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Cats + Sushi = The Most Awesome Mythical Creatures Ever

06/21/2014 09:10 am ET | Updated Jun 21, 2014

From space cats and ceiling cats to the mushroom kitten, and even those precious purritos, the Internet is pretty much overrun with fantastic felines.

So, in honor of Garfield's birthday (June 19) and International Sushi Day (June 18), we present to you: Neko-Sushi, also known as Sushi Cats.

The brainchild of Japanese company Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts, these "extremely unusual life-forms" are featured on its website, NekoZushi.com. In a series of weirdly hilarious photographs and videos, the company has created an elaborate imaginary history on the origin of Sushi Cats, featuring tales (ahem) of far-off adventures.

The ridiculous adorable portraits are available for sale online. Some cost more than $400 per portrait. There are other items, too -- including postcards and calendars. And of course, there's an app for them.

Below, meet some of the Sushi Cats and their unique purrr-sonalities, which have been loosely translated from NekoZushi.com.

  • Nyaataro
    Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts
    Hero of all Sushi Cats, so he must carry the burden of being the vegetarian lobster.
  • Wasabi
    Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts
    A third-generation Sushi Cat who is always fast to fight.
  • Toromi
    Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts
    An idol of everyone, though she dreams of the future.
  • Maggie
    Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts
    A nagging, but caring, grandma whose quilting skills win contests.
  • Maago
    Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts
    A mischievous and curious boy, who's a friend of Nyaataro.
  • Miyao
    Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts
    A strange Sushi Cat with mysterious powers whose footsteps are always stealthy.
  • Lili-san
    Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts
    A silver screen actress who once took the world by storm.
  • Fever
    Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts
    He is incomparable -- who else would pair a candy-dotted silver garland cape with those shades?
  • Kikorashi Jimmy
    Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts
    Cold and abandoned, he wanders the Sushi Cat world alone, and he's greedy when it comes to food.
  • Chibi
    Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts
    A tiny Sushi Cat riding a warship.
  • Ebinosuke
    Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts
    The naive Prince Charming.

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