What is your wallet, bag or desk display missing? That’s right: a frightening and beguiling plastic cat orb.
Try to remember – have you ever witnessed a memetic cat in the wilderness of the Internet? It might be hard to remember just one – the Internet is for cat photos, and Japanese netizens know that better than anyone.
But once you get hooked on viral cat videos and photos, you might find your tastes get…well, a bit weirder. Japanese net users are especially drawn to these cryptid cats, with special levels of love given to cats caught in awkward panorama shots or in unflattering poses.
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Sometimes merchandising companies will even take the strangest of these contorted cats and make them into charms, and these merchandising companies are usually Japanese. After all, if the country who came up with squished kitty bottle cap stands can’t make it into something cute and collectible, who can?
And right now, gacha toy company Qualia is selling a tiny blob of deformed kitty goodness for the low, low price of 300 yen (US$2.76). Of course, they’re gacha game prizes, so which cat you get is random – but after seeing the line-up we’re sure you’ll agree there’s no way to lose.
With a number of attractive color options, from orange tabby to grey tabby, black to white, Himalayan to calico, whatever cat orb you receive is sure to earn a prized place on your keyring fob or bag strap. Each one comes with a slightly baffled and yet uncomfortably knowing expression, with huge, coaxing eyes that seem to croon “take me home” as well as “I know all of your secrets, mere mortal.” Just like a real cat!