Vertical Comics Licenses Chi’s Sweet Adventure Spin-off Manga

Vertical Comics announced at its Comic-Con International panel that it will release the full-color Chi’s Sweet Adventure (Kyō no Koneko no Chii) spin-off manga beginning in May 2018 and the Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book! coloring book in December 2017.

Kinoko Natsume’s Chi’s Sweet Adventure manga is based on the animated series of the same name, which is in turn based on Kanata Konami’s Chi’s Sweet Home manga. The second volume shipped on July 21, 2017.

Source: ANN

List: My Favorite Anime Cats

This time, I’m trying my hand at another list article, this time on my favorite anime cats. Rather than being a top 5 list, however, I am presenting my choices in alphabetical order.

Chi from Chi’s Sweet Home

My first exposure to Chi came from reading the Chi’s Sweet Home manga. I loved following the stories of this curious young kitten in print, but I wondered what it would be like to see Chi in an animated form. I was thrilled when I discovered I could get a hold of the North American releases for the Chi’s Sweet Home anime through my local library system.

Seeing Chi moving around in an animated form made me like Chi even more. Let’s admit it, Chi looks really cute. And for the anime, the director chose the perfect voice actor to portray Chi, because the cuteness level of the voice matches the character’s adorable look.

Chi is one of my favorite anime cats thanks to being so cute, adorable, and lovable. If Chi was a real cat, she’s one I would love to just hold and cuddle all day long.

Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service

Jiji is the familiar for Kiki, a young witch in training. But he’s not just an ordinary cat, he’s a talking cat. Early on in the film, Jiji seems to fill in for the role of a guardian, since Kiki leaves home and doesn’t have her parents around. He serves as the voice of caution and reason, although he can be a little over-the-top at times. But Jiji always has Kiki’s best interests at heart.

Jiji is also there to help Kiki out when she needs it. When she loses a black cat toy that she was supposed to deliver, Jiji fills in for the stuffed toy until Kiki can locate it. Yes, he agrees to do it grudgingly, but he still does it. How many cats would be willing to go that far for their owner?

I like Jiji because even though he can be snarky, he still cares about Kiki and wants to do what he can to help her succeed in her training.

Karin from Dragon Ball

Karin is a wise old cat who is over 800 years old and lives on top of a giant tower. He’s also a martial arts master. We first meet Karin in Dragon Ball, when Goku climbs up Karin Tower in order to drink the “Sacred Water” that is supposed to increase his strength and speed. Goku hears about Karin before heading up the tower, but has no idea that Karin is actually a cat. Over the course of the Dragon Ball franchise, just about anyone who encounters Karin are surprised to discover that he’s actually a cat.

Karin is a martial arts master, but he’s also got a bit of a tricky and sarcastic streak in him. But considering that Karin later winds up having Yajirobe hanging around him at the top of the tower, that sarcastic streak certainly comes in handy! But even though Karin can be sarcastic, he still does genuinely care about the other characters.

I like Karin because he can teach others how to effectively use martial arts, and be snarky yet caring.

Luna from Sailor Moon

Luna is another black talking cat, but unlike Jiji, she’s from the Moon Kingdom and serves as an adviser to Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon. While their bond is an uneasy one at first, both Usagi and Luna grow closer over time. Luna tends to give unsolicited advice, which annoyed Usagi early on. But as time goes on, Usagi seems to start to realize that Luna is trying to help, rather than annoy her, with the advice.

Like the other talking cats that appear on this list, Luna will sometimes get some witty lines… with some of those lines being slightly snarky observations of Usagi. I don’t think Luna intends to be mean when she says these things, though. I think she says them more out of frustration than anything else.

But Luna is cool for more than just being able to talk. She can also use a computer when she provides aid and knowledge for Sailor Moon and the other Sailor Guardians. I guess the fact that Luna comes from the moon makes her more technologically advanced than regular cats.

Even though Sailor Moon also features two other cats, Artemis and Diana, I think that Luna is the best one of the three. To be honest, it’s always felt like that Artemis and Diana were never as well developed of characters as Luna was.

Yoruichi from Bleach

Yoruichi has a major difference from the other cats on the list. Yoruichi is actually a female human who has the ability to transform into a small black cat. In her black cat form, Yoruichi has a distinctive male voice when she speaks. Yoruichi appears to prefer spending her time as cat rather than as a human. She loves her cat form so much that she will become upset if someone damages it or insults it.

