Let me just start off by saying that despite my allergies to them, I like cats. A lot. But they’re kind of assholes. They wrap around your legs when you’re right in front of the stairs, they will only let you pet them when they feel like it, and they’re always meowing for you to open the door at the most inopportune moments. And doesn’t it make you feel jealous to see them lazing around every single moment?
— Garfield (@Garfield) April 4, 2016
Maybe this is why American television and comics portray cats as lethargic, cynical clumps of fur. While there’s the obvious example of Grumpy Cat, who has made his owner a fortune off of just his “I give no shits” attitude, cartoon felines like Garfield’s titular character are also portrayed as snooty jerks. Don’t get me wrong–Garfield has a heart of gold somewhere in that fur of his, but he’s only going to give that affection when he feels like it.
Maybe that’s why seeing the return of Chi in the new Chi’s Sweet Home anime–titled Chi’s Sweet Adventure (known in Japan as Koneko no Chi: Ponponraa Daibōken)–is so refreshing. Completely different from lethargic and smart-aleck kitties like Garfield, Chi is a ball of energy and childish innocence that is impossible to resist.
Originally beginning as a manga by Kanata Konami in 2004, Chi’s Sweet Home has been adapted into two anime: one in 2008 and one in 2009. However, a revival of the anime was announced in April, this time in 3D CG. Despite the change in animation style, Chi’s energy and purity haven’t gone away.
The greatest thing about Chi has to be her positivity and ability to find fun in the mundane–while cats in western media attempt to be cool and uncaring, Chi happily (and willingly) trots up to his owners and meows. When given the chance to check out a keyboard, she happily taps away, exclaiming one of her many catchphrases: “This is fwun!” Chi holds intense interest for the things around her, even though they might be as commonplace as a bouncy ball or tissue box.
— MUTTS (@MUTTScomics) September 17, 2016
Chi’s Sweet Adventure began airing in Japan on October 2, and it is streaming on Amazon’s Prime Video service as it airs. Currently, the anime is available on Amazon.co.uk with English subtitles. There is no word on when streaming in North America will begin. In the meantime, you can watch the previous series with English subtitles on Crunchyroll.
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