Synonyms: Chii's Sweet Home, Chiizu
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 31, 2008 to Sep 25, 2008
Duration: 3 min. per episode
Rating: G - All AgesL represents licensing company
Score: 7.891 (scored by 10177 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscats comedy cute slice of life
Jan 31, 2009
Chi’s Sweet Home is like the Nintendo Wii of anime. Anyone of all ages can enjoy it: your sister will like it, your mom will like it, even your grandma will like it, if she’s into anime and is cool like that.
The story is pretty clear-cut. A cute kitten named Chi gets lost and separated from her mother, and a human family that lives nearby finds her and decides to adopt her. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the apartment complex, so the Yamada family must keep Chi out of sight, especially from the landlady. The third quarter of the 104 three-minute-long episodes gets kinda repetitive and filler-ish, but once you get over this small hurdle and reach the last quarter of the anime, you’ll remember why you stuck with this series for so long. Chi’s Sweet Home is not only entertaining, but enlightening for future cat owners like me. It’s like an animated pet manual. I had no idea about some of the things I’d have to go through while owning a cat, until I watched this anime.
Some people may complain that more shadows or a darker color palette should’ve been used, but I think the watercolor style reminds me of a children’s book, which complements well with the innocent atmosphere of this anime. The animation stays very true to the manga’s design. Actually, if you were to set them side-by-side they would look almost exactly alike.
The OP theme with Chi the cat singing the lyrics is cute, but odd, to say the least. Even I wouldn’t be caught listening to it on my MP3 player -- and that’s coming from a person who likes Figu@Mate. XD The only thing I can compare the OP theme to is Menchi the dog howling the ED theme of Excel Saga (which is ironic, because it’s sung by the same voice actress). As for Chi’s ED theme…what ED theme? Lol. The rest of the music is standard and bubbly, but in a good way. Simple music for a simple anime. Most of all, I gotta give huge props to Satomi Koorogi for doing such a great job with Chi’s voice. Many times I thought they used a real cat!
The characters don’t have much depth, except the main star, Chi, of course. The parents and the little boy are mainly there to serve their role of caring for and disciplining Chi. Yet, the Yamada family does grow on you. Soon they will feel like distant relatives or close neighbors.
I’ve never said “kawaii” so many times in an anime. This anime is very funny, which may be hard for you to believe until you see for yourself. Chi’s facial expressions and the way she reacts to her owners are simply priceless. This anime isn’t all about comedy, though. It is also suspenseful when Chi is at risk of getting caught, and there are some sad moments where I couldn’t help myself from saying “Poor Chi,” or “Poor Dad.”
Unless you totally hate cats or are allergic to uber kawaiiness, you should give this anime a try. Even though it’s a hefty 104 episodes, the series is only a little over 5 hours in length. Heck, even if you have 30 minutes to spare, you can zip through the first 10 episodes to see if you like it. In my opinion, Chi’s Sweet Home is the best anime about a pet. It’s suitable for all ages, and you may even learn a few things about cats. read more
Apr 16, 2008
Art: What I found interesting is that the animation company behind the anime was Madhouse(The company who also did Deathnote and Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro), so I kinda expected some good clear movements and good artstyle. Which I did find and was happy for.
Sound: This is where I think CSH shines. Chi's voice is done by Satome Koorogi(Who has also done supporting roles like Menchi from Excel Saga and Nina from FMA) so I was kind of expecting a sweet cute voice that wasn't too high pitched. Her voice is just adorable from her normal talking as Chi to when she plays around with other objects in the house. The opening I have to add is also quite catchy. Problem is that it's short, like thirty seconds short.
Character: Chi as a character overall is great. A young kitten curious of how life works in the apartment and the way of living in it is just plain cute. From mistaking her litter box for a bed to believing the word wee was her name. As for other characters there isn't much to say. The humans just are well there and set up the scenario for Chi's actions.
Enjoyment: This series is bound to make either laugh or just blow you away with it's cuteness. You really have fun watching this series and just can't wait for the next episode to happen and see what funny thing Chi does next.
Overall: If you want a series to just give you a good laugh or if you're a cat fanatic I recommend it to you. The only problem I found with it is that the episodes are only 2 minutes and 20 seconds(2 minutes and 50 seconds including the opening). But still it's an easy series to pick up and enjoy. read more
Apr 3, 2008
Chi's Sweet Home has a pretty linear storyline: a kitty who lost her mom and now wanders on a journey to find her. She always thinks about her mother on her journey, and always has kind memories of her. So far I've seen there aren't so many obstacles in her way, nor any big trouble. This anime is to make you shout "KAWAII", it doesn't have a complicate plot.
