Sometimes, you just have to sit back, relax, and watch a show about a depressed shut-in and a cat. So many stories are full of action, explosions and melodrama, to the point that it can be exhausting. Right now, I just want to watch and talk about something that makes me feel good.
So no, I will not be talking about The Promised Neverland.
My Roommate is a Cat is a simple, slice-of-life anime with one goal in mind: make the audience feel good. It’s not exceptionally deep, and it’s characters are incredibly simple. But that’s all it needs to be. Simple, relaxing, and fun. Though it does try to be more dramatic at times.
Which is when the show tends to fall flat for me. But we’ll get to that. Without spoilers, don’t you worry.
Plot: Literally Me and My Cat
My Roommate is a Cat has an incredibly simple and easy to follow story. Our protagonist is Mikazuki Subaru, a reclusive writer who has just lost his parents. One day, when making an offering at their graves, he runs into a stray cat, who sparks some new ideas in his head for stories. He takes her in, naming her Haru, and the two gradually form a powerful bond.
Each episode has it’s own self-contained story, divided into two segments. The first is from Subaru’s perspective, and the second is from Haru’s perspective. In the ladder segment, we hear the thoughts and see the perspectives of the different pets in the series.
Which I was not expecting when I went into this show.
At it’s core, this series is all about learning from those around you and becoming a better person. Subaru learns to deal with people better, as he’s forced to deal with them in order to take better care of his pet. On the other hand, Haru, a former stray, learns to ease up and relax, as well as connect to others, both people and animals.
This simplicity also applies to the characters. None of them are especially complex or memorable. They fit the role they need to in the show, but they don’t really stand out. At best, they’re serviceable. Just fine, but no one you’re going to point to when discussing your favorite anime characters.
The two tones of the series, comedy and drama, are executed well enough. The humor is enough to get a chuckle out of you, and the drama is enough to make you go “Daw!”. But much like the characters, you’ll likely forget them moments after they’re gone.
It’s a perfectly fine story. It doesn’t do anything to really stand out in the genre, but it’s fine. The characters develop naturally, and their arcs are reasonably engaging. It’s satisfying to watch, though most of it is fairly forgettable. It’s a perfect show for killing the time and feeling good.
And sometimes, that’s all you really need.
Presentation: Simple, But Charming
Sick of that sentiment yet? I hope not! Cause that’s the whole show.
In terms of art and animation, this show is totally by the numbers. The character designs are simple, cute and likable. But the style in which they’re drawn feels similar to most other shows these days. This isn’t a bad thing, per say, but I do prefer a unique and interesting style over a generic one.
It’s decently animated, but it’s nothing spectacular. The characters move decently smoothly, and the over-the-top anime expressions are goofy and fun. Once again: simple, forgettable, but fun.
The same can be said for the music. Each tune is nice, and they fit the scenes they’re put in perfectly. However, the only truly memorable tracks are the OP and the ED. Y’know. Like most anime these days.
Conclusion: Feel Good and Forget
It’s kind of hard to have an in-depth discussion about this show. Simply because the show itself isn’t incredibly deep. What you see is what you get. It’s charming, fun and relaxing. After you watch it, you’ll swiftly forget it and move on.
This may sound like a bad thing, but it’s really not. Sometimes, you need something that is simple. And in that regard, My Roommate is a Cat knocks it out of the park! I’d even say it’s lack of memorability is a positive! You’ll remember that it made you feel good, making it easy to revisit.
I’d recommend giving this show a chance. It lacks in anything truly meaty to help it stand out, yes. It’s another show that will more than likely be forgotten in the constant, never ending flow of seasonal anime. But it’s a great feel-good show through and through.
And like I said: sometimes, that’s all you need.