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Tonari no Robot  
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Description
In an ordinary neighborhood, a team of engineers are developing a robot they call Praha, who looks like an ordinary human high school girl. Chika, a 4-year-old girl who lives next door, meets her neighbor and learns her secret. The two girls become friends and high school classmates, and Chika teaches Hiro—as she calls Praha—about human emotions, including love.

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
となりのロボット
我家附近的机器人

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Latest Release(s)
c.8 + Bonus (end) by Yuri Project (72d ago)
c.7 by Yuri Project (86d ago)
c.6 by CXC Scans (577d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (38 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.32 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 9th 2017, 3:22am PST


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Year
2013

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Serialized In (magazine)
Princess Gold (Akita Shoten)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Weekly Pos #792 increased(+125)
Monthly Pos #1561 increased(+381)
3 Month Pos #2558 decreased(-553)
6 Month Pos #3406 increased(+1641)

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On 118 reading lists
On 59 wish lists
On 75 completed lists
On 0 unfinished lists
On 52 custom lists

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Wonderful Approach to This Theme   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by blackluna
November 9th, 2017, 4:00am
While I've seen many attempts to approach the theme of whether computers can have emotions, this is one of the best. This manga does well from several angles. As expected from Nishi-sensei, the art and story-telling are well-done and fitting. Then there's the theme, which she addresses masterfully. Other stories I've read on this theme run into a lot of problems, especially since they usually depend on emotions popping out of the void. In Tonari no Robot, Nishi-sensei notably avoids this pitfall entirely, by four means, allowing her to properly address the theme. First, the robot in question is the most flexibly programmed of several androids capable of learning. Second, emotions are not some unexplainable occurrence (nor are they completely chemical) nor do they come in the same form in androids as in humans, this is discussed multiple times. Third, love is not the only emotion discussed, but also mourning, allowing emotions to be discussed as a whole. Finally, parallels are made between human emotions and relationships and the ones the android in question is involved with. Thanks to these four factors, Nishi-sensei focuses closely on the possible capacity of a robot to learn and feel, and how said robot interacts with humans and other robots. She never strays from this theme either, while thankfully not neglecting the human characters, male and female alike. The result is extremely compelling, and would be more so if one important chapter did not end with such confusion (my sole complaint). (Side note, as is noted at the end of the volume, the names of the robot models come from places in the Czech Republic (or Czechia), where the term "robot" comes from. "Praha" is Czech for its capital, Prague, by the way.)

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