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Chi’s New Address Review

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Home is where the heart is

Home. The place where you go when you want to feel comfortable, to feel calm, to feel safe. A place you can always go back to after you’re finished whatever business you have within society. But what happens when that place changes? When you move? What does it take for a new house to become a home?

Chi. The cat that could, would, but probably shouldn’t do whatever she wants. Having cemented her place in the Yamada family through a combination of endearing actions and unarguable cuteness, Mum and Dad Yamada are finding it immensely difficult to hand Chi over to a family who can look after her without fear of repercussions from a landlord. Thus they arrive at the only option that they can both agree on: move. To find a place that will allow pets indoors and thus alleviate all of the stress that their rambunctious new family member has placed them under since their fortuitous meeting. Especially when they try to keep her quiet. Thus they move. Thus the title of the series. Thus a new set of pros, cons and methods for which Chi to test her family’s love. Though, despite the shenanigans of Season 1, the Yamada’s actually managed to keep Chi’s presence quiet from the landlord…except for the part where they outright told her during their move. Honourable. Completely unnecessary, but honourable. Good for them.

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Same family, new home…

To really ramp up the innocence and cuteness of our feline protagonist, Chi spends a while trying to understand her new surroundings. So beginning the initial replacement for the “hiding Chi” plotline, though admittedly her attitude is reminiscent of the more chaotic episodes from early Season 1, wherein Chi was adjusting to life inside. Suffice it to say a number of objects receive the honourary title of plaything, much to the family’s dismay. Once all of that is out of the way however and Chi becomes accustomed to her new surroundings, she begins exploring once again. Now, whilst this is the central action of the series, for a family that cares enough about their cat to move on a day’s notice, they really do not keep a good eye on her. Seriously, she wanders all over town and the Yamadas just shrug and wonder where she is. I get that this is by no means a serious show, I just always found that funny. Especially considering how traumatic it was for Dad Yamada to leave Chi at home alone. Let’s just chalk it up to character development and the fact that this is a G rated series about a cat and move on.

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…new friends…

As Chi continues to wander, we come to see what season 2 adds to Chi’s little big adventure: characters. After moving, the Yamadas introduce themselves to their fellow pet loving tennants and quickly establish the faces that will round out what was originally a rather small cast. Chi nets herself quite a few animal companions from all manner of species, though attention is focused on the new feline additions to the cast. As Black Cat did in Season 1, Chi’s friends continue to look out for her and attempt to impart the ways of cat life. Of course this goes about as well as you’d expect it to considering who their student is, but nevertheless Chi continues to earn praise and respect from her peers when her sporadic actions turn out for the positive. Which they always do. Again, G rated series, things work out for the better. Yohei also receives a little extra screentime/development when his two school friends join the cast. That being said, this friendship becomes inextricably linked to Chi almost immediately and revolves around the little furball like everyone else does.

Just as with Season 1, Chi’s New Address features a super cute art style that really drives home the series’…cuteness. This isn’t exactly a anime that you come into looking to be surprised. It’s about a cute cat doing cute things. So it’s cute. Even the human cast is cartoonishly youthful in appearance, a look that is accomplished mainly via their eyes, which exist as little more than dots.

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…and most importantly, new food

As you may have guessed by now, Chi’s New Address is cute. Having learned how to act within the confines of her home, Chi continues to discover new things about the world. So follow along as a succession of 3 minute episodes connect into what is a surprisingly thoughtful story. Sure its a simplistic one, but it is aimed at a young audience, albeit one old enough to read subtitles. Regardless, having an overall optimistic attitude towards life is a message that really doesn’t have an age restriction. So enjoy Chi’s New Address for what it is, a fun little series about an exuberant bundle of fur adapting to change and learning all manner of life lessons…then blowing most of those lessons off in order to have fun. Such is life.

Homes may change, but you can always find this DVD on Siren Visual

Grade: B+

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