Though simple, I very much appreciated this series for what it was.
The premise of Kabocha's Adventure is quite simple. It's an episodic slice of life series that depicts the life of a cat, Kabocha, and her owner. Throughout the 17 chapters we're introduced to various aspects of our characters day to day lives, and more importantly, the relationship the pair have. While not typically labeled as a comedy series, it most definitely is one, as it contains many scenes focused around light-hearted humor. Generally, the humor in Kabocha isn't anything that'll make you cry from laughing too hard or the like, rather, just like the
series itself, it's simple and makes you smile at its pure nature. Despite the premise being brisk and simple, I very much enjoyed it, fans of modest , slice of life, drama, or light-hearted comedy series will definitely not be disappointed with Kabocha's Adventure.
Being such a simple, slice of life series, the characters are definitely the focal point Kabocha. With that said, there are only two characters, the cat, Kabocha, and the unnamed owner. Despite being unable to speak, Kabocha is easily the most important character of this series, as most of the time we're following the owner as he follows his cat and the explains the various actions she takes. Kabocha is one cute cat, with a sassy personality to match, it's really quite enjoyable watching her prance about through the countryside and her interaction with her owner. She's also given a few personality flaws of sorts, such as being afraid of other cats due to not being raised by her mother, and being somewhat bossy (it sounds weird, but you'll understand what I mean).
And then there's the owner. We aren't given a name for this guy, but it's not really important anyway. This guy finds Kabocha as a kitten, abandoned, and raises her as his own. Eventually the two move to the countryside, a new environment for each of them, and where our episode series takes place. This guy is as good an owner as a cat could wish for, he truly bends over backward for Kabocha and treats her with respect. Not only does he treat her with some well deserved respect, but he also keeps her from unwitting danger many times, he even plays somewhat of a father figure to her, teaching Kabocha that she can't let a wild cat run all over her. If I were a cute little cat, I would want this guy to be my owner.
Similar to Igurashi's other series, the art in Kabocha is very impressive. The general style that's often seen from Igurashi is quite a sketchy, yet detailed one. However, I will remark that in this series the art tends to be a little more sketchy than usual, not that it's a problem. Also prominent is his artsy panels, which although less frequent, are interesting in appearance, and definitely under-utilized. The character designs are also nice, especially of Kabocha which are just some of the cutest cat illustrations I've seen in manga. Igurashi's art is simple underappreciated, a bloody shame, it's some of the best I've seen in the medium, having read hundreds of series.
Though not the greatest series of all time, it's certainly worth a read, especially considering it's only 17 chapters. If you're into simple, light-hearted series, with some cute characters and appealing art, this is likely a series that you'll enjoy.