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G-Senjou no Neko  
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Description
Riya Narukawa is a high school freshman with a tremendous talent for the violin, and an equally large bag of mental issues. He seems to have a split personality. After injuring his own hand to compromise his playing ability, he winds up on the doorstep of college student Atsushi Ikeda. Atsushi's a nice guy, maybe too nice and generous. He takes Riya in for the night and helps him with his hand injury. Atsushi realizes there is much more Riya than is on the surface, and learns just how difficult Riya's life actually is. Not only does he have a personality disorder, but there's an aggressive senior at his school who has his eye on him. Atsushi becomes a sort of safe haven for Riya, an escape from the life of music he's been bound to.

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Associated Names
Comme un chat sur le sol (French)
G Senjou no Neko
G線上の猫
G-Senjou no Neko [Black]
G-Senjou no Neko [White]
Il Gatto Sul G
Like a Cat on the Floor
The Cat on G

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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (247 votes)
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Year
2002

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Craft (Taiyo Tosho)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Juné (3 Volumes - Complete/Digital & Print)

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Original.   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by meniel
June 22nd, 2011, 3:55pm
This manga is different from the others. It's not perfect: there are some clichés here and there, but there also are very original parts. It's like the mangaka was used to make clichéd manga, and then she thought: "Now I'll make something different". Some clichés can still be founded though, for example:

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Ikeda has always been a good and gentle person, so why does he become a quite-violent seme when Riya asks him to go bed together? Even if Ikeda loves Riya and want to do you-know-what to him, I find him just OC when he agrees to Riya's absurd proposal. It was obvious that Riya had problems! Ikeda is a reasonable person, and I found it strange that he didn't think to the consequences.

Senpai (can't remember his name right now) was a really good character, but I didn't understand why was he so violent? Yeah, I know it's part of his character being annoying, but why did he force Riya and why did he want to make him unable to play the violin? Isn't this a bit too much, even if he was mad and angry? I think in this part of the manga is was so badass-seme-clichéd.


Okay, that's what I didn't like. And now, the strong points of this manga! Because, yeah, you should read it ;3 It's absolutely worth reading!

1) Wonderful drawings. The art is so pretty! Loved it.
2) Original plot, well developed, with a nice ending. Even if people said they didn't like it, I did. It was the right ending for this kind of story.
3) The mental illness was very well developed. It was not something put in just because: "in a yaoi manga a mental illness is so cool!". No. The mangaka did a wonderful job: she was able to create an amazing and captivating psychological manga.

So, you have to read it, especially if you love soft yaoi with a good plot, a good art! Give it a try, you won't regret it ;3

... Last updated on March 24th, 2014, 9:25am
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The ratings here at MU are almost always misleading...   
Rating: N/A
by calstine
May 1st, 2011, 1:19pm
...and upon reading G Senjou no Neko I was once again proven right in thinking so.

Of course, I didn't read this because of the art (though it's rather pretty) or the ratings / comments (which I no longer trust at all) ; but because of its (apparently) unique concept. Dissociative personality disorder is not a common theme in manga, and it is basically non-existent in the BL genre, so I was expecting something very interesting here.
But no -- that was simply too much to hope for. There is very little difference between G Senjou no Neko and every other BL where there are two guys fighting over the uke.

And Riya is the typical girly uke (both in looks and in personality) who can never seem to make up his mind on who he wants. Oh, but what's this?! Turns out that he's suffering from split personality due to the pressure of pursuing a career as a professional violinist since he was a child...so that actually makes the story very much deeper, more touching and more emotional than it would have been if he didn't have such a disorder, right?
Wrong!
Really, the whole mental disease issue is a trick - a trick that teenage yaoi fan-girls fall for very easily and go all
"Kyaa! Sooo brilliant!!! <3" over.

The characters (and their actions / thought processes) are boring, annoying and cliche. I suppose Atsushi is nicer than most of the 'seme types' in yaoi, but since I don't read yaoi I can't really see anything special about him. That level of decency is usually to be expected of a normal human being...and if you think he is a saint just because he didn't rape Riya, then you've been reading too much yaoi and had better stop before it warps your mind permanently wink

I didn't actually finish the story, though. Stopped somewhere towards the end of book 2 months ago and haven't bothered to slog through the 3'rd volume yet; and I doubt I ever will.

