Published: Feb 14, 2001 to Nov 29, 2002
Authors: CLAMP (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Magazine (Monthly)
Score: 7.991 (scored by 19599 users)
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Popular Tagsclamp comedy ecchi romance sci-fi
Nov 21, 2007
The story was quite amazing and well-developed. It develops smoothly as the manga progress. It's well balanced as it does not have tons of dramatic events, but it doesn't progress slowly. I think it's one of CLAMP's best works, and that's quite the statement considering CLAMP often has great story line's. I also thought the writing was realistic; the 19-year-old actually sounded like a 19-year-old, and not a 30-year-old or something, which sometimes happens when a manga is not well-written. Also unlike some other mangas, I found the ending to be appropriate for the story and not dramatic; it was something the reader's wanted.
The art was also very amazing and pleasing. It was detailed yet not overwhelming with tons of lines and markings that make it hard for your eyes to stay on the picture. The covers were very beautiful, always focusing on one color yet the figure was always in a different outfit and in a different pose. One thing I found especially pleasing about this manga was the backgrounds and buildings. Every object and building was skillfully drawn and realistic.
I found the characters to be wonderful for this manga. Every character has a wonderful place in the storyline. There's Hideki, the poor cram-school student that has almost no luck at all in the big city; Chi, the beautiful persocom (humanoid computer) that Hideki finds in the trash who also carries an amazing secret; Shimbo, Hideki's classmate and neighbor who always lends a helping hand; Hideki's Landlady, who is more significant to the story then she lets on and is also very kind; and Yumi, the young girl who works with Hideki and has the hots for him, but has an emotional sore due to persocoms.
I really loved this manga, and I would gladly recommend it to ANYONE looking to start a manga. Despite it's feminine covers, I would say this manga is more shonen due to it's mature themes, woman figures, and sci-fi story line. However, this manga would no doubt be a great read for any gender. I really enjoyed this manga because of it's characters, beautiful art, and heartwarming story.
Please note that this manga is OT for ages 16+ and I don't think you should read it unless you can handle f-bombs, tasteful nudity, and mild fan service/mature themes. read more
Aug 19, 2009
The story of Chobits can be described as a cross between sci-fi and romance. Set in the 22nd Century, it follows Hideki, a poor, 19-year-old virgin who wishes he had enough money to buy his own Persocom -- a humanoid computer. By a stroke of luck, he manages to find one in the garbage; however, she turns out to be much more than he expected.
Personally, I found the story to be very interesting. I know that the formula has been done many times before -- average guy meets an extraordinary girl -- but I think that the setting and concept kept this from being as generic as it could have been.
One thing that I found to be very important was the way Persocoms were portrayed. Although they were shown to be perfect beings, the negatives about them were heavily stressed. (The personal stories of the supporting cast made up a lot of this stress. Just about everyone had a sad, Persocom-related story to tell.) Because Persocoms were a main focus of a plot, showing different sides of them made them very balanced.
The story was spread out very evenly throughout the eight volumes, and it had no trouble keeping me interested. It is established very early on that there is something special about Chi, and you gradually learn more and more until it is finally explained toward the end. The main events of the story are generally presented in a straightforward fashion that I found pretty easy to follow.
Also, I would like to point out the genre of the story. Chobits is often listed as an ecchi series, and I won't lie: it certainly isn't for kids. It does have its perverted moments, such as one of the very first scenes where Hideki finds out the location of the button that "turns (Chi) on". However, don't think that this is a dirty series about a guy getting it on with a sexy robot. The ecchi is more of a comedic undertone than a main focus of the series.
Despite being a seinen series, the covers to the manga are quite girly. They're bright and colorful, with the main figure in the pictures being Chi herself. Nevertheless, they are all gorgeous. I was recently able to look at a copy of the art book, Your Eyes Only, and the pictures there are gorgeous as well. I wasn't able to buy it due to the price, but I would suggest that any fan of the series should take a look at it.
As for the black-and-white art, it's also very nice. The pages are clean and very detailed -- never rushed or scribbly. The only parts that aren't very detailed are the "City With No People" segments -- however, those can be overlooked as they're meant to be illustrations for a children's book. Some of the expressions can be hilarious, particularly with the character Sumomo. Since the series does have ecchi undertones, there are pictures that are pretty suggestive; those are very well drawn and detailed too.
The only real problem that I have with the art are the character designs. While the Persocoms have very detailed and colorful hairstyles, the human characters' styles are pretty bland -- they're all dark and kind of shaggy. I think that this is meant to show the difference between humans and Persocoms, and once again, portraying Persocoms as "better" -- however, it would have been nice if there was more variety with the human characters. The same thing goes with the outfits that the characters wear -- the Persocoms wear very detailed outfits while the humans wear plain ones. Once again, it would have been nice to see more variety.
Although Hideki is the main protagonist, most of the spotlight goes to his adorable yet clueless Persocom, Chi. Now, I'm not saying that this is a bad thing, because I loved Chi. Always cute, her lack of understanding about the world around her was both funny and endearing at the same time. However, Hideki often looked somewhat bland in comparison to Chi. His only real character trait outside of caring for her is that he's poor and likes porn. (Which is often found and misunderstood by Chi.) The other characters are constantly saying that he's a good guy, but no real reason is given. (Except for his caring for Chi.)
Speaking of the other characters, I have to say, Chobits had a brilliant supporting cast. As I mentioned earlier, just about everyone had a sad, Persocom-related story, and if they didn't, then they were closely related to someone who did. Hearing their stories really added depth and doubt to the concept of Persocoms as a whole, though, because of their backstories, they were often more interesting than Hideki himself. I think my favorite characters were the laptop Persocoms, Sumomo and Kotoko. The incredibly hyper Sumomo was always hilarious, and was mainly used for comic relief. Kotoko, on the other hand, was very serious and usually sarcastic. However, she served as a contrast to Sumomo, which made their scenes even funnier.
As for the villains of the series, they're not really all that interesting. I won't give anything away, but I'll just say this: I didn't really find them that threatening.
Honestly, I loved Chobits. It was actually my first CLAMP title, and it didn't disappoint me at all. It's a beautifully drawn series with a good story and great characters. I wouldn't recommend this to someone who's afraid of a series that has mature themes, but besides that, I would recommend this to pretty much anyone.
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Oct 21, 2013
So everywhere I looked online said that Chobits was a Seinen. For those of you that have no clue what that means, it means that this manga was targeted to 18-30 year old males… ya… I don’t get it either. I know that the manga has some rather perverted moments, and naked women but I feel that this was completely miss written. The storyline is much too sweet and gentle to be for a male audience, and I’m talking about this compared to other Seinen mangas. This story is all about finding your true love, finding the person you are destined to be with, and above all, letting no one else take what is precious to you. Normally, the precious thing they would talk about would be more along the lines of ‘virginity’ in a sense for the female android character. Unless it’s an anti-rape story for males, I see no reason for it to be written for a male audience. That’s my thought on the matter but I could be wrong.
The artwork is beautiful for a shojo-style manga. I know that it’s a Seinen but seriously, the art style says shojo. Almost everything is really well detailed down to the clumps in chi’s hair and her Lolita clothing. Sadly, it makes many of the other areas that aren’t well detailed feel as though they were done in a rush or without as much love to the characters. While there is a lot of fan service in the women, the art feels a bit more modest and artistic then the stuff you would see in the anime. They did a lot of shading in those parts or had a reason behind the design of the characters and the sexual nature of them. What bothered me slightly was the large ‘ears’ that most of the persocoms had that made them look a bit like furies. I don’t know why, I just had a little bit of a problem with them though they did not mess with the story.
Jun 11, 2011
As I mentioned, the plot has been done before. On the outside, it's a fairly typical yamato nadeshiko series. Guy finds and takes in a girl with special powers who he starts to develop feeling for, etc etc. The only outwards difference about this one is that the girl happens to be a computer, not a living creature.
Also as mentioned, the series can be quite perverted at times, around the beginning especially. But it does get a lot better. As Chobits gets more into the sci-fi of the plot and more is learned about Chii's past the series can get very enthralling. It's main plot is probably just that the ending is fairly predictable.
The sort of side plot that goes on within the books Chii reads through out the series, A City With No People, also is very cute and interesting while giving clues about Chii's past and what it'll mean for the plot.
In terms of art, it's fairly typical CLAMP: Good with a unique style that isn't so unique that it seems alien to readers. It's very good, almost never off character model. Sadly though, I have to knock a point off as it seems to resort to chibi character models every once in a while.
The characters are probably one of the stronger things this series has going for it. Despite a good amount of them being barely more than steryotypes.
All of them are likable though and each gets their own side plot and "person just for them".
There are two persacoms who appear near the end who don't end really doing much plot wise despite it practically being shown that they were going to be the antangonists. Instead though, the only thing they really do is help resolve another side plot via a small event that could have easily been done another way. If I understand correctly, they have a bigger role in the anime, but even so they just seem unneeded in the manga.
Overall, this is a good series that I enjoyed a fair bit, but it's certainly not without it's flaws. The characters could have more original and developed further, and there wasn't as much done about the sci-fi aspects than there could have been. Also, I may have found a plot hole at the end, but I'll leave that for you to find since it doesn't really affects the series's enjoyability at all.
I give this aborable look at romantic sci-fi an 8 out of 10. read more
Aug 23, 2011
Story: Take Hideki. A poor, 19 year old ronin student who can't get a job, a girlfriend and who has no life. On top of that he talks to himself when his imagination gets overly excited. And one day his luck just happens to hit him square in the forehead. Meet Chii. A very naked, very curvaceous...persocom? Oh yes. I forgot the OTHER part of this story. Now meet the persocom. The humanoid computer. Complete with moe eyes, big boobs and a vagina. Where Chii's ON button just happens to be.
The thing with Chobits is that you can't seem to escape the constant back and forth between Ecchi moments and the Seinen/Romance moments. One minute Chii is searching for her one and only and then next she needs panties? Or we're reading the story about The City with No People and how loneliness is never escapable and the next Chii is wearing only a shirt and Hideki wants her to download porn.
There's a serious attempt at a social movement within the story. Our lives are ruled by computers and the web and there's a fine line between love and lust and when we make that leap. And robots being capable of love? CLAMP really, really ALMOST had it with this one. Chobits really does try to succeed. And it would have if there wouldn't have been so much Ecchi in contrast to the Seinen/Romance. It just didn't fit right. I wanted it to work but it didn't for me. In the end, the final conflict really would have had more meaning to me, if there hadn't been so much Ecchi paired with the Seinen/Romance.
Art: The only outstanding part of this work. CLAMP will always succeed as long as they stay together I believe. I loved the beauty of Chobits and really this is what kept me reading page after page. If you like CLAMP already, then I don't believe this will disappoint you. Though there's nothing special about Chii and Hideki.
Character: Oh the characters. Oh how insignificant you all really ended up being. Hideki and Chii prove to be the two most insignificant and pointless main characters I have ever encountered. Hideki may be easy to relate to but it doesn't make him very special. Hell, it doesn't even make him slightly remarkable. Hideki is simple.Chii ends up being his solution, in a not-so-easy solution. I ended up liking the side characters better than them. My rating of a 5 stands because there were only 2 that made any kind of impression on me. Zima and Dita.
My overall enjoyment of Chobits is an average 7 and I was hard-pressed to give it a 6 because with the amount of Ecchi this manga should be given a minor warning to anyone under the age of 14. And really CLAMP, if I wanted Ecchi, I would read Ecchi. But I don't want Ecchi. I want Romance, and I want to see Robots be able to fall in love, and I want to see how one robot could destroy everything that they have all worked for. I want to see CLAMPs one and only work out again. I wanted CLAMP.
But this one fell just a little short. read more
Jan 2, 2011
In terms of story I think Chobits starts with a really good punch to gradually become more typical.
The initial setting is thrilling: In the near future the world is populated by people and Persocoms alike, these Persocoms are humanoid robots that people can get in love with. The protagonist, Hideki, is your regular young loser, without girls, without any interesting stuff to do and not enough money to buy a precious Persocom. Until he finds Chi on the way home... From then on, lots of things will happen in this eight-volume story.
Chobits definitely gives you some food for thought: Can robots really feel and think by their own? Is it ok to be more in love with robots than with humans? Will you cry if your robot gets destroyed? Will the robot cry for you if it happened the other way around? Rest assured the series won't give you an ultimately answer to all this, giving you the freedom to think what you want.
That's very good and unusual for a manga series. Now, what's not very good is the way erotics is handled. There are a bunch of ecchi situations that are not recommended for kids (including a glory-hole scene, no less) , and while the general tone of Chobits is pretty mature and serious I was expecting the same treatment for the erotic content. Now, I don't mean I wanted to see actual sex, but you can't be given the kind of ending you get, when early volumes teased more realistic behaviours (I can't spoil exactly what I'm talking about, you'll have to read Chobits to find out).
And another thing that takes some points away from the story is that the original premise slowly becomes a background setting, and all that matters at the end of the day is the relationship between the many couples presented in the manga. That would be ok for another manga with a less interesting universe, but for Chobits I'd have liked to see Clamp moving beyond genre conventions there.
I find the style to be just perfect for this. It's not as simplistic as some other shojo mangas you'd see around but not too complex either (that wouldn't fit the series). Every Persocom is beautifully detailed and their distinct traits are very well done, without any mayor changes during the whole manga, and that's a plus. You won't forget Chi's ears or Sumomo's dress in quite a while.
Also, the pages are generous with the space given to each frame, so reading them is easy.
