One day, a small kitten named Chi is found by a young boy named Youhei and his mother. They decide to bring her back to their home to live with them despite their apartment's rules against keeping any pets. Chi, Youhei, and Youhei's parents cherish their time together as they make new friends, good memories, and have fun times together.
These short adventures revolve around the daily life of Chi and her family, in addition to the many friends that they make along the way. No matter what trouble Chi ends up getting into, she knows that her family will always love her!
If you love cats like I do, then immediately stop reading this review and go watch. For the rest of you, proceed to the next paragraph.
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.
This will be a spoiler-free, incredibly-biased review. I love cats, I truly do..that's kinda why my username (as of October 17th, 2016) is what it is. But when I learned that there was an entire anime about the daily life of a cat, I was excited! I was even more excited to learn that it had 104 episodes!
...Unfortunately these 104 episodes are around 3 minutes, and not your typical 20-something. But hey, this format definitely works for Chi and her story. By having shorter episodes, chunks of a story can be told at a time, allowing for a breezy watching schedule if you're like me,
and nearing college within a year or so.
"So, what makes Chi so special, can't I just watch that newer Bananya show?" ..I know someone is asking that. Well, my answer is that Chi simply has more content, and in my opinion, a stronger emphasis on family. But I totally recommend watching Bananya as well!
Now, this moreso applies to the sequel series, but early on, there was a moment where I almost cried. Yes. I almost cried during a 3-minute short about an animated cat named "Chi". I won't spoil either of the two sagas in Chi's life, because I want you to experience it for yourself.
If you don't like cats, or animals in general..I can't guarantee that this show will do it for you. But if you do like those things, you might just like them even more.
With a CG series coming up soon, I thought it a good time to get my thoughts out on what I consider to be a sweet classic for pet fans, and you can most certainly watch this with your family.
The best word for Chii's Sweet Home is 'cute'. This show is pure, unmitigated cute. And I'll admit that isn't normally my thing because its rarely done right. That is to say that there's nothing wrong with cute, rather that cute in anime is very often interpreted as extremely dumb anime girls with fifty shades of glitter in their eyes.
Chii avoids this, being that the main focus is on a kitten. The anime is basically the adventures of a cute kitten doing cute things in her cute new home. Again, like I said, this show is CUTE. There's nothing really magical or supernatural about
it. More, its the slice of life of being a curious young kitten interacting with her new family and an unfamiliar world. Anyone who has had a kitten can account for both their massive bravery and massive cowardice that go humorously hand and hand, and this is well on display in Chii's Sweet Home.
The art is okay, mostly just servicable to the cute somewhat mascot-like design they've created for the titular character. The rest of the characters are done with very simple designs and the backgrounds are mostly just nice but not particularly memorable pastels. It works for the context of the format, especially since it adds to the whole theme of cute that you're experiencing. It fits the simple but insanely enjoyable characters anyhow, from the exuburant Papa to the titular Chii herself.
It's easy to enjoy Chii's Sweet House. If you like cute, and you like cats, you'll probably like this anime. Since I personally love cats, I loved this. It's enjoyable and genuine in its cuteness, and my day always brightens when I see a little Chii.
Very basic. It's about a kitten who gets lost from her family. She bumped into a little boy that took her in his family and the anime follows on what she does and how she feels with these new people she's currently living with. It's simple but enjoyable.
There isn't really a big cast of characters, we have Chi, the little kitten. She's very cute and very enjoyable to watch, for me mostly because she really acts like a real cat. She doesn't like water, is afraid of thunder storms and dogs, gets really upset at her owners for little things but then loves them
again and so on. Mom, Dad, and the little boy are likable but only serve to take care of Chi.
Satomi Koorogi does a great job at voicing Chi. She has such an adorable and fun voice to listen to that really fits with Chi's character. The opening for this anime is also very adorable and to be honest, I was expecting the opening to get a bit annoying since there are 104 episodes but surprisingly I did not skip it once.
It might not be spectacular but it has a nice charm to it. It's simply yet cute. Chi's expressions and how she reacts to her owners is hilarious.
There were definitely a lot of cute and funny moments in this anime and is really fun. There were also some not so happy moments where I felt a bit sad for Chi and Dad.
If you like cats or relaxing fun anime, I really recommend this for you. It can teach you a bit about Cats and is for all ages. It might have 104 episodes but they are 3 minutes each and overall can take up to 5 hours if you marathon the show in one day.
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