A bit of advice to people who think this manga is awesome -- go read some psychological seinen titles. Then you're sure to realize how shallow and contrived G Senjou no Neko really is.

... Last updated on May 1st, 2011, 1:53pm
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Don't let the raitings mislead you   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by jellaaay
December 15th, 2010, 8:50pm
Once again, the raitings mislead me. I guess seeing such high raitings made me expect alot from this manga but frankly it wasn't satisfying at all. Sure it was dramatic, deep, emotional, bla bla bla but overall it doesnt click, know what I mean? It didnt give me that "that was so great" feeling at the end. I was really in a hurry to finish it while reading cause I wanted to know the ending so bad..and usually that's a con for a plot. You want the manga you're reading to prolong and keep you wanting for more. This just purely bored me and the end was a bit disappointing.
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So in the end black and white merged into one? But didnt they conclude that "white" was the built up personality of Yasui's accident? It's like the plot wasn't planned perfectly and just went along the pace. I also disliked the fact that both personalities was inlove with two different guys. Isn't that just a pain for the other one? If it was me I'd be devastated... I wouldnt want to share the one I love to someone else. It was sort of like the manga "Yurara" but what's worse is both personalities remained. Even though "white" said he didnt love his Sempai anymore, it still sucks since Sempai loves him after all. I wish the mangaka just didnt involve him in the first place. Wouldn't it be interesting if both personalities competed for Ikeda? Plus both personalities remaining there just meant that he wasn't CURED at all which was a problem in the first place. And who was the REAL him? Black or white? And dont go saying "wasn't it obvious? maybe you should re-read it" Hell no, a good plot should be able to make that clear without the reader second guessing.
Well that's just how I wanted it to be so you dont really need to share my sentiments. Anyway, the only thing I liked about this is Ikeda. I think he was the perfect character for such a role and his personality was well written. I liked how he restrained himself and understood "black" unlike in most cliche situations where the seme would "go for it". He was a really strong character for me. So many pros about him. I wish I could encounter more semes like him in the future.

Now with the raiting, I would go real harsh since the progression of the story left me unsatisfied. But because of how Ikeda was written I'll boost it up a little. And thanks to the beautiful art I forced myself to read till the end XD

... Last updated on December 15th, 2010, 9:00pm
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I LOVE IT!!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Shailley
November 18th, 2010, 12:06am
It was so cute. There were times where I found myself screaming at the characters and then other times all I could say was "aww". I didn't realize it until my sister walked in, but I was crying at the end. Originally I picked this because Riya had MPD, and I can relate to the difficulties of dealing with this.

Atsushi deals with Riya's MPD better though, than compared to how I deal with my friend's. (Of course Atsushi didn't get a phonecall at four a.m. about crayons when he had the biggest test of the year to take that day.) But this kind of gives me an idea of how to deal with my friend now. (Or at least attempt to...)

Altogether, this was not what I was expecting it to be. But I'm glad it turned out the way it did.
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great!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by samanthaknd
May 11th, 2010, 4:08pm
Such a great read, and the ending was a happy one biggrin. I wanna write more, but anything I do would give the story away, so all I WILL say is try it for yourself, its definately not a dissapointing read
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hmmm   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by asrodeia
April 21st, 2010, 8:36am
@ kurosu_yuuki:
I agree, but I wouldn't pity the other seme as much as the dead personality. I haven't researched this or anything, but the personalities "killing" themselves off is a possible end result of dissociative Identity disorder=MPD=Split personality.
I see them as polarized, Black basically existing in order to rebel. what kind of keeps me from speculating ahead in this series is that very little information about what the personalities WANT is given, other than that the things they want are opposites.

This is an interesting series, and really makes you think about the brain.
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Deserves some thinking!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kurosu_yuuki
December 20th, 2009, 9:16pm
I started this a long time ago, but only got to finish it now (hence why I changed my rating and comment). Well, it's a complicated one! At first I wasn't paying much attention to just how deep it went, but after a while it messes up with your head so bad you just can't ignore its complexion. I had to really stop and think about things, or I'd get confused. Even so I liked that it had a somewhat light feeling in comparison to what I could've been, considering the complex theme.

The characters were very deep, too.

