Article first published as Manga Review: Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Two by Kanata Konami on Blogcritics.
Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Two is a manga by Kanata Konami, and it was published in North America by Vertical, Inc. in 2010. 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 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. I don’t see a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend Chi’s Sweet Home for all audiences.
This volume continues to tell the story of a kitten named Chi who ended up separated from her mother and ends up in care of a family that lives in an apartment home where pets aren’t allowed. Unfortunately, the family is unable to find someone to take Chi in, so they have to try to keep Chi’s existence hidden from the superintendent of the apartments.
This volume introduces a big, black cat that starts hanging around the apartments; while the cat’s name is never given during the actual story in this volume, the preview for Volume Three says this cat’s name is “Blackie.” At first, Chi doesn’t realize that she and Blackie are the same species; as she starts being around Blackie more, Chi starts to pick up on the fact that she isn’t like the members of her adoptive family.
Unfortunately, all of Blackie’s mischief is causing the apartment superintendent to watch out for unusual activity. This means that Chi’s adoptive family has to be more vigilant in order to keep her from being discovered by the superintendent or by one of the other tenants.
Volume Two also includes a bonus chapter called, “A Cat Meets FukuFuku.” A note after the special chapter explains that this FukuFuku was a character in one of Konami’s first successful manga. This chapter was done as a special item for the graphic novel edition of Chi’s Sweet Home. Unfortunately, since I have no familiarity with FukuFuku, this chapter didn’t make much of an impression on me; however, for readers who are familiar with other works by Konami, this special chapter could be a real treat for them.
Chi’s Sweet Home continues to include the simplistic charm that characterized the first volume of the series. With the simple dialogue and art, as well as the tone of the series, it’s a manga that I can easily recommend for younger readers who are just starting to show an interest in manga. Chi’s Sweet Home will also appeal to manga readers who are also cat lovers.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Two that I checked out through the King County Library System.