Regardless of what form Yoruichi is in, she is witty and has a vast knowledge of Soul Society. Her knowledge comes in handy, especially early on in the series when she’s helping to train Ichigo Kurosaki. But she also likes to tease people if she can.

No matter what form Yoruichi is in, she can be rather badass, which is why I wanted to include her cat form in this list. I have to admit that I wanted to limit this list to include only one human who can transform into a cat, so I had to make a choice between Yoruichi and Kyo from Fruits Basket. While I like Kyo, I ultimately ended up choosing Yoruichi because of how she can kick butt, but can also be laid-back and flirty when she wants to be.

Information on the New Chi’s Sweet Home Anime

The new Chi’s Sweet Home anime will be done in 3DCG, and is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on October 2, 2016.

The cast for the new series includes:

  • Satomi Koorogi is Chi
  • Ryoko Shiraishi is Yōhei
  • Makoto Yasumura is Father
  • Maaya Sakamoto is Mother
  • Rikiya Koyama is Kuroino
  • Motoko Kumai is Kocchi
  • Noriko Hidaka is Chi’s Mother

Kaori Kitamoto is serving as chief supervisor of the series at Marza Animation Planet, and Kiminori Kusano is making his directorial debut with the series. Misuzu Chiba is handling the series composition, and Kusano and Satoshi Kōnosu are designing the characters. Kenji Kondō is composing the music.

Source: ANN

Anime DVD Review: Chi’s New Address

Chi’s New Address is a DVD set that collects together all 104 of the three minute shorts for this sequel series of Chi’s Sweet Home. The shorts are available in Japanese with English subtitles.


Chi’s New Address
English Publisher: Eastern Star
Format: DVD
Release Date: June 30, 2015

Chi’s New Address starts out with the Yamadas considering the idea of giving up Chi, thinking she would be happier at a place where she can roam around freely instead of being hidden inside the apartment in order to avoid being detected by the superintendent. But Yohei doesn’t want Chi to leave, and his parents discover an apartment complex close by that allows tenants to have pets. So the Yamadas move to that apartment complex in order to keep Chi.

But it’s not an easy transition for Chi. Chi’s New Address accurately adapts the Yamadas move from the manga, which realistically portrayed just how hard of an adjustment it is for Chi to get used to a new place. Like a young child, she doesn’t understand the idea of moving and going to live somewhere else, so she’s very confused. It was a little heartbreaking when Chi made it back to the apartment the Yamadas originally lived in, only for her to discover it looks completely different and is occupied by other people.

Once Chi adjusts to her new home, the series begins shifting to original stories that introduce anime only characters. I’m guessing that when Chi’s New Address was being produced, the manga hadn’t gotten much farther than the Yamadas moving and Chi adjusting to her new home. The new characters include the Yamadas’ neighbors and their pets, a couple of Yohei’s classmates from kindergarten, and a couple of other cats who live in the neighborhood. Through the neighbors’ pets, Chi gets to interact with another cat, a dog, a rabbit, and a parrot.

After watching all 104 of the shorts in this set, I can say that this series is cute and enjoyable enough for what it is. However, fans of the original manga who want to see Chi’s adventures after she moves in anime form might be a little disappointed. A couple of the new characters introduced in this series are on the annoying side, but fortunately, they show up infrequently enough that they’re not as annoying as they could be. Chi’s New Address also utilized the anime only pet store employee character more than Chi’s Sweet Home did. While she was amusing in Chi’s Sweet Home, she turned into a more obnoxious character in this series.

Unlike the Chi’s Sweet Home release, there are no bonus features included. Considering that the only bonus on Chi’s Sweet Home was four of the shorts dubbed into English, the lack of features on this set wasn’t surprising at all.

If you enjoyed the Chi’s Sweet Home anime, then you’ll likely also appreciate Chi’s New Address. However, viewers who are already fans of the manga may be a little disappointed that only a few of the shorts are based on the canon manga material.

Anime DVD Review: Chi’s Sweet Home

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
Format: DVD
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.

Anime Spotlight: Chi’s Sweet Home

Introduction

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.

About 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 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 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.

My Impressions of Chi’s Sweet Home

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-year-old woman, and I enjoyed watching them as much as my 11-year-old 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.

Conclusion

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.

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