Chobits: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
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From the celebrated manga group, CLAMP (X, Cardcaptor Sakura), comes a stimulating exploration of the connection between a bumbling young man and his extraordinary android.
Tokyo is abuzz with persocoms – humanoid computers that are virtually perfect. The socially and technologically inept Hideki is dying to get his hands on one. When he finds Chi abandoned in the trash, she’s cuter than any current model he’s ever seen before. But when he gets her home and turns her on, she has no data and only a single learning program installed. While Hideki puts his whole heart into teaching Chi the ins and outs of humanity, a mystery unfolds as a dark secret within her awakens.
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- Analysis: This anime also implies an interesting situation that is relevant to contemporary society. That is, the amount of time and money that is invested into technology. Perhaps it is alluding to the fact that no matter how much time-consuming or expensive technology is, humans cannot live fulfilling lives without them. Or even know how to live without them (imagine being separated from a music device, cell phone, internet, or any screen in general for a prolonged amount of time).
As such, they are willing to spend much of what they have on their beloved technology. This also helps advance things, which typically leads to more positive feedback. Furthermore, this also seems to reduce the amount of communication between other people, as technology increasingly replaces old-fashioned customs such as face-to-face interactions between another human. In summation, it seems as long as people are content, that is all that really matters, even though it may create a multitude of problems for them in the long-run.
- Features: English and Japanese audio, as well as English subtitles. Includes 24 episodes on 3 Blu-rays with a run-time of about 10 hours. Rated TV-14 with moderate amounts of fan-service. No nudity.
- Conclusion: Overall, the main character is an older perverted guy (what guy isn't) in his twenties, but this still is a wonderfully romantic, and laughter-filled anime that for the most part makes you feel warm inside. The music is also very catchy. Fits various scenes and the anime very well. This is a refreshing romantic comedy with plenty of silly situations that will have you laughing.
- Recommendations: Maoyu Maou Yusha, Hataraku Maou-sama!, Monster Musume, Samurai Flamenco, Omamori Himari, Mayo Chiki!, and The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior.
The filler episodes were unnecessary as usual, and I don't like how they portrayed Chii as a ditz instead of simply ignorant. The extra stuff they threw in near the ending regarding the hard reset was completely unnecessary, the manga accomplished such a heartfelt and complete conclusion without it that I'm not sure who exactly thought it was a good idea to swap Freya and Chii like that. It completely changes the meaning of Freya's presence within Chii. Other than that, still a favorite /sigh
Read the product description for the synopsis of the series because thats what its there for. Its a fun anime if you want to sit down and laugh for either an episode or two. Plotwise its an interesting look at the relationship between humanity and technology. Basically your enjoyment will come from how much you love wacky romance animes. Chobits blends that wacky romance along with somce serious thoughts about technology. Each episode is either filled with awkward situations, misunderstandings, or drama. For those who have read the manga and haven't watched the anime, the anime is an almost close adaptation of the manga. There are some episodes that have been added in for either enjoyment or filler purposes. You could either see it as random fun with the characters or a side story from the original plot. Another thing to note is that the anime emphasizes more on the comedy while the manga stresses more on romance and the serious aspects of the series.
A few words about the product itself, Amazon needs to change the box art for the dvd version since its the pre-release place holder. Take a look at the blu-ray version and you'll get an idea of what it kind of looks like. Its got a slip cover with a standard size dvd case holding the 4 dvds as well as reversable cover art. Each disc has seven episodes on it with the exception of the fourth disc which only has three. The last disc also contains all the extras like trailers, the three recap epsiodes, and the Chibits short. So you pretty much get everything that has to do with Chobits with this collection.
A few parting words. You can't go wrong with Chobits if you want a series where you can sit down and enjoy a good romanic comedy anime. It'll make you laugh, think about technology, and perhaps warm your heart.
The animation is top notch, the characters are compelling, the story is intriguing and the English dub is excellent making this series a must own for any anime fan!
Be warned this anime contains suggestive themes so it may not be suitable for children!
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