Can a grey and black kitten with big, inviting eyes warm your heart in two minutes thirty seconds? Its quite possible. Based on Konami Konata's manga (published in the US by Vertical, Inc), lets all meet Chi.
What They Say
A heart-warming story of a kitten's daily adventures and its owner family. Chi, a tenderhearted, mischievous newborn crossbreed cat, gets separated from her mother but is picked up by a kindhearted boy and stays with his family. Every moment of their daily life is filled with something we can all cherish.
"Chi's New Address" is produced by Madhouse and each episode is around three minutes long (although the intro seems like it is 30 seconds after you see it over and over again). Each episode is roughly one chapter in the manga. This series is actually the second season which makes me wonder why the first season isn't up for streaming.
The little episodes center around the Yamada's. Mom, Dad and their small son Yohei. One day, they find Chi who was separated from her kitty family. Initially, they attempt to find a home for the kitten as their housing complex does not allow pets. Eventually though, they decide to keep her as part of their family. Just in secret.
In the second season, Chi is showing signs of wanting to get outside of the house and the family believes that it would be best if they give Chi to some relatives in Hokkaido. This decision isn't made lightly and when Yohei finds out, he runs away with Chi. Knowing that all of them have grown to love the little kitten, Mom and Dad make the decision to move to a complex that allows pets. From then on, we're treated to Chi's adventures as she adapts to her new home.
While Crunchyroll did not have the first series available for streaming, getting into the show is pretty easy. The Yamada family are good natured, kind people. Mom and Dad are positive, understanding people. Yohei, their young son, provides most of the "cute" moments through his interactions with Chi and just by being a good, little boy.
Chi, of course, is the star of the show. Her cute, "cat-like" inner voice (Satomi Korogi) describes the reason behind her actions as she acts just like a curious, scheming kitten does. She plays with toys, investigates new things, covers in fear at the sound of something new, reacts to bad memories and adapts to a new environment.
I was particularly impressed how some instances were handled within the show. For example, when Chi discovered moving boxes in her house, they automatically became a new playground. Before she knew it though, she would look around and see that the place was completely empty. She couldn't quite grasp what was happening as she wondered around confused.
Another great example took place in episode seven when Chi had to be secretly moved out of the house. She is placed in a basket that carried with it very bad memories. One time, she was placed in the basket and arrives at the Vet's office where they drew blood. Another time, she met up face to face with a huge dog. Of course, she is extremely agitated by this action. I can tell you from experience, cats remember these sorts of things and react accordingly. It was very cute to see this make it into the show.
"Chi's Sweet Home - Chi's New Address" is a very cute show without being overbearingly so because of it's length. Because each episode is about three minutes long, you can watch a quick episode to get a nice injection of cute into your life. This is especially true if you're a cat lover. In these first ten episodes, it's been very easy to just jump right in and enjoy the characters.
I find Chi pretty darned cute so far and her actions as a cat bring a nice smile to my face. I know there are more characters I've yet to see (as evidenced in the opening theme montage) so I'm curious to see if this little show can show me a little bit of depth. Just being cute doesn't get the job done forever. However, in "Chi's" case, they're off to a good start.
Japanese Language, English Subtitles