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30 Days Of Anime Challenge – Day 21

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As we’ve found with some installments, some of these challenges are harder than others because of what they’re really asking. The 21st day is another one of those as it asks for your favorite goofy anime character. I typically do not care for the goofy type at all since they tend to be more of a distraction than anything else, forcing humor into a situation and being the kind of friend that most people would want to slap after prolonged exposure. The one that came to mind that I actually rather do look is that of Kuwabara from Yu Yu Hakusho, but there are so many instances where he’s not goofy that I felt it would be hard to include him for this day. What I realized though, in a moment of lucidity, is that there is one very adorable goofy character out there that I love very, very much.

And that’s Chi, from Chi’s Sweet Home / New Address. After four seasons of the series, which ended in 2009 with 101 episodes, we were treated regularly to lots and lots of adventures of this silly, goofy, cautious and energetic young kitten getting to know their world. Chi managed to make me smile and laugh repeatedly throughout it as we got to see what she does to occupy her time and she can legitimately be a goofy character without being irritating. It also helps that the episodes were just under three minutes in length, so you got the right dose of her antics. Yet even after that many episodes, it never got tiring and the manga is much the same way. Chi brings the right kind of goofy to the screen and puts it all behind one of the most adorable expressive faces out there when it comes to goofy characters and makes it work. While there’s an uncountable amount of goofy anime characters out there, Chi’s isn’t forced and comes from her natural curiosity and playfulness, making it delightful to watch.

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