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The Manx As A Cabbit | 3:
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4: Historic Cabbit Claims | 5: Cabbits In Japanese Anime
Cabbits in Japanese anime:
The unfortunate truth for hopeful cabbit owners is that the species exists only in Japanese animation. A fan of the Japanese art anime provided this explanation of the story:
"The cabbit is exactly what it seems: a weird combination of cat and rabbit. Very cute and fluffy, which more or less guaranteed their success on the Japanese market. They came up with the concept first and filled in the back story after that.
As far as I know, the cabbit originated with the show "Tenchi Muyo". In english that's either "No Need for Tenchi" (Tenchi being one of the main characters) or "No Need for Heaven and Earth". An alternate and somewhat obscure translation is "Don't Make This Upside-Down", and rumour on the fan circuit is that this translation is closer to what the show creators were aiming for.
Tenchi Muyo has one of the most popular animated shows in Japan for the last decade.
There are four TV series, three mini-series, three full-length animated movies, a kiddie spin-off titled "Magical Girl Pretty Sammy", and endless merchandising.
The cabbit common to all of those series is Ryo-Oh-Ki, an artificial life-form created by the self-titled "greatest genius scientist in the galaxy". It's a cute little furball, obsessed with carrots, which occasionally transforms into a huge, heavily-armed spaceship when the situation calls for it. Ryo-Oh-Ki is owned by Space Pirate Ryoko, also an artifical life form and creation of the greatest genius scientist (etc).
In the original
animation Ryo-Oh-Ki was shot down over Earth 700 years ago after
an attack on the imperal throne world Jurai. 700 years later
Ryoko was accidentally released from suspended animation by
Tenchi, and Ryo-Oh-Ki was killed or transformed (it's not very
clear) when Ryoko rammed another space ship in order to strand
its pilot, imperial princess Ayeka on Earth.
During its destruction, Ryo-Oh-Ki spawned an egg from which hatched the current kitten/bunny combination which has been so popular with the fans."
Note: The background given here is taken from the OAV (original animated video) #1, which is the first of the Tenchi Muyo stable to have been seen. Subsequent changes in the story line mean not everyone may see it as entirely correct.