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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 byAsu 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 March 27, 2019
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.) transl. "My Housemate Is on My Lap, But Sometimes, on My Head" is a Japanese manga series written by Minatsuki and illustrated by Asu 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 aired from January 9 to March 27, 2019.

Characters[edit]

Subaru Mikazuki (朏 素晴, Mikazuki Subaru)
Voiced by: Kenshō Ono[2] (Japanese); Austin Tindle[3] (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. Initially before the death of his parents he was always reluctant to visit places where there are lots of people but after Haru came in his life, he understood the real value of love and started interacting with people in a better way.
Haru (陽 (ハル))
Voiced by: Haruka Yamazaki[2] (Japanese); Jad Saxton[3] (English)
A stray Tuxedo cat, adopted by Subaru. Her life prior to being adopted was rough; she was trained by Miz Tora to survive in this harsh world and she took care of her four younger siblings and struggled to feed herself and them. 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[4] (Japanese); Josh Grelle[3] (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. He is fond of cats, especially Haru, and frequently visits the two.
Hiroto Yasaka (矢坂 大翔, Yasaka Hiroto)
Voiced by: Shun Horie[4] (Japanese); Kyle Igneczi[3] (English)
Subaru's childhood friend. He often visits unannounced to drop off food for his friend, usually startling Haru.
Nana Ōkami (押守 なな, Ōkami Nana)
Voiced by: Chika Anzai[4] (Japanese); Alexis Tipton[3] (English)
Clerk at Sunny's Pet Store with a fondness for cats. She helps Subaru learn to care for Haru. Has two cats, one of which being Haru's younger brother.
Yūgo Ōkami (押守 優伍, Ōkami Yūgo)
Voiced by: Yoshiki Nakajima[4] (Japanese); Joe Cucinotti[3] (English)
Nana's younger brother, a 2nd-year high school student, and a fan of Subaru's novels. He visits his elder sister Nana and also loves cats.
Hachi (はち)
Voiced by: Ayumu Murase[4] (Japanese); Kimberly Grace[3] (English)
Nana's Tuxedo Cat and Haru's brother.
Roku (ろく)
Voiced by: Kenjirō Tsuda[4] (Japanese); Jarrod Green[3] (English)
Nana's 3-year-old cat.
Tarō (タロウ)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita[5] (Japanese); Anthony Bowling[3] (English)
A happy and friendly Golden Retriever that lives next door to Subaru and Haru.
Nagisa Yasaka (矢坂 渚, Yasaka Nagisa)
Voiced by: Hisako Tōjō[5] (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft[3] (English)
Hiroto's 17-year-old sister who has a crush on Subaru.
Tora-nee-san (トラ姉さん)
Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi[5] (Japanese); Jamie Marchi[3] (English)
Female Tiger Cat who taught Haru and her siblings to survive on the street.
Kuro (クロ)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono[5] (Japanese); Cris George[3] (English)
A stray black cat who was friends with Tora.
Haru Akimoto (秋元 春, Akimoto Haru)
Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjō[6]
Narumi's classmate and Haru's namesake. Her family runs a chūka restaurant.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

No.Release date ISBN
1 October 15, 2015[7]ISBN 978-4-86675-963-0
2 June 15, 2016[7]ISBN 978-4-86675-972-2
3 February 15, 2017[7]ISBN 978-4-86675-981-4
4 January 25, 2018[7]ISBN 978-4-86675-993-7
5 December 13, 2018[7]ISBN 978-4-86675-040-8
6 December 12, 2019[7]ISBN 978-4-86675-087-3

Anime[edit]

The anime adaption aired from January 9 to March 27, 2019 on AT-X, ABC, Tokyo MX and BS11.[4][8] The series is animated by Zero-G and directed by Kaoru Suzuki, with Deku Akao handled the series composition, and Masaru Kitao designed the characters.[9] Schrödinger's Cat and Kotringo performed the series' opening theme song "Unknown World" (アンノウンワールド), while Yoshino Nanjō performed the series' ending theme song "Kimi no Tonari Watashi no Basho" (君のとなり わたしの場所).[6] The series ran for 12 episodes.[10] Crunchyroll streamed the series,[11] while Funimation produced the English dub.[12]

