Manga Review: Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Seven

Article first published as Manga Review: Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Seven by Kanata Konami on Blogcritics.

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Seven is a manga by Kanata Konami, and it was published in North America by Vertical, Inc. in 2011. Chi’s Sweet Home is “flipped,” which means that it reads more like an American book than a traditional Japanese manga. Another unusual aspect about this series is the fact that all of the pages are in color; typically, manga will either be all black and white, or only have a few color pages mixed in with the black and white ones. I don’t see a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend Chi’s Sweet Home for all ages.

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 7
Written by: Kanata Konami
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Vertical
Release Date: October 18, 2011

This is a manga series about a kitten named Chi. In the first volume, she was separated from her mother, and was found and taken in by a family with a young son. The manga follows what happens to Chi as she adjusts to her family and learns about the world around her, and the changes that happen and the lessons her adoptive family learn as they care for Chi.

In this volume, Chi tries to become friends with another cat named Cocchi. Chi also has adventures when her adoptive family buys a widescreen HDTV, is tempted by a goldfish that the father of the family buys and brings home, and becomes sick for the first time after eating rotten meat that she found lying on the ground.

At the end of this volume, there was an interesting bonus piece that was included. There are a couple of pages that show what some of the covers of some of the other foreign issues look like, as well as some thoughts provided by editors of Chi’s Sweet Home in other countries. The countries focused on in this feature are Spain, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

There was also another bonus piece included, but I didn’t like it quite as much. It’s billed as being a report from Chi, giving readers a guide of Paris after the series began publishing in France. Basically, someone took a Chi plus toy and photographed the toy at various locations in Paris. I personally thought this looked rather silly, and didn’t truly add anything to the reading experience.

The stories themselves, as well as the storytelling used in this volume, are what readers have come to expect from Chi’s Sweet Home. It continues to be a quick and enjoyable read, and Chi comes across more like the cute kitten readers have come to expect, instead of the more mischievous kitten that was the focus of Volume Six.

Chi’s Sweet Home is a manga series that appeals to both younger readers and to readers who like cats.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Seven that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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