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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.
Sweet and ambiguous story
This is a sweet series which I enjoyed a great deal. I was expecting a little more action/adventure in it but came to love all the characters and really got into it about half way through. It's a little slow in the beginning but once you get to know the characters it breezes through and you're finished before you know it! The art is clean and simplistic which makes a refreshing read. The length of 6 volumes is just about perfect for someone looking for a touching short story. The ending is lovely and allows you to draw your own conclusions, too
It's like a slice of life high school sci-fi. Sweet, innocent, and doesn't rush things, and to top it off there's some interesting sci-fi plot dynamics and excitement here and there. Nothing serious or too terrible, but it keeps the pace going. I did think it got a little tedious at times, but the main character's quirky naivete and curiosity kept it cute and funny enough that I didn't mind too much. I loved the parts involving Chris because they were the most interesting (besides the ending) and I also really liked Asao's character. He makes a nice foil for Odette and his huge reactions to her strange questions are funny. The art's also pretty nice. So overall it was not the most exciting or innovative or intense in any way but it was a refreshingly safe and sweet read.
Because its so unique in so many ways, when I read, I actually worry that it's not completed and that I won't be able to read more. The characters are extremely entertaining that I sometimes literally laugh out loud.
It's been a long time since I read a manga, and I'm glad this is the first manga I've read in a while to remind me why I liked reading these in the first place.
This manga is so cute and very funny. I definitely recommend it.