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Chi’s Sweet Home

Good afternoon, everyone! This review is coming out a little later in the day than I had originally planned, as my Internet access seems to be intermittent today. I’ve lost my connection several times since I began writing this morning and, to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would have the opportunity to publish this post at all.

Fortunately, my Internet connection seems to have fixed itself just long enough for me to post today’s review, and I’m so happy it did, because I have a fantastic manga recommendation for you!

Chi’s Sweet Home, by Konami Kanata, tells the story of a kitten who has become separated from her mother and siblings. While searching for her family, she is taken in by a little boy and his parents, and given a new home and the name Chi. The story is told in vignettes that focus on Chi’s experiences in her new home, her interactions with other animals and her human family, and (of course) the kinds of trouble that a curious kitten frequently encounters.

I absolutely love this series! While I have encountered a significant number of manga that have feline characters, this is the first time that I have found one that focuses on a cat as the main character. The author does an amazing job of portraying feline behaviors, and I really enjoyed the fact that I was able to spot a lot of similarities between Chi and my own cat.

The series frequently had me laughing out loud, and I found myself enjoying it so much that I read all four omnibus volumes in the course of one day.

I also really enjoyed the artwork in Chi’s Sweet Home. It is beautifully drawn, and all four volumes are presented in full-color.

Like The Way of the Househusband, which I reviewed earlier this week, I have a very hard time classifying this series as either a shōnen or shōjo manga. The series is really not gender-specific in terms of its intended audience. Ultimately, if you love cats, I can pretty well guarantee that you’re going to love Chi’s Sweet Home.

This manga was originally published in 12 volumes, but is currently available in four omnibus volumes. There is a complete series box set of Chi’s Sweet Home coming out on August 25th, which currently has a pre-order price of $109.80 on Amazon. However, depending on the current price of the individual omnibus editions, you may find it less expensive to purchase each book separately. (When I purchased my copies, the books were around $17-18 each. I ended up saving close to $40 by buying the books separately, rather than waiting for the box set to be released.)

If you have the opportunity to read Chi’s Sweet Home, I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!

Have a great day, everyone!

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