A grey and white kitten with black stripes wanders away from her mother and siblings one day while enjoying a walk outside. Lost in her surroundings, the kitten struggles to find her family and instead is found by a young boy, Youhei, and his mother. They take the kitten home, but pets are not allowed in their housing complex, so they try to find a new home for the kitten. This proves to be difficult, and the family eventually decides to keep the kitten, naming her "Chi."
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.
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.
To be fair this isn't the anime for me, never was, never will be. I was more than aware of this fact before I even saw the first episode; I was more than aware of this before the show even existed. So why then would I waste 312 minutes of my life on it? I was forced to by a friend. Anyway if you don't like cats you will hate this show, stop reading this now. If you like cats you've probably already watched this show twice, loved it and own a Chi T-shirt; I hope this review will show the latter group the error
of it's ways.
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.
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