Novelist Subaru Mikazuki is shy and not good with other people, and Haru is a cat that has been living a severe stray life. This is a story of them suddenly living together and describes the happiness of living together from both of their points of view.
Vina Nurziani (The Indonesian Anime Times)
Adapted from a manga with the same title, I feel the anime is completely different from the manga (because I prefer reading the manga for the art). But Hizaue is worth watching because of famous voice actors like Kensho Ono, Haruka Yamazaki, and Hiro Shimono have roles in this anime. Set in two different points of view of the main characters, Mikazuki Subaru as the “human” main character and Haru as the “animal” main character gives something unique about this anime. A slice-of-life anime that tells about a writer’s daily life with his cat may not sound that much interesting for some people. But there’s another way to think about the situation.
Over the years, We have seen anime shows about people making anime (Shirobako) or making manga (Bakuman), and even about how otaku build their relationships between various media and social life (Love is Hard for Otaku). Meanwhile, Hizaue brings a new side to the life of a writer. There are many writers who live with their pets such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Neil Gaiman. Through this anime, we can see that writers and otaku have similarities in several contexts, such as in being withdrawn, in having daydreams, or in their behavior in consuming culture. So otaku can learn that writers (especially introverts and cat lovers) are no more riajuu than they are.
Facts and Figures
|Alternative Title||Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue (同居人はひざ、時々、頭のうえ)|
|Source material||Manga by Minatuki Tunami (Story) and Futatsuya As (Art)|
|Casts||Ayumu Murase as Hachi|
Chika Anzai as Nana Oukami
Haruka Yamazaki as Haru
Hiro Shimono as Atsushi Kawase
Kensho Ono as Subaru Mikazuki
Shun Horie as Hiroto Yasaka
Tsuda Kenjiro as Roku
Yoshiki Nakajima as Yuugo Oukami
|Director||Kaoru Suzuki (Acchi Kochi, Dive!!!, Psycho Pass)|
|Series composition||Hitomi Mieno|
|Character Design||Futatsuya As|
|Opening Song||“Unknown World (アンノウンワールド)” by Schrodinger’s Cat adding Kotringo|
|Ending Song||“Kimi no Tonari Watashi no Basho (君のとなり わたしの場所)” by Yoshino Nanjo|
|Broadcast Date||9 January 2019 (2330 JST/2130 WIT/1430 GMT)|
Trailer and Screenshots
The Indonesian Anime Times