Day by day, hour by hour, Subaru and Haru’s relationship grows more and more. There are many highs and lows, but together they will navigate the complexities of their cohabitation in this week’s episode of My Roommate is a Cat. This week we look at the joys of letting others in on the fun!
Original Japanese Title: いっしょごはん
Subaru and Haru have two unexpected guests! When Hiroto’s younger sister and her friend Haru come for a visit, the pair’s quiet routine gets thrown into complete disarray. In the end, both learn the importance of eating a meal together. Human Haru teaches Subaru how to make a meal for Kitty Haru and the results… are better than he hoped.
Open door policy: Yet again we see someone from the Yasaka clan dropping in on Haru and Subaru. This time, it’s Narumi and her friend Haru (not to be confused with cat Haru). It seems that since Haru has come to live with him, Subaru’s life has gotten a bit more lively with different friends and acquaintances dropping by to hang out.
The Cooking Episode: Human Haru tells Subaru that human food is too salty for kitties and shows him how to make a meal that is more suitable for Haru. This week’s episode takes place mostly in Subaru’s kitchen while he tries to replicate Haru’s recipe… with mixed results.
Shopping trip from Hell: It’s always fun to see Subaru fumble his way through what many see as normal adult activities. This time around we see him attempting to buy groceries from the local market. But, because his diet primarily consists of whatever food Hiroto brings him, he’s a bit out of sorts in the shop and winds up picking way more than he needs. Thankfully, Hiroto is close by to lend a helping hand.
My Roommate is a Cat has a way of exploring complex themes in some pretty lighthearted ways. Last week explored Subaru’s social anxiety while he participated in a book signing event. He gradually worked through his feelings, opening up to his fans and actually discovering that the event helped him grow as a person. This week’s episode is no different, but more so as an extension of Episode 7, ‘Ones Who Can’t Be Controlled’. Subaru has spent most of his adult life in solitude avoiding people unless absolutely necessary, but, since adopting Haru, this has changed. His once small world is now expanding to include many more people. He is connecting with people in a way he’s never done before and it is thanks to Haru. Opening his heart to Haru has allowed Subaru to open his heart to others, albeit slowly.
The earlier episodes were just Haru and Subaru slowly building their bond with one another, gradually opening up to each other and discovering the warmth of having another person to rely on. In these more recent episodes we see Subaru applying this same tactic with others: first with his manager, Kawase, and next with Hiroto and his family.
Food tastes better when shared with friends
It’s no secret that food tastes best when enjoyed with others, and in this week’s episode, Subaru learns the importance of sitting down to a home-cooked meal. Our Subaru has come a long way since Episode 1 and there’s so much further he can go, so long as he has Haru by his side. This was another lighthearted episode that was sure to keep you warm as we plug through the rest of the Winter 2019 season.
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!!
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