From Vertical, Inc. the publisher behind manga such as Twin Spica, No longer Human and Princess Knight comes the seventh volume in Konami Kanata’s cute, family friendly series, Chi’s Sweet Home.
The story of Chi’s Sweet Home follows the adventures of a young cat named Chi, who after becoming lost is taken in by the Yamada family. In early parts of the series Chi adjusts to life with the Yamada. As they grow more attached to her the family eventually makes a move into a new apartment building so they no longer have to hide the young kitten from their neighbors. Now at a family friendly apartment still close to their former home Chi continues to enjoy her life of leisure.
In the seventh volume of the manga Chi continues to spend time with her new friend, a stray named Coochi, whom she meets after tagging along with Blackie to a meeting between cats in the park. After this though Chi also learns what it is like to sleep outside when the family locks her out by mistake and has some interesting experiences with some of the family’s new additions to the house, including a flat screen TV and a goldfish, which definitely proved to be entertaining to see.
While the story of Chi’s Sweet Home isn’t exactly deep it can still be fun to read as Chi explores and learns about the world around her and the Yamada’s freak out at everything that she does, just like new pet owners can. One such moment in this volume is when Chi eats something rotten and finds herself dealing with a stomachache and the family goes into a panic over her getting sick.
While not incredibly detailed the full color images look great and Kanata does such an amazing job in getting the character’s emotions across with over the top expressions for both the humans and animals. The translations all read well and add to the appeal for younger readers, I can just imagine a parent having to read this to their kid doing individual voices for each character.
The seventh volume of the manga features a full color image of a stretched out and smiling Chi on the front and Chi and Coochi wrestling on the back. At the end of the volume readers will also find a few pages that give information about some of the other publishers that now release Chi’s Sweet Home worldwide.
All-in-all Chi’s Sweet Home isn’t going to wow you with deep story, it will however make you laugh and offer a fun lighthearted slice of life type of story for animal lovers and children alike. If you’re looking for something to appeal to a younger reader or are tired of reading those same Disney-like stories to your kids at night then Chi’s Sweet Home is one manga series that you will want to look into.
Chi’s Sweet Home GN 7
Publisher: Vertical, Inc.
Story and Art by: Konami Kanata
Number of Pages: 168
Age Rating: All
Release Date: October 18th, 2011
(A review copy of Chi’s Sweet Home Vol. 7 was provided by Vertical, Inc.)