Chi’s Sweet Home is a DVD set that collects together all 104 of the three minute anime shorts. The shorts are available in Japanese with English subtitles. The first four shorts have also been dubbed into English, and are included on the set as a bonus feature.
Chi’s Sweet Home
English Publisher: Eastern Star
Release Date: March 31, 2015
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 Yamads 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 trying 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 is able to get outside and make friends with an older black cat named Blackie.
The shorts for Chi’s Sweet Home may only three minutes in length, but sometimes, a lot can happen during that short amount of time. As I watched the shorts, 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-year-old woman, and I enjoyed watching them as much as my 11-year-old daughter did.
When it comes to the DVD set itself, the only bonus feature are the four English dubbed shorts. After watching these dubbed shorts, I can see why they only dubbed the first four. Most of the voice actors that were cast really didn’t work. The voice actress for Chi sounded like she was trying too hard to sound cute and small, which is such a stark difference from the Japanese voice actress. Also, the voice actor for Yohei in the English dub made him sound too old. From what’s seen in Chi’s Sweet Home, Yohei appears to be around four years old. However, the English dub actor made him sound like a 10-year-old, and it just doesn’t work for the character. I also thought the dub actress for Yohei’s mother sounded like she was constantly talking down to everyone, including her husband. In my opinion, the English dub wasn’t enjoyable.
If you’re a fan of the Chi’s Sweet Home manga, then you’ll want to see the anime adaptation because it perfectly captures the cuteness of its source material. Audiences, both young and old, will enjoy Chi’s Sweet Home if they’re fans of animal stories.