After Kodansha’s Weekly Morning magazine revealed in spring that the jittery kitten Chi was getting a new 3DCG anime, the show’s first promo video announced that it would premiere on October 2nd. Amazon UK have since picked up the show for simulcast streaming, and you can watch the first episode now on Amazon Video.
The new anime is titled Koneko no Chi – Ponponra Daiboken (Chi the Kitten – Tummy-patting Big Adventure), and Satomi Koorogi is reprising her role as Chi from the original 2008 Chi’s Sweet Home anime and its 2009 sequel, Chi’s New Address. Her fellow main cast are all new to the series besides Noriko Hidaka, who was previously cast in Chi’s Sweet Home and Chi’s New Address as Mrs. Yamada, Yohei’s mother. The cast is listed as follows:
Ryoko Shiraishi (Hayate the Combat Butler‘s Hayate Ayasaki) as Yohei
Makoto Yasumura (Aikatsu!‘s Johnny Beppu) as Father
Maaya Sakamoto (Black Butler‘s Ciel Phantomhive) as Mother
Rikiya Koyama (Fate/stay night‘s Kiritsugu Emiya) as Kuroino
Motoko Kumai (2011 Hunter × Hunter‘s Canaria) as Kocchi
Noriko Hidaka (Ranma ½‘s Akane Tendo) as Chi’s Mother
Kaori Kitamoto, who was on planning support in the original anime, is chief supervisor of this series at Marza Animation Planet, while character VFX lead artist for Captain Harlock, Kiminori Kusano (name romanisation not confirmed), makes his directorial debut. Misuzu Chiba of Doraemon is handling series composition, Kusano and Satoshi Konosu are designing the characters, and Kenji Kondo of Polar Bear’s Café is composing the music.
Kanata Konami’s original manga Chi’s Sweet Home launched in Morning in 2004 and ended in June 2015. The series which made the shortlist for this year’s second annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics, had its 12th and final volume shipped by Kodansha in July 2015. The series is now being re-released by Vertical in 3-in-1 omnibus format, after they licensed the manga in 2009 and published its 12th volume in November 2015. The manga’s story has been summarised:
An adorable grey and white kitten with black stripes wanders away from her mother and siblings one day while enjoying a walk outside with her family. Lost in her surroundings, the kitten struggles to find her family and instead is found by a young boy, Yohei, and his mother. They take the kitten home, but, as pets are not allowed in their housing complex, they try to find her a new home. This proves to be difficult, and the family decides to keep the kitten.