Manga Review: Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 12

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 12 follows the adventures of a kitten named Chi who became separated from her mother while at the park. She was taken in by a young boy named Yohei and his family, and the series shows the adaptations that both the kitten and the humans have had to make over time.

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 12
Written by: Konami Kanata
Publisher: Kodansha, Ltd.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: Vertical Comics

This is the final volume for the Chi’s Sweet Home manga series, and it’s also the most emotional one. Yohei’s parents are preparing to move to France for the husband’s job, and at the same time, they have discovered a missing cat poster with a picture of Chi. Early on in the volume, Yohei’s parents find themselves trying to figure out what to do about Chi. On the one hand, they believe it’s the right thing to reunite Chi with her owner, but on the other, they don’t want to make Yohei sad. As a parent, I can completely relate with the situation Yohei’s parents find themselves in, and I’m sure I would react the same way if I was personally faced with that dilemma.

At the same time, Chi encounters her mother, even though Chi doesn’t realize it at first. But when Chi is saved by her mother when she’s almost hit by a car, Yohei’s parents nurse Chi’s mother back to health. It’s during this time that Chi remembers that this cat is her mother, and this ultimately leads Yohei’s parents to make their decision regarding Chi.

If seeing Chi’s mother getting hurt wasn’t emotional enough, the anguish that both Yohei and Chi go through during this volume is almost heartbreaking There are some panels of Yohei going through his anguish that tug at the reader’s heartstrings. I know that I’m affected by their anguish due to being a parent, but I think readers who aren’t parents can still relate to what Yohei and Chi are going through. I don’t want to provide spoilers, but I’ll say that the ending is satisfying for the reader and makes the journey to get there worth it. Although I have to admit that I’m actually a little sad to see Chi’s Sweet Home come to an end.

Now that I’ve read through the entire series, I can say that Chi’s Sweet Home is a great series for younger readers, cat lovers, and for readers who can enjoy stories that have a simplicity and charm to them. Chi is such a cute character, and it’s not surprising that her story has endeared her to manga readers around the world.

Fans and readers of this series will definitely want to read Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 12 in order to find out how the story ends.

The reviewer checked out a copy of this item through the King County Library System

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