Are you a cat purrson? Good, because My Roommate is a Cat is the Wintepurr 2019 anime you’ve been waiting fur~. It is a heartfelt comedy about the bond between an adorable kitty and her equally adorkable ikemen owner… this is a lovely break from some of the more action heavy offerings this season.
After his parents die in an accident, novelist Mikazuki Subaru becomes an extreme shut who struggles with building meaningful relationships with other people. Through a twist of fate, he takes in a stray cat that has also been burned by a life on the streets. Together the two navigate day-to-day life while learning and growing together as a family.
Split Perspective: My Roommate is a Cat splits the narrative between that of Subaru, the people-hating novelist and his new cat. I’m pretty sure there are plenty of anime that utilize this split perspective style of storytelling, but here it’s actually kind of cute, especially the cat’s perspective. #perfection. It’s only through both perspectives that we, the audience, get the full story.
Detective/Spy Cat: Subaru has an active imagination, often imagining his new cat as a secret agent/detective complete with her own fedora and tan trench coat. He even decides to center his current novel around a cat that is after a man’s life.
Cat Facts: Since Subaru is a new cat owner, he frequently references cat care manuals to figure out the cat’s actions and mannerisms. One instance is when the cat leaves piles of food on the floor in front of Subaru’s bedroom as a tribute…
Themes & Trivia
Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue.: The title of the original manga series is a bit of a mouthful, but, it roughly translates to ‘My Housemate Is on My Lap, But Sometimes on My Head’ a reference to some of the mannerisms of a cat.
It says a lot when the most interesting part of the episode is the cat’s perspective… The parts of the story that were told from Subaru’s perspective were the usual comedy anime dribble; eccentric characters, exaggerated reactions… but, it was kinda dry. Where this anime really shines is when the perspective shifts from Subaru to the cat. It kind of reminded me of Hamtaro or Chii’s Sweet Home, where the animal characters far outshine their human counterparts.
Subaru is kind of dull, and the side characters had me thinking of when I was watching a new episode of the Fall 2018’s DAKAICHI: nothing but hot guys as far as the eye can see. The one ray of sunshine in this week’s sausage fest was none other than the cat, who as of this episode is still unnamed. She steals the show in every single scene she’s in, my only complaint is that we don’t spend enough time with the cat’s perspective…
I’m not really a cat person, but, I will admit that My Roommate is a Cat has a subtle charm all its own. The first half was a slow go, with the Subaru centric parts seeming to draaaaag. But, once we get the cat’s perspective, things really pick up. So, if you are a fan of cats, definitely stick around for those bits, if not… eh, Episode 1 probably won’t wow you.
I’ll be back next week with another My Roommate is a Cat review, but in the meantime, be sure to check out MANGA.TOKYO’s other amazing Winter 2019 reviews!!
My Roommate is a Cat
Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast