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From Tokyopop: 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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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.
hmph,i only watch the anime version,but i really loved it, and the story tell about Hideki found a machine that turn out to be a persacon, than as time goes on ,hideki found out he really love Chii even thought she's not human,the manga and anime is a bit old but its a good manga,you should read it.
i'm didn't read the manga coz i think anime already covered it up,other than that Chobits is the only manga that i liked from CLaMP.
Wow, it was great, a really deep manga by CLAMP who again, somehow managed to pack an *EXTREAMLY* shoujo message into a nice seinen package that moved me to tears.
It's different, that's for sure. I seemed to breeze through the chapters. The chapters are shorter than most manga in the first place, but it felt like a light read per page. The concept was interesting, though. Although the obvious theme of the story is about man loving machine, I think it's a little deeper than that.
I think it's more about being able to love knowing there would be complications. I saw an earlier review saying it's about man not being able to get with women (or the other way around) so they have sex with machines. However, if that person paid attention, they would see they are completely off base. This next part contains spoilers.
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If that person actually paid attention to the manga, the person would have seen that the main character, Hideki, actually does not, and never will, have sex with Chii. However, he chooses to love her even though he knows they could never become one in body. That shows an amazing sense of love and devotion.
Sure the background characters (the ones in the crowd) may have sex with their "persacons", but the story wasn't about them, it was about Hideki and the other characters and how even if the love seems doomed to fail or is shunned upon by society, if one wills it to work, it will work. Throw the whole man loving machine concept out the window, and try to look at it in different terms. Maybe CLAMP did want to focus on man loving machine, but it certainly can be looked at in a different light if one chooses to.
For that reason, I think it is a very good romance. Definitely not the best, but somewhat deep. I would definitely recommend it. It isn't long, it's interesting, and it has cute moments. If one likes the romance genre, one would enjoy this one.
... Last updated on June 13th, 2010, 1:13am
to be honest I watched the anime and didnt read this manga but judging by what ive read about it the anime covered everything and I have to say some people wont like it because of the whole people opting for a doll rather than a human being as a partner and I like how this beings up that weird issue that very well could arrise in the future.
It was a touching story with good twists at the end.
... Last updated on February 1st, 2009, 8:00pm
Mushy, but sweet
Cult as it may be, his manga has taken some beating from people, especially in regard to pampering to the dreams of socially inept nerds who prefer a perfect robot to a flesh-n-blood partner they're too afraid to get. This view certainly has some roots in the story, but I'd say it's not the perspective the creators had in mind here. Sure, there's a good deal of fanservice, especially emotional one - the ultra-cute girls bursting with love thing, - but you could make Chobits ten times more chaste (not that it's rowdy now) and the main idea would still be there. And that's the good ol' "love conquers all" message. In fact, the manga touches on a lot of relationships far extended from the classical "schoolboy+schoolgirl" scheme, but it's all to illustrate the idea that love is good, and as long as you're honest inside, you should go with your feelings and overcome your own fears and the horror over what would the neighbor think.
So yes, it's mushy. But it works: Chobits is a touching, sweet story able to deliver its ultra-shoujo message in a way that can be interesting to people of both sexes and, I guess, many ages, simply because it's a good story. The art is top notch - smooth and charming, but not irritating, - there's plenty of moving moments, some dramatic, some uplifting, and it's a thrilling emotional ride regardless of fanservice elements. That said, it's not perfect: the plot is pretty predictable, the doe-eyed fanservice can get in the way (it's kawaii, yes; but it's so kawaii you can overdose on it). Besides, the mangakas are hammering their main idea into you pretty intensely and leave little room for anything else, be it plot or character development - Chobits will not stand against the realistic love-themed series such as Suzuka, or even semi-realistic stuff such as Ah! My Goddess. But that wasn't the intention anyway: the manga is an intentionally idealized romantic tale, and in its own class it's damn close to perfection.
Great Series... Great Story... Geat Art
This story is an all around good manga...
It has a good story.... Has good art....
Interesting theory on the characters... definantly reccomend to someone who is looking for something good to read.
I should mentioned I read all 88 chapters in 5 hours.... It was pretty good...
another masterpiece from CLAMP
CLAMP has always been one of my favorite mangaka group. Their plots may seem ordinary at the beginning but the way that they touch the subjects make everything turn upside down. Their love, as a concept, has always been different than regular shojou, their honour has always been different than the regular Japanese understanding. Chobits is such an art work that touches the subject of love in a whole different level. It does not only criticizes the devaluation of love in the new world in which people are living a sort of happiness in slavery with their persocons but it also touches upon an ages old, and nearly against human instinct, subject...sex. the "unconditional" love is portrayed in an epic way when Hideki's love for porn and the place where Chi's switch creates the irony of what most people consider as love...
the plot is well thought and deeply considered. It has a philosophy and a criticism. Its deep in a sensual way. It borders the human taboos and basic instinct of all living creatures. freedom of heart over the slavery of body...