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What's Michael? (ホワッツマイケル?, Howattsu Maikeru?) is a manga series created by Makoto Kobayashi. In 1984, it began its serialization in the Weekly Morning magazine. In 1986, What's Michael? received the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga. The manga was adapted into two anime OVA series in 1985 and 1988, and a 45-episode TV series in 1988–1989.


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 in which all the animals are given anthropomorphic 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 personae with normal animal behavior.

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