Auth word at 2:00 Score 1 at 6:00 Score 2 at 34:05 good qual. A catgirl is a female character with feline traits, such as cat ears, a cat tail, or other feline characteristics on an otherwise human body. Catgirls are found in various fiction genres and in particular Japanese anime and manga. The oldest mention of the term catgirl comes from a 1700s exhibition in which a cat/woman hybrid was displayed. Catgirls were further made popular in the 1978 manga series The Star of Cottonland, by Yumiko Ōshima. By the 1990s, catgirls were common in Japanese anime and manga. Catgirls have since been featured in various media worldwide. Enough of a subculture has developed for various themed conventions and events to be held around the world, such as Nekocon.