Author: Konami Kanata
Genre: Manga, Slice of Life
Publisher: Vertical Inc.
Release date: October, 2010
Length: 162 pages
I got this book: Purchased at the Book Depository
The Yamata family find a lost kitten in the park and decide to take her in even though pets are forbidden in their apartment complex. Life with Chi, as they name her, is full of typical kitty mischief and misunderstandings between the cat and human perspectives.
I have watched the first season of the anime a few years back and this manga was on my wishlist for quite some time. I used the Hello Japan Challenge as an excuse to finally purchase this manga. This manga is quite different from the typical manga format. For one, this manga is full color, which in most manga isn't the case. I found this a plus though, because I think this manga wouldn't nearly been as cute in black and white. Normally I am not bothered by it, but in this case they made the right decision to go full color. The one thing I did find odd though is that they decided to change the format from it's normal right to left reading style. I know of course that reading from left to right is the norm in the Western culture, but I have read so many manga, that I was bothered that they changed the format. To me reading manga right to left is a part of the authentic experience. However this is the only flaw I saw in this series. Chi's Sweet Home is full of everyday recognisable situations for cat owners, which made this a real feast to read. I have read this manga from the beginning to the end with a smile on my face and even laughed out loud in some cases. So this manga is highly recommended to every cat lover out there. Even my BF, who first said it wasn't really his thing, gave in and read it in one go last night, enjoying himself. We will get the rest of the series for sure.
Purchase links: The Book Depository
Other reviews: Volume 2
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This book is part of the Hello Japan Challenge, Manga Challenge and What an Animal Reading Challenge.