Chi’s Sweet Home (#1) by Kanata Konami

Di18Y8mU4AEq278Chi is a michievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Seperated from the warmth and protection of her mother, feels distraught. Overcome with loneliness she breaks into tears in a large urban park meadow., when she is suddenly rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. The kitty is then quickly and quietly whisked away into the warm and inviting Yamada family apartment…where pets are strictly not permitted.


I love my neighborhood used book store.  It’s kinda dingy on the outside but climbing up to the second floor lifts you into paradise – shelves of books that reach ten feet high, with bins on the floor to hold the overflow.  Novels, non-fiction, manga – any book that’s had a tiny bit of popularity (and many that haven’t) are guaranteed to be here.

So when Meonicorn recommended Chi’s Sweet Home it was the perfect excuse… er, reason to make a trip.  It doesn’t hurt that the bookstore is close to my favorite breakfast place, either.

I was good and didn’t get the fancy toast.

The manga is originally written in Japanese, which I read, and has been translated into English.  Chi is a kitten that becomes separated from her mother and is taken in by the Yamadas.  They’ve never had a cat before – and their apartment doesn’t allow pets – so they try to take care of Chi on the downlow.  If you’ve ever had a cat, especially a rescue, you’ll identify with what they go through.  Will Chi know how to use the litter box?  Will she try to run away?  And how can I buy back my kitty’s love after traumatizing her at the vet? 😉

The manga is in full color and is completely adorable.  Chi looks just like my cat when encountering a new toy:


And I’m tickled by this depiction of a cat nightmare:


It’s a quick read and not taxing in any way, but that’s kind of the point. If you like cats and need a pick-me-up Chi’s Sweet Home is just the thing.

4 thoughts on “Chi’s Sweet Home (#1) by Kanata Konami

  1. I introduced my elder son to Chi when he was 6 and my second son loves her too. It’s a perfect kawai comfort read (together with a fancy coffee or tea…)

    1. Tea and Chi – it’s a perfect combo 🙂 I love that your sons read them when they were about Youhei’s age, what a lovely way to relate to the story!

    1. I’m so happy I found this cafe within an easy bike ride. Japan being what it is you have to wait in the smoking section for a seat to open up in non-smoking, but it’s worth it… especially when I splurge on the sweet toast! 😉

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