My Roommate is a Cat

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My Roommate is a Cat
Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of the first Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. manga volume
同居人はひざ、時々、頭のうえ。
GenreSlice of life[1]
Manga
Written byMinatsuki
Illustrated byAs Futatsuya
Published byFlex Comix
DemographicShōjo
MagazineComic Polaris
Original runJune 2015 – present
Volumes5
Anime television series
Directed byKaoru Suzuki
Written byDeko Akao
Music byKotoringo
StudioZero-G
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, ABC, Tokyo MX, BS11
Original run January 9, 2019 – present
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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My Roommate is a Cat (同居人はひざ、時々、頭のうえ。, Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue.) lit. "My Housemate Is on My Lap, But Sometimes, on My Head" is a Japanese manga series written by Minatsuki and illustrated by As Futatsuya, serialized online via Flex Comix's Comic Polaris website since June 2015. It has been collected in five tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Zero-G premiered on January 9, 2019.

Characters[edit]

Subaru Mikazuki (朏 素晴, Mikazuki Subaru)
Voiced by: Kensho Ono[2] (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)
A 23-year-old introverted mystery writer, who adopts Haru by chance. While he initially remains distant, they gradually bond with each other. Part of the story is shown from his point of view.
Haru ()
Voiced by: Haruka Yamazaki[2] (Japanese); Jad Saxton (English)
A stray Tuxedo cat, adopted by Subaru. Her life prior to being adopted was rough; she struggled to feed herself and her siblings, a few of whom died. She and Subaru rarely understand each other, but their misunderstandings lead to a common goal. Part of the story is shown from her point of view. She initially believes that her name is a sign for food as that's the name of the girl who once gave her food.
Atsushi Kawase (河瀬 篤, Kawase Atsushi)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono[3] (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English)
Subaru's editor at the publishing company. He tries hard to get Subaru to get out of the house, but often to no avail.
Hiroto Yasaka (矢坂 大翔, Yasaka Hiroto)
Voiced by: Shun Horie[3]
Subaru's childhood friend.
Nana Ōkami (押守 七, Ōkami Nana)
Voiced by: Chika Anzai[3] (Japanese); Alexis Tipton (English)
Clerk at Sunny's Pet Store. Owns a male Tuxedo cat.
Yūgo Ōkami (押守 優伍, Ōkami Yūgo)
Voiced by: Yoshiki Nakajima[3]
Nana's younger brother, a 2nd-year high school student, and a fan of Subaru's novels.
Hachi ()
Voiced by: Ayumu Murase[3]
Nana's Tuxedo Cat and Haru's brother.
Roku ()
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda[3]
Nana's 3-year-old cat.
Haru Akimoto (秋元 春, Akimoto Haru)
Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjō[4]
Narumi's classmate and Haru's namesake.
Tarō (太郎)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita[5]
A Golden Retriever that lives next door to Subaru and Haru
Nagisa Yasaka (矢坂 渚)
Voiced by: Hisako Tōjō[5]
Hiroto's 17-year-old sister who has a crush on Subaru
Hayato Yasaka (矢坂 隼翔, Yasaka Hayato)
Hiroto's twin brothers.
Narumi Yasaka (矢坂 鳴海, Yasaka Narumi)
Hiroto's twin brothers.
Misora Yasaka (矢坂 海空)
Hiroto's 3-year-old sister.
Sonoko Tanabe (田辺 苑子)
Voiced by: Mika Kanda
Subaru's neighbor and Taro's owner
Tora-nee-san (トラ姉さん)
Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi[5]
Female Tiger Cat
Kuro ()
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono[5]
Kazuhiro Minazuki (朏 和宏, Minazuki Kazuhiro)
Saho Minazuki (朏 佐保, Minazuki Saho)
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara
Subaru's parents who were killed in a tour bus collision before the story begins.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

