Shoko Komi is on a mission to make 100 friends and keeps track of each and every friend she makes. In episode 14, she befriends an unusual new friend.
The following has additional sections for Episode 14 of Komi Can’t Communicate.
Shoko Komi is a freshman high school student with extreme social anxiety who struggles to speak her mind. Despite having a communication disorder, Komi still craves human connection and fulfills her goal of making 100 friends. To achieve her goals, Komi befriends her classmate Hitohito Tadano, who introduces her to his childhood friend Najimi Osana. Through Najimi, Komi befriends most of her classmates, including Himiko Agari, Omoharu Nakanaka, and Ren Yamai and her group of friends.
When starting Komi Can’t Communicate Season 2, Komi continued with the goal of making 100 friends. One of the new people she meets in Episode 13 is a new classmate named Makoto Katai, with whom she has a lot in common. Like Komi, Katai also experiences extreme social anxiety, is easily misunderstood by others, and wants to connect. Although Komi didn’t immediately befriend Katai, she continued to cultivate some of the new friendships she had in Season 1, including with Nene Onemine and Kaede Otori. In episode 14, an outing with Onemine and Kaede leads to Komi making strange new friends.
In episode 14 of the story “It’s Just a Cat Cafe,” Komi watches a TV show with her mother at the cat cafe and decides she wants to go to a cafe for her love. for cats. At her school, Komi asks Tadano to go with her to the local Cat Café Gateux, but Tadano refuses her and thinks she should practice asking others out. Luckily for Komi, Onemine was able to read the room and volunteered to go out for coffee with her. Similarly, Kaede also invited me to go with them.
At Cat Café Gateux, cats flock to Onemine and Kaede, with most cats liking Kaede due to her friendly personality. While Komi herself enjoys being surrounded by cats, she also notices that the cats are actively avoiding her. This made her sad and worried as she began to think about the possibility of cats finding her intimidating or very unlikable. When encouraged by Onemine to try petting a sleeping cat, Komi hesitated, as she didn’t want the cat to dislike her for disturbing its sleep.
Interestingly for Komi, she caught the attention of one cat at the cafe: a black cat named Chocolat, aka Choko for short. Unlike the other cats at the cafe who seem to enjoy interacting with humans, Chocolat finds humans annoying. As her monologue reveals, Chocolat resented the human’s disregard for its right to self-determination as a living being and its tendency to impose itself on the bundle itself. Cats especially don’t like being touched by humans, as she takes this as a sign that they don’t take cats’ feelings seriously.
When another cat told Chocolat about Komi, Chocolat at first didn’t understand why the other cats found her scary, since she looked just like any other human. However, when Komi looked in her direction with eyes that read “kuro neko suki” (“I love black cats”), Chocolat was immediately attracted. What really stands out about Komi to Chocolat is her desire for cat attention, which she finds pitiful. When the cat girl specifically observed that Komi did not impose herself on the cats, Chocolat decided to approach her out of curiosity. While Komi was surprised to see a black cat approaching her, she remained grateful and decided to keep her.
Onemine finds Komi and Chocolat’s moment cute and snaps a photo which she later sends to Tadano. Feeling as if she had formed a special bond with Chocolat, Komi later returned to the cafe alone to visit the black cat. Since Chocolat made an exception for Komi by letting her pet her, she also signed Komi’s friends list with a paw print.