Chobits

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Meet Hideki Motosuwa. A young man studying to enter into college. In his move to Tokyo, one night he finds a young girl tossed in the garbage. He later notices that this is a persocom (a human computer) and he figures a way to turn it on (since the persocom was pretty much dead) and wackiness ensues. We see how Hideki struggles to get through school and falls in love and finds out about Chi's (his persocom) painful past. Opening Theme: "Let Me Be With You" sung by: ROUND TABLE featuring Nino Ending Theme: "Raison D'Etre" (reason to be) (ep 1-13) "Mermaid" (ep 14-26) sung by: Rie Tanaka Ratings: 16up for Adult Situations. The equivalent for movies would be PG-13. The graphic novels has stronger language and more adult content than this series.

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  • EPIC!

    9.5
    It's an action packed, romantic, tear-jerker! An awesome ending! I love it!
  • This anime is also a delight to the vision and brings the vibrant characters to life.I personally suggest reading the manga first as it explains more nuances of the plot, but both were amazing.moreless

    9.5
    Let's just say I got hooked. The series starts off with an entertaining introduction of Hideki Motosuwa, a farm boy-gone-college prep student who buys a new apartment in Tokyo. Immediately he's immersed into a new and surprising world filled with persecoms-humanoid computers who carry out amazing tasks for their owners: email, phone calls, list making, schedules, education, entertainment, careers, labor, etc. Unexpectedly, he discovers a persecom lying in the dumpster outside his apartment, and after discovering a peculiar "on switch" between her legs, he is able to reboot her. The persecom is eventually found to be quite unusual-she has no memory, no accessible operating system, she crashes every persecom she is connected to, and she has no sense of vocabulary or knowledge of everyday tasks. Much of the season follows the pair as Hideki attempts to teach Chi how to operate in daily life while juggling a job and studying at prep school. In addition, he tries to find out more about her origins and inner workings with the help of some tech-savvy friends, who suspect Chi could possibly be a Chobit-A legendary persecom possessing true emotions and therefore is fully sentient. As the plot progresses Hikedi's feelings towards the dynamic, innocent Chi complicate as he finds it harder and harder to think of her as "just a machine" and she constantly strives to make Hideki happy. This inner turmoil is further delved into as Hideki discovers the persecom-tangled pasts of his friends and their individual coping with emotional connections to humanoid computers. After several mishaps, mysterious images, and messages from a strange picture book that seems to be written about Chi, it becomes evident that the rare persecom is very special indeed. A theme begins to hover around Chi and her past: a need to find true love, the one "for me and only me." It is soon revealed that Chi had a twin sister created in her past life by the creator of all persecoms, who made these two "daughters" for his wife-now a landlady at Hideki's apartment builiding. Freya, the first daughter, was made with the capacity to find true love and subsequently falls in love with the man who created her, which causes her so much sadness that a sister is created named Elda, now called Chi. Even so, Freya soon dies of sadness; Chi takes Freya's heart and memories inside her body and soon crashes herself, begging to start a new life where she can find her true love. If she fails, her creator gives her a gift: a program that will destroy the face-recognition of all persecoms so that they will never feel the anguish of unrequited love. The drama climaxes when Chi, told by Freya within her-and Hikedi, told by the landlady, both discover Chi's past. Chi asks Hideki if she is the one for "Hideki and only Hideki" and he hesitates to reply, thinking carefully.

    Here the plot splits. In the manga, Hideki says yes and Freya suddenly takes Chi's place, asking Hideki if he also "wants" Chi. She then warns him that he will never be able to make love to Chi because of the location of her rebooting switch, and Hideki says he cares about Chi too much to let that setback affect his love. Freya becomes Chi again and the program does not have to be run, letting Hideki live happily ever after with Chi and giving hope for love to all other persecoms.

