If I Sit On It, It’s Mine – So Says The Cat

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My Roommate is a Cat Episode 2 Review

Anyone who has owned a cat will get a good laugh out of this episode if nothing else. From the opening sequence of Subaru finding the cat asleep on his laptop to later being scared when he opens a box to find the cat asleep inside, these are wholly relatable moments for the audience to enjoy. I’ll admit though, my cat and I have come to an arrangement when it comes to keyboards and now she has accepted sitting beside the keyboard and just periodically swiping at my fingers if I’m not paying her enough attention. Negotiations with cats are always ended in favour of the cat even when the human thinks they’ve won.

My Roommate is a Cat Episode 2 Cat on Keyboard

Realistically, there’s not a lot going on in this anime. It is very slice of life, author living with cat, and honestly other than the appeal of seeing my own cat’s antics on screen, there’s not a huge amount to cling to in terms of plot. Even though I quite like Subaru, I found his ‘misunderstanding’ at the pet shop a little bit on the painful side and while the rest of the episode rolled along smoothly, it seems every time the cat is absent from the screen things hit a bit of a rocky patch.

My Roommate is a Cat Episode 2 Subaru at Pet Shop

As with last week, the final part of the episode flipped the perspective and we got the cat’s point of view on the events of the episode. Again, I’m not sure this adds a lot, but it is cute so we’ll just go with it.

My Roommate is a Cat Episode 2 Cute Moment

While I’m not going to say this is a particularly good anime, if you like cats, don’t mind things just being cute for the sake of it, and can put up with something where about half the jokes don’t quite land, you’ll probably enjoy this. I’m enjoying it and it isn’t a genre I normally like. The love of cats goes a long way here.

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Adopt a Kitten, It Could Save Your Life

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My Roommate is a Cat Episode 1 Review

A slice of life/comedy? My favourite. (Please note: sarcasm.)

Actually, given I enjoyed Barakamon and Poco’s Udon World, both of which this one kind of reminds me of (though with quite a lot less impact), My Roommate is a Cat’s first episode actually kind of worked for me. I didn’t mind Subaru as the socially awkward writer who brings home a kitten on a whim and a flash of inspiration and I certainly could see my own cat in the kitten as it tried to make sure Subaru was alright (okay, my cat never gave me a bowl of cat biscuits but it certainly brings me grass-hoppers and she knows when I’m sick and stays with me).

My Roommate is a Cat Episode 1 Subaru and Cat

However, there isn’t a lot more to this first episode other than meeting the writer, who may annoy some viewers as he is a bit blunt and rude at times to his editor, and meeting the cat. There’s a few other characters such as the editor and I’m guessing the childhood friend (though friend may be the wrong name for it), however their impact in this first episode is pretty minimal.

My Roommate is a Cat Episode 1 Subaru

The one part of the story that was a little unexpected was seeing the sequence from the cat’s point of view but that only added a little tiny bit to the episode, and to be honest we probably could have figured out most of that narration without it actually being narrated to us by the cat.

My Roommate is a Cat Episode 1 Subaru and Cat

So, this one I kind of enjoyed for a relaxing watch but there’s not a huge amount to recommend it. Everything about it is decent enough, and the OP is incredibly catchy and probably my favourite part about the show so far. Still, it’s got an anime cat in it that is absolutely adorable and it didn’t annoy me, so this one will stay on my watch list for now.

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March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 8

Review:

The shogi lesson continues and we see more of how Rei responds to Nikaidou’s presence in his life. I love how Rei says he feels suffocated when he spends time with Nikaidou but it didn’t seem to be directed at Nikaidou himself and more the way Nikaidou makes Rei feel about himself. It was a great scene (though I’m not entirely sold on listening to the cats sing about Shogi again).

However, the final part of this episode has Kyouko (Rei’s older sister after he’s adopted) visit ad this is where I really got interested in the episode. So many questions about the history between these two characters and there are just so many layers to their relationship. Ultimately we’re left with Kyouko essentially trying to rattle Rei before a match and the question of whether or not he will actually be able to play his best or whether he will crumble under the pressure, but that was kind of just the icing on the cake of the emotional currents that ran through this entire segment of the episode.

Anyway, still loving this series. March Comes in Like a Lion is available on Crunchyroll.

Servamp Revisited

So I originally made it through an episode and a half. Rather than try to pick it up mid-episode I read a synopsis of episode 2 and hit episode 3.

Review:

Yeah-no. As cool as the whole vampire setting is, and clearing out a restaurant by dropping a body on the floor, and even some of the visuals, I absolutely cannot stand the main character. He is the type of protagonist I find the absolute most annoying. He brims with confidence and ideals and forces his viewpoints onto others but has no personality other than reject the views of others and to push those around him to feel the same (maybe there is more to his personality for those who are actually watching the show but that’s all that I got out of it). No matter how great the story and setting may be in this show (or how cute the vampire who turns into a cat might be), nothing is going to make me enjoy an episode with this protagonist blowing any kind of atmosphere out of the water. This show can remain dropped.

Servamp is available on AnimeLab and from what I have watched it is actually a perfectly reasonable show provided you don’t spend every episode wanting the protagonist to die.

Bananya First Impressions

I’ve completely avoided this until now because when someone tells you its a short anime about cats that live inside bananas your first question should be, ‘and then what happens?’

Overview:

Literally, kittens who live in bananas.

Review:

I watched three episodes. All nine minutes of it. In that time, we were introduced to characters and nothing else happened. The kittens are adorable, the bouncing banana gimmick is visually workable, but there is no story and given the characters are restricted to ‘nya’ there really isn’t any character development or relationships. Basically, if you will watch any video on YouTube that has a cute kitten, you will probably enjoy this. Otherwise, pass. Clearly, I will not be watching any further episodes but I do look forward to seeing some very adorable artworks that will probably be inspired by this anime.

Bananya is available on Crunchyroll.

Servamp Episode 1 + 2

Overview:

Ordinary highschool student who doesn’t like complicated things rescues a cat that turns out to be a vampire. After being attacked by another vampire he forms a contract with the cat/vampire and saves his friends.

Review Episode 1:

I really think if I had watched this 10 years ago I’d have been really into it. Now I just kind of found it pleasantly amusing but not a lot more. The main character is a pain. He disliked complications so he just does everything himself? Really? That’s some flawed thinking. Then the cat/vampire comes along and also hates complications but he’s apathetic to the point where you just want to shake him. I’m really hoping the two of them rub off on each other because that might bring them from being one dimensional beings to actual human level. Still, this is actually quite cute and I’d like to see where it goes but I maintain that I probably would have enjoyed this more 10 years ago than I am now.

Review Episode 2:

Yep, 10 years ago I’d have loved it and now I just look at the main character blowing up at every little thing (even though apparently he wants things to be simple) and I just find him deplorable. He has no facts about the world he’s been thrust into and he doesn’t seem to be interested in finding them out. And shouting at things seems to be his go to solution for things he doesn’t like when he has nothing to back him up. I kind of wanted the cat to let him get killed. I was tempted to wait and see on this one but the protagonist is just too unlikable and there wasn’t enough substance elsewhere in the story to keep me watching. I might revisit this at a later date but I’m not that interested right now (maybe the cat’s apathy rubbed off on me).

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Servamp is available on AnimeLab.