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104 of 104 episodes seen
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!