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Hideki's just like every other guy in the 22nd century. He just wants a good job, a good car, and a sexy robot girlfriend to call his own. Until he lands a job, he'll never be able to afford his own 'Persocom' companion. Hideki's luck changes when he discovers Chi--an adorable but seemingly stupid Persocom--tied up in a pile of trash. His first robot companion turns out to be a lot more responsibility than he expected, and she gets him into quite a few embarrassing situations. It's 'boy-meets-girl' for the cyber age.
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Overall, I enjoyed reading this series. One thing, though, that constantly annoyed me was Hideki's complete lack of knowledge concerning technology, and it made it difficult to identify with his character. Otherwise, I would recommend it to someone else.
I'm finish it~! ♥
And i'm so Happy~! ♥ The story is really GREAT!!! Clamp's manga is always the Best! It's good that i let myself to dare to read this manga. Because this manga has genre Ecchi, that kinda make me feel afraid. But because i let myself think that this one is One of great manga made by CLAMP and their story always good. So i read it. And i'm glad! I read in in 3 days. That so long for someone who can read 10 manga in one day(Me). This one is DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED!!! The love story about the main characters and the others is felt so Great! I cry! Definitely my Favorite! WORTH! ♥
I found this manga very "Clamp". The ending was really beautiful, and it was really a surprise to me when I found out about Chi's "power"; I had thought that if Hideki realized that he loved only her, then all persocoms could truly love. Sure, there are some loose ends, but you can NEVER have a story with everything neat and happy. The ecchi parts were really weird, but Clamp managed to save the series with the beautiful ending. Oh, and I personally think that the reason why we make robots etc in our image (that is, the human image) is because we want to play God. We want to create and control. I honestly expected Clamp to mention this in Chobits, but then again, it's my opinion.
... Last updated on April 27th, 2012, 9:10am
I recently finished reading this and the end seemed like a desperate effort to just end the series. It kind of leaves you wondering how long Chi was going to last. But... Well, it was decent, though I did think the issue is one of my greatest fears (that of getting advanced in technology and become this engrossed/in love with it). Though I did love the male characters in this, they were really heart-warming.
... Last updated on December 16th, 2011, 4:59pm
It was an okay manga. I didn't love it, but it was interesting. The main character was really stupid, though. You think that if you lived in the future, you'd at least know more about computers that he did. Also, the idea of a computer being in the shape of a human seems very inconvenient, doesn't it? Computers (the ones we have) are easy to store if you don't need them, and don't take up lots of space. Human computers, however, would take up quite a bit of space and aren't exactly easy to just store away. To me, this seems like an inconvenience. Overall, it had good art, the ideas were interesting, and the story line was okay.
... Last updated on June 8th, 2011, 11:50am
Despite the flaws, I recommend it
First, let's talk about the best part of this manga: the art. Simply put, it's amazingly beautiful ...and anyone familiar with me knows I do not say that lightly. Even I can hardly find a flaw in it... it's just as it should be, each line in the ideal place... even the men, wonder of wonders, are drawn in an attractive way. What's more, Clamp manages this outstanding quality consistently, page after page, for eight whole volumes. Okay, now the worst part: All this ecchi trash that was put in to "jazz it up" for the audiences susceptible to such things. It's just low. The worst part is that they even have the main character acting like a hypocrite, and they treat it like there's nothing wrong with that.
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Hideki's got porn all over the place, and so clearly doesn't see anything wrong with looking at naked girls, but if someone wants to look at Chii naked, suddenly he thinks such behavior is very wrong. (Granted, Chii didn't want to be a stripper. But it's more than likely that some of the girls in the porn he buys were also taken advantage of.) So a woman's privacy is only valuable if he personally knows that woman. And yet the authors often have the other characters calling him a nice and kind person! Also (this is more minor, but still), he goes and gets hammered drunk, and he doesn't seem to think there's anything wrong with that either. He should at least be ashamed... I think Clamp tried to make up for this and change his character to be less depraved with the end, since Hideki decides he loves Chii even though he'll never have sex with her, which is very sweet, but... it doesn't add up. He's still got all that porn lying around his room, and I'm not at all convinced that he's going to give it up, which is morally opposite his touching confession to Chii. If the story somehow sent the message of "well okay, he still has problems to work on" it would be much better, but instead they treat it like it's totally fine.
