Chobits

Title:Chobits
ちょびっツ
Overall:Buy
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Notables: Animation - Madhouse
INOUE Kikuko
KUMAI Motoko
KUWASHIMA Houko
NOGAMI Yukana
ORIKASA Fumiko
Original Concept - CLAMP
R1 License - FUNimation
R1 License - Pioneer (Defunct)
SEKI Tomokazu
SUGITA Tomokazu
TANAKA Rie
TOYOGUCHI Megumi
UEDA Yuuji
YUZUKI Ryoka
One fateful night, Hideki was walking home from his new job when he discovered a very cute persocom in the trash. Hideki names his new persocom Chii, but what he doesn't know is that Chii could possibly be one of the legendary "Chobits" - persocoms with their own personality instead of merely an installed operating system.

[TV series, 2002, 24 episodes + 3 "specials" (= summaries/recaps of 8 episodes each), 23 min; a same universe spin-off of Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer where Chii's creator is a main character; the connection is only explained in the Chobits manga.]

Also see Chobits OVA (which is the third "special" mentioned above) and the mini-sequel Chibits

Funimation picked up the license for this series in April '10.

1:29min Series Opening - YouTube Video
1:30min Series Ending - YouTube Video
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Buy 8 8 8 6 8 8 Dreamer [series:444#2279]
This anime is a semi-classic. It's a well rounded anime that tells a good story and does it well.

Art, Animation & Character Designs
The art and animation was about average. It didn't really stand out from many other anime. In fact, can I dare say it seemed slightly below par? As for character designs, they weren't anything special. And here, I can say they were slightly below par. However, Chi was uber cute!

Music
The OP, although wasn't bad, it wasn't of my tastes. It was female vocals to a somewhat spunky piece. The music elsewhere was pretty unnoticeable.... just very light wind instruments here and there.

Series and Episode Story
The is one of those that "almost" became an instant classic... at least in my books. It has a good mix of comedy, drama and overall good plot. The concept of a very human-like android for "personal use" and their ability to learn is an interesting plot. Speaking of the plot, it get's more interesting as the series progresses.... which in effect kept you almost glued to the developing story and each episode. Despite it's kawaii nature.... "Chi" primarily, the "are" lessons to be learned here. One that really comes to mind is the concept of man vs machine..... the moral aspects along with the thought of what makes the two different... or the same.

Overall, it's pretty good. As mentioned above, it's a well rounded anime with many elements of various categories.... drama, romance, humor, etc.

Last updated Sunday, April 26 2009. Created Sunday, April 26 2009.
Buy 10 10 10 Xenoknight [series:444#2967]
HONORABLE MENTION ANIME WINNER - Favorite Romantic Comedy

review coming after I rewatch the anime...

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Never forget Xenosaga.

Last updated Monday, February 02 2009. Created Sunday, September 21 2008.
Rent 9 8 9 8 9 8 Ggultra2764 [series:444#1552]
The Pros: Chobits is an anime series that mixes elements of romance, comedy, and sci-fi to create a plot focused on exploring the relationships between humans and robots. The series puts focus on the benefits and tragic consequences that would take place if a person wanted to be in love with a persocon. The series introduces several characters who faced sadness in their lives in some form because of persocons being in their lives. These events influence Hideki’s own conflicting feelings of wanting to be in a relationship with Chii, someone who isn’t human like he is. In addition to these themes, the series also explores the mysteries surrounding Chii’s origins, as more plot twists and new emotions in Chii emerge as the series progresses hinting at certain aspects of Chii’s past. In terms of animation, the character designs of Chobits are influenced through CLAMP’s manga artwork as they have a cutesy feel to them, especially with designs of the persocon characters. The music to Chobits felt whimsical for the most part as much of the soundtrack had soft tones, which fit in well with the mood of the series.

The Cons: A major problem with Chobits is the number of filler and recap episodes. The series resorted to several filler episodes and two recap episodes to allow for the length of the series to be at 26 episodes. These episodes, for the most part, do nothing to progress events in the series. Another problem with the series would be the occasional use of comedic elements commonly found in shounen romantic comedy anime, mostly focused on Hideki. While some of these elements do have relevance to Hideki’s conflicting thoughts about Chii, others have no purpose to be in the series except for fan service.

Facts on the Series:

-Based on the manga created by the four-member mangaka group known as CLAMP. The manga is licensed by Tokyopop.

Last updated Sunday, January 06 2008. Created Sunday, January 06 2008.
Watch 6 5 6 4 5 4 chibi [series:444#2380]
A disapointing series. While it covers fairly adult subjects, the dialog and humor is infantile. Sure, Chi's cute, but she only has about 4 facial expressions, and at that she's beating out the male lead. Background music is low-cost off-the-rack synthesizer fare that rarely fits the scene. My recommendation is to get the manga instead, which is quite good.

Last updated Tuesday, December 05 2006. Created Tuesday, December 05 2006.
Buy 8 8 9 9 8 8 Ilpalazzo [series:444#1977]
The comedy in this is pretty good mainly come form Hideki trying to teach chii how to become a normal girl. but the romantic part wasn't that enjoyable.

BUT OVERALL still a pretty good anime

Last updated Monday, December 12 2005. Created Monday, December 12 2005.
Watch 7 8 6 4 7 6 manganime [series:444#1633]
I personally thought this anime is highly over-rated- I just didn't really see anything special here except for kawaiiness.

Watching the first episode I thought this was gonna be good but the story was just seeming to drag and I was getting bored.

But I guess if you like the whole romantic thing this anime would be better but I just couldn't really get into it.

Last updated Monday, September 12 2005. Created Monday, September 12 2005.
Buy 10 10 10 9 9 9 Anonymous #2029 [series:444#2029]
Ever seen those anime that actually drag you into its world? Well this is the one. Unlike any other robotic or android anime where, this is one really make a different. The character design is great and did I mention how cute Chi (the main character) is. "No matter how cute she is or how human she looks, don't fall in love with her"; that's actually from the anime itself. I'm sure that after you watch this anime, You want a Persocom!!!!

Last updated Monday, July 04 2005. Created Monday, July 04 2005.
Buy Violet D [series:444#1393]
What can I say about Chobits. I had a friends' daughter who told my daughter that if you were into to anime you had to see Chobits. I rented it and liked it. The story line is cute and even though there are a few characters that aren't honest and want to take advantage. Hideki rescues Chii and lets the guy have it. There is a part where there is a caring in a not nice world and towards the end Hideki sticks by her and doesn't give up on her. Episode 7 shows Hideki going off to college and Chii getting a party ready for him.

Last updated Monday, May 09 2005. Created Monday, May 09 2005.
Rent Z [series:444#1781]
An ok anime, I enjoyed it quite a bit when I first watched it. It does change quite a bit from the light and funny series to a more serious series for the second half, though I never fully understood what was at stake. Think a Trigun type change. That said, after this I watched a couple other romantic anime, and found that I didn't really think this was that special. Characterization was good, save for Hideki for was a cardboard cutout, loser guy who wants a girl, finds a beautiful one and then suddenly finds all sorts of them all while trying to pretend he's not a pervert. It raises some questions, but honestly I didn't care for the falling for a andriod thing, no matter how "cute" she was. If you enjoy romantic animes you'll like this as the relationship development is probably IMO the strongest part of this series. Gut I'm not sure that after watching it once you'll feel any need to watch it again, which is why I gave it a rent rating.

Last updated Friday, March 11 2005. Created Friday, March 11 2005.
Buy 10 10 9 8 9 8 EatingFish [series:444#1852]
The art in Chobits is /amazing/, as well as the animation. The Chobits are amazingly creative, and this anime sucks you in by the second episode, even though the story-line is a perverted one.
The characters are pretty well fleshed out, and there are a lot of twists with the personalities of each character. Even the Persocoms have Personalities!
Go and buy this series now o_O;

Last updated Saturday, February 19 2005. Created Saturday, February 19 2005.
Buy 9 8 9 8 9 6 Devil Doll [series:444#752]
[Score: 84% = Buy-. Other recommended Romance/Fantasy Drama animes: Video Girl Ai, Kanon, Clannad (TV), Shuffle!, To Heart]
  • Drama: Med/High (yes, despite the comedy! There's a lot of story and good side characters)
  • Comedy: Med/High (silliness everywhere - Chii's blunders are awfully cute, and Hideki has a lot to learn)
  • Action: Low (and hardly important for the show)
  • SciFi: High (Chii being a persocom is essential, plus the ending of the series)
  • Ecchi: Med/High (pantsu, lots of fantasizing, plus certain groping scenes)
Where do we start from? A girl-less loser guy (think Keichi of Aa! Megami-sama!) moves to Tokyo for attending cram school (think Keitarou of Love Hina) and happens to find a cute girl to live with him (think Kaoru of Ai Yori Aoshi) who happens to not be perfect but depend on technology (think Youta of Video Girl Ai). In short: Your standard shounen anime, or so it seems. I happen to like all of the above series (for different reasons), so this one is fun to watch right from the start. If only Hideki weren't such a fool, and everyone else around him so near-perfect. But the latter is going change with time... all is not what it seems. After the first episodes I had no clue that this series were almost to become my Discovery of the Year series for 2004, beaten only by Koi Kaze.

Both main characters, Hideki as well as Chii, are naive - in a way that makes both rather likable.
Hideki (the bumpkin) is extremely silly and often focused on hentai thoughts (which he is ashamed of, but that's exactly what causes more unfortunate situations for him to arise). But he is good at heart, and caring about Chii lets him grow, slowly, step by step.
On the other hand, persocom Chii is extremely kawaii, behaving like a child, taking many things literally and thus getting into trouble now and then. But her learning program has the right dose of intelligence as to provide significantly fast progress mixed with entertaining little setbacks. So it is absolutely fun to watch her learn more and more, about the world, about Hideki, and about herself.
Everyone around these two is almost too flawless in the early stage of this series - be that his beautiful and helping landlady, his friendly and forgiving school teacher, his knowledgeable new classmate Shinbo living next door, or Shinbo's portable little persocom named Sumomo. That's far from being realistic, but other than that Hideki wouldn't probably survive for long... and all characters being likable isn't a bad thing for a fun series. And actually they all become important during this series - each one of them contributes to the main story and the questions it poses.
On the other hand, this makes it harder to endure the occasional perverted elements (and yes, I mean "perverted", although this isn't porn - but there are a number of little perversion references, be that the location of Chii's switch, the subject of her first and second shopping sprees, her first job, the subjects of Hideki's daydreams, ... I could go on for a while here). I significantly downgraded Episode Story because of this, I downgraded Art for the look of Hideki's eyes (as opposed to anything else in this series), and I downgraded Characters from 10 points because of Hideki. Seriously, this guy reminded me of Urashima Keitarou all to often... basically, the first episodes focusing so much on Hideki's flaws kept this series from earning one of the absolute top ranks in my list...

...because the most important aspect of this series for me is the Story, which I rated with a near-top value as well. Despite telling one story, the three 'seasons' (of 8 episodes plus one 'recap special' each) are focusing on rather different issues: season 1 is the character buildup, season 2 is the philosophic section, and season 3 is the background story section. These segments are connected flawlessly, and the story never loses its focus for cheap effects. What's more, this series has nearly no filler episodes which I find quite rarely in anime. (The recaps don't count, you can skip them without missing anything.)

And yes, during the second and third season I found a lot of questions to think about in this series, such as: What does it mean to be happy? How can one handle the loss of someone who was very important to you? How can you find your self-esteem when being faced with comparing yourself to others? What is it that makes the difference between man and machine? Some of these questions go as deep as those in the most serious anime I watched, be that Koukaku Kidoutai, Haibane Renmei or Kimi ga Nozomu Eien.
In some way you get the impression of a simple happy ending in this series - but looking closer at their situation after episode 24 all important characters are just starting to face their real challenge... perhaps that's what I like most about this series. Plus, as I should not forget to mention, the track Dark Chii Theme (and its wonderful use in crucial scenes of this series) which is now one of my absolute favorites in anime soundtracks.

Last updated Friday, August 19 2011. Created Tuesday, November 09 2004.
Buy 9 9 10 8 9 9 Iceman_Aragorn [series:444#1517]
Chobits is a SEVERLY cute anime. This is coming from a guy. The end even had me choked up a bit.
That should be thought of as a plus, rather than a minus for this anime though. The character development, mainly of Chii, the Persocon (I think this word may also mean computer in Japanese), and to some degree, Hideki, is very well done.
After Chii, who was missing all software, was found by Hideki on the street, she was able to move anyways. Imagine that, a computer that has no OS and no software, moving and doing things. Even learning. The first half of the anime is mainly comedic, with infamous episodes such as the "pantsu" episode.
The anime then take a more serious turn, examining, adimst the continuous cuteness and funiness of Chii, the issues of whether a Persocon can feel. Normally the answer would be "No! What are you, some kinda wierdo who falls in love with a machine?", but Chii is special. She might be one of the legendary Chobits series, a special Perscon designed to really have feelings.
By the end of the anime, the plot and character development are so deep that you can't help but be intrigued, scared, saddened, further intigued, then happy with the ending.
This is an anime worthy of being called a classic. Definately an anime that's worth anyone's time, un-initated to the world of anime or not.

Last updated Thursday, July 29 2004. Created Thursday, July 29 2004.
Buy 9 9 8 7 9 9 raptor29 [series:444#1134]
I have to say that this is one of the best anime I have seen so far. The story is a persocon named Chi and her owner, Hideki. When they first met, their lives would never be the same. It is a very intersting concept on how love can be formed. Chobits is also hilarious as Chii doesn't have a clue on how to act and that is trouble to Hideki. People must watch this anime!!!

Last updated Sunday, January 11 2004. Created Sunday, January 11 2004.
Buy 9 9 10 9 9 Ka-chan [series:444#1100]
This is technically a Shonen series by CLAMP. But after seeing all 24 episodes, you may agree with me that the story is shoujo.
Anyway, it's never really hentai, just a bit ecchi. An example is how Hideki turns on Chi. (Sorry for the pun) Or, the pants(pantie) episode. The manga has a good scene related to this episode but the anime doesn't have it. After all, Chi doesn't know how to wear one.
Not sure why the decided not to translate "pasocon" which is a Japanese concatination of PASOnaru CONputa or personal computer.
The story has a mystery, is Chi a Chobits? Since Chi seems to have lost her memory, we also don't know her real name. As warned by Minoru, will Hideki fall in love with Chi? Would you be able to resist an incredibly cute, constantly wanting to please persocom if Chi was yours? No wonder Hideki has to keep reminding himeself that Chi is a persocom. Series asks questions about love, looking for love, and on a more ethereal plane, love between man and machine. Basically, carrying the love guys have for the cars, tools, etc. one step further.
What makes this show entertaining comes from Chi's pure innocence and that fact that Chi has to be taught the simplest things. Between Chi's childlike innocence and Motosuwa's sense of decency and his overactive imagination, how can he teach Chi to take a bath for example.
Then what are these books that Chi is reading. Who is the "me" that is calling Chi? Who looks like Chi. What is this power that lets Chi freeze other computers? And why are "They" out to distroy Chi? Why is Yumi jealous of Yuzuki? Will Hideki loose his virginity? Well maybe somethings are better left to Hideki's imagination.
To conclude, with Hideki's imagings, Chi's innocence and Chi's mysterious past, they lead to some fun and interesting adventures and misadventures.

Last updated Saturday, December 13 2003. Created Saturday, December 13 2003.
Buy 9 9 10 9 8 Matt [series:444#1038]
The only thing that keeps me from buying this title myself, is the pink cover. It always has me stopping just short. But if you can get past that, this series is great! Great art, a freggin catchy opening theme, and a storyline which always keeps you thinking. Chobits somehow balances out seriousness and ridiculousness into a pretty deep (compared to the typical storyline of this genre) story. As usual, you know what will happen at the end. But where other anime would just put a bunch of crap into the middle before getting to the part with some meaning at the end, this series actually has a good idea. As trivial as the episodes may seem, you actually learn more about Chii along with Hideki. Therefore, each episode is pretty important, with an exception to the recapping episodes. So if you're down with pink covers, don't hesitate to buy this one.

Last updated Thursday, October 23 2003. Created Thursday, October 23 2003.
Buy 9 10 10 8 8 Gahushi [series:444#976]
When I got my hands on fansubs for the five first episodes I immediately knew I had to buy, or at least download the whole series ASAP. Chii, with her childlike kawaii behaviour, has the power to melt any heart within seconds. An effect I think will prove to be most useful in the effort to cleanse the "dirty" image Hentai has given anime in the world. Above all in Europe, where the anime culture is still somewhat young and fragile.
The story begins when ronin Motosuwa Hideki moves to Tokyo in order to attend yobiku, a prep-school for university entrance exams. During his first night in Tokyo he finds himself walking back to Gabu Jogasaki, the apartment building where he lives, whilst dreaming of a persocon of his own; something a repeating student like himself could never afford. Things, however, take a turn as he finds a cute, immobile persocon in the trash as he walks homewards. Naturally he hasn't got anything to lose, so dispite the persocons extreme weight he carries it home with him. After some difficulties with starting the persocon Hideki finds himself face to face with his future "one and only", Chii.
Honestly, if you don't like it, there's something seriously wrong with you since this is by far an example of anime at it's very best. A very entertaining series that is by all means worth watching.

Last updated Sunday, April 18 2004. Created Tuesday, September 16 2003.
Rent Stretch [series:444#628]
I really loved Chobits the first time I watched it. My first impressions, after watching the first four episodes, were that if I were to choose a single word to describe the series, that word would be "Charming". The sweet music ("Let me be with you") and brightly colored opening sequence is heart warming all by itself. Chobits sort of reminded me of "Oh My Goddess", what with all the overflowing cuteness and in that an ideal girl seems to fall unexpectedly into a guy's lap (but I suspected I'd wind up liking Chobits even more). I appreciated the original premise of this show--and the fact that there had been no violence (even of a slapstick sort), just the intriguing question of how Hideki and Chii would get along as she (and he) learn and develop. Perhaps my favorite scene so far had been the "Wakey Exercise". Chobits was essentially a fun, cute, comedy series at this point. I just finished watching the series as a whole, and it grows into something more than that as time goes by. Early on, Persocom whiz Minoru Kokubunji warns Hideki not to fall in love with Chii. I assumed this was because only a naive country-bumpkin like him, who has stumbled upon what must be the cutest persocom ever, would be at risk of making that mistake. However, it turns out that romance between people and persocoms is by no means unknown. I think Chobits was at it's best at around the halfway point, as numerous examples of such behavior (and it's consequences) turn up. I was really intrigued. I wish this sort of quality, intensity, and *believeability* could have been maintained right to the end. But when the charachters Jiima and Dita started shadowing Chii, my reaction was "oh no, don't get *weird* on me! This was going so well!". I had read a review which criticised the series for not conforming closely enough to the manga it's based on (supposedly because the anime had been rushed into production before the manga was complete) and awarded Chobits a mere three stars. Up until this point I had considered the series to be so near-perfect that I was certain that that opinion was a bunch of nonsense written by somebody who considered manga to be inherently superior to anime--but now I can't help wondering if that critic might have been right, to a certain extent. In contrast to those brilliant little morality plays about love between humans and machines, the story seemed to get kind of garbled towards the end, and a lot of questions were left unanswered. That was unfortunate, but this is still far too good an anime to have been spoiled. The single most important question *was* answered, so I guess I can survive without finding out why Chii sometimes glows, or floats, or jumps from rooftops to telephone poles. Chobits remained touching to the end, even though I can't claim to understand exactly what Chii's creators were trying to achieve. This will remain one of my favorites.

Well, it looks like I have bought myself another "bootleg" copy of an anime series. The word "bootleg" conjures up images of cheap, shoddy, hastily produced merchandise, but the packaging of this DVD box set was in fact extremely attractive. It's the translation and inscription of the subtitles that demonstrate the true quality. Apparently several different people translated parts of the series, and I thought it was interesting that each one completed his or her own version of the theme song. Here are different versions of the first line:


1. "Surely magic was used for these two to meet"
2. "Perform some magic to let us meet"
3. "Cast a spell, so that the two will meet for sure"
4. "In order for us to meet some day, I cast a little spell"


Gives you an idea of the leeway translators have, doesn't it?

Late in the summer '08 season, with not a whole lot of fresh stuff to watch, I decided to rewatch Chobits. I think it made a good deal more sense the second time around, and I enjoyed it. Still, I have some questions. Can anyone explain to me why Chii was discarded in an alley in the first place? What was on the disc that Hideki didn't notice? Who created Jiima and Dita?

My favorite line: "Oh, whatever. Just don't soil them" --Minoru
9/03......................................................................................................................#65

Last updated Saturday, November 15 2008. Created Sunday, September 14 2003.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 CannibalSmith [series:444#973]
Thumbs up! This anime is about 'what if a computer was a girl'. And has very few mistakes throgh the whole series.

Last updated Sunday, September 14 2003. Created Sunday, September 14 2003.
Buy 10 10 10 8 9 BarrenSoul [series:444#859]
This is a worthwhile series that can bring you to tears of joy and sadness... i just don't know what to say. This is a good series and is worth your time and money (episode 13 is really good) unlike the first review this is kinda similar to love hina, as in regards to the character behavior and manbeating style of women. (each girl character seems to be fine with hentai based material...)

Last updated Saturday, July 19 2003. Created Saturday, July 19 2003.
Watch 8 9 9 8 9 bekku [series:444#816]
chobits seems like a CLAMP copy off of love hina. i mean, the random perverted input leading to spasms by the male character (although, chii is nothing like naru, she thinks it's perfectly normal for hideki to act that way ^____^;). only, the storylines are different. this one for instance is a semi-sci-fi/fantasy type story that is very cute and funny at the same time. in some places it gets very deep, like when chii reads the books, "a city with no people". a very good idea and very well played.

Last updated Monday, June 30 2003. Created Monday, June 30 2003.
Buy 9 10 10 8 8 MasterYoshidino [series:444#598]
One of the best etchi based romance comedies in existance. It is very etchi but it is not nearly as frank or sexual like Ai Yori Aoshi or Love Hina. The story is very well done and is faithful to the manga series. Sumomo is definately the shining star as the comedy relief and the Persocom that keeps any bad moments to a minimum. Much worth watching and buying.

Last updated Wednesday, June 25 2003. Created Wednesday, June 25 2003.
Watch Rirath.com [series:444#802]
Chobits is a action, comedy, and romance series. It fits right in with shows like Ranma ½ and to lesser extents, Ah! My Goddess, and Sailor Moon. The jokes are hilarious, the characters are lovable, and the obviousness of the fan service rivals that of Evangelion.
I have to admit, I get very involved with anime. I cheer for the hero, at times the villain, mourn the loss of favorite characters, and take great interest in the lives and loves of the characters. Chobits is very easy to relate in this manner to. Hideki is as simple and honest as they come, yet human. Picture a cross between Tenchi, Keiichi, and Ranma as well. Chii is a great character, cute and innocent. She can be every bit as funny and interesting as Hideki, even when speaking a single word. She makes a great pair with Sumomo, a mobile persocon who belongs to Hideki's best friend.
The show never ceases to stay interesting, and the stories range from serious to all out joke fest craziness. The jokes are certainly aimed at an older audience. They have all the appeal of Ranma ½. Hideki loves adult magazines and movies, and there are several very funny jokes about it. Unlike most anime guys, he's not blind to all the cute girls around him either. He's far less shy about it than Tenchi and Keichii, but he's still a good guy at heart. For the most part, the series is clean and lovable. There's extremely little out right nudity, mostly just a ton of cute fan service.
One thing I really like about Chobits is that it's very upbeat. Not just the humor, but the generally message of the anime. Going through Hideki's life, his job, his classes, his troubles and watching him fight through them all. CLAMP is great at this kind of overall upbeat anime, and Chobits is no exception. It's a great anime that I recommend to just about anyone old enough for the adult themed jokes.
- Rirath.com
Reviews & Fan Art

