out the preview now from Dark Horse comics.