The art is linear, clear and chibish for the most characters, Chi in the first place, but also humans; it fits well the kind of this show. Expressions are so funny, believe me they'll make you laugh and enjoy yourself while watching.
It also fits quite well the animation, and though there isn't so much outstanding background music, there are often carillons' sounds, or funny music to fit funny scenes. The opening song (there's no ED) is cute and childish enough to make you melt.
Chi is sooooo sweet, and everybody of you must at least agree with that. Also every other character shown is friendly. All the humans shown at the time I'm writing are pretty funny themselves. I'm really glad nobody hurt the little Chi, elseway it would have also hurt my heart.
Her story might turn out being something funny, sad or sweet, it's too early to say that. I really enjoy Chi's Sweet Home, and although I think 2:50 minutes are too short for an episode I enjoy every second of it. It's probably the cutest anime I've ever seen! read more
Apr 3, 2009
Being a children's anime plot isn't a key factor of the series but regardless of that it has a very nice little story. It's really great how one three minute episode can leave you rolling on the floor with laughter and the next will have tearing at your hair at anticipation. Some episodes will even having you balling like a baby.Also, the series actually has many realistic themes and will really hit home for anyone who has ever raised a kitten (litter box training, shedding, opening screen doors, ect.). The only complaint I have plot wise is that the end leaves many questions unanswered but I guess that's why the sequel is being released this month. ^^
What I like about the animation of "Chi's Sweet Home" is that it is consistently good. Many series have very smoothly done animation, half of the time. At certain episodes that have more plot relevance than others they suddenly get a budget increase. However, with this series the audience can always expect very cute animation. This can probably be accredited to it's three minute runtime.
Probably the most adorable freakin' opening theme. I'm sorry, but it's true.
The characters are very simple but it's amazing how the audience will grow attached to them over the 104 episodes. The cast is small but satisfying. Our main character Chi, aka the world's most adorable kitten and then her adopted family the Yamadas (no, not as in the Ghibli film by Takahata-sama). The family is made up of Yohei, a model child and a sweet kid, Mother, who tries to take care of everyone, and the easily excitable Father. About half way through the series, just in time to keep it from getting boring, come Blackie or the black bear cat, who teaches Chi about being a feline. Overall they all do a wonderful job bringing such a cute little show together.
In conclusion I highly recommend Chi's Sweet Home to anyone who likes animals, children's anime, or just love to go "awwww!" read more
Oct 6, 2008
There are about 104 episodes of pure love in the series, and even though the episodes are about 3 minutes long each in length, the series remains to be interesting with the short stories. Sometimes, it spans into a few episodes to create "story arcs" that equate to half a regular anime episode.
Chi's Sweet Home is about a little kitten named Chi (the circumstances of her naming is quite humorous), who gets lost from her mother, and is found by a family of 3. And that's when it all starts.
Since they are not allowed cats at their apartment, and they cannot just leave her outside, and they cannot seem to find anyone to take her, the humor starts with this crazy kitten, and trying to keep her secret.
This is for certain not deep or thought-provoking. It is a great little thing to watch if you want to watch something sweet. Or you feel a little down. It's hard to feel upset over a sweet little kitten.
Anywhoo... This is also great for young children. As long as they can read subtitles ok, or maybe not (sometimes it's funnier just watching Chi, and you needn't have words), this is great for them as well.
A very good anime you don't have to commit to, and watch at your leisure. Good for all ages.
Jul 13, 2010
Very simplistic in both sections. The animators didn’t bother much with it and frankly didn’t need to. The focus is the jokes and the moody kitten and anything else is just dressing. So, everything in the series is a very simple drawing, with almost antithetic placket colors that don’t have much variety or detail. Plus, the sound department is just simple music pieces and simple dialogues. What make them really impressive are the expressions and the body language everyone has. Chi for example, really acts and talks like a real kitten most of the time. She only cares about herself, and reacts to everything as if they are either a toy or an enemy. The people in the series act as normal, everyday citizens do, so their differences are huge. Both her reactions and those of her human caretakers are making even the simplest everyday chore to appear hard and funny. Even how everyone talks is do darn funny! Since Chi does not speak or understand the human language, everything she thinks usually has nothing to do with what the humans tell her or expect from her. So even the most mundane dialogue leads to a funny misunderstandment. In a few words, although animation and sound appear totally simple at first sight, in reality they pack a lot of context that really matters to pay attention to. And as I said, it is very funny if you love cats or know how those whiny critters react to something, such as water or hot food or sudden sounds and movements.