They are the best of Chobits, in my opinion, with the Persocoms in the stellar role. For every couple in the manga there's a background story to follow, and their feelings don't look like a forced plot device to advance the story. Almost all the characters on paper are interesting, with a few exception consisting of short lived characters used for very specific situations.
My two favorite ones are the comic duo of portable Persocoms Sumomo and Kotoko, who I find very cute and fun.
Chobits is a recommended read for anyone looking for sweet love stories without many dark moments. It could be a letdown if you are expecting something more beyond that point. Even then, the possitive points surpasses the bad ones: Good characterization supported by above average drawings easily compensate a somewhat unballanced storyline.
While Chobits is not as good as CardCaptor Sakura,still stands as a enjoyable manga to read. read more
May 24, 2010
Apart from that fact, this story is really heartfelt, and from somewhere in the middle, I realized that it was impossible for it all to end perfectly--- EVERYBODY happily living forever after. At some point in the story, Hideki had no choice, he had to give Chi up, or give up what Chi held dear. It surely was a tough choice, but he made the better one, nonetheless, since, in the end, he chose to make Chi "the one just for him", and was able to start over. The artwork of CLAMP was breathtaking, and my first sight of Chi left me almost speechleess. She looked as pure as an angel, and she was stunningly beautiful. The plot may have been complicated, but CLAMP found a way to untie every knot.
I thought that in the end, Chi would turn into a human, like most happy-ending love stories go by. But in the end, she just forgot everything that had happened previous, and this is one of the reminders that everything in due course finds its next beginning. read more
Sep 29, 2009
In fact, Chobits succeeds in exploring the subject matter in both breadth and depth. The characters of the story are a vehicle it uses to explore the topics, and not the central focus of the story. That's an increasingly rare approach in manga.
To achieve this, it uses a pretty light touch. It presents the situations while letting you (for the most part) draw your own opinions and conclusions. That really lets you identify with the characters, rather than trying spoon-feeding you annoying cues.
That's not to say that the characters are flat or unappealing. They grow with the story, and their motivations and backstory are drawn upon as a canvas, rather than a blunt instrument. Of course the characters in the most "normal" relationship are pretty flat, but they are meant to be used as a foil and as support.
The story develops at a good pace, keeping a decent amount of momentum. If you are the type that likes to marathon, beware! 88 chapters only sounds like a lot, but Chobits can fly by pretty quickly if you expect it to be drawn out. There is almost no time for filler, which is always a bonus (although I did find the "storybook" sequences a little drawn out at times).
As a consequence of the tight pacing, even mundane details can actually play a role. It doesn't generally use "Big Flashing Lights" to point out important details, because almost everything can be important in such a well-paced story. The end result is that it pays to get into Chobits.
The art isn't anything overly memorable to me, but it does the job well enough to not be confusing. There are some nice spots as well where the art is quite lovely. Of course they could not help but pander a little with fanservice, but at least it wasn't groan-inducing.
Ultimately Chobits succeeded for me because it didn't go overboard. Things were explored in a fairly realistic manner. Nothing was really sugarcoated. There are some interesting twists and turns, and some contrivances, but overall there was a successful suspension of disbelief that I rarely get from sci-fi stories about robots.
Feb 5, 2012
Art - Very mediocre. Too minimalist for my liking.
Character - Dreadful characters. Everyone being obsessed with "persocoms" as if they're stereotypical lonely pathetic sex-obsessed otakus. It's not funny when it's being parodied for the billionth time. Chi acting like a retard got boring really fast. I thought she was supposed to be smart? Am I supposed to find retards cute? The female characters seem to do little other than to tease Hideki, our resident virgin, with vague hints of sex.
Enjoyment - Barely any. I really tried to finish it, but I just couldn't stand reading this nonsense and finally gave up.
Overall - Boring nonsense. If you're one of those stereotypical lonely pathetic sex-obsessed otakus that I presume this manga was targeted towards then you might find it arousing. But only if you have a lot of patience, as this manga moves extremely slowly. read more
Jan 29, 2011
The characters are uplifting and very hilarious, Chi with her naivety which causes her to get into many different situations some of which are embarrassing, then there is her ‘owner’ Hideki who is a typical young adult who lives a basic life he goes to school and has a job, but is unfortunately poor.
The story is amazing it has a beautiful likeness to life trying to find the ‘one’ who will always care and trying to learn about life and that is what this series does it shows us about getting the basic things in life in a hilarious way.
The art is just brilliant it is light and cute and manages to show us the story in a charming way. The art can be a little strange at times with funny spastic expressions by Hideki.
In short this series is brilliant it is something I can connect with (to a point) and it’s extremely uplifting and makes you happy all the time you are reading it and me wish it lasted a little longer.