Having readers like and empathize with the main character is very important to a story, and shameless hypocrisy just isn't likeable... Clamp really missed the mark there. Also, good taste is essential for a good manga, and all that ecchi nonsense is the opposite of that. The character of Chii, on the other hand, is quite another story. I think Clamp did a good job balancing a lot of things with her: she had to be ignorant like a child but not stupid, pensive but not a space cadet, tragic but not mopey, innocent but not shallow. I also thought the scenes where Chii read the storybooks were very sweet and just esoteric enough to add some nice flavor to the manga. Next, about the message... for the real world which we live in, the message doesn't work... a machine, no matter how advanced, is only a machine... it's not a living thing, it doesn't have a soul, it's not a person, so it can't have a real love (sexual love) with a human being. However, the universe the story takes place in is not necessarily this one, so you can easily imagine it being a fantasy world where an inanimate object can be a person, and since a person is capable of love, then the idea works. If you adopt that idea, the series is much more enjoyable, because then you'll be able to appreciate the pathos of the concept the story explores. Now, the plot. It isn't very dynamic--it's more along the lines of a slice-of-life manga, so those who prefer action or something fast-paced may not like Chobits. But in my opinion, it gets the job done. It probably could have been better, but it's functional. Okay, so there are some very good and some very bad parts to this one, but all in all, I think I'd still recommend giving it a try. Even it turns out you hate the story, at least you got to see some beautiful drawings, right?
... Last updated on February 28th, 2011, 9:36pm
Im sick of seeing the comments about how bad this series is. The art is great, it has an original storyline(no vampires here!), the characters interact well with each other. Of course it also has heart. I recommend this manga to people of all ages. It shows the corruption of a technology dependent society thats forgetting humanity. Even though the MC does fall in love with Chi, he recognizes her on a human level. While other characters feel that persocoms are unfair to other humans.
This one would do better, I think, if it was shorter [which isn't something that I normally would say.] At times, it tries to be very profound and serious but things can also degrade down to superficial nonsense.
Love between human and a sentient mechanical being can be pictured profoundly and meaningfully. It is what i expected at first, but this manga is NOTHING LIKE THAT.
I will begin with the only saving grace,the art.The drawing is pretty clean,the characters figure is quite proportional, and the best part is facial expression, especially of the male characters in showing how incompetent/ petrified they are. About the story, someone wrote that Chobits is lacking something,well , i know exactly what it is lacking,it's the depth of the plot and the basic consistence between characters. First of all, i almost can't believe the future world could be that underdeveloped,there 's almost no innovation although the computer science has reached the stage of android AI, i mean that's just too shallow for an automatic world it should be, as if Clamp think just add some female humanoid figures and everything looks like we are in the future. I already knew that this manga has a stereotype typical protagonist with typical low intelligent quotient like tons of other ecchi manga but sometimes his lack of normal knowledge still surprises me.
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And the supposed 12-year-old-genius can not even realize the picture of a GPS map while he can "program" his Persocom to use the IP tracking device. And after that i saw a picture of him with the IQ of 214 o;0 i almost died laughing, THAT. IS. SO. RETARDED
And there was this scene when a smart-looking guy called Dragon Fly looked like he was pondering with his arm folded and his eyes closed saying how an amazing piece of technology "chi" is and then explained the special accessibility to other computers of Chi to Hideki (who, the authors tried to described as "clueless"), then the "genius" (as mentioned above) made a sad face explained about the importance of security and access of the owner ? the more obvious things the authors try to make Hideki not to understand,the more stupid the quarrel of the"dragon fly"guy and Hideki, and all three of them become.
For short, all the characters in this manga that look smart are actually average or below average in intelligence and those who do not are thus worse. That is probably because of the superficial storyline, you can think that i demand too much from a short manga, but believe me, this manga can be alot deeper even without those mushy scenes and "pseud-intellectual" dialogues. However, the best character is Chi, mainly because the picture books she read. Other than that, nothing significant, even the desire for love of android is just too plainly written.
Overall, a mediocre manga, and i can't see how it is categorized as Seinen. Practically, aside from the ecchi part, the story is suitable for readers under 13.
... Last updated on July 2nd, 2009, 8:57pm
A good Clamp's manga
Well, first let me give some background information. Years ago I read in an anime/manga magazine a quick review of clamp's work. The best rated mangas were Tokyo Babylon, (the inconclusive) X/1999, and Chobits. At that time I have read and seen the anime of X, they were similar. Later I bought the Chobits anime, which was a let down for me since it seemed like the anime did not concluded anything important, or otherwise said it was like the full story was not told (like another manga-to-anime conversion, without the manga ending).
Well... I was so wrong!! The anime is like the manga. The reason for the fillers there were that... actually there is very little story to talk about. Now let me clarify it, maybe it was the magazine rating what biased me, but in comparison to X or Tokyo Babylon... Chobits is lacking something.
Now, if you think that a complete Clamp manga should have at least beautiful drawings and a sign of Clamp's philosophy (if you are happhy with it, go for it), then by all means Chobits is a Clamp's masterpiece. Otherwise it is not, it is a good manga but again, seems like empty. It is worth reading since the main concept in debate (human-robot relations) is interesting.