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I'm not a big fan of CLAMP manga or anime, so I was naturally reluctant to watch Chobits. The only CLAMP (manga/anime) I really enjoyed was X 1999(Thanks to Animerica for turning me on to that manga series). I've been noticing a lot of hype surrounding Chobits for the last couple of years, so I finally gave in and decided to see what all the fuss was/is about.
Chobits begins like a lot, and I mean a LOT of anime begins. With our young male protagonist trying to get into a Tokyo University. Hedeki is young man raised in the country who must now leave home for the city to prepare for University entrance exams via Prep-School. Upon arrival he is quite surprised at how different life is in the city compared to his previous farm life. Not only is the city a larger population he's not used to, but it's populated with humanoid PC's (Personal Computers). They are referred to as Persocoms, and just about every citizen has one in tow, be it human sized to small little palm sized ones. It's Love at first sight. To say Hedeki is envious of Persocom owners is an understatement.
After a bit of searching, Hedeki finds his new home. An apartment run by a very attractive land-lady. Once settled he discovers a fellow studant lives in the apartment next door. Hedeki's neighbor, Shinbo, is a friendly character, and the two becomes friends from that point on. Shinbo also owns a portable persocom named Sumomo. Shinbo gives Hedeki plenty of information about Persocoms and their advantages, which seems to increase Hedeki's desire to own one.
Later that night Hedeki is walking home and discovers a female body in the trash. He naturally freaks out, but on closer inspection he identifies it as a Persocom by the protruding mechanical ears (see picture). He figures if it's in the trash there would be no harm in collecting it. One man's trash is anothers treasure. After getting her to his apartment he has a problem finding how to turn her on. The series itroduces it's first touch of ecchi. Apparently this persocoms power button is between her legs. After getting the balls to turn her on, the persocom activates. There is one small problem. This Persocom can only say the word Chi. How will Hedeki figure out how to operate his new Persocom?
This series took me a few episodes to get in to. It doesn't really pull you in the first few couple of episodes, but after discovering Hedeki's Persocom Chi and the way he has to teach her, you'll slowly gain interest. I must say that Chi is one of the most adorable anime characters I've come across in recent years. Not just her appearance, but her speech. For quite a few episodes the only word in her vocabulary is her name, so she constantly replies to everything with "Chi". Kawaii!! Chobits is a very uplifting series filled to the brim with cuteness. It's definitely something to watch after Grave of the Fireflies or Saikano. Series moves kind of slow in places thanks to quite a bit of "filler", and the ending will leave you wanting more, but this applies to most anime I watch these days. The music is fair with a lot of ba-ba-ba melodies to match the cuteness of the animations. When the show gets in serious mode some very good tracks are played. A very cool track from X 1999 is borrowed for moments Chi is in trouble, and mid way through the end theme to the series changes to one of my favorite end credits song I've heard. It really is a beautiful song. The song is titled "Ningyo Hime" if you want to check it out without watching the series.
Despite the flaws, and not really being a big fan of CLAMP, I can say I was more than happy I decided to watch the series.
***1/2 (out of) *****
A Studio CLAMP production
Chobits runs for a totally of 26 episodes
Licenced by Geneon Entertainment, with both original japanese w/eng subtitles, and English dubbing.
Official Japanese site
[color=darkorchid]Official N.American Site[/color]
[color=darkorchid]Buy Chobits from Anime Castle
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