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.
I gave everything about this manga a 10 because I felt that it was 100% deserving of it. I would gladly recommend this manga to anyone looking for romance, sci-fi, shonen, and an overall good read.
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.
I have to say, when I started Chobits I didn't really like it that much. The art was good, sure, but the premise seemed like something that had been done before and all that had been done to try to make it stand out was they'd added a lot of dirty humor. I decided to try to stick with it though as I'd heard that it got better. As it turned out, it did.
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.
Imagine: you are having fun with a robot; but not an ordinary robot; it is a robot that is human-shaped and can compete with your best friend because it does everything you need. That robot, called persocom (from personal computer), has a program that allows it to function, and of course, that program can be modified, according to the owner's wish. How would you feel? I bet that you would be glad to have someone/something that is at last useful. No more lost time, no more useless chores, everything is going just perfect!!!
(get to the point!!! You liked it or not?)
If I had the
mind of a 12 year-old girl, I would have loved Chobits. I would have liked the world populated by persocoms. I would have loved the main female character, Chi, who is so adorable because of her fragility, her curiosity, her own way of learning about the world, her pure sentiments, not to mention the main male character Hideky, who is gentle, nice, adorable stupid and uneducated. I would have been delighted about the central ideea of this manga, expresed in very simple words "the person just for you" (an extraordinary definition of soule partener). And maybe, I would have agreed to marriage between humans and robots.
But, unfourtunatly for this manga, I am almost 20 years old. And Chobits didn't send me a strong message. I wasn't socked, I wasn't in tears at the end, I wasn't impressed at all. It seemed to be illogical (why create 2 twin persocoms to make them 2 sisters in a family where the mother could not have babies? was it that hard to adopt some kids? It feels unnaturally to behave like that, not to mention, illogical), very stupid in some parts.
(so... shall I read it or not?)
My case: I didn't like Chobits because I am a very rational person and this manga didn't give me enough arguments to believe in it. Still, I do not regret reading it, because I found out some very fun and interesting ideeas, that delighted me for a few moments.
I suggest you to read it: you never know what kind of feelings Chobits might wake up in your soule!!!
If you look at my profile, at my manga list, its fair to say that I am a CLAMP follower. Not that everything they do is perfect and is right for everyone but they generally do what they do right. But when I read Chobits I was disappointed.
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.