Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue [Review]
“Subaru Mikazuki, a mystery author who lost both parents in an accident, loves reading and has always hated leaving the house, he finds interacting with people an annoyance because they intrude on his imagination, and the noise of the outside world makes it hard to think. When a chance encounter with a stray cat gives him inspiration for a new novel, he brings it home with him to be his muse. In taking care of the cat, Subaru slowly finds his world becoming more broad, as more people join his life and the cat helps him remember what family is. The stray cat, just trying to survive in a harsh world, decides to follow a human home because he seems to be a good source of food. In trying to take care of and protect him she learns what it’s like having a family and a home.” – ANN
It’s amazing how a simple slice of life show can make one so happy while watching it! Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue (or My Roommate is a Cat in English) is a heartfelt story with incredible character development for our two favorites in the show, Subaru and Haru. One of the unique things about this show is the different perspectives of Subaru and Haru. An episode normally starts off from Subaru’s point of view and then after the story is finished it returns to the beginning and retells it from Haru’s perspective. It creates a fun atmosphere to see how each of the characters felt about each situation.
Artwork & Animation:
I love the art in a slice of life anime for its simplicity and aesthetic. My Roommate is a cat is no different, the simple yet articulate. The art style and color palette have a pastel feel to it making it very easy to the eyes. The character designs are lovely and I really enjoy the articulation in the different species of animals that show up throughout the show.
The story focuses intently on Subaru and Haru, which isn’t very surprising! It works because there aren’t that many characters in the show so to be able to focus on the two while giving the rest some development here and there still gives the overall cast a good amount of interest. The bond between Haru and Subaru from both perspectives makes the show worth watching, as they both learn the idea of “family” in different ways. The development of all the characters feels organic and natural resulting in a very entertaining show.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
The soundtrack is very standard in my opinion, but it matches the simplicity that the show exudes. I mean it’s predictable but in a good way! The fact that you don’t have to dig too deep to understand what each song means makes it easy to digest so that you can focus more on the characters and the story is a plus for the overall show.
Easily one of the most enjoyable shows I’ve seen to date. The incredible storytelling from both the eyes of Subaru and Haru make for an emotional show that shows what being a family really means.
With organic character development and simple yet aesthetically pleasing art, Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue is a delight to watch. Its simplicity is alluring and the adorable characters will keep you watching episode after episode!
Best Girl: Ookami Nana
The biggest cinnamon roll you’ll ever meet. I’ve never seen such a caring and nice character in a show and I need more Nana, (season two when!?) please.