Hailing from Japan, this media franchise began with a manga series, and has blossomed into eleven written volumes, two seasons of a television show, and a myriad of merchandise. Here at the library we have all eleven volumes of the manga, and (fresh off the truck yesterday) the first season of the TV show! This is a story I would recommend to anyone who loves cats or cute things.
A mother cat takes her kittens on their very first walk outside. Along the way one tiny grey kitten gets lost. Alone, scared, cold, and starving, the kitten cries for her mother to come find her, but the Yamada family gets there first! The Yamadas name the little cat Chi and welcome her into their home. The stories come in bite-size, slice-of-life narratives detailing Chi’s adventures and her family’s harried attempts to keep her existence a secret from their pet-averse landlord.
There is no hiding the fact that this TV and book series is targeted towards children, but that does not diminish my love for it. Each story/episode captures cat ownership in a way that will entertain viewers of all ages. The books are translated into English and should be no problem for younger readers. The cartoons are in Japanese with English subtitles, so those who hate subtitles have been warned.
This is in all honesty my favorite anime and manga series, ever. It is relatable, touching, and very very cute. There are several chapters/episodes that made me cry, and that is the highest compliment I could ever give to any story.