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Manga Review: Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Four by Kanata Konami

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Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Four is a manga by Kanata Konami, 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’s Sweet Home follows the adventures of a kitten named Chi; she was separated from her mother, and was found and taken in by a family. During the first three volumes, Chi’s new family lived in an apartment complex that didn’t allow the occupants to own pets, so the family had to try to keep Chi’s existence a secret from the building superintendent and the other tenants.

At the end of Volume Three, the family saw a billboard for an apartment complex that allows pets, and it was advertising vacancies. At the beginning of Volume Four, the family is packing up their belongings and getting ready to move to their new home. Chi doesn’t understand what’s going on, and becomes very confused when she is exposed to her new home for the first time.

The vast majority of Volume Four focuses on Chi and what she goes through as she starts adjusting to her new home. In a lot of respects, Chi is depicted the same way a young child would react to moving to a new home, and this portion of the story feels very realistic. Chi also meets some of the other pets that reside at the apartment complex; at this point, Chi doesn’t seem to have bonded with any of them in the same way that she bonded with Blackie earlier on. I have a feeling that future volumes of the series will show what kind of relationships and bonds Chi will end up having at the new apartment complex.

The simplicity of the art and story of Chi’s Sweet Home makes this manga very accessible to both younger and older manga readers. Younger readers will probably be able to relate to Chi and the emotions and experiences she goes through with the move and adjusting to a new home.

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Four is a quick and easy, yet enjoyable read. This is a manga series that appeals to both younger readers who are just starting to show an interest in manga, and it also appeals to manga readers who are cat lovers.

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Lesley Aeschliman is a freelance writer who began writing on a full-time basis in 2007. She has served as the Anime editor at BellaOnline.com, and she also writes and maintains two blogs: Lesley's Musings... on Anime and Manga and AeschTunes.