Chi’s Sweet Home, Vol. 8
written by Kanata Konami
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Gee, I wonder what it would be like to be a little kitten”? Well, wonder no more. Chi’s Sweet Home gives us an up-close look at the life of an adorable kitten named Chi (not to be confused with the girl from the hit manga Chobits), following her throughout her everyday life. And the funny thing is, you always know what Chi is thinking (or saying) when she meows, which really got me to thinking, “Is this how most cats think in this situation?” Who knows?
Everybody thinks the life of a pet is tedious, simple and repetitive. Well, not this cat! Chi leads the reader through the life of a cat one short story after another. Chi has all kinds of adventures in her home and in her neighborhood, whether she is alone or together with her best friend, Cocchi, a male cat with an arrogant personality. Whether it’s something as simple as looking for attention from her family or looking for something to do around town, Chi is always having fun. They say cats have nine lives, but I would say Chi doesn’t need them – all she needs is one, because no matter how many close calls she ends up in, cats always land on their feet, both literally and metaphorically.
Konami Kanata's all-color manga is a must-read for all cat-lovers. The use of watercolor is a breath of fresh air to anyone who has been immersed on black & white manga for years. This is definitely a manga that will be loved by both children and their parents, thanks to super-cute Chi!-- David Gromer