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
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.