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Anime DVD Review: Chi’s New Address

Chi’s New Address is a DVD set that collects together all 104 of the three minute shorts for this sequel series of Chi’s Sweet Home. The shorts are available in Japanese with English subtitles.

Chi’s New Address

English Publisher: Eastern Star
Format: DVD
Release Date: June 30, 2015

Chi’s New Address starts out with the Yamadas considering the idea of giving up Chi, thinking she would be happier at a place where she can roam around freely instead of being hidden inside the apartment in order to avoid being detected by the superintendent. But Yohei doesn’t want Chi to leave, and his parents discover an apartment complex close by that allows tenants to have pets. So the Yamadas move to that apartment complex in order to keep Chi.

But it’s not an easy transition for Chi. Chi’s New Address accurately adapts the Yamadas move from the manga, which realistically portrayed just how hard of an adjustment it is for Chi to get used to a new place. Like a young child, she doesn’t understand the idea of moving and going to live somewhere else, so she’s very confused. It was a little heartbreaking when Chi made it back to the apartment the Yamadas originally lived in, only for her to discover it looks completely different and is occupied by other people.

Once Chi adjusts to her new home, the series begins shifting to original stories that introduce anime only characters. I’m guessing that when Chi’s New Address was being produced, the manga hadn’t gotten much farther than the Yamadas moving and Chi adjusting to her new home. The new characters include the Yamadas’ neighbors and their pets, a couple of Yohei’s classmates from kindergarten, and a couple of other cats who live in the neighborhood. Through the neighbors’ pets, Chi gets to interact with another cat, a dog, a rabbit, and a parrot.

After watching all 104 of the shorts in this set, I can say that this series is cute and enjoyable enough for what it is. However, fans of the original manga who want to see Chi’s adventures after she moves in anime form might be a little disappointed. A couple of the new characters introduced in this series are on the annoying side, but fortunately, they show up infrequently enough that they’re not as annoying as they could be. Chi’s New Address also utilized the anime only pet store employee character more than Chi’s Sweet Home did. While she was amusing in Chi’s Sweet Home, she turned into a more obnoxious character in this series.

Unlike the Chi’s Sweet Home release, there are no bonus features included. Considering that the only bonus on Chi’s Sweet Home was four of the shorts dubbed into English, the lack of features on this set wasn’t surprising at all.

If you enjoyed the Chi’s Sweet Home anime, then you’ll likely also appreciate Chi’s New Address. However, viewers who are already fans of the manga may be a little disappointed that only a few of the shorts are based on the canon manga material.

Anime DVD Review: Chi’s Sweet Home

Chi’s Sweet Home is a DVD set that collects together all 104 of the three minute anime shorts. The shorts are available in Japanese with English subtitles. The first four shorts have also been dubbed into English, and are included on the set as a bonus feature.

Chi’s Sweet Home

English Publisher: Eastern Star
Format: DVD
Release Date: March 31, 2015

Chi’s Sweet Home focuses on a kitten that ends up separated from her mother while they’re out and becomes lost. She is found by a little boy named Yohei Yamada and his mother, and they take the kitten home in order to take care of it. Thanks to circumstances going on with the Yamadas, the kitten comes to think that her name is Chi.  The Yamads love Chi, but there’s a problem: they live in an apartment complex where cats and dogs aren’t allowed.

Yohei’s parents intended to take care of Chi long enough until they could find someone who could take her in. Unfortunately, none of their friends or acquaintances can take Chi. Since Yohei and his parents have become so attached to her, they decide to keep Chi but trying to hide her existence from the superintendent of the building. But Chi is a naturally curious kitten, so trying to keep her hidden is no easy task. Complications arise when Chi is able to get outside and make friends with an older black cat named Blackie.

The shorts for Chi’s Sweet Home may only three minutes in length, but sometimes, a lot can happen during that short amount of time. As I watched the shorts, there were a lot of stories that I recognized from the manga; but there were also some stories that I’m pretty sure were created specifically for the anime.

The animation in the Chi’s Sweet Home shorts perfectly captures Chi’s cuteness and expressions from the manga. The voice actress cast for Chi is a perfect fit for the role, and she sounds believable as a young kitten. I never thought that she sounded like she was forcing her voice to sound that cute.

Even though the main characters of the series include a young cat and a young boy, the shorts don’t feel like they’re being targeted to that young of an audience. I’m a 40-year-old woman, and I enjoyed watching them as much as my 11-year-old daughter did.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the only bonus feature are the four English dubbed shorts. After watching these dubbed shorts, I can see why they only dubbed the first four. Most of the voice actors that were cast really didn’t work. The voice actress for Chi sounded like she was trying too hard to sound cute and small, which is such a stark difference from the Japanese voice actress. Also, the voice actor for Yohei in the English dub made him sound too old. From what’s seen in Chi’s Sweet Home, Yohei appears to be around four years old. However, the English dub actor made him sound like a 10-year-old, and it just doesn’t work for the character. I also thought the dub actress for Yohei’s mother sounded like she was constantly talking down to everyone, including her husband. In my opinion, the English dub wasn’t enjoyable.

If you’re a fan of the Chi’s Sweet Home manga, then you’ll want to see the anime adaptation because it perfectly captures the cuteness of its source material. Audiences, both young and old, will enjoy Chi’s Sweet Home if they’re fans of animal stories.

Anime Review: Chi’s Sweet Home

Introduction

Chi’s Sweet Home is a series of 104 anime shorts based on a manga written and illustrated by Kanata Konami. The anime shorts were produced by Madhouse and directed by Mitsuyuki Masuhara. The shorts aired on Japanese television from March 31-September 26, 2008.

As of this writing, Discotek Media holds the North American license for Chi’s Sweet Home.

About Chi’s Sweet Home

Chi’s Sweet Home focuses on a kitten that ends up separated from her mother while they’re out and becomes lost. She is found by a little boy named Yohei Yamada and his mother, and they take the kitten home in order to take care of it. Thanks to circumstances going on with the Yamadas, the kitten comes to think that her name is Chi.  The Yamads love Chi, but there’s a problem: they live in an apartment complex where cats and dogs aren’t allowed.

Yohei’s parents intended to take care of Chi long enough until they could find someone who could take her in. Unfortunately, none of their friends or acquaintances can take Chi. Since Yohei and his parents have become so attached to her, they decide to keep Chi but trying to hide her existence from the superintendent of the building. But Chi is a naturally curious kitten, so trying to keep her hidden is no easy task. Complications arise when Chi is able to get outside and make friends with an older black cat named Blackie.

The shorts start off with the Yamadas taking Chi in and adjusting to life with a new kitten. Over time, though, the story emphasizes Chi’s various adventures, and ends with a potential for trouble for the Yamadas and Chi.

My Impressions of Chi’s Sweet Home

The shorts for Chi’s Sweet Home are only three minutes in length, but sometimes, a lot can happen during that short amount of time. As I watched, there were a lot of stories that I recognized from the manga; but there were also some stories that I’m pretty sure were created specifically for the anime.

The animation in the Chi’s Sweet Home shorts perfectly captures Chi’s cuteness and expressions from the manga. The voice actress cast for Chi is a perfect fit for the role, and she sounds believable as a young kitten. I never thought that she sounded like she was forcing her voice to sound that cute.

Even though the main characters of the series include a young cat and a young boy, the shorts don’t feel like they’re being targeted to that young of an audience. I’m a 40-year-old woman, and I enjoyed watching them as much as my 11-year-old daughter did.

The theme song for the shorts is also extremely catchy. Surprisingly enough, I never got tired of it even though I heard it 104 times over the course of a few days.

Conclusion

The Chi’s Sweet Home anime shorts are incredibly cute and enjoyable to watch. It will appeal to both children and to adults who like cats. The shorts are written in such a way where adults don’t feel like the anime is being aimed specifically at kids. Even though there are 104 shorts, I would still recommend checking out Chi’s Sweet Home.

Manga Review: “Chi’s Sweet Home” Volume 12

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 12 follows the adventures of a kitten named Chi who became separated from her mother while at the park. She was taken in by a young boy named Yohei and his family, and the series shows the adaptations that both the kitten and the humans have had to make over time.

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 12

Written by: Konami Kanata
Publisher: Kodansha, Ltd.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: Vertical Comics

This is the final volume for the Chi’s Sweet Home manga series, and it’s also the most emotional one. Yohei’s parents are preparing to move to France for the husband’s job, and at the same time, they have discovered a missing cat poster with a picture of Chi. Early on in the volume, Yohei’s parents find themselves trying to figure out what to do about Chi. On the one hand, they believe it’s the right thing to reunite Chi with her owner, but on the other, they don’t want to make Yohei sad. As a parent, I can completely relate with the situation Yohei’s parents find themselves in, and I’m sure I would react the same way if I was personally faced with that dilemma.

At the same time, Chi encounters her mother, even though Chi doesn’t realize it at first. But when Chi is saved by her mother when she’s almost hit by a car, Yohei’s parents nurse Chi’s mother back to health. It’s during this time that Chi remembers that this cat is her mother, and this ultimately leads Yohei’s parents to make their decision regarding Chi.

If seeing Chi’s mother getting hurt wasn’t emotional enough, the anguish that both Yohei and Chi go through during this volume is almost heartbreaking There are some panels of Yohei going through his anguish that tug at the reader’s heartstrings. I know that I’m affected by their anguish due to being a parent, but I think readers who aren’t parents can still relate to what Yohei and Chi are going through. I don’t want to provide spoilers, but I’ll say that the ending is satisfying for the reader and makes the journey to get there worth it. Although I have to admit that I’m actually a little sad to see Chi’s Sweet Home come to an end.

Now that I’ve read through the entire series, I can say that Chi’s Sweet Home is a great series for younger readers, cat lovers, and for readers who can enjoy stories that have a simplicity and charm to them. Chi is such a cute character, and it’s not surprising that her story has endeared her to manga readers around the world.

Fans and readers of this series will definitely want to read Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 12 in order to find out how the story ends.

The reviewer checked out a copy of this item through the King County Library System

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.

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

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.

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.