Following the events of episode 5, Subaru gets introduced to Yugo, who is Nana’s little brother. Despite his intimidating face and size, Yugo is a kind person who is very fond of cats. He and Nana begin talking about how they are big fans of a new story about a cat that has appeared in a popular literary magazine. Unbeknown to the two, the story they are talking about is the one that Subaru is working on. Subaru suddenly feels awkward and abruptly leaves Nana’s house with Haru in tow.
After meeting with the older cat (owned by Nana), Haru begins to ponder what “family” really means. Haru reminisces about her days as a stray. She and her siblings were abandoned when they were extremely young, and were taught how to survive by an orange tabby named Tora. Haru originally had four younger siblings, although two got adopted by some kind humans early on. The third one was killed by crows while she was away looking for food, and the fourth one (Hachi) was adopted by Nana. After knowing that her remaining siblings are safe, Haru decides to devote her life to staying by Subaru’s side.
The bulk of this episode was told mostly from Haru’s point of view, which was surprising to me as the series had generally focused more on Subaru’s perspective in past episodes. Not only that, but the episode also featured a rather lengthy flashback sequence which detailed Haru’s life before she met Subaru.
The decision to put a flashback here was an interesting choice. I didn’t expect it at all, and would have actually preferred for the entire flashback to have been split up over a couple of episodes rather than dumped on us all at once. Since the flashback took up so much of the episode, it put slight halt on the “present-day” story. However, it did also provide an explanation for what happened to the rest of Haru’s siblings, which I had been wondering about since episode 2. The flashback also introduces several interesting plot points that could be expanded on in later episodes. Will Haru ever meet with Tora or her other two siblings again? Does Haru remember her mother? And since Haru and her siblings were abandoned in a box, does Haru even remember the human who abandoned them?
Switching back to the “human side” of the story, I wonder if Subaru will ever tell Nana and Yugo that he is the author of the series they love so much? Keeping his author status a secret could lead to some interesting situations. Revealing his occupation to Yugo and Nana could also lead to a different set of interesting situations. Whatever path the series goes with, I’m sure it will involve a lot of character development on Subaru’s end. Although Subaru loves reading books and writing his own books, Subaru doesn’t actually seem to enjoy the popularity that comes with it. The next episode preview seems to imply that Subaru will be meeting some of his fans in the next episode, which means that Subaru’s patience and social skills will be further put to the test.
Overall, this was a pretty good episode. I did find some of the story developments to be a little bit predictable–such as Yugo being Nana’s little brother and being a big fan of Subaru’s work, despite his somewhat hostile introduction last episode. But there were a lot of cute cats, heartwarming moments, AND heartbreaking moments in this episode; so I can’t complain too much.
Out of five: