We’re halfway there! For NEKO100 Day 50, 50 black/dark grey cats!
1. 808 (Hi-Fi Rush)
2. Doom Kitty (Ruby Gloom)
3. Jiji (Kiki’s Delivery Service)
4. Sissel (Ghost Trick)
5. Felix The Cat (Felix The Cat)
6. Sakamoto-San (Nichijou)
7. Luna (Sailor Moon)
8. Kuroneko-Sama (Trigun)
9. Blair (Cat Form) (Soul Eater)
10. Takkun (FLCL)
11. Spinel Sun (Cardcaptor Sakura)
12. Scratch (Dragon Ball)
13. Tako (Devilman Crybaby)
14. Kuro (Blue Exorcist)
15. Kaya (Ghost Stories)
16. Morgana (Persona 5)
17. Morgana (Beta Design) (Persona 5)
18. Katy The Cat (Unico)
19. Cat-22 (Calling Cat-22)
20. Chococat (Sanrio)
21. Gamercat (The Gamercat)
22. Luo Xiaohei (The Legend of Luo Xiaohei)
23. Jade Catkin (Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own)
24. Blossom (Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman)
25. Sasuke (Kero Blaster)
26. Seiren (Suite Pretty Cure)
27. Black Cat (Mad Rat Dead)
28. Mittens (Bolt)
29. Diana (Jewelpet)
30. Venus (Gaturo)
31. Cait Sith (Final Fantasy VII)
32. Snowball II (The Simpsons)
33. Agaza (Roswell Conspiracies)
34. Ortensia (Oswald The Lucky Rabbit)
35. Plagg (Miraculous Ladybug)
36. Jessica (Jungle Show)
37. Penelope Pussycat (Loony Toons)
38. Ebony (Sonic The Comic)
39. Boo Kitty (Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose)
40. Hershey The Cat (Archie Sonic)
41. Salem Saberhagen (Sabrina The Teenage Witch)
42. Figaro (Disney)
43. Butch (Tom and Jerry)
44. Berlioz (The Aristocats)
45. Bob (Luck)
46. Grim (Twisted Wonderland)
47. Courageous Cat (Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse)
48. Sebastian (Josie and the Pussycats)
49. Scratchy (The Simpsons)
50. Lucifer (Cinderella)
Nano takes care of tired Sakamoto
Ryuichi Sakamoto (January 17, 1952 - March 28, 2023)
Professor Sakamoto was one of Japan’s most successful musicians, acclaimed for work in Yellow Magic Orchestra as well as solo albums and film scores.
As a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra alongside Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi, Sakamoto created joyous and progressive electronic pop in the late 1970s and early 1980s, alongside solo releases. He acted alongside David Bowie in the 1983 film Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence and composed its Celebrated theme, the first in a series of film scores including Oscar-winning work in 1987 with David Byrne and Cong Su for Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor.
Alongside YMO, Sakamoto continued releasing solo albums including 1980’s B-2 Unit, another influence on the robotically funky sound of electro that also foreshadowed other dance music styles. After focusing purely on solo work, he forged further connections in the west, collaborating with musicians including Iggy Pop, Robert Wyatt, Laurie Anderson, David Sylvian and more. Sylvian contributed Forbidden Colours, a vocal version of one of Sakamoto’s most famous works, the theme to second world war drama Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence. Sakamoto also starred in the film as a prisoner of war camp commander.
Following The last Emperor (in which he also had an acting role), he collaborated with Bernardo Bertolucci again for The Last Buddha, and with Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence director Nagisa Oshima for Gohatto. He also scored two films by Brian De Palma (Snake Eyes and Femme Fatale), plus Wild Palms for Oliver Stone, High Heels for Pedro Almodóvar, the 1990 film adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, and more. His 2015 score for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film The Revenant was nominated for Golden Globe, Bafta and Grammy awards. In 2019, he composed the music for an episode of dystopian TV drama series Black Mirror. He took no further acting roles, aside from appearing as a film director in Rain, a music video for Madonna.
Mr Sakamoto released a steady schedule of solo releases throughout the 1990s and onwards, and wrote a piece for the opening ceremony of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. In 1999 he debuted the multimedia opera project Life, in collaboration with artist Shiro Takatani with contributions from Bertolucci, Pina Bausch and more. He and Takatani extended the concept into installation work from 2007 onwards.
Also in 2007, he began the ambitious Schola project, curating 17 compilations of global music ranging from composers such as Ravel and Beethoven to Japanese pop. It was released via his record label Commons, set up in 2006, which has also released work by artists including Boredoms and OOIOO.
In 2002, he began a fruitful partnership with German musician Carsten Nicolai, who used his Alva Noto alias for four collaborative albums of minimalist electronica.
Mr Sakamoto was also an environmental campaigner, opposing the use of nuclear power, and creating the forestry project More Trees to enable carbon offsetting.
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence