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Chobits, Volume 1 Paperback – April 23, 2002
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This is the first of a series of collections by the female manga collective known as CLAMP. For those like me, who find much of their work either too dry or too juvenile, this is something different. There's quite a bit of mild sexual humor (for example, there is a running joke regarding Chi's tendency to learn by copying others, including those she finds in certain magazines Hideki has scattered about his apartment) but it's not an adult book. Chi manages to be both adorable and sexy in an innocent way. It's one of the funniest things I've read in a while.
At first, I was skeptical. I mean, an unlucky teen who has no real life staggers across a Chi, the coolest thing in robot-girl techonology and suddenly his life turns around? Haven't I seen this before? But once I delved more into the story, I was surprised to find there was more to it than meets the eye. There are many hilarious scenes in where Chi tries to learn how to act more "real" or human. It's a constant struggle between the two main characters to stay incognito because Chi is no normal robot. Yes, inside all the (mature) comical scenes, there are more serious ones. So far, it's been foreshadowing and nothing more, but it's quite enough to leave you hanging and wanting to know more about Chi's origin.
Overall, I think any manga fan would enjoy this one, but I recommend you pay attention to the "16+" rating on the back. Some people may find it offensive, but I personally don't think it's that big of a deal. Some of the more...immature jokes that made me laugh are a sign of the great translation job done on the series. Definitely something you would want to look out for.
Read Chobits and CLAMP will surprise you once again with their remarkable story-telling. This is manga that everyone should at least look into.
"You hear about it all the time. A guy finds a nice girl, takes her home. Then it turns out she has some sort of special powers, and she'll fall madly in love with the guy."
So in Chobits, presumably set in a future where persocoms are computers created like beautiful women, seems to be a next stage in evolution, kind of like the Stepford Wives. And persocom designers have to be men, given the location of the on-switch. Yes, it is down there! Yet there is the mention of a man persocom, so who knows, maybe women design those!
Struggling cram school student Hideki Motosuwa wants one; they are darned expensive, but as everybody has one, he feels out of touch. He says, "I want someone to read me my e-mail. I want to play games. I want to download the latest porn!" Ok, calm down, Hideki! But it's frustrating, and besides, as he says, "It's not like you find persocoms lying around."
Well, that's exactly what happens! He finds a cute-looking persocom with amber eyes and long wavy platinum blonde hair thrown amongst the garbage. He finally activates her, but all she can say is "Chi." He names her that, but despite being unable to speak much, seems to understand him, and even hugs him after a flying leap when he compliments her on how she looks in her clothes or .
In consulting with his cram school classmate Shimbo, the beginnings of a mystery emerge. Persocoms are unable to move without an OS, yet Chi does. And when Hideki tried to plug her in, he got "No data" as a response. Shimbo tries to connect his own laptop, Plum, a cute pint-sized persocom with Arabic style pantaloons, for some first-hand diagnostics, but Plum gets fried.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How could a manga fan possibly not like it? This and Fruits Basket are my favorites.Published 16 months ago by keith504
I wish I could get a persicom, sorry spelt it wrong, it is a must buy.Published 18 months ago by doanald
I love chobits the anime has always been one of my favs I just started to get the mangas and they are amazing completely different story line im very impressed with this productPublished on August 9, 2013 by Roselia
I loved the anime so i decided to get the clamps; they were decently priced as opposed to everywhere else. i cant wait for it to get here!Published on July 3, 2013 by Javier T.
The outside binding is in relatively bad condition, but the inside is legible. So, I don't really mind in this case.Published on May 2, 2013 by A. Perrucci
This book was what I ordered and in great shape. This was the best price for the book! I even kept it to reread, very helpful!Published on February 5, 2013 by julie sworen
This was a great manga! I say this because it has the courage to talk about doing dirty things and being emotional with robots when almost no one is willing to go there. Read morePublished on March 12, 2011 by Freyja's Books