Chi's life continues to find multiple challenges both indoors and outdoors in cute form.
Writer/Artist: Konami Kanata
What They Say
Chi and the Yamadas have moved into their new home where pets of all kinds are welcome. The new environment immediately has the family of five thriving. More space and more freedom allows them to expand their horizons, and Chi takes full advantage of it. With so many more furry friends to associate with, she decides to explore the neighborhood. So long as she can trace her scent back home, little Chi's feline adventures have no limits!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The fifth installment of Chi's Sweet Home brings out several fun little adventures for everyone's favorite cat as she tries her best to have fun and enjoy her life. What's both cute and problematic with her at this point is the way that Kanata seemingly has her getting so easily lost multiple times that it can be a little too much if it feels like it happens each volume. That does let her go exploring pretty far at times though which brings her to new places and meeting new animals and people, but it's a trick that feels like it's being overused. Of course, how much can you do with a kitten for stories before it starts to seem too repetitive?
That said, Kanata does keep things very fun and cute here even if it is starting to get to that repetitive side. Chi's indoor adventures here have the air of the familiar as she struggles with finding a good place to sleep, especially since her dad won't let her sleep on top of him as she rolls right onto his face. She does prove that a cat can sleep pretty much anywhere though which is quite adorable. There's also a very cute two part story that has her making the trip all the way upstairs to her dad's room where she discovers a vibrating cell phone that definitely freaks her out a bit. But there's so many things to explore there and so many familiar scents to enjoy. The best comes when she gets caught up in a big roll of tape and then tries to play the whole thing off as if she had absolutely nothing to do with it.
Chi's outdoor adventures lead her to lots of places which feels like she's getting pretty far out into the world since she gets easily lost. Thankfully, they do offer a map at the end of the book in the extras section by Kanata which helps to show that she's not really going all that far off the beaten path. Chi gets to explore a park with a lot of kids as well as a little section where kids and cats seem to get together. She makes a friend who invites her to move in, though Chi has to stay off a particular pillow, but the offer stands to stay there as long as she likes. One of the main things that comes up is that she comes across a cat that says she knows Chi's mom, having seen Chi there when she was a bit smaller before before she ended up with Yohei and his family. Seeing the potential for Chi to find her mother and siblings again is certainly interesting, and with the map in mind, the chances of them coming across each other seems like a given at this point.
Chi's Sweet Home hits a lot of fun little stories here but it's also feeling like it's hit a bit of a lull as well that's holding it back some. Some of what it's doing is starting to feel a bit too familiar which isn't the best thing at this point. There are a lot of fun things here though, especially at the beginning with Chi exploring the upper room in the house. The story involving her with the brush that Yohei's dad gets for her is positively priceless as Chi experiences heaven, and memories of her mother as well, in a way that Kanata draws beautifully. While I had figured that the third volume of the series would be where the hump would be, I'm feeling that this volume is the better point for that as it's fun but it's getting more repetitive than it should be at this point. I want to see where the book goes, but I'm hoping for more variety going forward and less of Chi getting lost outside.
Writer/Artist: Konami Kanata