STORY SECTION: 5/10 [I peed properly!]
There is not much of a story in general. It is just slice-of-life, everyday situations with a kitten being the epicenter of all. Every episode lasts for only 3 minutes, so most stories are divided in three to four episodes of events that if I describe to you may feel totally boring. Yet, the story has a somewhat development, as a problem Chi overcomes never bothers her in the future and almost knows how to react to it thereafter. It even has a somewhat logical learning curve or natural development, as more or less these are the issues anyone owning a cat has to go through in the same order. So, at first it’s about Chi accepting to live in a house, then learning to pee in a sandbox, then dealing with the habit to scratch things, then getting to a vet, then dealing with her fur falling all over the place and so on. The ending is not really and ending and she doesn’t seem to grow any bigger at all. Yet, it’s one of those stories where the ending does not matter and you can always expect a sequel or something.
CHARACTER SECTION: 7/10 [I am not a cat. I am Chi!]
Just like the animation and the sound, the cast is simple but likable. The kitten is of course the main character and everyone else seems to exist just to deal with her. Yet, they all do their part without ever becoming unnecessary. If the father or the mother or the boy or the black cat or the landlord were to be taken out, a great deal of pleasure would depart as well. Each one of them offers something different to the story, so there are effectively no stunts present. None has an imposing presence or matures in something; yet they are all there for a reason. Although Chi is a remarkably simple yet wonderful character, she would be just a boring cat without the humans to cause trouble to.
VALUE SECTION: 5/10 [Make it move again!]
Most episodes can easily be skipped in a second viewing. Yet the events occuring in the series are easily memorable and will remain in your minds for good.
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 8/10 [Wanna play?]
The pace is generally very fast and does seem ironically realistic if you know of cats. Besides a dozen episodes where nothing much happens, it is a generally very entertaining series for the entire family. It is definitely not boring. Even action lovers will find it at least cute.
VERDICT: 6.5 / 10
Oh, such a cute kitten! How can such a fluffy little thing not be likable to someone?
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Sep 2, 2010
Chi will appeal to two kinds of people; young children and crazy, cat loving fanatics of which I am one. The art is simple and stylized. Honestly, I don't really like the way Chi looks but, because the Japanese know cats and love them, she still manages to capture the very essence of “catness” and the way people fall under their spell. I laughed out loud more than once as Chi brought to mind various cats who have run my life over the years. read more
Jul 18, 2010
Art: All the characters are drawn very cute. The backrounds are skilled as well.
Sound: The voices all fit the characters very well.
Characters: The characters are very likeable, especially Chi and Youhei
Enjoyment: An adorable show, perfect for any of the cat lovers of the world.
Jun 24, 2010
The basic story is that a kitten called Chi gets lost in the park and can't find her Mother. She is taken home by a young boy called Youhei and his family. They aren't allowed to keep pets in their appartment so all kinds of adventures are the result.
This is an anime that I didn't really think I would enjoy, because on first glance it doesn't look like anything special. The art is basic and chibi-like and the soundtrack is nothing new. But after watching the first episode I was convinced that Yamada Chi is the most adorable character I've ever seen.
The characters of the Yamada family are not very deep, as the focus is mainly on Chi. The boy (Youhei) is fairly sweet, and his parents are funny but they are still only background characters. Their purpose is to make things happen for Chi, the main character.
Chi is the reason that almost anyone will love this anime. Nobody can fail to squee when Chi doesn't understand things that are basic to most of us. It may be her utter confusion in every day situations that makes her so innocently sweet.
The length of the episodes is only three minutes so there is almost no effort needed and it's great if you have a short attention span like I do.
A final point: If you love cats this is a must watch. If you're allergic to them, watch it anyway. :) read more
Apr 11, 2008
Simple and don't not expect any complicated story. But this simple ,short story is very enjoyable and suitable for everyone.
If u listen carefully the sound of chi's mother, it's seems a bit weird and not sound like a cat. Besides that, everything seems to be ok.