Atsushi is the only one who isn't as intense as the others. He’s not underdeveloped in the slightest, he's more like the one who's there to save everything. It’s part of his personality that he isn’t disturbed as all the other characters, he’s just plain and simple. Then again, as he realizes his feelings for Riya, he starts to reveal a different side and even him, the perfectly nice guy, loses control at times and wonders – only wonders – about getting his way. I think he did realize his love for Riya right when they met, but didn't admit to himself. I’m not saying he’s perfect – at least not for me. For starters, he’s not my type of seme, which of course doesn’t make me like the manga any less or rate it any lower. He’s just right for his role. But some things pissed me off a little. Like how he considers Riya one person. He shouldn’t treat him as one, because the way he spreads his love to both of them almost seems like he loves two people at the same time. That makes it annoying, since White Riya doesn’t even love him. In the end it got pretty clear that he loved [i]only[/] Black Riya, so he didn’t need to pretend to love them both, since it only hurt Black Riya and made no difference to White Riya.

My favorite character is Kousaka. I adore him. I didn't like him at all at first because he came out of nowhere and I thought he was too cruel. Indeed, I absolutely love cruel semes, but there was just something about him that got on my nerves. But as I understood him more and more, and how he picked on Riya like a little kid just because he couldn't be straightforward, he made his way into my heart. Also, it shows that really loves Riya, if you look closely enough. And oh, boy, what's attitude, if not that?! He's pushy, even forceful - in the sexy way! He doesn't leave any room for Riya to run or escape! I love how he teases him and gets into his mind! The way he expresses his feelings for Riya is utterly beautiful. It's got something so wrong about it that just makes it more interesting, the kind of sick love I'm obsessed with! Even when he hurt him. It was a mistake, of course, but every human being makes mistakes, and manga usually ignores that like people are perfect. The fact that Kousaka had to hurt Riya to realize just how twisted his love was just makes it even more appealing to me.

Riya himself is as complicated as he's supposed to be, though he's quite a common uke (either personality). I'm totally divided regarding his two personalities. White Riya, I dislike. I can't stand ukes that cry all the time and are so weak. But as his relationship with Kousaka progresses, it gets better, since I actually enjoyed their parts more than the Black one’s with Atsushi. Then again, I love Black Riya. He's such a troublemaker! He's spoiled and pretends to have his mind all made up, but still can't resist Atsushi. Cute!

Oh, oh! And then there's Saki! He's not a major characters, but he's sooo adorable! I love him! Wish he'd have his own manga. He's either be that gentle seme who turns out to be a little rough (probable option) or overpowered by a stronger seme (which'd be surprising!). Also, I make my words @MightyMaeve.

As for the couples, I actually wanted White Riya to end up with Kousaka and Black Riya to be with Atsushi. Unfortunately, that's not possible, so I'd have to stick with one. And with that comes a problem: I can't see Riya as one person at all. I would rather he divided himself in two, really. So, the ending...
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The only thing that dissatisfied me a little was how the two personalities merged. Though I do think he seems like the Black one, anyways. After all, the White one loved Kousaka. It's like he expressed his feelings, took over the body to study abroad and then disappeared to let the Black one be with the person he loved and come to terms with his situation, now that the White one’s was done already.
That's what happened to me, but I guess everyone's got different opinions on that.

Also, I really liked the art. It's been some time since I've read something with such a beautiful art. It's delicate and suits the story. It reminded me a little of “Only the Ring Finger Knows”’s art.

I recommend this manga. It's painfully sweet and it's got something sad about it that makes it that much more beautiful. It's a little frustrating (in a good way) that you can't tell what you prefer. Oh, and it's really unpredictable, even being full of clichés! I guess what I really liked about this manga is that it gave a feeling no other has ever made me feel before. Like a manga from Key, but yaoi.. It's like I was conscious of both the personalities, but made them clearly apart and rooted for different endings for them.

... Last updated on November 22nd, 2011, 11:56pm
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This one is gonna get fanatic 'hates' and 'loves'!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MightyMaeve
October 23rd, 2009, 2:07am
Like anything that is controversial, this book is going to get those who can't stop marvelling at it, and those who despise it. I marvelled.

What drama!! What touching human interaction!! What an intriguing story line!!
Each of the three volumes has at least one scene where I literally held my breath, as I slowly re-read the frames over and over. This is one of the best manga series I have ever read.

I surprised myself with the art -and isn't that what art should do, make us really LOOK- because at first I didn't like all the wispy, exaggerated limbs and skeletal frames. But the more I looked at the illustrations, the more I read the words, I became increasingly mesmerized by the unusual art. Their faces, although bizarrely deformed, evoked such passionate feeling - all three of the main characters. The backgrounds were done competently and cleanly, but the focus was the human interactions. The frame, angle and relaying of scene selection was vivid and alive - I was swept along. It ended up combining into a haunting sort of melody.

The story itself is fascinating. MPD has always been controversial as to it being a valid mental disorder; correspondingly, those it shows itself in receive varying degrees of respect. (Conversely, Japan is one of the countries that does not have it listed as a valid medical problem.) There are many different behaviours associated with it, but one of the most common reasons that seem to trigger it (Yes, I'm a believer in the strange power of the mind to self-preserve), is a desperate attempt to escape an existence that seems physically inescapable, or helplessness. Broke my heart Riya did, but he also inspired me personally with his realism, strength and indomitable spirit.

I'm truly impressed that Sensei didn't make the 'bad' guy bad. He was multi-dimensional human beings with jealousies, tempers and beautiful ability to save someone else.

As for the saver of broken puppies - what a heart warming young man. Even he was not infallible, making a 'mistake' near the end, and questioning himself. But his loyalty and the way his happiness was a strange sort of manifestation through Riya was a very insightful perspective on different definitions of happiness.

Even the secondary character of the cousin was realistic. As a young child, he saw what was going on with Riya and his abusive father. As a teen, he started to understand. As an adult, he knew his power was minimal. He did nothing but come and chat with him and check on him. HE wasn't a vigilante or a philanthropist for Riya's cause. He was a pacifist mostly. But it didn't mean he didn't love Riya dearly. (A great reflection on familial love contrasted with such horrors of families as well.) He helped in his own way by giving Atsushi his chance.

Wow. I could go on forever.

... Last updated on October 23rd, 2009, 2:17am
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Sweet...   
Rating: 8.9 / 10.0
by Chocoroll
October 12th, 2009, 1:14am
This was a very good soft core yaoi, so if you're not into a whole lot of sex than maybe this is for you...
The art seems to change for the better after the [Black] section (first three chapters of the manga), presumably because it has been first published long ago.

The characters are nice but most don't have a lot of background like Riya does.
So basically, you have a "Black" Riya: the strong one. And a "White" Riya: the weak one. You may get confused when trying to figure out which Riya he is at each moment. Unless another character notifies which one, but I don't think you'll have to worry about it too much.
I was/am more rooting for Atsushi. I never really liked Kousaka because he seemed too much of a laid-back and possessive type. I don't know what anyone would see in Kousaka because if you read volume three, you'll see what a sadistic bastard he is...

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I felt bad for Riya to end up violated, and almost had his fingers bent by Kousaka, which resulted with Riya losing "Black" after remembering something (that also almost happened to his left hand) that traumatized him in his past.

At the end, I was surprised that Kousaka actually admitted to loving Riya after doing what he did.
It was a good thing that the ending wasn't open. An example for an open end would be: right when Riya left Atsushi to study abroad, even if it would've been okay with me, it'd be very open. But the fact that three years later Atsushi and Riya meet again, it was sweet. Although it was slightly abrupt, it was my preferred ending.


... Last updated on October 12th, 2009, 1:19am
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Nice.   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by eccentrrick
July 31st, 2009, 6:47pm
I'm a sucker for music-related mangas.
This one entwines music and emotional relationships (but in my humble opinion, the relationships weren't that romantically prominent.)

This storyline had a lot of potential, especially the double personality of Riya, which I adored. It had a dab of psychological elements and some light-hearted grin-worthy moments.

The artwork is superb and continued to get better by volume three!
Although I had to wait 3-4 more years to buy the 3rd volume (lol).. hmm, can I say it was worth the wait? I'm on the border with that.

It was a very "gentle" and pretty manga.
As always, I admire Miyagi Tooko's manga covers, which are always gorgeously drawn and colored!

Sometimes I didn't like "white" Riya, because whiny, weak, boys are not my cup of tea, but "black" Riya made up for it. He's like a spunky cat. I like cats. (hahaha biggrin)

annnd... *volume 3 spoiler!*
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When Riya finally grabbed hold of one stable personality, he was pretty much like "white" Riya, except his words and actions are more assertive.


I did wish there was more romance portrayed in this series.
Anyways. I'm glad I picked this series up.
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