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Chobits, Volume 1 (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Clamp

Series: Chobits (1)

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Title:Chobits, Volume 1
Authors:Clamp
Info:Tokyopop (2002), Paperback, 192 pages
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Rating:****1/2
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Chobits, Volume 1 by CLAMP (2002)

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STORYLINE: A student studying to pass the university entrance exams finds a (humanoid) computer in the trash and takes it home. The computer turns out to be a powerful AI whose memory has mysteriously been blanked. He starts to fall in love with her as he teaches her. ( )
  ktoonen | Oct 9, 2013 |
*Warning Mild Spoilers*

This is a very hard Manga to review. I am torn, on the one hand I loved the concept of Persocon's. They are super cute and to be honest I want my own!

Then there is also "Plum" that is a small persocon, and called a laptop. How awesome do you get!?



Then there is the other side of me that felt a little "dirty" reading this. Why does Chi's on switch have to be down there?! Seriously?? And why does Hideki's friend have to fondle Chi's breast?! Then there is the fact that all the persocon's are scantly dressed and the whole thing is just creepy.

And then Hideki has this big issue affording Underwear, come on dude, it is not that expensive and why are you buying it from a Lingerie shop anyway? Makes no sense.



Will I read on? I have no idea. I am intrigued but also offended, so will see. No idea why I liked it as much as I did tbh. On second thought maybe it was the artwork! It is gorgeous!



Illustrations: 4 stars
Story: 2 stars - Dodgy :P
Overall: 3 stars ( )
1 vote Sugar_and_Snark | Sep 24, 2013 |
This review is for the series as a whole:

If you're familiar with CLAMP, then you already know that they write some seriously crazy, confusing stories (See: Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, XXXholic). They're good, but they're almost always convoluted, creepy and downright strange. Chobits is actually one of the more straightforward examples of a CLAMP work, based on my experience with this manga artist group.

The artwork in this series is completely gorgeous, done in the same style as the two series already mentioned. Everything is beautiful, dark (yes, I know it's black and white, but it conveys a dark mood as well, smart alec!), and ornate.



Of course, it's also really creepy. I mean, look at that picture. Gorgeous, yes. However, the whole series is about these sexualized personal computers, essentially robots. Not only that, but there is a ton of fan service. Chii has no qualms about nakedness, so she undresses all of the time (not to mention what one has to do to turn her on). Plus, even when she's clothed, she has outfits like the one shown above, which shows off her underwear. Gross!

This is my second time reading this series, since I wanted to review it. Even now, I am unsure what to make of it in a lot of respects. The philosophical questions therein are incredibly fascinating. Humans fall in love with persocoms, and there's a question of whether, apart from their programming, persocoms are capable of true love. That is cool. But...there's also the creep factor.

CLAMP's mangas may not be for everyone, but if you enjoy lavish art and a complex story that will undoubtedly make you think, then you may enjoy them. ( )
  A_Reader_of_Fictions | Apr 1, 2013 |
It's about a magical, infantile girl-android sexbot dropped into the lap of a high school student. There's only so much you can do with this premise. ( )
  oldflame | Apr 6, 2012 |
It had potential but I couldn't get over the location of Chi's on-switch. >_ ( )
1 vote Fionen | Mar 20, 2009 |
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Chi isn't your average humanoid computer. She can't do word processing, she can't connect to the Internet, and she's incapable of networking with other persocoms. Even her sound card seems broken. No wonder Hideki found her tied up in a pile of trash. But when the 19-year-old technophobe takes her home, he finds that she may be more advanced than her childlike behavior lets on.… (more)

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