MANGA REVIEW | "With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun" - Vol. 4
Even when they get older, our canine and feline friends still have a puppy/kitten-like energy. No matter how much they age, that childlike mindset never seems to leave them. In Volume Four of With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun, this mentality is on full display through author Hidekichi Matsumoto’s fur babies.
Inu-kun and Neko-sama spend their daily lives finding new way to make Matsumoto happy or confused. The art of pet tricks is on display, as the author contemplates who really is being trained in the moment. Putting Inu-kun behind a gate results in the dog learning a new high flying technique. Then there is the issue with Neko-sama’s litter box, of which the cat shows a special way to say he’s not pleased with the state of it.
Per usual, the antics in With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun are often a strong mixture of cuteness and silliness. One moment, Matsumoto is fawning over Neko-sama’s purring, and in the next she’s panicking over his possible constipation. The same can be said about Inu-kun, who’ll sometimes be obedient, but in a flash attempt to earn himself a new bone when he hasn’t even finished the other one. All of this is captured with the same amount of warmth pet owners have for their four-legged children.
We also get some flashbacks from Matsumoto’s childhood, where her past dogs played a big role in her life. The waiting for her to return to school, the pathways and ponds they’d play in, and the wanting to be petted are presented with both sweet humor and dry nostalgia. It’s when the story returns to the present when you see how Inu-kun manages to take some of those previous pets’ characteristics, and cranks their intensity even further!
Any owner whose ever dealt with constantly hungry pets or waking up to the sight of a furry butt will find the latest volume of With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun immensely enjoyable. The comedic elements and sweetness in the daily lives of Inu-kun and Neko-sama make this manga a bacon-leveled treat for readers of all ages. Just be sure to keep that treat in a high place so that your canine comrade won’t take it! (If you have a feline friend, then it’ll surely find a way to snatch it from you.)
Promotional consideration provided by Tomo Tran of Kodansha Manga