Season 1 Episode 19

Chi Waits

Aired Unknown Aug 20, 2002 on
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Chi's manager Ueda tells Hideki the story of how he married a persocom. And somehow this is bothering Yumi who's been listening in.

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  • Mushy but still dramatic.

    This episode is the one that recaps Mr. Ueda's relationship with his persocomm wife. It generally follows the manga storyline, but somehow seeing that storyline come to life touched my heart.

    The persocomm acts and speaks slower and slower, not in a scary HAL 9000 sense, but more like a gradual mental breakdown like in Awakenings or Charly? You feel sympathetic with Mr. Ueda's plight of not wanting to change her out for an upgraded model. Even though the car headlights blaring in the background bring about a familiar and predictable plot, it wraps up the melancholy flashback well. No wonder Hideki was so moved.

    The music (also the ending song) really adds to the episode as well, and continues the transition of the series from its early comedic flair to a serious sci-fi plot.

    Some of the later Chobits episodes just move plot along, but this one sticks in my head, and I'm glad they devoted an entire episode on it.

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Additional Voices

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Steven Jay Blum

Steven Jay Blum

Manager Ueda

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Kari Wahlgren

Kari Wahlgren

Ueda's Persocom

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    • Hideki: Look, Shinbo... Do persocoms feel pain like people do? Does it hurt if somebody does something horrible to them?
      Shinbo: Motosuwa. You know, persocoms aren't like that, unless they're programmed for it, I guess. But even if a persocom is programmed with a sense of pain, all you have to do to get rid of it is erase those memories from the hard-drive and the memory slots.
      Hideki: Erase?
      Shinbo: Yeah, if you delete the data, the persocom loses it forever. Physical pain and emotional pain… everything! Even though they look like humans, persocoms are just persocoms after all.

    • Ueda: She didn't remember anything, and she didn't feel anything. But I still remember her; her face, her voice and the way she moves. Happy moments and sad moments, I still can't forget...

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