Novelist Subaru Mikazuki, who is shy and not good with other people, and Haru, the cat that has been living a severe stray life. This is a story of them suddenly living together and describes the happiness of living together from both points of view.
'My Roommate is a Cat' is a story about the superiority of kittens and it speaks of the truth. Why anyone would ever prefer dogs when there is a species that doesn't bark at nothing nor eat its own shit is beyond me.
The series is shown from 2 different perspectives: the cat's and its owner's. The cat side is especially hilarious and wholesome because it does things that are very cat-like but also its thoughts and actions are presented as if it truly cares about its human. The human side on the other hand is an everlasting fight against the nature of cats be it
sitting on the laptop making it impossible to do anything or scratching doors like the little assholes they can sometimes be. Also, literally cardboard boxes. Since the main dude is completely new to this cat business he manages to do lots of silly mistakes that create cute comedy moments. My favorite non-cat scene so far has been his visits to pet shop where the series' very own best girl works. However, the series is nowhere near just comedic, but offers quite an interesting take on the importance of pets and how much they can offer to a person. It's especially interesting due to the mc's past and his rather fragile character who gets to learn all these new things regarding sharing your home with a cat. Real good and haatowaamingu stuff going on.
Overall this show has been the biggest surprise for me from this season. Never thought Zero-G could do something I get to praise. It's ridiculously warm and accurate. Chill series to watch. Highly recommend to those who are looking to get relaxed and laugh some. Perhaps even shed a few happy tears.
Every once in a great while, an anime comes along that alters the paradigm on what the industry should be striving for in its pursuit to garner new fans. With a plethora of high-paced action shows, romantic comedies galore, and the machinations of psychological-based thrillers, it’s refreshing to watch an anime that focuses on what truly resonates with the audience, that being: adorable cuteness.
A—Door—Rubble Que—Ta—Niss!!! Need I say more? Well, I’m going to anyway, so put on your favorite pair of fuzzy slippers, a nice warm blanky, and grab your favorite Totoro stuffed animal plush, because we are about to get all
cutesy wootsy with our bad selves (hopefully that didn’t offend anyone’s comfort when I said, “with our bad selves”).
My Roommate is a Cat — if you haven’t figured it out already — is flat out adorable. In the first episode, Haru, the cat, becomes worried by her new owner’s lack of consuming necessary sustenance to ward off death. Having seen starvation first hand, Haru decides to bring Subaru (not the car, it’s an actual person) a portion of her own food in an act of compassion; unfortunately, confused by her benevolent gesture, Subaru tossed the food in the trash, resulting in a fierce thrashing from Haru. Now, let’s be clear, Haru clawed Forester (I’m still thinking about the car) out of love, the same way your wife throws a 25 pound lamp at you when you forget to take out the garbage. It was a reminder that food should not be taken for granted, especially when one has experienced the horrors of food scarcity. Impreza (Subaru) learned his lesson from this overt blunder, later devouring a handful of cat food to regain his vitality and finish the current book he was lamenting over.
The next episode commenced with Haru sleeping on Legacy’s (Subaru’s) laptop, which symbolized the cutesy cherry on top of the chocolate cake that was Outback’s (Subaru’s) computer. In the subsequent episode, they hit the viewer with a cascade of emotions, as Ascent (Subaru) reminisced about his parents before their untimely passing. Leading to a moment where Haru, charmingly, licked BRZ’s (Subaru’s) face, in what is easily the most touching/cute moment in the series thus far. Weaving a wonderful character dynamic between the two creatures who have difficulties understanding one another, but cling together because they have no else to rely upon. Subaru provides a safe environment with a bounty of tasty food for Haru; whereas, Haru gives Subaru a sense of friendship and family (a missing component in his life, given his timid demeanor).
Cute situations are being introduced at break-neck speed, forcing the viewer to immerse themselves with total conviction, to experience all the cute glory that each episode has to offer. My Roommate is a Cat is a multifaceted show with a proficiency in comedy, cuteness, sentimentality, and, most importantly, cuteness!
A wonderful anime that doesn't contain flashy fight scenes or weird fan-service. Honestly, in the overcrowding space of action, supernatural, and harem anime; something such as this stands out (at least for me).
At first glance, this anime seems pretty mundane; a typical loner-style character who wants to be left alone, but can gain no peace because of the people around him. But in this case, people also includes a cat, Haru. I was skeptical about this anime when I first started, but it's definitely something I would recommend now.
The pacing of the show may seem quite slow initially, but I think that's because I'm (probably
most people too) used to the fast pace development of anime which condenses hundreds of chapters into a 13-episode anime experience. If I'm not wrong, the manga is only a couple of volumes, which already makes it so that 12-episodes is already much more fitting. But back to the point, the progression is something to enjoy, the pacing makes it enjoyable to watch and nothing seems too rushed. This anime is one I can use to sit-back, relax and enjoy without getting adrenaline rushed.
Another thing I absolutely love are the two sides that each episode offers. With the first half (more like 75%-ish) focused on Subaru (the main character) and his thoughts, followed by concentrating on Haru and her thought process of the same events. By doing so, questions that may arise as to why Haru is doing something in the first half of the episode gets answered in the second half. This allows us to understand everything that is going on holistically, and you may even gain new insight of why your cat does what it does if you own one!
Additionally, the two sides makes it so that each episode feels complete on its own while still following an overarching story.
Although, there are some things which I feel are not addressed very well. For example, I feel the side characters are not very developed besides giving us the basic exposition of something like "oh they're best friends for 10 years" and not saying much of who exactly the person is besides the bare minimum. Perhaps we'll see more development of other characters in future episodes?
Another point I want to raise is the lack of stuff happening, which I think is something which people may overlook and misunderstand. Allow me to explain, due to the lack of real stuff happening, the whole anime seems to be pointless and directionless. Instead, I personally think the anime isn't concerned with big things happening, instead, it is more concerned with the development of the relationship between Subaru and Haru through the small things, as ultimately, it is teaching us that it isn't always the big things that define who we are and our relationships, but the small things that really make an impact.
This anime also offers many themes that I haven't talked about, such as its focus on how pets can change someones life, or how one situation can be interpreted differently between people and how important it is to be empathetic. All these are valuable ideas which this anime both directly and indirectly conveys and something I'm happy it does.
Overall, I feel the anime has potential, but unfortunately not something for everyone. With the pacing of the show and the lack of big things happening, it can seem a bit boring. But I urge you to give it a shot, and perhaps you may come to really enjoy it.
Thank you for reading!
P.S. I am not the most knowledgeable person regarding this anime, if I misunderstood or messed something up, feel free to point it out.
Please understand that I'm writing this review in relation to the manga, I'm looking on how well it adapted it and if it gets the feeling across naturally.
First of all, Doukyounin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue is a great anime and manga series. The main characters come off very well in this piece, which is most important for this story. The story is about the lives of a man and his cat from each of their perspectives, it is dependent on the individuality of it's characters. This easy-going plot leaves a lot of room to have fun with what happens in each episode, so
the story feels almost episodic (in a good way).
As for how it measures up to the manga, I'd say it did well, but could have done a much better job of it. The order of events seemed rushed in my opinion, as if they were trying to hurriedly introduce all the characters in episode 1, when they should have been introduced over the first 3 episodes. This left it feeling kind of half baked, the characters of this series are wonderful and very unique people, but the anime did not introduce them well. That is my absolute biggest problem with this series, is that it did not do the characters justice.
Overall, this anime is very warm and snuggly, it's the kind of anime you'd watch after coming home from a late meeting at work. A very relaxing experience.