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Chobits, Volume 1 Paperback – April 23, 2002

4.5 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
Book 1 of 8 in the Chobits Series

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tokyopop (April 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931514925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931514927
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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CHOBITS takes place in a not-too-distant future when personal computers in humanoid form are all the rage. Perpetually broke Hideki can't afford one, but he is lucky enough to stumble upon a discarded "persocom" lying in the trash while walking home from work one night. Seizing the opportunity, he takes her home and activates her, but she has no memory. He attempts to train her and seeks assistance from a twelve-year old programming genius, who suspects that she may be one of a rumored new model of supercomputer called CHOBITS.
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.
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Just when you think that CLAMP has dished out all their best manga, when you think that all creativity must have been squeezed out of them due to their other titles hogging it all, they throw Chobits at you.
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.
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"Persocoms-beautiful, obedient...fully functional. They're perfection."

"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.
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At the first glance, Chobits seems to be just another shounen manga that exists solely to provide eye candy for the readers. However, it gets much better, so if you aren't sure whether to get this, my advice is to read more before making a decision. After the first couple chapters, which are *filled* with fanservice- irritatingly so- it becomes a very thoughtful, philisophic read. Chobits is not all about sexual humor and embarrassing situations, it raises questions about human nature and the future of society and technology. It also has a gripping plot- why was Chii's memory erased? What is her purpose? Who is the other Chii (Dark Chii) who appears to her? Although Hideki is the typical porno-obsessed,few-bricks-short-of-a-load, male protagonist, he does have touching affection, respect, and a sense of responsibility towards Chii, which make him stand out from most formulaic male protagonists. Chobits is not perfect -is any manga?- but it's pretty close. Since I am reviewing the first volume, which has the most sexual humor and fanservice, I'll give it a 4, but the other volumes I'd give a 5...
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