Originally a (seinen
!) manga series written by Konami Kanata, Chi's Sweet Home is the story of a lost kitten who tries to return home to her mother and littermates, only to be adopted by a couple (the Yamadas) and their young son. However, the apartment complex in which the family lives doesn't allow pets, so a lot of time is spent preventing the landlady and the other tenants from seeing Chi.
The anime is produced by Madhouse
, and each episode is three minutes long. The episodes correspond to one chapter from the manga. Chi is voiced by Satomi Koorogi
, better known as Menchi of Excel Saga
and Umagon/Ponygon from Zatch Bell!
The manga is currently licensed by Vertical, with its first volume released July 2010. Both seasons of the anime were licensed by Discotek Media
in April 2014.
Povides examples of:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Youhei and his parent's hair color would sometimes change in a different story or scene in the earlier volumes of the manga. In the anime, their hair color is completely different most notable for Youhei whose hair was orange in the original manga while his hair is brown in the anime.
- Art Evolution: Chi's facial and head design in the earlier volumes looked a lot more realistic◊ compared to her Anime design.◊ Most notable when Chi's head is turned to a different angle or during a close up in the manga. Chi would later start looking more like her Anime counterpart around volume 4.◊
- All Just a Dream: "Cat, Taken Away"
- Animal Reaction Shot
- Animals Hate Him: Youhei's friend (and the pet store clerk's brother!) Ryu, but he gets better once he gets Chi down from a tree.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Chi can be very easily distracted, being a kitten.
- Baby Talk: 'Chi-go' ("Chi language"), which is kept in the English manga.
- Battle Aura: Kuroino, when his territory is intruded on.
- Bland-Name Product: "Nams" cat food for "Iams".
- Butt Monkey: Mr. Yamada, who tends to get the short end of the stick during Chi's antics and has difficulty in pleasing her.
- Cats Are Mean: Definitely subverted, since Chi's annoyances are presented from her point of view.
- Cat Smile: From Chi, naturally.
- Cat Stereotype: Chi fits the "hyperactive" and "friendly" tabby stereotypes, but Kuroino/Blackie doesn't really fit the "black cat" ones. His are more of a cross between the "orange" and "gray" stereotypes.
- Also, Cocchi is very much a black-and-white cat stereotype.
- Cheerful Child: Chi and Youhei.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In New Address, Tama sometimes reflected on her little sister, who was separated from her. Chi runs into said sister, Hana, in episode 97 when she's trying to find a way back home. She's living with a couple and is a mother now.
- Cool Big Sis: Tama
- Cute Little Fangs: Chi has a prominent pair.
- Dogs Are Dumb: Eventually subverted with David.
- Festival Arc: Episodes 70 to 72 of New Address
- Fun Size: Huge eyes on a tiny kitten.◊ Almost creepy when she's excited, as the pupils dilate.◊
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Chi does this a lot in the original manga.
- Good Parents: Youhei's parents.
- Gone Horribly Right: When Chi decides, after being moved multiple times, that she is not moving for the vacuum cleaner again, Mom uses the hose and brush extension on her and Chi loves it. The next time Mom tries to vacuum Chi actively gets in her way in hopes of getting brushed again.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: The pet store clerk towards Chi constantly, even after she learns she has an owner.
- Kawaiiko: Chi. She's a kitten.
- Kindly Vet
- Licensed Game: Yes, there is a video game based on Chi's Sweet Home which is available for the Nintendo DS.◊ But only in Japan.
- Meaningful Echo: Chi's statement of "I can't see him, but he's there!" is repeated towards the end of New Address.
- Never Work with Children or Animals: Chi and Youhei (the Yamadas' son) provide most of the humor.
- No Name Given: The pet store clerk.
- A number of the neighborhood cats also remain nameless, despite apparently becoming good friends with Chi.
- Not So Above It All: Alice
- The Obi-Wan Kuroino/"Blacky".
- Tama's friends think this of Fuji-san, but he's very much retired.
- The Ojou: Alice
- Potty Emergency: Chi doesn't get that her litter box is, well, her litter box. Also, a few instances with Youhei.
- It's interesting to note that the events surrounding this trope is the reason for Chi's name.
- Potty Failure: Youhei around the same time Chi's being litter-trained.
- Properly Paranoid: Whenever the family needs to take Chi to the vet or someplace like that they will take her there in a basket with blanket in it. By the time they move to the new place in season 2 Chi is certain that the new home they have taken her to is a bad place, because they carried her there in the basket.
- Put on a Bus: Kuroino/"Blackie". He comes back for a short time as of Episode 100 of New Address.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The driving focus of the series.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: The landlady, when referring to the "bear cat" (see Episode 87)
- Shout-Out: One of the dolls to camouflage Chi was that of Blossom.
- Small Name, Big Ego Cocchi, the black-and-white kitten from the manga and OVA.
- Sweet Dreams Fuel: Little episode length, big time cute.
- Talking Animal: Similar to Garfield in that the cats' mouths don't actually move, except for typical cat noises.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: Kuroino/"Blacky", who is this in tomcat form.
- Tsundere: Alice seems like a dignified show cat, but loves chasing after things all the same.
- Urine Trouble: Goes with Potty Emergency above.
- Zany Scheme: What Chi's owners have to go through to keep her in their apartment. However, before they finally decided to keep her, they put out advertisements in the newspaper for a kitten. They don't succeed, though.