Manga Review: “Chi’s Sweet Home” Volume 11

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 11 is a manga by Konami Kanata, and it was published in North America by Vertical, Inc. in 2014. 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. There isn’t a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend Chi’s Sweet Home to manga readers of all ages.

Chi’s Sweet Home follows the adventures of a kitten named Chi. At the beginning of the series, Chi was separated from her mother. The lost kitten was found and taken in by a family with a young son. Not only does Chi learn about the world around her, but her adoptive family goes through changes and learns lessons about taking care of a cat.

This volume sees Yohei and his mother leaving for a short trip, and Chi not understanding what’s going on. When Chi meets up with her friend Cocchi, who tells her that Yohei and his mother have been taken away to a new home; when Cocchi says this, he remembers being part of a group of kittens left in a box and being the only one who wasn’t taken away. And when Cocchi tells Chi that it’s likely her current home is not her real home, she becomes very upset. This makes poor Chi become worried, and I felt so bad for her.

Chi has a chance meeting with two kitten sinblings and their mother; when the mother cat sees Chi, the mother cat calls out and asks if Chi is Sarah, her missing kitten. Chi is confused and runs off; the mother cat follows and sees where Chi returns to.

At first, the mood of the story improves when Chi sees that Yohei and his mother have returned and they get to have some family time. However, it appears that change is in the air: Yohei’s father has been offered a job in France and that the family will move there if he accepts. When I read this, it made me wonder what would happen to Chi if the family moves.

Not too long after this, Yohei sees the lost kitten poster with Chi’s picture on it and asks his parents about it. At this point, they’re forced to admit to Yohei that Chi’s rightful owner is looking for her. When his parents say they should contact the real owner, Yohei keeps asking what will happen to Chi. As you’d expect, his parents don’t have an answer for him, because they hadn’t expected to have to deal with this situation at this point in time. But could the potential move to France sway Yohei’s parents toward calling Chi’s original owner and returning her?

And while this is going on, Chi is at the park and learns the two kitten siblings she’s met are her siblings are her siblings and that the mother cat is her mother. The volume ends with Yohei and his parents finding Chi at the park when she’s introduced to her mother.

What a cliffhanger! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to find out what happens until Summer 2015, because that’s when Volume 12 of Chi’s Sweet Home will be released.

I said in my review of Volume 10 that it felt like Chi’s Sweet Home is getting closer to its conclusion. Now that I’ve read Volume 11, I still believe that this series is close to ending. By the end of Volume 11, the potential move to France, Yohei learning about the missing kitten poster, and Chi learning the truth are all signs that the series is almost over. At this point, I’d only expect one or two more volumes of the series; I’ll be surprised if it lasts any longer than that.

But Chi’s Sweet Home has been quite a ride. Chi is such an adorable kitten that you can’t help but fall in love with her and become invested in her story. Honestly, when I first started Chi’s Sweet Home, I never thought I’d get as much into it as I have.

Just like the previous volumes of Chi’s Sweet Home, Volume 11 is a quick and enjoyable read. The series can be enjoyed by both younger readers who are just starting to read manga and by long-time manga readers who are cat lovers or who enjoy reading stories about cats.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 11 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

Chi’s Sweet Home Manga to Be Available Digitally

Vertical, Inc. has announced that their manga version of Chi’s Sweet Home will be available digitally for the Kindle, iTunes Bookstore and Nook while Google Play will be coming soon.

Vertical intends to release two volumes a month until they’re caught up to the Japanese releases. The first two volumes will be available on May 7, 2014. Volumes Three and Four will be available on June 3, 2014. Volumes Five and Six will be available on July 8, 2014.

Manga Review: “Chi’s Sweet Home” Volume 10

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 10 is a manga by Kanata Konami, and it was published in North America by Vertical, Inc. in 2013. 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. There isn’t a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend Chi’s Sweet Home to manga readers of all ages.

Chi’s Sweet Home follows the adventures of a kitten named Chi. At the beginning of the series, Chi was separated from her mother. The lost kitten was found and taken in by a family with a young son. Not only does Chi learn about the world around her, but her adoptive family goes through changes and learns lessons about taking care of a cat.

This volume sees Yohei’s father getting a new camera and taking pictures of Chi with it. One day, while he’s out for a walk and taking pictures, he comes across a lost kitten poster with a picture of Chi on it. He takes a picture of the poster and debates whether or not to tell his family about it. Before he gets the chance to talk to them, his wife finds the picture on the camera and confronts her husband about it. Neither one tells Yohei about it, but they spend the volume debating whether or not they should contact Chi’s real family or to keep her for themselves.

Meanwhile, Chi continues to wander around on her own, and she meets a couple of kittens in the park that she’s never played with before. At one point, when Blackie sees them playing together, he comments that the three of them look rather similar. Unbeknownst to Chi, she is actually playing with her siblings. In addition to this, Chi has finally become cognizant enough to realize that Yohei and his parents look nothing like her, since they don’t have a tail; she also realizes that she can’t understand what they’re saying.

