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Forget LOLcats, it’s all about the Sweet Home of Chi!
It all started a couple of years ago when I was in Kinokuniya Bookstore browsing for manga one day. There was a TV on the 2nd floor that showed anime and then the show appeared. The TV showed an adorable kitten and its experiences living with its owners. I immediately thought “WHY IS THIS SO CUTE!?” Later, I found out more about Konami Kanata’s “Chi’s Sweet Home” and the series being shown on Crunchyroll. With Vertical Inc. picking up & publishing the title in North America, I finally decided to give the series a read. Chi’s Sweet Home is definitely an all-ages title, but there are some underlying mature themes behind it.
Vertical is one of the best manga publishers in the U.S. out there. A majority of people will agree with me & I think they pick some of the more unique releases out there. Not a lot of manga titles, but there are gems in that treasure lot.
I will be reading the following from their catalog:
- Velveteen & Mandala by Jiro Matsumoto
- The Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka
- Twin Spica by Kou Yaginuma
- Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata
- Black Jack by Osamu Tezuka
- Peepo Choo by Felipe Smith
- 7 Billion Needles by Nobuaki Tadano
I am already reading Twin Spica & Chi’s Sweet Home and highly recommend both series to readers. Twin Spica is such a heartwarming tale about making your dreams come true while Chi’s Sweet Home has some huge adult themes underneath the cuteness. Peepo Choo is another interesting read, though there’s a lot of unnecessary violence & sex.
I probably will start reading Black Jack & 7 Billion Needles.
Another fun fact: I did not know Vertical published Nintendo Magic: Winning the Videogame Wars.
Happy manga reading, folks.