    In the anime, there is no mention of the rebooting switch, but previous lines (appearing both in the manga and anime) such as "only the one for me and only me can come inside" makes the reader/watcher question whether Hideki will be able to love Chi with both heart and body; however there is no clear answer. When Hideki tells Chi that he requites her love, she rises into the sky and begins to start a program; in the anime, there is another aspect to the gift the creator gave her that one assumes will better all persecoms. When she is attempted to be stopped by a government security persecom Chi shuts down and Freya takes over, explaining that Chi had doubts and canceled the program. Seeing the mission had failed, the landlady clears all data from the persecom, much to the despair of Hideki, and plans to destroy the late Chi/Freya. However, as they are walking away, Hideki talks about how much he just wanted Chi to be happy, and somewhere inside she hears and returns to her body. With this joyous event the program is run and every persecom in the world is given the gift to truly love and find love, and there is still the happy ending.moreless
  • chobits shows that true love can come from anyone or anything in a way. long as it looks human i guess.

    10
    the humor in this will make u laugh so hard your butt will come off. XD plus the drama and true love and good times that all the charaters share is truely wonderful. how u can fall in love with anyone no matter their age or even if thier human. its anime with a perverted sense that you will just love to death.(but please don't kill it) XD too bad theres only 24 episodes. wish they made more. when you watch this you will to. its hard to come by a show like this no a days. so ya better watch it quick while its still on.moreless
  • Hideki knows nothing of technology and moves to the city to prep for college. He finds a girl in the trash and finds out that she is a Persacom. She is named Chi and she and Hideki go through the days learning from each other about feelings and life.moreless

    6.8
    I was iffy when a friend suggested the show to me: but I really liked it off the start with how funny it was. Hideki was so used to little technology and being a prude basically that he found trouble or confusion around every turn. The first half of the series was good. The story went along well and the characters were finding a good fit together. But then the second half came along and trouble comes along when Chi kept going A-Wall. I could kind of see how Hideki could fall in love with Chi since she is special as a Chobit, but that means he is a virgin for life, which to me is very mockable. Also, the season ended badly and I didn't really like how Hideki fell in love with a computer; it's just shameful. Overall this is a decent show, especially for those really into a reserved and strange love anime.moreless
  • A funny, light-hearted show that as it progresses; tackles some difficult questions. A must watch.

    9.7
    Intro:

    Chobits comes from the amazing Anime authoring team of CLAMP and they have done it once again. Chobits is one of the best Anime shows I have seen and it is a true classic. It features everything you could want in this type of Anime and the whole setting really draws you into it.



    Story 9/10:

    The story of Chobits is set around a yung man named Hideki who is working hard in a cram school to make it into college next year. On his way home one day he finds a persocom in the trash. Persocoms are advanced computers that take on the shape of humans and can do almost anything. Once Hideki has taken the persocom home he finds that whilst she is cute, she has no data left in her and can only say "Chi" and as a result it is what Hideki names her. Hideki then keeps her and teaches her how to speak and about th world while working a job to pay his rent and study at school. Can Chi find the one just for her?



    Characters 10/10:

    Rarely do you find a cast of such interesting characters all in one show. You really feel for all of the characters which shows what a good job was done in creating them. The main character of the story, Hideki, as previously mentioned is studying to get into a College. He's a fairly typical 18 year old male, but everyone sees him as a really good guy, if a bit perverted... Chi, the persocom Hideki finds in the trash is a truly loveable character mostly due to her helplessness and innocence in the world. You can't help but fall in love with her. You then have some minor characters such as Shinbo, Hideki's friend from prep school and his mobile Persocom Summomo. You will also meet a wide cast of other characters who really bring this anime together.



    Animation 9.5/10:

    The animation is done exceedingly well and it never feels tedious watching the show. All the characters look great and have their own unique style and physical attributes. Chi especially has been drawn to look super-cute and has easily achieved that goal. The scenery and backgrounds have been draw well too and it really brings you into the atmosphere of a busy Japanese city. Ocasionally you will find that humans in the series eyes look a little blank, a very minor thing and it was possibly for the better anyway.



    Music 9.5/10:

    Opening theme is one of my favourites, it is "let me be with you" by Round Table. The closing theme is nice too, but it changes in the second half of the episodes and I find the newer one a little boring. Sound effects and background music are all done well, but nothing amazing. The voice acting is great though and each character seems to have the perfect voice for them.



    Total 9.7/10:

    Chobits is a fantastic anime series and a must watch. It really excels in all areas and you're only denying yourself if you haven't seen it yet. Although classifed as science-fiction, which it is in some ways, it is more a romantic comedy type of anime with some more serious aspects thrown in. One reason why I liked it so much!moreless
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