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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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I suppose it's on me for expecting something that stimulates the brain out of a CLAMP work, but xxxHolic was engaging enough for what it was, so I figured what the hey. But this is simply dull. There's just not enough to keep your mind tethered to the ongoings of this predictable cheesefest. There's absolutely zero exploration of the greater implications of the setting beyond "can you love a robutt?" To which the answer is a thundering "DUUUUU-UH!" I'm not asking for hard sci-fi here, but even the slightest effort spent in being anything more than a dime-a-dozen romance would be better.
Wish it did a little more
I've never been a fan of Clamp's work. I watched episodes of Cardcaptors as a kid because I was waiting for Pokemon to come on, and what I had read of Xxxholic made me bored. I had heard favorable things about Chobits, so I wanted to give it a fair chance. While it's good in some places, there are places where it really falters.
One of the better parts, I believe, of the story is Hideki. Since he's from the countryside and hardly ever goes to the inner city, he knows very little about technology. This way he acts as a proxy for the reader, who also may not know the specifics about the technology of this story's universe. He also adds a humanizing aspect to the story and is a very relatable character, even if he has his stupid moments like when he can't recognize what a map is.
One of the problems that I had is that the story doesn't go far enough. Some parts of the plot skim the relationships people have with persocoms, usually of the romantic kind. However, we see very little else of the kinds of people that would have persocoms. The beginning of the story has Hideki find Chi in the trash, so maybe this is how people would treat theirs if they didn't work right or just didn't want them anymore. I don't like when a series gets too negative, but I think this series could have used a little more pessimism to even out how saccharine it feels at times, and not in the "charming kids cartoon" kind of way. We only see the positives but rarely, if never, see the negatives.
It also felt really heavy handed at times. The story is interspersed with this children's book talking about how "one of them" tries to find "the one for them and only them" among the humans; it's pretty obvious what the story's talking about. It was charming at first, but then it happened so often it just became vapid. Yes, we get what the story's talking about, now stop reiterating what you told us five chapters ago, which also reiterated what was said five chapters ago. That's to say nothing of when people start to go into a diatribe of their inner thoughts. What they say in a few pages could have been summarized into a few panels. It just makes the story drag, and I read the manga as an omnibus so it felt like it was taking forever. It becomes especially bad near the end of the story.
I'm kind of glad I got to read this. Now I don't have to worry about when I'm going to read it and can focus on stories I want to read. Though I didn't like it in particular, that doesn't mean someone else won't either. It's not a bad series, I just think it's kind of directionless. It tries to be profound but comes across as shallow. It tries to be a romance when the romance is far less interesting than everything else. As an addendum, the two government persicoms Dita and Zima could have been removed from the story entirely and nothing of value would have been lost.
... Last updated on August 29th, 2017, 6:33pm
Not so sure
「(°ヘ°) to be very honest this was a bit of a confusing manga for me. i'm not really sure if i even understand the whole story line.
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but all i know is that i think they fell in love in the ending, and stay together. if not, could some one explain to me T-T
... Last updated on April 5th, 2014, 1:54am
Adorable anime theme song
This manga had the cutest costumes for Chi---which kept me reading until the end. There were some adorable interactions as well, but overall this manga just had a hint of ecchi that didn't suit my taste. The love the guy had for Chi moved me to tears, I'll admit that.
... Last updated on March 7th, 2014, 8:31pm
Chobits Was my Very First Manga Series and I Absolutely Love it! I am super glad that I choose this as my First!! The Only thing I didn't like was the ending manly because I really didn't want it to end haha <3 <3 if I could I would give a 15 I love the artwork as well!
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
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 that 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 and was taken advantage of. But come on, he really thinks that none of the women in his porn have been taken advantage of either?) 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?