Manga Review: Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 10

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 10 is a manga by Kanata Konami, and it was published in North America by Vertical, Inc. in 2013. 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. There isn’t a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend Chi’s Sweet Home to manga readers of all ages.

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 10
Written by: Kanata Konami
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Vertical
Release Date: August 27, 2013

Chi’s Sweet Home follows the adventures of a kitten named Chi. At the beginning of the series, Chi was separated from her mother. The lost kitten was found and taken in by a family with a young son. Not only does Chi learn about the world around her, but her adoptive family goes through changes and learns lessons about taking care of a cat.

This volume sees Yohei’s father getting a new camera and taking pictures of Chi with it. One day, while he’s out for a walk and taking pictures, he comes across a lost kitten poster with a picture of Chi on it. He takes a picture of the poster and debates whether or not to tell his family about it. Before he gets the chance to talk to them, his wife finds the picture on the camera and confronts her husband about it. Neither one tells Yohei about it, but they spend the volume debating whether or not they should contact Chi’s real family or to keep her for themselves.

Meanwhile, Chi continues to wander around on her own, and she meets a couple of kittens in the park that she’s never played with before. At one point, when Blackie sees them playing together, he comments that the three of them look rather similar. Unbeknownst to Chi, she is actually playing with her siblings. In addition to this, Chi has finally become cognizant enough to realize that Yohei and his parents look nothing like her, since they don’t have a tail; she also realizes that she can’t understand what they’re saying.

Between Yohei’s father finding the lost kitten poster, Chi unknowingly meeting her siblings, and Chi finally starting have a realization that she is different from Yohei and his parents, I have a feeling that Chi’s Sweet Home may be getting closer to reaching its conclusion. As a parent, I can really feel for Yohei’s parents and their dilemma. On the one hand, they want to do the right thing and return Chi to her rightful owners; on the other hand, Chi and Yohei have bonded so much that they would feel guilty if they sent Chi away. I’m very curious to see how Konami is going to handle this particular plot element in the next volume of the series.

Just like the previous volumes of Chi’s Sweet Home, Volume 10 is a quick and enjoyable read. The series can be enjoyed by both younger readers who are just starting to read manga and by long-time manga readers who are cat lovers or who enjoy reading stories about cats.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 10 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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