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My Roommate Is A Cat – The New Patron Series of Creative Professionals


Before I begin, let me state that I’m a dog person. Always have been and likely always will be. It’s not that I hate cats, but I’ve always been much more drawn to dogs. My wife, though, is a cat person, which is why we have six cats and only one dog in our household.

When I first heard about this season’s My Roommate Is A Cat, I ignored it. It didn’t sound terrible, but I didn’t have any real interest in the concept. As I started to hear chatter about it after the show’s premiere, I realized how unfair I was being towards it and started to look a bit further into the series. I had a realization that this could be a potential new series to watch together with my wife, and sat down to check out the first episode. What I have discovered since then is that this is not just a series for cat lovers; it’s a love letter to all creative professionals around the world.

Screenshot from My Roommate is a Cat that depicts the main character smiling as they hold up a pen.

The main character of in My Roommate Is A Cat is a reclusive author named Subaru, who has gained a reputation in the publishing world for being very talented, but also incredibly difficult to work with. He hates to leave his house, and gets testy when his editor asks to meet with him in public places like cafés.

Having recently lost his parents in a tragic bus accident, Subaru is now alone in the world. Alone, that is, until he visits his parents’ grave one fateful day. He is accosted by a hungry, stray cat which he decides to take home on a lark. Having never owned a cat before, the next few episodes showcase Subaru’s trial-and-error process of learning how to take care of his new feline friend (which he eventually names Haru). At the same time, he learns how to let something new into his closed-off heart.

Screenshot from My Roommate Is A Cat that depicts the main character freaking out as his cat lunges at his dinner.

This isn’t just a tale about the author learning to love, though. This is a story that told from two points of view, as the second half of each episode takes us inside the mind of Haru, who’s slowly learning to trust this new human who has taken her into his home. It’s this circular relationship that makes this series so relatable and charming.

At first, Subaru might seem like he’s a touch too clueless to be able to properly raise a cat. But, like with any new pet owner, as the series progresses from episode to episode, we see him grow into his new pet as well as a person. By the third episode, Subaru is inviting his editor into his home to play with Haru… or at least try, as the cat is quite standoffish, herself. By the fourth episode, we see a potential romantic interest beginning to blossom as Subaru gets to know the pet store clerk. These little changes to the main character’s personality are a welcome change of pace from the typical static hero, who starts overpowered and stays there the whole way. In this case, we’re watching a real and flawed person, who is desperately fumbling his way through his new life with his new furry roommate.

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I can personally relate to this story. I remember, when I first start living with my wife, I had to get used to three fuzzy new roommates that came with the deal. Learning that I would have to take occasional breaks in order to feed another lifeform besides myself, or learning to take a bit of time to give pets to one of these furry creatures. These were my trials, not unlike Subaru along with Haru.

Artists and writers everywhere should flock to this series as quickly as possible, and fall in love with Subaru and Haru. Even if you don’t consider yourself a cat person or don’t own a cat, there is plenty of love to go around in many unexpected places. It’s a show that’s filled with serious heart that won’t steer you wrong.

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