Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Three is a manga by Konami Kanata, and it was published in North America by Vertical, Inc. in 2010. 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 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. I don’t see a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend Chi’s Sweet Home for all audiences.
Chi is a kitten who ended up separated from her mother and now lives with a family that resides in an apartment complex. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in their apartment complex, so the family has to keep Chi hidden from the building superintendent and the other residents.
In the previous volume, Chi met a big black cat that she refers to as “Blackie.” Blackie makes more appearances in this volume, and is actually a rather important character. Chi really looks up to Blackie, and the two cats seem to become friends.
This volume also marks the first time that Chi has had any real long-term interaction with humans other than her family and the vet; this happens when a couple of relatives of Chi’s adoptive family come to visit. Chi has no idea what to make of Juli, the little girl who has come to visit.
Unfortunately, Blackie’s existence is discovered by the building superintendent, and Chi was also spotted at the same time. While the superintendent has not put two and two together, Chi’s family thinks they need to make other arrangements for the kitten.
Chi’s Sweet Home has a simplistic charm that makes the story accessible to both younger and older manga readers. Even though Volume Three may contain a little more “drama” than the previous two volumes did, there’s still enough humor and light moments that younger readers should be able to enjoy the mischief and situations that Chi ends up in. Older readers can appreciate the drama surrounding Chi, Blackie, and the decision that Chi’s family has to make in regards to her living arrangements.
Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Three is an easy, yet enjoyable read. This is a series that can be appreciated by younger readers who are just starting to show an interest in manga, and it also holds appeal to manga readers who are cat lovers.