So here's one that was ordered for licensing purposes, but Company B won't be picking up.
Chokotto Hime is a 4-panel manga about a cat & her owner. The title sounded moe or cute-adventure (still moe), so I think that's why it was ordered.
Well I was right about the moe thing.
The cat is a cat, but half the time she's depicted as a human-shaped girl. I think Taruto was like that.
Nabe-kun (nii-chan to Hime) finds a cat, looks for someone to adopt it, but decides to adopt it himself. He's never had a pet before, so he learns to take care of a cat & slowly becomes what all cat owners are... oya-baka, meaning stupid parent.
It's the syndrome where you think that your cat is the cutest cat ever.
Anyway, having a stupid but oh-so-cute cat myself, I'm a sucker for cat manga like this. Yeah, it's moe, but there's nothing morally disturbing (even if Hime is depicted as a human & calls her owner "nii-chan"), and the art is cute.
It's too bad that the cover art isn't that cute. It'll draw the moe loving ota's, but cat loving women like me wouldn't pick it up by looking at the cover. There are cuter color images within the manga too (they're not printed in color, but was originally in color), altho it's more loli-tic.
Author: Ayami Kazama
Volumes: 1 (on-going)
Publisher: Square Enix
Likelihood of Company B to license: -4
Not much market for 4-panel manga in the US yet. Although it would be something cute to serialize on a website, and release it a la the web-comic method. Something Company B is considering for some of Parent Company B's titles, but it's not something easily do-able with other publishers.
It was released several months ago, and we received it at Company B a while back. I saw it when it was unpacked, but buyer K misplaced it or something. Staffer D found it hidden behind a bunch of boxes & so I did a dance of manga joy.
So about Chi's Sweet Home.
I'm a sucker for cat manga.
Although I didn't know Chi's Sweet Home was a manga at first.
I found out about Chi's Sweet Home as a gachapon figure. I always try to look for the manufacture info, cuz that's what you do when you work in character licensing. And I noticed that the credits listed Kodansha. Then one of the pieces of paper said "manga on sale."
So that's where my search for Chi's Sweet Home began. I did eventually find it at K-Books in Akihabara. So I bought volumes 1 and 2.
Chi's Sweet Home is a story about a little kitten who gets adopted by a family comprised of dad, mom, and a young boy named Yohei. The family lives in an apartment building that doesn't allow pets, so they don't give the kitten a name at first... but as they teach the kitten how to pee ("chii" in little kid talk), it thinks its name is Chi.
What's cute about Chi's Sweet Home are the Chi-isms.
Chi has a distinct way of talking, and for people who like to talk out what their cats are thinking... well, it's just nose-bleed material.
Chi says "Pon pon ra-" (ポンポンら～) when she's full.
"pon pon" refers to having a full belly (it makes a "pon pon" sound like a drum).
Oh, one thing about this manga is that (I think) it's originally done in black & white, then re-colored for the comic book release. Or that's what it sounded like in the early volumes. 調べう(Chi-ism).
Chi's Sweet Home vol 3 came standard or limited edition. So I of course got the limited edition without knowing what it's going to be. And it was a Chi strap. Very cute.
More cat manga I'd like to eventually review:
Shippo to Tomodachi (Friends with Tails)
Orange Nikki (Orange's Diaries)
Neko Neko Fantasia
Although I don't really care for the last two. But I do own them, so I should talk about them.
Chi's Sweet Home
Author: Kanata Konami
Volumes: currently up to vol 3
Likelihood of Company B to license: - 2
President K loves cats. So maybe I can convince him.