Hitoshi Kobe is pretty dumb, not good at sports, and extremely unpopular. The only thing he IS good at really is creating artificial intelligence programs on his computer. His greatest work is number 30, one which very accurately simulates talking to an actual girl. One dark and stormy night, a freak lightning strike causes number Thirty to emerge from his computer screen as a real girl, and sends Hitoshi's life on a turn for the crazy.
AI ga Tomaranai! was originally serialized in Weekly Shounen Magazine until September 7, 1994 (1994 #40). It was then moved to Magazine Special on October 20 (1994 No.11).
The series had three Japanese printings. The first was 9 volumes long under the Shonen Magazine imprint, which was released between September 1994 and October 1997 with the subtitle A.I think so. The second was 8 volumes long under the KC Deluxe imprint, which was released between November 1999 and June 2000. This was the version translated into English as A.I Love You by Tokyopop from February 3, 2004 to April 12, 2005. The third was 7 volumes long, known as A. I Love You Full Version, again under the KC Deluxe imrpint, which was released between November 2004 and June 2005.
When I picked this up off the shelf an odd year ago or so, I wasn't sure what to think. So, here's some help to those of you who aren't sure; what I DID think.
The story itself was, overall, very good, but there were times where a chapter simply added nothing to the overall plot. They felt like filler chapters, but luckily the short length meant there were very few of these. Even so, the story (and side stories) were charming and often fun to read. There were innuendos everywhere; Saati (the main female) didn't understand them and made good humour while Toeni (a second
female) was much more knowledgeable and had often pointed out the irony. Which brings me smoothly onto characters.
Hitoshi, the main male, is one of those not so good looking but fairly funny, charming and embarrassed main male leads found in many of such mangas (such as Chobits and Love Hina). You couldn't hate him, but at the same time it was possible (from a girl's perspective) to see why no girl loved him. He made some comical moments, seemed to care, yet was as dense as the sweet Saati, who was another typical vulnerable, naive yet inspiring female. The extras and additional characters were also good, and all added that little bit - especially Puppy!
The art itself was nice and detailed; I liked the style of drawing a lot. The characters were all nicely designed and unique, with the exception of the main male who was somewhat typical in appearance too.
Overall, it's a good manga and one certainly worth reading. It's witty, sweet and a good break from what can otherwise be an arduous day.
You should certainly like this if you enjoyed:
-Ah! My Goddess.
Kobe Hitoshi, a young guy who sucks at sport and school, basically a loser in life who's bad luck never seem to end. But he has one amazing talent, computer programming, mainly A.I.s He created so many programs, but his most pride and joy would be Program 30, Nambe Saati, who he actually likes. Then one day, Saati comes to life as in moving from 2D to 3D, and becomes his girlfriend. Now the madness can begin hahaha
Story: The plot is again not so complex as it is a romantic comedy and somewhat of a harem series. Though in it simplicity, it was a pretty
touching and funny short read about an A.I. trying to learn how to be human.
Art: The artwork is pretty simple. Not too complex and decent. The scenes are somewhat nice. I especially love how the author makes the cyber world looks like an ocean, that part was pretty cool. However there is the exaggeration of those ecchi scenes. I just feel like every chapter Hitoshi has to somehow accidentally grab one of the girls boobs or flip their skirts etc. But overall it had some good artwork.
Character: For those of you who have read Love Hina, there is a great resemblance between Saati and Naru, like they look so alike. Well for character development, there was some to an extent. Good enough in my opinion for a somewhat short series. The character development for Saati and Hitoshi was quite a lot for such a short series as both become more mature, and Saati starts to become more human, while Hitoshi starts to become more independent and have more confidence in himself.
Enjoyment: This was a pretty good short series. Though sadly I felt that it could have been longer, especially near the end, it was a real rush as the author had to hurry and end it. Personally I really liked this short and sweet series and really wished that it could have been longer. Well hope that this review was helpful. If it wasn't please comment on why it wasn't and if it was please comment too so I can improve my reviewing skills!