Author: Dento Hayane
Publisher: LOVE x LOVE (TokyoPop)
Publication Date: 23 February 2021
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Manga / MM / Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Matoi Souta is an overworked office worker tired of his life. Then, on his way home from a long day of work one day, he decides to watch a traditional Japanese play. But something strange happens. He could have sworn he saw one of the actors has cat ears.
It turns out that the man is actually a bakeneko — a shapeshifting cat from Japanese folklore. And then, the cat speaks: "From now on, you will be my mate."
The Cat Proposed was a fun MM manga read. I found the characters and their progressing relationship interesting and believable, and there was emotional growth for both of them over the course of the story. The illustration was pleasing, and the story brought a smile to my face a number of times as it was so cute and sweet. I hadn't come across a bakeneko in a story before either, so that was interesting in and of itself. I would definitely read further works by this author.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.