Japan is home to many anime and live-action series that many in the West find strange or intriguing, thanks to the absurd lengths in which many of the series in the East goes for great stories.
The latest, more viral example is fueled by images of  Neko Zamurai in which a samurai defends a cat against death after he refuses to kill it.
This was a real show in Japan about a Samurai who refused to kill a cat he had hired to kill. I had to post the extremely good promo gallery for Twitter. pic.twitter.com/122PrHP7C0
– Layla (@rabbitlayla) February 28, 2018
First spotted by Twitter user @rabbitlayla with the following caption: "This was a real show in Japan about a Samurai who refused to kill a cat he had hired to kill, I had to post the extremely good promotion gallery for Twitter, " Neko Zamurai is a drama series in Japan where a man, main character Madarame Kyutaro (who gets the popular nickname "Madara the Devil") is indeed hired to kill a cat (called Tamanojoh in the series). The situation that this brings forward is just as hilarious and absurd, because the series is described as such:
"Kyutaro (Kazuki Kitamura) is a swordsman who was feared by people in one go, now he is poor and Kyutaro do not know how he can make money without using his sword, by chance Sakichi (Shingo Mizusawa) sees the sword fighting of Kyutaro and offers him to take him for a job Sakichi wants Kyutaro to kill a white cat that "Tamanojoh" where his boss Yozaemon (Yozaburo Ito) is fascinated by is.
According to Sakichi, after Yozaemon started raising the cat, he turned into a childlike person.Kyutaro rejects him initially as an absurd request, but decides to take the work for The money When Kyutaro opens the door to where the cat is, he sees the beautiful white cat. "
Neko Zamurai was a television mini-series that ran from 2013 to 2015 for two seasons, of which the second, Neko Zamurai 2: A Tropical A dventure was even more ridiculous because of its location on the island. It is a healthy balance between drama and humor, because the situation of Kyutaro is serious, but is interspersed with the inherently silly image of such a deadly murderer who holds on to such a sweet little puss.
Assassins defending or befriending cute animals go a long way, as is also the case in the West, in the series [John F. John] John Wick in which a retired assassin was once again urged to avenge his dog. It is not surprising that a series like this ran as long as it did then.