My Roommate is a Cat – Anime Preview
Synopsis: The story of Mikazuki Subaru, a novelist who is shy and struggles in relationships with other people, and a cat who was dumped by humans and lived a tough life on the streets. Through a twist of fate, the two of them end up living together. This heartwarming tale illustrates day-to-day life through the eyes of both man and cat. These moments seem trivial, but as they build upon themselves, the two become family and find happiness in their life together. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Truth be told there isn’t too much to say about My Roommate is a Cat. Mikazuki Subaru bonding with the stray cat he comes across makes for at times heartwarming content, but otherwise feels exceedingly low-key and dull. Subaru becomes inspired in his writing thanks to the cat’s shenanigans, but these moments feel so down to earth, so realistic that they hardly seem as inspiring as Subaru finds them. Trouble also stems from so many of Subaru’s creative realizations feeling childish, or silly, giving My Roommate is a Cat this kid’s show vibe. The episode improves as we switch to the cat’s perspective, getting inner monologues from the cat as we come to see Subaru and his interactions from the feline perspective, but even then the series feels perhaps too grounded to truly entice. Perhaps another way to put it is that the content My Roommate is a Cat chooses to focus on just doesn’t feel clever or creative. It’s exactly what you might expect. It’s good for cat lovers, or viewers looking for an easy going show to unwind with after a trying day, but otherwise there just isn’t enough emotional weight or comedy to make it a must watch of Winter 2019.
Linny: My Roommate is a Cat is indeed extremely chill and low-key to the point of feeling lethargic. Even ‘extreme’ reactions and comedic situations are played out in a very toned down manner. It also takes forever for our protagonist to NOT get the point. Yes, you read that right. The episode turns Mikazuki not understanding why the cat is bringing him food into part of the entire episode’s running joke and main plot only to finally reveal that Mikazuki still does not understand the true intentions behind his cat’s actions. Considering we spend an entire episode on it, one would assume that this might be something that helps Mikazuki start to understand and bond with his new cat but it finishes with an unimpressive fizzle.As Tom mentioned, the episode was at its best when we see things from the cat’s point of view and that combined with an appreciation for slow shows might be enough for some, but chances are this will just be too mellow for everyone else.
My Roommate is a Cat is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.