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Chi's Sweet Home, volume 1 Paperback – June 29, 2010
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"Chi's Sweet Home seems to have that feline je ne sais quoi that could fill a niche in the existing market." --Comics Reporter
"Chi's Sweet Home has been a fan-favorite for a while...Now American manga readers (and cat lovers) will get a chance to enjoy this wonderful manga." --About.com
About the Author
In her nearly thirty year career, Konami has penned more than a dozen comic series, with the majority of them focusing on cats and pets. Konami is well regarded within the pet-manga community for her keen sense of cat ecology. Her ability to observe and render feline behavior has earned her respect from the Japanese manga community as a whole. While most of her properties were published for a younger female demographic, her most recent series Chi's Sweet Home is currently being published by Kodansha's Morning magazine, Japan's leading comic magazine for adult readers.
Proving that quality can be found even in the cutest of sources.
Chi's Sweet Home will be Konami's first translated work.
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Top Customer Reviews
I think the United States is sorely deprived of critter-based comics. And good ones.
Beyond the art being cute and well done, and the accuracy of cat behavior and what they seem to be thinking, the story actually has a heart and a complexity that I think is appropriate for a book mostly for children. It really makes you think about what the cat must be going through when it's adopted, or found, and how important it is to treat the cat well. Also, you feel bad for Chi and also confused about your own feelings as you're reading. You're not sure what you want more: Chi to find her momma, or for her to stay with the family that obviously loves her, and is taking a big risk in keeping her in an apartment that doesn't allow animals.
Definitely looking forward to the next volume!
This is a really cute series. The chapters are linear but pretty episodic. They follow Chi as she finds her new home and has all kinds of new experiences- using a litter box, playing with bouncy balls, and visiting the vet. It's all seen from Chi's perspective, but the manga avoids becoming cutesy. We read her thoughts, but they're very simple, kitty thoughts, the kind of things you would imagine your own cats thinking. She does turn Rs and Ls into Ws in her speech, which is heading into cutesy territory, but that's negated by the fact that she also sometimes turns S into Sh or Z (as in "Whazzat?). Chi has a lot of misunderstandings with the Yamadas, like what the purpose of the litterbox is, and this is all realistic and funny. The manga-ka is obviously a cat owner.
The artwork is simple, but cute and energetic. It's a bit like what you might see in a comic strip, though it's not written in four panel style. It is cartoonish, but the characters aren't drawn in the stereotypical manga style. The characters are very expressive. Chi's facial expressions are both adorable and funny. You can tell exactly what she's thinking, and you really sympathize with the little cat. Her physical expressions, like folding her ears back and bristling her tail, are also right on.Read more ›
I was surprised at the quality of the manga when I picked it up at Borders today. All the pages are colored and printed on thick paper.
It really is a lovely series, I'd recommend it to everyone. ^_^
Chi's Sweet Home will likely not appeal to you if you dislike overly-cute stories. However, I find that the series is excellent, and even though it's seven volumes long, it doesn't fall into a trap of repetition. Chi's always finding new and interesting ways to get herself in trouble.
Now, for volume one...I'm very pleased with the job Vertical did with this series. They preserved the beautiful colored artwork and did an excellent job adapting it to the US audience. Some people are mad that it was flipped and all Japanese removed and translated, but I personally think that flipping and translating everything was actually a wise move, because I think that it allows a wider audience, previously not used to reading manga, to pick up the series. It's also a good read for manga fanatics like myself. In most cases, I don't think that flipping a comic is a good idea, but in this case, I can see that Vertical did a great job handling it.
A lot of people have complained about Chi's speech impediment- in the series, she is given a very childish way of speaking that seems to irritate some readers. I think that some people mistakenly believe that it's something that the translators decided to attach to her- but in truth, she talks with a speech impediment in the Japanese version, too. At times, the translation can be a little bit awkward, so I hope in future volumes Verical can work on improving this, but it's not bad- it's kind of hard to translate some of what she says while making it sound natural, without sacrificing the author's original intentions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 1 is the story of Chi, a kitten who has lost her mother. She is found by a young boy, and the boy and his mother take Chi to their apartment, where pets... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Zac Hanscom
Cat mannerisms and owner reactions are bullseyed in this very sweet tale of Chi's integration into a human family. Must read.Published 7 days ago by Bryan Leung
I got this book for my nephew. It is SO cute. If he likes it, I saw that there are quite a few volumes, so he could continue to read them.Published 29 days ago by MM LSU
I'm obsessed with this series. I have read books 1 through 11 and loved them all.
Who knew following a kitten around could be so great. Read more
This is the best book / manga / comics about cats on the world :)
I love it so much!