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.

Vertical Licenses Three Manga Titles

Vertical, Inc. announced during the company’s Katsucon panel that it has acquired the license for the following three manga:

  • Ajin
  • Witch Craft Works
  • The Garden of Words

The company is planning to debut all three titles in Fall 2014.

Vertical Licenses Tonari no Seki-kun

Vertical, Inc. announced on Anime News Network’s ANNCast podcast that it has acquired the license for the Tonari no Seki-kun manga.

The company will begin releasing the series in Fall 2014, and that it will be releasing a new volume in North America “every two months or so.”

Manga Review: “Limit” Volume One

Limit Volume One is a manga by Keiko Suenobu, and it was published in North America by Vertical, Inc. in 2012. I don’t see any kind of a rating on this volume, but after reading it, I would recommend this series for older teens.

Limit focuses on a high school girl named Konno. She hangs with a popular girl named Sakura and Sakura’s friend, Haru. Arisa Morishige, a girl in their class, gets bullied for being so gloomy and being by herself. When Arisa ends up being the one to select what order the classes are going for their upcoming trip and ends up drawing out “last,” she gets picked on. We also see students picking on her for the manga she’s drawing.

When their class goes on the trip, the bus driver collapses. The teacher tries to take control of the wheel, but the bus goes over a cliff. When Konno comes to, she discovers that Sakura and everyone else she sees on the bus is dead. When she tries to call for help, she can’t get a signal. Konno manages to make it out of the bus, and she discovers that a small group of her classmates also survived: Haru, Usui, Arisa, and Kamiya. Kamiya advises everyone to stay put, because it will increase their chances of being found.

Arisa is doing a tarot card reading in a cave, and is overjoyed to hear that Sakura has died. She starts laughing hysterically. After Haru tries to attack Arisa with a log, Arisa arms herself with a scythe that was brought for the trip and defends herself. Using the scythe as leverage, Arisa makes herself the one in charge of the group to get revenge for all of the bullying she had to endure. The rest of the volume follows what happens after she takes charge.

One word can sum up this volume: intense. The back cover makes a reference to recalling themes from Lord of the Flies, and I think this is a very apt thing to say. My older daughter, who read Lord of the Flies not too long ago for her English class, also read this volume. In her opinion, she found Limit to be scarier than Lord of the Flies, because the story in Limit progresses much faster than in Lord of the Flies; the dynamics established at the end of this volume of Limit doesn’t come until around the end of Lord of the Flies.

When it comes to the bullying aspect of Limit, it makes the bullying that happened in the first few volumes of A Devil and Her Love Song almost seem tame. During this volume of Limit, we learn that Konno had been bullied for a couple of weeks in junior high, which is why she just goes with the flow and basically follows what the people she’s with are doing.

Earlier I recommended Limit for older teens, and I came to this recommendation between the intensity of the story as a whole, the bullying aspect, and how the story evolves after the girls are stranded. It’d an interesting story, but I think it may be a little too much for younger teens to handle.

While Limit is intense, I was very intrigued by the story and I couldn’t put it down. At some point, I will need to track down the second volume of Limit in order to find out what happens next.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Limit Volume One that I checked out through the King County Library System.