Chobits, Full Series

Chobits, Full Series (8 Volumes)
by CLAMP
Published 2001-2002 by Tokyopop
Approx. 180 pages, each. Paperback.
Rating: 3/5

Hideki is your typical 20-year-old slacker. He didn’t get into college straight out of high school, so he’s working a dead-end job, can’t find a girlfriend, and is perpetually broke. If only he had a persocom – a humanoid robot – to keep him company, perhaps things wouldn’t be so bad. The problem with persocoms is they are incredibly expensive, and it would take Hideki a lifetime to afford one. Then, one day Hideki finds a particularly cute female persocom dumped in a pile of trash, so he decides to take her home. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure… but there’s something different about Chi. She doesn’t operate the way other persocoms do.

Though I think this manga was sometimes cute, it was also sometimes really strange. It was a little too “let’s all love each other and live in harmony” for me. Not that I don’t think that’s a good thing. It’s just that this series played it up way too much. I mean, the bulk of the plot had to do with whether or not persocoms deserve to be happy. There was a lot of discussion about whether their feelings were real since they were only programmed that to feel the things they did. It was an interesting look at what could happen if science were to go so far as to begin creating similar machines, but I’m not sure I feel comfortable crossing the line between human and computer. I was sweet and cheesy, and I got the point. Overall, I just wasn’t that impressed.

What I did like about it was the humor. This manga is packed with innuendos, and it made me giggle on more than one occasion. Also, Chi is pretty adorable. There’s also one thing that I loved about the ending. I’m not going to say anything because it’s definitely s spoiler, but it redeemed the manga for me a little. I was glad to see things didn’t turn out quite how I’d expected. With all the suggestive humor, I thought I knew where it was all going, but I was surprised. It never got too out of hand. It was decent. I’d say if it sounds really interesting, go for it. Otherwise, it’s not anything amazing.

Prude Filter: This manga contains a profanity, sexual references, and innuendo. I suggest 16 and up.

Source: Emmet O’Neal Library. Mountain Brook, AL.
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