Between Yohei’s father finding the lost kitten poster, Chi unknowingly meeting her siblings, and Chi finally starting have a realization that she is different from Yohei and his parents, I have a feeling that Chi’s Sweet Home may be getting closer to reaching its conclusion. As a parent, I can really feel for Yohei’s parents and their dilemma. On the one hand, they want to do the right thing and return Chi to her rightful owners; on the other hand, Chi and Yohei have bonded so much that they would feel guilty if they sent Chi away. I’m very curious to see how Konami is going to handle this particular plot element in the next volume of the series.

Just like the previous volumes of Chi’s Sweet Home, Volume 10 is a quick and enjoyable read. The series can be enjoyed by both younger readers who are just starting to read manga and by long-time manga readers who are cat lovers or who enjoy reading stories about cats.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 10 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

New Manga Releases: August 27, 2013

Here are the new manga releases for August 27, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Attack on Titan GN 6
Boing Boing GN
Chi’s Sweet Home GN 10
Crimson Empire: Circumstances to Serve a Noble GN 2
Fairy Tail GN 29
Fetishisms: Immoral GN
An Innocent Relationship GN 1
Juicy Cider GN
Kingdom Hearts II Omnibus GN 2
Pandora Hearts GN 17
Priceless Honey GN
Sankarea: Undying Love GN 2
Velvet Kiss GN 4

Manga Review: “Chi’s Sweet Home” Volume Nine

Article first published as Manga Review: Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Nine by Kanata Konami on Blogcritics.

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Nine is a manga by Kanata Konami, and it was published in North America by Vertical, Inc. in 2012. 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. There isn’t a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend Chi’s Sweet Home to manga readers of all ages.


Chi’s Sweet Home follows the adventures of a kitten named Chi. At the beginning of the series, Chi was separated from her mother. The lost kitten was found and taken in by a family with a young son. Not only does Chi learn about the world around her, but her adoptive family goes through changes and learns lessons about taking care of a cat.

In this volume, Chi’s adoptive family becomes more protective of her in response to Chi getting outside and becoming sick while she was out. Her adoptive family tries to turn her into an indoor cat, but Chi doesn’t like this development at all. When she is able to, Chi makes a run for it so she can find her friend Cocchi and play with him. Much of this volume follows what happens to Chi after she leaves, as well as her adoptive family’s search for her. I thought this whole storyline was handled very realistically, and I was very interested in what happened to Chi as she was out looking for Cocchi.

The back of this volume also includes a section labeled, “A Cat Goes to China.” This section consists of four pages, which tell about a promotion that Kentucky Fried Chicken in China did with Chi’s Sweet Home. Not only does this feature tell about the promotion, but there are pictures included as well. I thought the cell phone straps that were part of the promotion look very adorable; it’s too bad nothing like that would ever happen for Chi’s Sweet Home in North America.

Just like the previous volumes of Chi’s Sweet Home, Volume Nine is a quick and enjoyable read. The series can be enjoyed by both younger readers who are just starting to read manga and by long-time manga readers who are cat lovers or who enjoy reading stories about cats.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Nine that I checked out through the King County Library System.

Manga Review: “Chi’s Sweet Home” Volume Eight

Article first published as Manga Review: Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Eight by Kanata Konami on Blogcritics.

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Eight is a manga by Kanata Konami, and it was published in North America by Vertical, Inc. in 2012. 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. There isn’t a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend Chi’s Sweet Home to manga readers of all ages.


Chi’s Sweet Home is a manga series about a kitten named Chi. At the beginning of the series, she was separated from her mother, and was found and taken in by a family with a young son. The series follows what happens to Chi as she adjusts to her family and learns about the world around her. Also, Chi’s adoptive family goes through changes and learns valuable lessons as they raise her.

In this volume, Chi spends time Cocchi, a kitten that Chi has basically become friends with. The two kittens spend quite a bit of time together, and start learning how to cooperate with each other.

Also, when Cocchi mentions that Chi is a cat, she doesn’t believe it. She believes she’s human like her adoptive family. However, she later overhears her adoptive family using the word cat when talking about her; Chi looks puzzled when she hears this. I suspect that future volumes of Chi’s Sweet Home will be utilizing this idea more, and I expect that Chi will eventually start becoming more aware of what she really is.

The back of this volume also includes “Chi’s Sweet Home” origami. The instructions say to copy or cut out an image and to follow the instructions on how to fold it in order to make Chi’s face. For those Chi’s Sweet Home fans who enjoy origami, this could be a nice bonus for them. However, I would personally recommend copying the image instead of cutting it out, so you don’t damage the book.

Volume Eight continues the stories and storytelling that readers have come to expect from the Chi’s Sweet Home manga series. It’s a quick and enjoyable read, and can be appreciated by both younger readers who are just starting to read manga and by long-time manga readers.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Eight that I checked out through the King County Library System.