Chi’s Sweet Home Manga to End in 12th Volume

The Kodansha Comic Plus website has revealed that Kanata Konami’s Chi’s Sweet Home manga will end in the 12th volume, which is slated to ship in Japan on June 23, 2015.

Kodansha’s Weekly Morning magazine announced earlier this month that the manga would appear in the magazine for ten consecutive weeks, starting with this year’s 19th issue on April 9, 2015. The series returned from a nine-month hiatus in the same issue.

Chi’s Sweet Home focuses on a kitten who gets lost after walking out into the real world for the first time. A boy named Yohei Yamada discovers her, but the Yamada family’s apartment building prohibits pets. After failing to find a new home, the Yamadas decide to defy the rules and raise Chi themselves. Most of Chi’s coming-of-age stories revolve around the Yamadas or the cats, dogs, and the occasional rabbit that live in the neighborhood.

Vertical licensed Chi’s Sweet Home in 2009, and the company will release the 12th manga volume on August 18, 2015.

The manga inspired two television anime series in 2008 and 2009. Crunchyroll simulcast the second television anime series Chi’s New Address in various countries as it aired in Japan.

Source: ANN

New Anime Releases: March 31, 2015

Here are the new anime releases for March 31, 2015. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Chi’s Sweet Home Season 1 Complete Collection [DVD]
Gingitsune: Complete Collection [DVD]
Gingitsune: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Harlock: Space Pirate [DVD]
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Set 1 [DVD]
Nisekoi: False Love Volume 3 [Blu-ray]
One Piece Collection Treasure Chest Box Three [DVD; Amazon exclusive]
Sankarea: Undying Love Complete Series [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Taboo Charming Sisters [DVD] (18+)

Chi’s Sweet Home Manga to Resume on April 9, 2015

This year’s 18th issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Morning magazine is announcing that Kanata Konami is resuming her Chi’s Sweet Home manga in the next issue on April 9, 2015. The next new weekly chapter will feature a color opening page.

The magazine had announced in July 2014 that the weekly manga would go on hiatus until Spring 2015. It had explained that Konami was conducting research for the manga.

Chi’s Sweet Home focuses on a kitten who gets lost after walking out into the real world for the first time. A boy named Yohei Yamada discovers her, but the Yamada family’s apartment building prohibits pets. After failing to find a new home, the Yamadas decide to defy the rules and raise Chi themselves. Most of Chi’s coming-of-age stories revolve around the Yamadas or the cats, dogs, and the occasional rabbit that live in the neighborhood.

Vertical licensed Chi’s Sweet Home in 2009, and the company will release the 12th manga volume in North America on August 18, 2015.

The manga inspired two television anime series in 2008 and 2009. Crunchyroll simulcast the second television anime series Chi’s New Address in various countries as it aired in Japan.

Source: ANN

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.