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. He reluctantly goes to a store and then a pet shop, where the clerk Nana Ōkami asks him several questions about his cat, including what the cat's name is. After Kawase phones him to name his cat in the novel, he begins to think about names for the cat. He returns home and finds the cat nestled in his reference books. After Subaru speaks out a bunch of random names, he gets a reaction to the name Haru, which is connected to a book he had when he was a child. From Haru's perspective, the laptop was a warm place until it powered down, leading her to discover Kawase in the apartment dropping off food, and the box of reference materials. Her 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 named Taro, was threatening Haru, the two were actually trying to become friends and Taro 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: "Tsunagarumono" (Japanese: つながるもの)
February 13, 2019 (2019-02-13)
Nana clears the air and introduces his brother Yūgo, 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 an abandoned kitten with four younger siblings(three younger brothers including Hachi and one younger sister). 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 brother. Then one day, the cats were threatened by crows and Tora and Kuro would fight them to allow Haru and her brothers 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 brother was tortured to death 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 Yūgo.
7"Ones Who Can't Be Controlled"
Transcription: "Gyosenu Kimitachi" (Japanese: 御せぬ君たち)
February 20, 2019 (2019-02-20)
Kawase asks Subaru to hold a book signing event, but he refuses. Later that day, Subaru's childhood friend Hiroto Yasaka comes over with his siblings Nagisa, Hayato, Narumi, and Misora with his parents out of town on a business trip. The kids play with Haru while Subaru is overwhelmed by their presence. They order takeout from a local chūka restaurant and then the children play hide and seek. After the kids return home that night, Subaru changes his mind about the book signing event as he falls asleep. From Haru's perspective, she kept her guard up after what Tora taught her, but also remembers to protect the small ones, thus Haru does not attack the children. When dinner arrives, she reunites with the girl she is named after, Haru Akimoto, who went with her mother to deliver the food. Having not seen the cat for a while, Akimoto is glad to see that the cat is being taken care of. After the kids return home, she is exhausted much like Subaru and falls asleep beside him. The next day, Subaru sees that the children scribbled on a blank manuscript page.
8"Because You're Here"
Transcription: "Kimi ga Iru Kara" (Japanese: 君がいるから)
February 27, 2019 (2019-02-27)
Subaru has writer's block, he falls asleep and recalls his childhood. Hiroto's family moved in next door while he was young, and he would always keep read a book at every opportunity. While in college, he won the grand prize in a mystery novel writing contest that got his career off the ground. That night, Subaru wakes up and finds the kitchen to be a mess after Hiroto nearly stepped on Haru's tail by accident and dropped the groceries out of the bag. Hiroto returns a book he borrowed from his high school days, and Subaru later collapses having come down with a cold. Kawase comes to help him out, and then Subaru falls asleep with Haru sitting on top of his chest. Everything that has happened got Subaru to realize that even with his parents gone, there is no empty feeling in the house. From Haru's perspective, she tried to get Subaru some food. She got a can of cat food from a cabinet, but it rolled away and while trying to retrieve it, a can fell on her head blinding her and inadvertently causing Hiroto to fall down. She jumped on Subaru's chest to protect him. Later that night, Haru jumps off Subaru's chest to eat the can of food, while Hiroto and Kawase wrap a leek around Subaru's neck.
9"I Reach Out to You"
Transcription: "Kimi ni Sashidasu" (Japanese: 君にさしだす)
March 6, 2019 (2019-03-06)
Subaru leaves home for the bookstore to hold the book signing event. While he is away, Haru has an anxiety attack believing that Subaru is abandoning her. After seeing the neighbors come home to Taro, Haru gets paranoid and makes a mess of the house. Meanwhile, Subaru is nervous when he is sitting across a large number of fans lined up, but Kawase helps him to relax by telling him that he only needs to sign his name. The event is successful as his nervousness lessens with every book he signs. Nana comes by on Yūgo's behalf and learns that he is the author Mikazuki-sensei. Remembering that he forgot to thank his readers and doing it again for Nana, Subaru shouts his gratitude as Nana walks away. Subaru returns home thinking that a burglar had ransacked his home, but finds out that it was Haru's doing and falls asleep.
10"Eating Together"
Transcription: "Issho Gohan" (Japanese: いっしょごはん)
March 13, 2019 (2019-03-13)
After making a deadline and sleeping for half a day, Subaru wakes up with Narumi and her friend Haru Akimoto coming over to his house. Akimoto cooks her dish that she used to feed Haru while she was a stray at the house, and the three eat food prepared by Akimoto's mother. The next day, Subaru is left with a recipe for cooking Haru's meal and decides to try and cook it himself. He goes to the grocery store and is overwhelmed as he ends up with more groceries than he needs due to the pushy salespeople. He runs into Hiroto, who tells him what he needs and calmly returns what he does not. Subaru returns home and after struggling, he makes Haru's meal. From Haru's perspective, she shows concern over Subaru not eating, but she eats her meals so quickly that by the time she thinks about him, the food is all gone not realizing that he already has food. When she is fed the meal Subaru cooked, she refrained from eating until she saw that Subaru had his own meal.
11"Feelings Crossing"
Transcription: "Meguru Omoi" (Japanese: 巡る想い)
March 20, 2019 (2019-03-20)
Out of ideas for his next novel, Subaru sees some flowers in his garden that he does not remember were there and waters them. He finds an empty flower bed that was intended to be for flowers from Tokushima, a place his parents were planning to visit before the tour bus accident claimed their lives. Subaru decides to make a trip to Tokushima for a night, and instead of sending Haru to a pet hotel, he leaves her at home and asks Hiroto to fill her food dish three times a day. Subaru stays at the inn his parents had reservations for three years ago and reflects positively on his experience. The next day, he purchases seeds for indigo flowers for the empty flower bed. A sudden storm arrives leaving Subaru stranded in Tokushima and worried about Haru not anticipating a longer stay. Meanwhile back at the house, Subaru's extended absence has Haru worried.
12"You and I"
Transcription: "Kimi to Boku to" (Japanese: 君と僕と)
March 27, 2019 (2019-03-27)
Unable to catch his flight home due to the storm, Subaru takes a bullet train back home and calls Hiroto take care of Haru. When Hiroto goes to Subaru's house, the strong winds prevent him from closing the door and Haru leaves the house to look for Subaru. As Subaru arrives home, he searches around the neighborhood looking for Haru, and gets help from Kawase, Nana, and Yūgo. Subaru eventually finds Haru by a creek near his family's grave and rescues her from being washed away. Afterwards, the storm stops and Subaru returns home with Nana giving Haru a bath and Hiroto cooking the ramen brought home from Tokushima for dinner. The next day, Subaru plants the indigo seeds and starts his new novel with Haru sitting on his lap, and then climbing onto his head.

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.
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  6. ^ 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.
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  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "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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