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I Am a Cat Barista, Volume 1: 11/12/22
I Am a Cat Barista, Volume 1 by Hiro Maijima (2020) is initially a pun / pastiche on I am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki (1906). In Japanese the manga series is 吾輩は猫である, 職業はバリスタ and the original novel is 吾輩は猫である. Both are explorations on society. The original, during the Meiji era. The manga, the modern day.
The cat barista here runs a cafe with no menu. He serves a similar role as the Midnight Diner. But this café is magical, only appearing to those who need it most.
The chapters themselves are like those in Restaurant to Another World by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami (Illustrations). Each chapter is focused on a customer who is going through a rough day or a rough part of their lives. The cat barista serves a drink or a treat based on what will best ease their emotional distress and then he listens to them tell their tale.