No.Release date ISBN
1 October 15, 2015[6]ISBN 978-4-86675-963-0
2 June 15, 2016[6]ISBN 978-4-86675-972-2
3 February 15, 2017[6]ISBN 978-4-86675-981-4
4 January 25, 2018[6]ISBN 978-4-86675-993-7
5 December 13, 2018[6]ISBN 978-4-86675-040-8

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation has been announced, and premiered on January 9, 2019 on AT-X, ABC, Tokyo MX and BS11.[3][7] The series is animated by Zero-G and directed by Kaoru Suzuki, with Deku Akao handling series composition, and Masaru Kitao designing the characters.[8] Schrödinger's Cat and Kotringo are performing the series' opening theme song "Unknown World" (アンノウンワールド), while Yoshino Nanjō is performing the series' ending theme song "Kimi no Tonari Watashi no Basho" (君のとなり わたしの場所).[4] The series will run for 12 episodes.[9] Crunchyroll is streaming the series,[10] while Funimation is producing an English dub.[11]

No. Title[a] Original air date
1"An Encounter with the Unknown"
Transcription: "Michi to no Sōgū" (Japanese: 未知との遭遇)
January 9, 2019 (2019-01-09)
While visiting his parents' grave, novelist Subaru Mikazuki has a chance encounter with a stray cat and brings it home to live with him. He watches the cat behave in unexpected ways leading him to come up with all kinds of ideas for his next novel to share with his new editor, Atsushi Kawase. While working nonstop on his novel to meet a deadline, the cat starts scattering food on the ground and scratching the door to his room. The cat reacts angrily when Subaru tosses the scattered food into the trash. The next day, the cat scatters food again and Subaru overexerts himself causing him to collapse. Concerned about him not answering his phone, Kawase breaks into Subaru's home to wake him up and Subaru sees that he ate the scattered cat food. The events of the episode are then told from the cat's perspective as the cat followed Subaru because he had food. Unaware that cat food is not intended for human consumption, she offered some of her own food to return the favor after seeing him working hard without eating, and got angry for wasting it as food was hard to come by while she was a stray.
2"I Call to You"
Transcription: "Kimi o Yobu" (Japanese: 君を呼ぶ)
January 16, 2019 (2019-01-16)
The cat sleeps on Subaru's laptop preventing him from working. Hoping to get her off by offering her food, Subaru finds out that he is out of cat food. Needing cat food right away, he reluctantly goes to a pet shop and buys some after the shop clerk Nana Ōkami asks him several questions about his cat, including what the cat's name is. After Kawase tells him to name his cat in the novel, he begins to think about names for the cat. Subaru returns home and reaching for reference material, the cat jumps out. Subaru starts speaking names out loud to the cat, arriving at the name Haru after looking at the book in his room called "The Moon and the Sun" that he loved as a child. He settles on that name after the cat shows a strong reaction to it. From Haru's perspective, the laptop was a warm place until it went on sleep mode, leading her to finding the box of reference materials to sleep in. Haru's reaction to the name came from the name of a girl who once fed her, and ever since then the name became synonymous with food.
3"I Touch You"
Transcription: "Kimi ni Fureru" (Japanese: 君に触れる)
January 23, 2019 (2019-01-23)
Haru messes up Subaru's parents' altar, and as Subaru cleans it up, he recalls his parents. They loved to travel, but Subaru would not join them on their trips in order to keep reading books. Kawase makes a visit to Subaru's house to talk business and convince Subaru to hold the meeting outside his house, but to no avail. Subaru is interrupted again when Haru messes up his manuscript, and once more when his pen runs out of ink. While getting some more ink, he stumbles upon an old picture album of his parents that Haru knocks over. He recalls their deaths that happened when a tour bus they were riding got in an accident. That got him to realize that he needs the emotional support that Haru has been providing, and Subaru accept Haru as a member of the family. From Haru's perspective, she reacts to the spirits of Subaru's late parents that only she could see, leading her to mess up the altar. Then, she chases them to the album. Having been accepted by Subaru, his parents pass on thanking her for looking after Subaru.
4"For You"
Transcription: "Kimi no Tame" (Japanese: 君のため)
January 30, 2019 (2019-01-30)
