Article first published as Manga Review: Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Six by Kanata Konami on Blogcritics.
Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Six is a manga by Kanata Konami, and it was published in North America by Vertical, Inc. in 2011. 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 the fact 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 ages.
This manga series is about a kitten named Chi; she had become separated from her mother, and was found and taken in by a family with a young son named Yohei. The family’s life has changed since taking in Chi, and Chi is still young enough that she’s still learning about the world.
There’s one word that best describes how Chi behaves in this volume: mischievous. It’s not that Chi is causing problems on purpose, but her innate curiosity causes her to get into one situation after another. She gets muddy pawprints all over the floor, she thinks her family is hoarding things but they’re really trying to protect Chi from danger, she gets into Yohei’s birthday present and birthday cake before Yohei can get to them, and she causes objects belonging to Yohei’s dad to roll down the stairs because Chi wants to see them move.
Also in this volume, while Chi is spending time and exploring in the nearby park, she meets another small cat. This little cat tries to act tough and really doesn’t want to spend time with Chi, but Chi manages to indirectly make this new cat play with her. Unfortunately, this cat’s name is not given in this volume.
Near the end of Volume Six, Chi manages to get out of the apartment one night after her family gives her a license tag with a bell. She runs into her friend, Blackie, and together, they go to the park. During this section, Chi is discovering things that go on outside at night that she didn’t know were going on because she was asleep.
Included at the back of this volume are a couple of pages of character details for the pets and their owners that Chi and her family meet when they first moved into the pet-friendly apartment complex back in Volume Four. While we saw some of the pets in this volume, we didn’t see as much of the owners. Hopefully, we’ll see more of these characters in future volumes of the series, so the information included in this section becomes useful for the reader.
Chi’s Sweet Home continues to be a quick, yet enjoyable read. However, I felt kind of bad for Chi in this volume, since a lot of the story focused on her getting into unintentional mischief. Because of this, Chi didn’t come across as being quite as “cute” as she had in previous volumes. Hopefully, Chi will return to being more “cute” again in later volumes of the series.
At this point, I still believe that Chi’s Sweet Home is a manga that will appeal to both younger readers and to older readers who are cat lovers.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Six that I checked out through the King County Library System.