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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 Youhei. 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. Later, the Yamadas move into a new house, and Chi has to adjust once again to her new surroundings.

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.


The manga finally wrapped up in 2015 after it's 11 year run. However, the anime has now gotten a reboot serving as a sequel to the Madhouse anime, airing in 2016. The reboot's episodes are about ten minutes long as opposed to three, the first season aired 51 episodes and it has now begun its second season.

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This manga provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Youhei and his parents' 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.
    • Ann the kitten has grey fur exactly like Chi in the manga, in the CGI series, she has much lighter grey or lilac fur. She is also a blotched tabby, like her mother as opposed to her 'mackerel' tabby siblings. This is probably to make it easier to tell her and Chi apart.
  • Adult Fear: Episode 25 of the CGI reboot series is a possibly unintentional example for anyone who's ever owned both a pet cat and a pet bird. Chi repeatedly tries to eat the parakeet that the Yamadas are pet-sitting, ends up letting it out of its cage, and generally causes a huge mess. It's all Played for Laughs, but if you've ever been in that situation, you probably won't find it funny.
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  • Anthropomorphic Shift: A subtle example. Chi and the other cats act slightly more human-like in the 2016 series than in the 2004 and 2009 series, though they're still obviously pets.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Goldfish don't have eyelids. Or teeth, for that matter. Is Flutter part betta? They're the ones with a mouthful of fangs.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Chi can be very easily distracted, being a kitten.
  • Author Appeal: Every single one of Konami Kanata's manga are about cats.
  • Baby Talk: 'Chi-go' ("Chi-speak" or "Chi language"), which is kept in the English manga.
  • Battle Aura: Kuroino, when his territory is intruded on.
  • Bland-Name Product: "Nam's" cat food for "Iam's".
  • Butt-Monkey: Mr. Yamada, who tends to get the short end of the stick during Chi's antics and has difficulty in pleasing her.
  • Cat Concerto: The 2016 anime has an episode with one, which causes a Disney Acid Sequence.
  • Cats Are Mean: Definitely subverted (if not outright averted), since Chi's annoyances are presented from her point of view.
  • 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.
  • Continuity Reboot: The 2016 CGI anime has Chi and family living in the new apartment, or one resembling it, but Blackie is still in the neighborhood and acts as a mentor to Chi, while the animals from Chi's New Address are nowhere to be seen. Instead, Chi makes friends with a male kitten named Come-Come, along with a few other, less-frequently-appearing cats like sister and brother pair Ann and Telly.
  • Cute Kitten: Chi herself. Many of the other kittens also qualify.
  • Cuteness Proximity: The pet shop lady goes into this around Chi.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Chi, being a cat, has a prominent pair.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Cocchi/Come-Come is a tsundere kitten who pretends to be annoyed by Chi, but actually loves playing with her. He slowly warms up to Chi at first, but comes a long way and admits to being her friend after she gets food poisoning from eating some rotten sidewalk-chicken. He remains a tsundere, however.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Season 2 of the CGI adaptation, strangely enough, dips into this with "Fluffyland," a colorful, physics-defying, Seussian world populated by tasty flying fish as well as more dangerous creatures that the kittens find inside of a tree stump.
  • Drama Bomb: Episode 103 of Sweet Home; Blackie moves away, leaving Chi devastated.
  • Gecko Ending: The first anime ended well before the manga did. As such, it doesn't feature the ending from the manga, which involves Chi returning to her original family, but ultimately choosing to live with the Yamadas in Paris. The 2016 anime ignores the manga ending altogether.
  • Good Parents: Chi's mom is another example. She even saves Chi from being hit by a car.
  • Gone Horribly Right: When Chi decides, after being moved multiple times, that she is not moving for the vacuum cleaner again, Mrs. Yamada uses the hose and brush extension on her and Chi loves it. The next time Mrs. Yamada 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.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Chi and Blackie's relationship is best described as this.
  • Kawaiiko: Chi. She's a kitten.
  • 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. It's based on the way the Japanese word for "pee" is pronounced.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Toilet Training Plot: Early on, both Youhei and Chi are learning not to miss their respective bathrooms, and both have at least one accident before finally getting it.
  • Tsundere:
    • Alice seems like a dignified show cat, but loves chasing after things all the same.
    • Cocchi/Come-Come from the 2016 adaptation is a completely straight example of a tsundere, right down to his Verbal Tic. Keh.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In the 2016 anime, Yohei's mother hates frogs and freaks out when he brings one into the house.
  • 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.


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Chi learns to use the litter box at the same time Youhei learns to use the toilet.

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