Anime Spotlight: Chi’s Sweet Home

Chi’s Sweet Home is a series of 104 anime shorts based on a manga written and illustrated by Kanata Konami. The anime shorts were produced by Madhouse and directed by Mitsuyuki Masuhara. The shorts aired on Japanese television from March 31-September 26, 2008. As of this writing, Discotek Media holds the North American license for Chi’s Sweet Home.

Chi’s Sweet Home focuses on a kitten that ends up separated from her mother while they’re out and becomes lost. She is found by a little boy named Yohei Yamada and his mother, and they take the kitten home in order to take care of it. Thanks to circumstances going on with the Yamadas, the kitten comes to think that her name is Chi. The Yamadas love Chi, but there’s a problem: they live in an apartment complex where cats and dogs aren’t allowed.

Yohei’s parents intended to take care of Chi long enough until they could find someone who could take her in. Unfortunately, none of their friends or acquaintances can take Chi. Since Yohei and his parents have become so attached to her, they decide to keep Chi but try to hide her existence from the superintendent of the building. But Chi is a naturally curious kitten, so trying to keep her hidden is no easy task. Complications arise when Chi gets outside and make friends with an older black cat named Blackie.

The shorts start off with the Yamadas taking Chi in and adjusting to life with a new kitten. Over time, though, the story emphasizes Chi’s various adventures, and ends with a potential for trouble for the Yamadas and Chi.

The shorts for Chi’s Sweet Home are only three minutes in length, but sometimes, a lot can happen during that short amount of time. As I watched, there were a lot of stories that I recognized from the manga; but there were also some stories that I’m pretty sure were created specifically for the anime.

The animation in the Chi’s Sweet Home shorts perfectly captures Chi’s cuteness and expressions from the manga. The voice actress cast for Chi is a perfect fit for the role, and she sounds believable as a young kitten. I never thought that she sounded like she was forcing her voice to sound that cute.

Even though the main characters of the series include a young cat and a young boy, the shorts don’t feel like they’re being targeted to that young of an audience. I’m a 40-something woman, and I enjoyed watching them as much as my pre-teen daughter did.

The theme song for the shorts is also extremely catchy. Surprisingly enough, I never got tired of it even though I heard it 104 times over the course of a few days.

The Chi’s Sweet Home anime shorts are incredibly cute and enjoyable to watch. It will appeal to both children and to adults who like cats. The shorts are written in such a way where adults don’t feel like the anime is being aimed specifically at kids. Even though there are 104 shorts, I would still recommend checking out Chi’s Sweet Home.

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