Kawase tells Subaru to get a collar for Haru. Subaru returns to the pet shop to buy a collar, and Nana reminds him that he needs to make a visit to the veterinarian as stray cats usually carry diseases. At the veterinarian, Haru is examined and while waiting for Subaru and she is apparently frightened by the other animals there. Subaru takes Haru home and sees Nana passing by as she lives in the same neighborhood. Subaru puts the collar on Haru and succeeds after luring her out with food. From Haru's perspective, she was frightened by what the veterinarian was trying to do with her, and while it appeared to Subaru that the dog, revealed to be his next door neighbor's pet, was threatening Haru, the two were actually trying to become friends and the dog got too excited. Back home, Haru loves the bell part of her collar, but Subaru removed it because it was too much of a distraction for his work.
5"What I Want to Tell You"
Transcription: "Kimi ni Tsutaetaikoto" (Japanese: 君に伝えたいこと)
February 6, 2019 (2019-02-06)
Nana visits Subaru's home and sees that he gives Haru too much food. To gradually decrease the intake, she gives him a bottle that dispenses food by rolling so that Haru can eat and exercise at the same time. Nana leaves forgetting to take her home key with her, and Haru is too attached to it that she would not let go. Subaru takes Haru to Nana's apartment and he meets her two cats Roku and Hachi. Haru becomes highly attached to Hachi. From Haru's perspective, the Nana's apartment key has a familiar smell prompting her to take possession of it. Hachi turns out to be Haru's little brother, and Haru becomes friends with Roku. Episode ends with arrival of Yūgo, Nana's little brother and asking Subaru his relationship with Nana.
6"What Connects Us"
Transcription: "Tsunagarumonono" (Japanese: つながるものの)
February 13, 2019 (2019-02-13)
Nana clears the air and introduces his brother Yugo, who happens to be a big fan of Subaru's novels. Shortly afterwards, Subaru heads back home with Haru. From Haru's perspective, she is happy to see Hachi again, but feels that her new purpose in life is to provide companionship to Subaru as he now considers him family in addition to Hachi. On the way home, she recalls her time as a stray cat with four younger siblings. They were helped out by a stray tiger cat, Tora, and a stray black cat, Kuro, to build up their survival instincts. Two of Haru's siblings were adopted by a family during a picnic leaving Haru with just Hachi and one other sibling. Then one day, the cats were threatened by crows and Tora and Kuro would fight them to allow Haru and her siblings to get away, which would be the last time she saw those two. While Haru was searching for food, Hachi went missing, while the other sibling was killed by crows. The episode ends with Kawase coming over with a bag full of fan mail for his latest novel with one of the letters coming from Yugo.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Series Premiere: My Roommate is a Cat ‒ Episodes 1-2". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  2. ^ a b "'Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue.' Feline Anime's Teasers Reveal Main Cast, Composer". Anime News Network. September 22, 2018. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "'Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue.' Anime Reveals More Cast, January Premiere". Anime News Network. October 2, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "'Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue.' Anime Reveals Theme Songs, Additional Cast". Anime News Network. November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue Anime's New Promos Unveil More Cast". Anime News Network. December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e "同居人はひざ、時々、頭のうえ。". comic-polaris.jp. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "'Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue.' Anime's Promo Video Reveals January 9 Premiere". Anime News Network. November 30, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "'Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue' Manga About Novelist and Cat Gets 2019 TV Anime". Anime News Network. August 8, 2018. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "'Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue' Anime to Have 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. January 6, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  10. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Rinshii!! Ekodachan, My Roommate is a Cat, Rainy Cocoa SideG Anime (Update)". Anime News Network. January 7, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  11. ^ "Funimation to Also Stream My Roommate is a Cat, Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan Anime". Anime News Network. January 7, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.

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