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I know that this is something that usually do not care about or choose to cover, but I can no longer pass it up anymore. Normally I would never review a manga/graphic novel but I have a special reason for doing so. It has been ten years since the initial release of manga in Japan thus giving me reason to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the series. I also have some personal reasons, do due in part this is the first magna that I have read all the way through, due in part it was given to me from a dear friend in my senior year of high-school.
Okay getting all of my personal feeling of this series aside lets get on with an overview for it. Chobits is a series created from the well known group "Clamp", who have done such great series like "Card CaptorSakura" and "Code Geass ". The manga was first serialized in “Young Magazine” and published by “Kodansha” from Feb. 14th 01 until Nov.29th 02. Later eight paper-back volumes was released in Japan and where localized/published in English by “Tokyo Pop” in 2003 released bi annually through out the year.
Now due to the fact that Tokyo Pop is no longer being in business "Dark Horse Comics" decided to pick-up/renew the license and is releasing it in big "Omnibus" collections with re-translations as well. As usual there is a an anime adoption as well that aired on "TBS" from April 2002 until September 2002, with a total of twenty six episodes. Funimation has just recently released the series on DVD/Bluray set. I highly suggest picking the anime as well, but I will not be reviewing that as of now guys/gals.
Getting this out of the way lets focus on the plot for the series, which by today's standards is rather generic due to harem and ecchi elements. The setting takes place in science fiction type world where all computers have persona's or human form called "Persocoms". They are mainly like any other type of PC but with the ability to talk, give directions, play games with their master "no not those type of games you sick bastards". There is also talk of a rare kind of Perscom which is able to think, learn and has the ability to love as well "but is this love real?". Now you might of guessed that the main focus of our story is just a typical shojo romance manga/anime.To be honest I usually avoided this genre until now and I am highly regretting it for doing so.
Moving to a short synopsis of the main story which is about our average male lead “Hideki Motosuwa” who has to move from the country side to Tokyo. He moved here due in part that the college he applied for, thus forcing him to go an “Cram-School” for a year. On Hideki's visit to the big city he is astonished to see "Persocoms" or personal PC's everywhere and how expensive they are thus dashing his hopes to ever owning one "I do think 5,000 dollars for a basic model is tad much."
A few weeks pass by Hidieki gets an apartment and job so lets move on to that. He finishes up a late night shift at his part-time job, at a pub called my pleasure. He works with a young high school senior named " Yumi Omura" that has a crush on him "thus the reason why she calls him "Senpai". On Hideki's on the way home he finds a beautiful girl in the trash, that he happens to think is a murder victim.Upon closer inspection it turns out the girl is a "Perscom" and decides to take her home instead of letting her rot away in the garbage. When Hideki gets home, he looks all over her body, for a way to turn her on.. "yes this pun is intended" and finds that her on switch is.. well between her legs "I suppose this is one way to turn a lady on". After she wakes up the said girl hugs Hideki only saying the word "Chi" which is also her name by the way.. "I guess it better than blond bimbo". This turn of events will change Hideki's life forever.
On to a little more on Hideki's personal life, he lives in single room apartment which make things more fun due in part, that will be next impossible to keep something like this a secret from his land lady " Chitose Hibiya" and his neighbor " Hiromu Shinbo". Hideki goes the same cram school and Shinbo has his own personal mini persocom, named " Sumomo" which is basically just a laptop computer. There are many other characters and story elements that I would love to introduce but I do not feel like spoiling the rest of the story for you. I have set up the basics for the plot and it's up to you if you want to read/watch this or not.
Alright people even with these hugely used generic tones and flaws that are present the industry today, I will say this at the time this was new and interesting for me. Even after ten years since the entail release of the series in Japan, I still find Chobits to be amusing, funny and charming to read due in part of how the characters and story is handled. This could have been another cheap/generic harem at the time but looking back I am happy that Clamp took the high ground and said no. Everyone in this series and I do mean everyone ends up with some else in the end, which is something I have yet to see again. I am willing to admit that there is a lot of fan service shots "epically with Chi and Yumi" focusing on their panties/swimsuits but I am willing to look past this, mainly due in part even I need some eye candy time to time.
For now I only own the original release from Tokyo-Pop and despite my collection setting around for nearly ten years. The art-work for the series still holds up and even surpasses current manga that are coming out now. Through all of the series not once did I notice a quality drop from chapter to chapter. I do realize that I am giving it to much praise but one flaw I can point out is how some of the story has serous plot holes here and there. This also take a lot of understating in computers/technology to get a lot of references that are used so you might need to re-read some parts more than once. I have to also give props due in part that every character ends up with some-one thus negating the sour taste from a harem ending.
One of the huge reasons I re-read this manga is due in part of the story, and the lesson that it teaches. I usually do not care for lessons or what a show has to teach but this still has a big impact on my life, even till this day, "yes this going to be corny so just deal with it". I learned that you should love some one for who they are, not for what they are. You have to look pass they people look and try to love them despite them of their race, culture, and religious beliefs. This had a huge impact on me at the time in 2004 and I just wish that I could find "the only one meant for me". Okay that's enough ass kissing my only problem with the series is that it ends in a cliffhanger, I wish that clamp did a better job on this but at least it wasn't a "Bitter-Sweet Ending" making me personally happy.
That's all I have to say on this people, there is nothing else I can add or take away from my thoughts on this manga series. Yes I have such a huge biased on this series I do realize this but I needed to get this review out of my system. I know it seems that I only review shows that I like so far but believe me you, will see some non kiss ass reviews soon enough. Chobits is just shuch a huge nostalgia trip me that this review needed to be done. I will some more reviews up soon, right now I am working on review for one of the worst eroges I have ever played.
-Cecil The Dark Knight
-Age Rating 16+
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
As the title says lighthearted and good fun. It is ecchi but really not that bad, there are lots worse. Even if you dont like ecchi, you still would probably enjoy the show. The main character Hideki is kind of a spaz that moves to a big city and has a major culture shock. I can relate to him and I think others can to. It has a heartfelt story that is out of the ordinary,and makes for an original series. Overall a great show that I used to unwind, easy to get into but doesn't require alot of emotional energy. Great for chill out series thats lots of fun
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
This anime was originally the first manga that I ever read the whole series through. The art is amazing and completely without rival or comparison. The characters are interesting and unique - the plot twists and believable and exciting. Also, we'll probably have our own chobits in a few years (we're quite close. So whenever I think of how technology is changing and advancing I can't help but think of PERSOCOMS!)
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
Chobits is a great anime! I think this anime was very hilarious but it also had some of its serious moments. But what anime doesn't have those sometimes? It was a little perverted but thats part of what made it so funny. lol. This anime would probly be really good for people have just begun watching anime. Chi I think is a very cute character and I think it is great how they made her have to learn things along the way as the story progressed. She is a very unusual persacom from the others but thats what makes the story. Another great thing is that I kept finding that this anime would always surprise me and it was never boring. That is always a great thing to have in a show. Chobits is GREAT!
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
I'll admit, this Chobits did turn me off with the character Hideki, and I only continued watching because the opening was extremely catchy, but as the story progressed I began to open my mind more and try to enjoy the show itself objectively without having comparing it to other shows I've watched in the past, thereby ruining the experience and unfairly judging the show.
Hideki is quite the biggest loser I've seen in awhile, and at times I really wanted to throw my remote control at the screen. Yet I realized later Hideki is what made the show different than most male protagonist of other series. Rather than having a strong, masculine, male character always in command and being the super hero, we have a loser, moron, who is constantly being saved by his friends and the general manager of the dorm room he's living in. That in itself reminded me of my own shortcomings and I really didn't have much on the guy once I realized this.
Hideki however overcomes, or at least tries to, his weaknesses when he first arrived in Tokyo. Seeing him putting so much care into saving Chi is what made me believe this isn't so bad after all.
Also, the idea of Persecons and Chobits really intrigued me, and gave me food for thought after watching the show.
This show isn't a super masterpiece that you'll be bragging about to your kids, but it is very enjoyable and I do like it.
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Chobits centers around an 18-year-old named Hideki, who has moved from the country to take a year of cram school after failing his entrance exams for college. On his first night in the city, he found a persocom in the trash (a persocom is an android/personal computer). He was able to turn it on only after pressing a switch between her legs, a blatant sexual reference which has some repercussions during the series.
At first, this persocom, named Chi, cannot speak anything beyond her name. While she later learns more words, she still needs to be taught a lot of basic rules of society. Throughout all this, Chi starts to develop feelings for Hideki, and vice-versa.
While the series is cute with plenty of humor and great animation, the point of it is to explore the relationships of computers/humans and the meaning of love/emotions. Don't let that deter you! It's a really great anime and it's a lot of fun. Well worth watching for the animation along, but the laughs AND a very good story makes it almost perfect.
I am giving it 2 stars because I did not like the main character Hideki,& the finale was very very weak. I found Hideki to be the usual socially crippled anime male idiot. There are times in the anime when he is less annoying. Unlike in some anime I never grew to like him or formed an emotional attachment to him. The finale left a lot of loose ends & made little sense. After reading the manga the finale makes more sense. I recommended reading the manga if you want to understand the finale.
Hideaki Motosuwa. Hideaki is a country boy with dreams of being a freshman in college; dreams which are dashed as he is summarily denied entry into the school of his choice. Having decided to go to prep school in Tokyo, he soon finds himself living on his own in a small apartment trying to make ends meet. On his way home after a food run, he encounters what he first assumes is a dead body but what turns out to be a persocom left out on the trash heap wrapped in bandages which just barely cover her body. Amazed at his stroke of luck, Hideaki takes her home and turns her on. Upon power-up, it’s clear that this persocom, doesn’t have much going on upstairs, but somehow, she knows enough to smile and glomp [Like many fan girls I know…]. Further intrigued, Hideaki decides to keep her, giving her the name “Chi” [as that’s the only word she knows at first]. Upon analysis by resident middle school persocom guru Koushiro “Izzy” Izumi Minoru Kokubunji, it is determined that Chi possesses both highly sophisticated firewalls for protection and learning software which allows Chi to learn much like a human being. Hideaki then decides to take it upon himself to teach Chi about the world around her while he in turn learns about her, all the while managing his part time job at a local pub and his studies to get into college. As the series goes on, questions soon arise about Chi’s origins with the only clue being the legend of the “Chobits” persocoms, who, internet rumor has it, possesses the ability to exercise free will and show emotion. One thing that I liked about “Chobits” is the fact that it can be enjoyed on different levels; it can be enjoyed on a science fiction level, a romance level, or even a slice-of-life level; you get a lot for your money with “Chobits”. The story has a very decent flow to it, and there aren’t any real moments that slow it down or drag it on; each episode has a purpose that lends itself to the whole overall plot. The little side stories, where the plot deviates from Chi and Hideaki and focuses on the relationships of other characters, are enjoyable and tugs at the heartstrings. The ending would be perfect, were it not for two characters that were thrown into the fray at the last minute only to depart just as quickly. The ending would’ve done WAY better if they were either introduced at one point earlier in the series or omitted entirely. Other than that, “Chobits” is an enjoyable story that anyone can enjoy.
The characters of “Chobits” are a very special group. Each character has a unique personality and backstory that makes the story worth watching. Even the persocoms, which are, for the most part, mechanical objects, possess a personality and a character all their own. Our male lead, Hideaki, is pretty much an animated version of yours truly plus or minus a few traits. He’s awkward and a little naïve about the world he finds himself in, different from the farmlands of Hokkaido. He’s dense at times, but overall his heart is in the right place and he cares deeply about those around him, including but not limited to his persocom Chi. Chi is downright adorable and a perfect match with Hideaki. As she has no memory of her past or the current world she lives in, she’s also a little socially awkward and naïve, behaving more like a toddler than a computer, but over time, she grows and matures like Hideaki. Overall, I don’t have a real problem with any of the characters…except Yumi, the daughter of the owner of the bar where Hideaki works. I swear it was like Koishi Herikawa from “Please Teacher” all over again. Okay, let me get this straight: you fall in love with a man who is CLEARLY older than you, and then, when he marries his persocom, you develop a grudge and start fawning over another guy who is younger than the first guy, but still older than you are! What the heck is that about?! Ugh…my head is starting to ache again like it did with Koishi in “Please Teacher”…just take the points, Samurai…
“Chobits” doesn’t offer much in terms of musical prowess. Don’t get me wrong, the music is good, but it’s not that memorable. The opening theme song, “Let Me Be With You” by Round Table featuring Nino is bubbly and catchy, going well with the awesome animation. The end themes, “Raison d’être” (Reason to Be) by Rie Tanaka [On episodes 1-13], “Ningyo-Hime” (Mermaid Princess) by Rie Tanaka [Used in Episodes 14-25], and “Katakoto no Koi” (Awkward Love) by Rie Tanaka and Tomokazu Sugita used in the series finale all match perfectly and fit in the respective episodes that they’re used in. The incidental music is good without being overpowering, and its funny how sometimes the music takes on a techno-like feel to it one minute, and then take on a woodwind and strings feeling the next. It does the job and does it well.
Chobits is the story of Hideki Motosuwa, and a mysterious persocom he is lucky to find, which he names Chi. Throughout the story, the mystery of Chi is slowly unravelled.
And boy, do I mean slowly
Chobits is a very slow paced anime, and at times my interest waned often. I am glad to have watched it though. Chi was a joy to watch throughout, and though Hideki started out as my most disliked character, he eventually grew on me.
The romance pairings were quite interesting in the series, and the way persocoms were handled were interesting as well! To me, the stories of the side characters do not disappoint.
The animation isn't the most high quality or eye-catching, but you can be sure there were quite a few dazzling moments.
While this anime is not something I would reccommend to many people, I can say that it can be a worthwhile watch, depending on what you're looking for. If you like kind of slice of life stories with a touch of something else (in this case, sci-fi), then Chobits is something you might want to check out!