Maybe it’s best not to force people (or cats) to do things they don’t want to do (or become).
We’ve talked before about how Chi’s Sweet Adventure‘s main kitty Chi is like an innocent child. Like a human baby, Chi thinks of herself and not others. So, when she’s forced to wear an adorable bunny outfit by her family’s dad on Halloween, she is visibly unhappy. She rips off the outfit multiple times, irritated with how it feels.
The dad of the family, on the other hand, is determined to make Chi wear the bunny costume and get pictures. Every time Chi pulls it off, he puts it back on and equips his camera, prepared to get the best shot of the feline he can. However, his persistence finally makes Chi snap, and she scratches him on the hand.
How many times have your parents tried to push you to become something you’re not? Maybe you wanted to become a musician but your parents insist that you go to law school. Don’t those baggy clothes feel comfortable? Sorry, but your parents think an ironed shirt and khaki pants make you look snappy. But I want to be with this person… No, your mother and father know what’s best and you two aren’t meant to be.
After many attempts, Dad finally admits defeat, realizing that no matter how cute he thinks they are, Chi despises wearing the clothes he chooses. Chi’s playfulness, however, eventually leads her to wrapping herself up in a ball of yarn, making her almost look like a mummy. Even though it was completely unintentional, Dad is overjoyed that the cat dressed up. Because he didn’t force something on her, he was able to see a different side of her that he found equally–if not more–adorable.
This episode of Chi’s Sweet Adventure teaches us that forcing someone to be something they don’t want to be is not the right thing to do. Instead, it’s best to wait and love that person (or cat) for who they are.
Maybe I’m going too deep into this… After all, it’s a show about cats. However, I think that this episode teaches both parents and children a very important lesson about life. As a parent, I’m sure it’s very easy to project your ideal image onto a child. However, sometimes you have to stop and think: is what I’m doing really for the sake of my child? Or for my own satisfaction?
While very subtle, Chi’s Sweet Adventure teaches parents and children to accept the choices of those around them and to love those people for who they are, not for who they want them to be.
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. Amazon has confirmed that it will stream the anime on its Prime Video service in the future. In the meantime, you can watch the previous series with English subtitles on Crunchyroll.
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