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From Serenus Dreamers: Odette is an android designed by Dr. Yoshizawa. Wanting to find the ultimate difference between humans and her, Odette decides to persuade Dr. Yoshizawa to enroll her in a local high school. Follow Odette's adventures, as she ventures through high school, in search of the true meaning of being a human!
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I have nothing but praise for this author and her series! I loved them all; Akuma to Dolce is sweet and lighthearted, while Kamisama Hajimemashita is spine-tingling and filled with adventure.
Karakuri Odetto though, is on a class of its own.
I'd expected a non-likeable, beautiful, flawless robot (read Chii); what I eventually unravelled, was a young girl set to discover the world with newborn eyes, a beautiful shoujo heart, and a face that gradually learns to express joy and anger, fear and sadness. The change takes place subtly, and the author uses both humans and robots, even animals and situations, to nurture Odette's growing emotions and heart. For all her superhuman strength and her oddities, Odette is nothing more than a normal girl, who feels satisfaction and happiness when her goodwill is well received, and dejection when she realizes that she appears 'un-cute' in the eyes of guys.
The romance is very subtle, in the way that real world romance occurs, sometimes. It's not to say that I didn't enjoy it, though it does leave me pining for more. The author does have several male characters waiting in line for Odette, if but to spice up the story, though Odette clearly has a choice already made-up in her robotic-shoujo mind. Which, of course, is revealed to the audience way before Odette realizes it herself. I've read up till vol 5 and to be honest, I've got a biting suspicion that there will be no eventual couples, so don't place your hopes too high, folks! Be there for the wondrous joy that comes with newfound hopes and realizations, and the intricately woven threads of youth, kinship, and young, blossoming love.
a 9 rating, only because I'm a hardcore romantic at heart and would normally not read something that doesn't revolve around romantic relationships =3
... Last updated on August 10th, 2009, 8:14pm
There's a lot of greatness to this series. Odette is such a sweet, hilarious character—I love her straightforwardness coupled with her naïvety as she learns about the human world. Telling the story from her unusual perspective allows for many interesting relationship dynamics between the various characters, and lets the reader notice things about humanity along with Odette. The art is a fun style that somehow works perfectly for the subject of an artificial human/android.
The story/stories have a perfect balance of episodic and overarching narrative—there are many elements of the story that continue and character relationships that develop, but each chapter is somewhat self-contained and provides a satisfying resolution. This is a manga I read last (when catching up on releases of multiple series) because it has a nice way of wrapping things up and leaving me happy and fulfilled.
A robot in the human world, trying to live a human life. Makes you think of Chobits doesn't it? Anyways, although it seems similar, it's not. I actually like the flow of this manga, and each chapter is touching, to say the lease. It's an awesome manga. =3
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The summary doesn't even do justice to how incredible this manga is. Very moving piece, that first chapter. And the second one is touching, as well. It's amazing how the mangaka gives life to such mundane questions that we humans at most times take for granted. I hope this develops to be a more amazing manga.
for those that get tired of mainstream this is a must read. Lots of character development and the characters are not annoying all the time. The romance is subtle and you can't tell who someones going to end up with, if they end up with someone at all.
... Last updated on August 9th, 2011, 12:54pm
All those good things they said I agree with. But I would like to add one more point.
Manga, in way quite like novel, is a way to explore the future. Through manga we imagine and be prepared for the strange, the uncertain, the unpredictable. Karakuri Odette touch some sensitive topic like AI development, participation of android to human life and robot's rights. In its own way it's dealing with them quite admirably.
cute and light
this is a happy, light manga about a girl discovering herself. odette doesnt need to be a robot, an alien, time traveller, god etc could also stand in as someone who discover herself thus my usual irritation about artificial intelligence is swept away. it is also because her character is so charming, with the help of various smiling characters that this character driven manga make me smile the whole way. the only drawback of this manga is that it is too good but it is too short, i would love to journey together with her some more.
Story: 7/10 (pretty good concept, light-hearted w/ equal parts humor and heartwarming but don't expect closure in the end) Art: 5/10 (flat but decent) Characters: 9.5/10 (Unexpectedly great, esp. for the genre. Main character Odette is especially good) Cliche Factor: 3/10 w/ 10 as extremely cliche (Some re-hashed jokes and the usual school scenarios, but characters were not stereotypical. Very refreshing read.)
The way this manga was done can truly be called a masterpiece. The characters are compelling and there isn't one chapter that one, as a reader, can't help but feel the heart of their actions. This manga is just so wonderful. I was really satisfied with the ending, as it shows how one's journey doesn't stop with the protagonist finding love or some other fate.
This is something I read sparingly because I don't want it to end. It is intimate and sweet because it explores big feelings, and does it so successfully like all other Suzuki Julietta titles it's to keep for rainy days. Like the question of humanity, it's clear which side anyone would care to take, but we still wait to see how the series handles the answer. It cannot take us by surprise in the stories it tells, but how masterfully and sincerely it tells them.
I have very little problem with the art, because presentation -- panel layout, pacing, -- still triumphs.