Subaru’s published chapters are going to be released as a single volume, and it’s a pretty big deal. Kawase suggests that Subaru attend an autograph event for the book on its release date, but Subaru immediately turns the idea down. Suddenly, Hiroto drops by with all his siblings in tow… and Subaru and Haru are forced to deal with this sudden intrusion.
Both Subaru and Haru end up exhausted after having to interact with so many people in one afternoon. However, Subaru finds out that, despite being tiring, having so many people around doesn’t feel that bad. He starts to seriously consider attending the autograph event.
I knew from the start that My Roommate is a Cat would be a slow-paced series–and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. A slower pace allows a series to flesh out its setting, characters, and its story more. However, there are times when so little happens in an episode that I don’t really have much to say. This was a cute episode I guess?
Subaru continues to have social anxiety and still dislikes being around other people. But I’m glad that Subaru makes some small steps towards being more sociable by the end of the episode. It would be unrealistic for Subaru to suddenly become an extroverted character in such a short amount of time, but I also don’t want to see him stagnate. It’s also amusing that Haru resembles her owner so much, as she also finds it exhausting to be surrounded by other humans. We get a bit of a surprise during Haru’s segment, as she is reunited briefly with the little girl and the mother who fed her (they run a Chinese take-out restaurant). This is one of the main reasons why I love watching Haru’s segments. They provide an extra perspective and oftentimes a small “twist” on the current story.
As for Hiroto and his siblings… they’re okay I guess? I hope they serve more of a purpose than just being around to cause trouble for Subaru and Haru. Nagisa has a very obvious crush on Subaru, so I’m sure she’ll have some importance later on. But Hiroto’s other three siblings appear to just be the token children characters. They’re also rather young in comparison to Hiroto himself. If Hiroto’s the same age as Subaru (23 years old), that would mean that his youngest sibling (who is three) was born when he was already 20 years old. It’s not unrealistic for families to have siblings so far apart in age, but it’s unusual to see.
Overall this was a pleasant episode but there wasn’t much substance here beyond the characters goofing off. And that’s fine; but there was a lot more focus on Hiroto’s younger siblings than on Haru, so that makes the episode a little less enjoyable for me (sorry).
Out of five: