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.
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.
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.
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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