All the character look very cute. Chi's has big and cute eye. Chi's eyes are even bigger than Youhei's father and mother. Youhei's father and mother's eyes are poorly design.
It is very enjoyable, short anime. This anime suitable to those who like cat and cute anime. Even your children can enjoy this show.
May 7, 2009
Non-existent. It's kinda there for like the first three episodes and then never touched on again. What's worse is that randomly Chi remembers the story for an episode and then completely forgets about it in the span of a minute (literally). I suppose it could be argued that the real story is about evading the land lady, then again I suppose it could be argued that this show wasn't crap... but not well.
Stylized at best, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt here. As a side note probably the only thing I ever like about this show are some of the random WTF faces various characters made.
OP theme sucked, limited use of sound effects, chi's voice is blood curdling (though admittedly cat like) and all of these things are constantly reminded to you in every episode (unless you're allowed to skip the OP, which I wasn't). The only good music is Bear Cat's Theme.
Generic... I know it's what they were going for but that doesn't change the truth. I can't even give them a gold star for dedication to generic because several of the side characters actually end up having some what unique personalities for the 10-30 seconds of air time they get.
I enjoyed when Chi went to the vet and the various flashbacks to it. Results may vary depending on your opinion of cats.
I suppose it's worth watching if you LOVE cats or making caturday memes. Chances are you'd be better off spending time with your real cat though. read more
Oct 17, 2008
But i find it touching :) makes me miss my cat which went missing
Art: its cute and chibi..Chi is soo kawaii
Sound: chi's voice is so adorable
Character:not many characters are introduced in this series but i have to say chi is so cute and stubborn lol
Enjoyment: this anime is seriously enjoyable..its a feel good anime that makes you smile :3
Overall i say its worth maybe an 8 or 9 :3
Sep 12, 2012
Chi's Sweet Home is a short 3-minute episode series about a kitten who lives with the Yamada family. You can read the summary yourself, we know that's not why you're reading this!
I love the pacing of this story! If you have not seen the now infamous Axis Powers Hetalia,( which is a 5-minute series), or any other series with episodes this short, you are missing out! But that is beside the point. This type of series is really difficult to write for because it has to present a good amount of information without feeling like you tried to stuff 30 minutes of content into a 5 min or less time slot. Chi's Sweet Home does this really well, and even sets you up for 2-parters at times. The story does get a little boring towards the end, but it picks up for a great finale.
I am not an art person, but the style does feel like it suits the tone of the anime. It is light and bright to suit the innocence of the characters and the tone. Also, as a avid manga reader, it pleased me to see that the character designs were kept in very good standing with the manga.
I don't know what to say about the BGMS. They're cute.....?
However, with the OP, it sets the mood entirely for the content you are about to watch. Koorogi Satomi does a wonderful job singing about Chi's simple needs and wants in this d'awwww invoking song.
Here's where I think the characters really shine. Every character is so believable as both an archetype and an individual, that you really think that the Yamada family could live down the street from you. I love that Chi and the family can speak to each other, but instead of going down the route where a lot of fiction (both Western and Eastern) go with making the animal understand the human and act accordingly, Chi understands almost none of it and figures it out with body clues and tone, just like a real cat would. I have 3 kittens now, and I feel that Chi is like my kittens on a screen. They do the exact. same. things.
I really enjoyed the throwback to my childhood this brought, and I would show this to any child or any adult who just wants a laugh at a cute kitten.
I believe that Chi's Sweet Home is overlooked as one of the greatest anime to be put out. It takes itself seriously, but doesn't. It knows what it is, a 3 minute anime. It does not try to make itself more than that. The scenes are heartwarming and funny if you have owned a pet before and can say- "Yeah, I've done that!!"
The characterizations are lovely and it's just a fun anime to watch.
So please, if you've got like 5-6 minutes, give it a shot! read more
May 27, 2013
Sure, it's an anime for younger children, the japanese is very simple, as are the short (only 6 minutes long) episodes, but when you start watching that all fades as Chi's antics with the Yamada family.
Each character is fully developed with a personality, and not as backdrops or reactionaries to Chi. Each of the Yamadas come to different conclusions on how to take care of Chi, or the best way to do something. Chi herself is well-rounded, curious, and acts much like a kitten would. It's very easy for cat-lovers to remember when their own cats were kittens and the antics they would do. read more
Dec 12, 2008