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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.
What isn't so amazing is Dark Horse Comics' omnibus edition release. While Dark Horse did a great job on CLAMP's Clover manga this new edition of Chobits has a lot of issues.
The size of this collection is small. The book's height and width are equal to Tokyopop's original release. What you get is a rather small manga thicker than a phone book. Anyone reading this is guaranteed to break the spine trying to read the story and your hands are bound to hurt from holding this oversized monster of a book. The pages will eventually start to come loose from the binding.
One minor gripe that I have is that the book will not look uniform with the clover release which is disappointing.
One the up side its good to see one of CLAMP's most popular works back in print and with the color pages added.
I would have loved Dark Horse to break this into at least a 3 volume collection or a deluxe reprint (along the lines of Udon's Silent Mobius release) than the monster phone book that has been presented.
Dark Horse released an almost perfect version of this great story with their omnibus edition of Chobits, but there are a number of faults to be had, specifically with presentation.
While Clover was given a quality treatment, with thicker pages and sturdy bindings, the thought put into the presentation of Chobits was clearly lacking; The page sizes have been scaled down to a regular-size manga and the cover and spine need reinforcing. This book will show noticeable wear during the first read through if it isn't handled and stored correctly; I was very upset to find that a number of pages were bent out of shape when I put the book away wrong. There's also the issue of Dark Horse trying to release 4 volumes in one omnibus: it's clear just from looking at the size and relative thickness of the book that 4 volumes is just too many. The book almost looks like it can't support itself.
On top of that, while Dark Horse attempted to add extras by inserting some color inserts from the "For Your Eyes Only" artbook, bad design and planning often puts the focus of these bonuses right in the middle of the page divide, forcing the reader to choose whether to open the book far beyond what the limits it was made to withstand, damaging the spine. These color artwork pages might have been a nice idea in theory, but they may as well not have bothered if you can't see them without damaging the book.
On the plus side, the story is very accurately preserved, updated, and even improved on from the older Tokyopop release; Dark Horse really did a good job giving Chobits a brand new translation.Read more ›
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