Did you know this? Maybe you did! It’s called Mei And the Kittenbus. The nearly 14-minute film has never received an official theatrical or home release.

Note: This article contains images that might be considered spoilers.

As Otaku News points out, images from the sequel recently were posted on Twitter, getting retweeted over 67,000 times. 

Twitter user Toaru is polling folks to see how many had heard of this sequel. As of writing, 14 percent had, while 86 percent had not. Below, 知ってた (shitteta) means “I knew,” while 知らなかった (shiranakatta) means “I didn’t know.”

Hayao Miyazaki wrote and directed Mei and the Kittenbus, which takes place after My Neighbor Totoro and features a younger Catbus. Mei’s voice actress, Chika Sakamoto, also returned for the short. 

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Besides Whisper of the Heart spin-off The Cat Returns, Studio Ghibli isn’t one for doing sequels, making this short an interesting entry in the studio’s filmography.

Mei and the Kittenbus was first shown at the Ghibli Museum in 2003, and the movie continues to be shown there. It’s apparently only been screened twice in the U.S.

If you are keen to see this short, good news. Mei and the Kittenbus will run from November 1 to November 30 at the Ghibli Museum. You can visit the official English site here.


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