My Roommate is a Cat

Alt title: Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue.

TV (12 eps)
4.084 out of 5 from 6,206 votes
Rank #657

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.

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In short, the show spends about half or 75% following the writer from his point of view, and then the rest is from the cat's point of view. While during the writers point of view the cat is a normal cat. Like it doesn't talk. However, during the cat's point of view you can hear the cat's thoughts and see flashbacks from the cat. In fact, the one thing I'm wondering is if this based on real life due to the writer thing.  The overall story seems to be how a cat changes an introvert to be a better person, and the person changes the cat to have a better personality.  There honestly isn't much bad I can say about this show. I think the only thing that really bugs me is the main person (the writer) his parents die and it doesn't change him. In fact, the very first part shows the writer is attending his parent's funeral (they died in some bus accident, so it was unexpected). He meets the cat while visiting the grave. But beyond that there is nothing. Like unless if he hated both his parent to start with or it was expected. Then there would be a good mourning period with the average person.  Like think about it. How would it effect you if both your parents who lived with you died in some accident?  (there is only 1 real ep they tackle this in a singleaafternoon. But as anyone knows, it isn't a quick thing to get over)  Like they shouldn't of added the parents dying. It didn't really add anything, and it opened up more questions than not. There is plenty of ways of having the 2 meet up that doesn't make the viewer ask why he isn't effected by his parent's death.  Anyways, if you don't like slice of life adult shows. Then you won't like this.


This series was the surprise of the season. Even if I’m not particularly fond of animals I like cute cats. I have no doubt anyone, who likes cute animals is going to enjoy this story. It overflows with heart-warming cute and funny moments. One big thumb up for that. Each episode is told from a perspective of the main protagonist and then from the perspective of the cat and other animals. Usually an unexpected and funny perspective. The story is a small, but significant journey for the main protagonist. Subaru Mikazuki, the main protagonist, is socially awkward introvert. He spent most of his life reading books and pursuing dream of becoming a novelist himself. He lived with his parents until they tragically died in a traffic accident, then he withdrawn from the society even more. He dedicated himself to his work, writing mystery novels, completely. The only people that associate with him in the beginning are his manager and his childhood friend - both guys. On a side note for this reason I dreaded it’s going to be one of those fujoshi things. Luckily this is not the case. Back to the story settings. One day visiting his parents’ grave, he picks up a stray cat allured by the food offering. This new roommate sets him on the path, which helps him to come to terms with death of his parents. It also brings him one step out of his hermit-like lifestyle. I say, this part was done really well. I like the series didn’t overdo it, because at the end Subaru’s character growth is not done in overblown manner. He meets new people, possibly a love interest, but the show doesn’t go there. It’s only hinted at . The show is slice-of-life, but the cute cat with funny viewpoint of the events elevates usual dullness of slice-of-life series. I like the cat is more like a bridge towards other people, rather than a replacement. However it’s just not the cat. Subaru has his embarrassing moments, but even if he sometimes fails, he does overcome some of his social anxieties. As far as animation and music goes it’s ok. I don’t care about opening and ending. Overall it’s an enjoyable anime to watch at least once. Recommended for females and anyone, who likes cute animals, introverts and simple story focusing on relationships.

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