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

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Chi’s Sweet Home Volume Eight is a manga by Kanata Konami, and it was published in North America by Vertical, Inc. in 2012. 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 the fact 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. There isn’t a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend Chi’s Sweet Home to manga readers of all ages.

Chi’s Sweet Home is a manga series about a kitten named Chi. At the beginning of the series, she was separated from her mother, and was found and taken in by a family with a young son. The series follows what happens to Chi as she adjusts to her family and learns about the world around her. Also, Chi’s adoptive family goes through changes and learns valuable lessons as they raise her.

In this volume, Chi spends time Cocchi, a kitten that Chi has basically become friends with. The two kittens spend quite a bit of time together, and start learning how to cooperate with each other.

Also, when Cocchi mentions that Chi is a cat, she doesn’t believe it. She believes she’s human like her adoptive family. However, she later overhears her adoptive family using the word cat when talking about her; Chi looks puzzled when she hears this. I suspect that future volumes of Chi’s Sweet Home will be utilizing this idea more, and I expect that Chi will eventually start becoming more aware of what she really is.

The back of this volume also includes “Chi’s Sweet Home” origami. The instructions say to copy or cut out an image and to follow the instructions on how to fold it in order to make Chi’s face. For those Chi’s Sweet Home fans who enjoy origami, this could be a nice bonus for them. However, I would personally recommend copying the image instead of cutting it out, so you don’t damage the book.

Volume Eight continues the stories and storytelling that readers have come to expect from the Chi’s Sweet Home manga series. It’s a quick and enjoyable read, and can be appreciated by both younger readers who are just starting to read manga and by long-time manga readers.

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