Haru and Subaru are back with their cute cohabitation antic in this week’s lighthearted episode of My Roommate is a Cat. This week’s episode is chock full of heartwarming moments from our favorite dynamic duo as they navigate the ups and downs of cohabitation and… unexpected guests?! Let’s dive in to Episode 7, Ones Who Can’t Be Controlled!
Some unexpected guests stop by the Mikazuki residence and it’s more than a little overwhelming for Subaru. With so many people under one roof, it’s hard to relax, especially when the Yasaka clan are the ones visiting. Subaru and Haru must learn to be good hosts and show their guests just how warm their home can be.
Childhood Crush: Hiroto’s younger sister Nagisa has an obvious crush on Subaru (not that he notices) and it’s cute watching her bond with him. Things come to a head when she asks him for book recommendations, and if you’ll remember, that was one of his central conflicts in last week’s episode. Let’s just say that Subaru hasn’t exactly gotten any better with dealing with unsolicited book recommendation requests, buuuut, he manages to make her day nonetheless.
Family Time: After being on his for so long, Subaru gets to spend some quality time with Hiroto, his siblings, and Kawase. Of course there’s a family dinner and though the scene is brief, it is nice to see Subaru and Haru enjoying the family atmosphere. They even play games after dinner…
Themes & Trivia
Tenshindon: Is a Japanese/Chinese specialty dish that consists of a crab meat omelet on rice. It’s named after Tianjin in northern China.
Namesake: This week we meet Haru’s namesake, the little girl from her memories. Turns out that Haru is the daughter of a restaurant owner and a friend of one of Hiroto’s siblings. Haru doesn’t seem to recognize them, but the little girl and her mother seem happy to see that Haru has found herself a good home.
The slice-of-life style of My Roommate is a Cat is a nice change of pace from some other series in the Winter 2019 lineup. This week Haru and Subaru get to experience the joys of family time, when Hiroto and his siblings come over for an unplanned visit. Despite not liking people very much, Subaru actually manages fairly well, remembering the good times he spent with his parents prior to their passing. Though, Haru isn’t quite so understanding, spending most of the visit at the mercy of the Yasaka siblings. Usually I’m a bit on the fence about child characters in anime, since they’re either annoying, pointless, or just throwaway characters. Thankfully, the Yasaka’s are just cute enough to warrant them being in the episode and their interactions with both Haru and Subaru were downright adorable.
I will admit that I was a little disappointed that Haru didn’t react to seeing the little girl and her mother from the takeout shop, since they seem to have played a big role in her life prior to moving in with Subaru. I definitely felt a pang when I saw the hurt on Haru’s (human) face at cat Haru’s seeming ambivalence. That was just plain cold…
Filling the House with Laughter
Ones Who Can’t Be Controlled was yet another cute episode full of cute kids terrorizing the hell out of a cat… I kid. This week’s episode will warm even the frostiest heart with its heartwarming messages about family and the joys of spending time with others. I found Subaru’s version of events to be much more enjoyable than Haru’s, buuut, even I can admit that watching a gaggle of cute kids playing with Haru to be absolutely precious.
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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