Last updated Tuesday, June 24 2003. Created Tuesday, June 24 2003.
Buy 9 10 10 10 9 Conardo [series:444#663]
Motosuwa Hideki is a Ronin who lived outside of town. After failing to get accepted to go to University, he decides to live in the city but he never went there before the age of 18 and he is 18 years old.
Basically, he's one of the many perverted guy in Japan. And what is quite funny is his habit of talking to himself really loud with expressions. As the story goes he finds a Persocon. Persocons are really expensive robot that looks and thinks like a human. As he found Chii in the trash, his life completely changes and so on.
As the story goes, he gets in bad situations and lives a real funny life (for us viewers). Going to school, working until nightfall is his everyday basis as usually something happens.
Chobits is a mix of a love story with a hentai comedy. Quite like Love Hina but more hardcore on the perverted side! A funny romantic anime...a must-see for you anime lovers!

Last updated Sunday, April 27 2003. Created Sunday, April 27 2003.
Buy 9 10 10 9 9 Alexander [series:444#416]
Hideki is a farmboy, he goes to the city to study. This year there are andriods or "Persocons", that come in all sexes and sizes, that can do just about anything.
Hideki, with not much money and wanting a Persocon, happans to find one in the dump.
Story goes on with Hideki trying to teach the Persocon "Chii"(that's all she can say :) , she's quite cute too), how to do change cloths, buy underwear, bathing, etc.. it's all quite funny, and worth your money to RENT.
having watched 1-22, i'm still waiting fo the rest of the series at the store i'm renting them at. But, it's all good. Enjoy :)

Last updated Friday, March 28 2003. Created Friday, March 28 2003.
Buy 9 9 10 8 9 AstroNerdBoy [series:444#436]

When people discuss "thinking persons anime", I doubt Chobits ever comes up. On the surface, Chobits seems like nothing more than the standard "harem" romantic comedy like Hand Maid May, Love Hina, Tenchi Muyo!, etc. However, this series is done by CLAMP so appearances are deceiving! While there are odd relationships here, there are none of the homosexual relationship that have been a part of many of their other titles.

The series starts off as pure comedy. We have several girls (apparently including Chi) who are either interested in Hideki or whom he is attracted to. However, it doesn't take long for serious elements to start showing up and the "harem" elements to fade away. As the series progresses, the humor becomes less and the serious nature grows and relationships around Hideki are sorted out. Don't worry, it won't go south on you like Neon Genesis Evangelion. The writers are not so sanctamonious as to try and say, "See our thinking anime!" Whenever it stays serious to long, we can expect a humorous moment, especially from the cute little persocon named Sumomo.

The series works because we have a very interesting story, likeable characters, funny moments, and thought provoking themes. The primary themes are love (and subsequently relationships) and the blurring of the lines between reality and technology. Sure, these have been explored before with the latter looked at in Serial Experiments Lain or .hack//SIGN. However, I don't know of any series that combines all of the elements I've discussed above and brought them into one story.

Bottom line: Well worth having in your anime collection if you like good characters, story, humor, as well as thought provocation. While there is some ecchi content, it is not to severe and there's no homoerotic content.

Last updated Thursday, June 03 2004. Created Wednesday, February 19 2003.

Buy 9 9 8 8 9 8 Sesen Kelader [series:444#471]
The basic plot is that a special persocon "Chobit" wants to find someone who loves her for who she is. Chi (the Chobit's name) lost of all her previous memory (or data if u insist) and then is found by Hideki and brought home. Because Chi is very speical and can't be hacked, she needs to learn everything all over again. Many funny events happen when she tries to learn and Hideki tries to teach. The first 3/5 episodes of Chobit is mostly for comedy, the last 2/5 is the main story and focus of the Anime. It compares humans and persocon and discuss whether a personcon has the right to have felicity. It ingeniously brings out the questions: "what does it mean to love somebody?" and "What should it take to be loved?" As the previous reviewer says, it's a very warming anime series.

Last updated Thursday, January 02 2003. Created Thursday, January 02 2003.
Buy 9 10 10 7 9 Mark Clifton [series:444#126]
The story is about Hideki and his Persocon, Chii. Based off the Manga written by Clamp, Chobits is a very heart warming anime series. Anybody who watches this series will surely enjoy it.

Last updated Thursday, January 16 2003. Created Sunday, September 08 2002.

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