Back in August we brought you the news that Pizza Hut in Japan was now under the control of four bossy cats . Along with millions of other pizza and cat fans, we couldn’t get enough of the adorable antics of Tenchō, Hime, Dora and Detch as they manned (catted?) the phones, were startled by the sound of the cash register, and rode a rumba around the store.
This week, the chain announced the emergency closure of its Pizza Cat store, citing the mysterious disappearance of the four plucky feline workers. Where could they have gone? And why? We did some detective work to try and find out.
Exhibit One is this video from Pizza Cat announcing the “emergency closure” of the store. On October 20, apparently, the team of furry friends suddenly disappeared.
▼ “But for those of you who need feline assistance,” the video reassures us, “they’ll come back anytime…Maybe.“
▼ Cutest “lost cat” posters ever?
What could be behind this mysterious vanishing? Well, by delving into Pizza Hut’s tweets from the week preceding the 20th, we found some clues about the gang’s movements.
▼ “Strange behaviour for cats, but…since the recent lunar eclipse, our Pizza Cat employees have been in a funny mood – we’re a bit worried about them. Keep your spirits up, guys!”
【ニャンコたちに不穏な動きが・・・】先日の皆既月蝕のあと位からでしょうか、ピザキャット！店のネコたちがずっと不機嫌なのでちょっと心配です。。皆さま午後もがんばりましょうね♪ #ピザキャット lnkto.jp/1pf6dCu http://t.co/VVKzgCdDAg
ピザハット (@Pizza_Hut_Japan) October 16, 2014
▼ “There’s only one week left of the Pizza Cat campaign, but this weekend, something seems to be bothering our feline employees… We know cats can be moody, but not long left now guys! Keep on truckin’!”
大反響の「ピザキャット！店キャンペーン」も残すところあと１週間！なのに、この週末も、従業猫たちのご機嫌がなんだかナナメで心配・・・ネコは気まぐれって言うけどあと少しがんばってよね！ lnkto.jp/1qNxD2M http://t.co/w8Zkn8w9Sb
ピザハット (@Pizza_Hut_Japan) October 19, 2014
It seems the kitties had a funny feeling something was wrong before they disappeared! Could it be something to do with the unusual lunar activity? And what about that mysterious solar-flared pizza Tenchō is gazing at in the video? And the abandoned cat hat and bandana on the ground? Looks like we’ll have to wait and find out.
▼ That is one piping hot pizza.
Those “Pizza Cat!” deals we talked about last time are still until October 26, although the name has changed to “Closing down sale?!” If you fancy paying US$21 for a ten-inch pizza and a couple of bottles of tea, that is. I think I’ll stick with the adorable cat videos.
How will the saga unfold? Where have the cats gone? And most importantly, who’s making the pizza now that the shop is unmanned?
▼ “To be continued!”