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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 let ...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published April 23rd 2002 by Tokyopop (first published February 1st 2001)
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Veronica Bejarano
Una historia tierna, muy sublime y eso me encantó. Como el amor puede sobrepasar todo y poco a poco nacer en algo que se supone no puede sentir como uno, como un ser humano. Simplemente me encantó!!!
Lena
I have no idea what's so appealing about this series, but it's definitely something. The story isn't all that broad, the characters are mostly comic relief, and Chii is so adorable that it makes one sick to their stomach. Yet something kept me reading this series, and I didn't regret it one bit.

If I were good at writing reviews, I'd give you a synopsis, then my deep thoughts on where CLAMP when wrong or right, but I'm not, so basically I'll just say that "Chobits" is worth a try. Sure, it's cute
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Madeline
Eight volumes total, read all of them several times in high school during my manga phase.
The plot is your basic "We Designed Robots That Look Like Super Hot Underage Girls Because This Is The Creepy Future" featuring an awkward 20 year old guy finding a previously-mentioned robot in the trash. Hilarity and much inappropriate content ensues.

Lu (Sugar & Snark)
*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!?

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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 t
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Jenny
This is a really cute graphic novel that I would recommend for older teens, possible those in college (as there are some scenes and situations in here that I certainly would not permit my 17 year old to see--although, it's most likely what they think about all the time).

The characters, especially Chi and Plum, are just the cutest and their functions are something that any technology nut would love to own, particularly owning Plum (at least I would love to own a mini PDA that looked like a cupie
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Ysabet
Chobits is not one of CLAMP's stronger works, but it's an enjoyable read. The manga obviously lacks some of the adorableness of hearing Chii (to be fair, the adorableness of hearing her is offset by just how much more disturbing the blank-eyed blank-slate girl effect is when it's in motion, but watching her march and sing the "pan-tsu!" song is endearing), but I think the manga's plotting is stronger. It's a balancing act.
Rebecca Ann
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Πέτρος
Chobits is to its core a romantic comedy like so many others. It is about a rather typical teen male lead and his life with a girl that suddenly had to stay at his apartment. If you have seen or read enough harems and ecchi comedies you can see the cheese of the premise present from the very first episode. A guy with zero talent and zero experience with women all of a sudden gets swarmed by pretty gals who for one or another emotional reason need him.

But a few tips about the story are in need. I
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Abby
I actually bought the $30 complete set of all Chobits series as opposed to buying them all individually, so I'll just put the review for the entire series on this first volume review.

Chobits is basically about a guy named Hedeki, who is living in Tokyo while attending a prep school in order to get into collage next year. Hedeki lives in the "future" where people have created robots called persacoms, which are basically computers that look and act like beautiful girls. Hedeki wants one, but can't
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Nyssa
This review will be for Chapters 1 - 12 in the Chobits: Omnibus, Vol. 1 omnibus edition.

Original Review - March 4th, 2013 (Rating: 4) :
Well that escalated.. I mean ended quickly, and abruptly. Unexpected cliffhanger aside, Chobits is strangely captivating.

The main character, Hideki, is comically (and on occasion, annoyingly) immature, but endearing. Then there is "the star of the show", Chi, who, as everyone says at least once upon meeting her, is incredibly cute. While the immediate attracti
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Richard Tokebroker
Not as much fun as XxxHolic, but still a guilty pleasure...that I actually feel no guilt over. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to stuff my face with cookies and binge watch ALL the Chobits on Netflix.

Also, panties, and the comedic use of them on ones forehead.

That is all.
Sarai
Okay, so this was kind of cute, but I did have some issues with it. First of all, the female "lead" is a humanoid computer who is rescued from someone's trash by Hideki, who really wants a computer of his own. He calls her Chi because that's all she can say at first. And she's attracted to him and keeps throwing herself at him, which would not necessarily bother me except that the way you turn on these Chobits is by inserting your finger into... well, hopefully you get the idea. And the way a fr ...more
Séverine
Bon, vu comme ça, le résumé ne donne pas vraiment envie de s'attaquer à ce livre. Pour ma part, j'ai découvert Chobits grâce à l'animé éponyme, il y à quelques années. Les graphismes sont vraiment très beau, et l'histoire sentimentale entre Tchii et Hideki est plus vue d'un côté humoristique. Dans ce premier tome, nous allons surtout suivre notre héros, qui va chercher une solution pour comprendre son ordinateur qui à l'air de fonctionner sans logiciel, et le voir apprendre à Tchii comment parle ...more
eHawk rivera
preface: i'm a clamp fan. i am pretty much "doomed" to like anything by clamp. this series is great, and pretty much the animated series verbatim, so i don't feel like you're getting anything *more* from this form or anything, but it's good. It's definitely of the goofy/romance genre, if you're into that.
Snowpoppy
This was the first manga I read by CLAMP, and it was a good introductory. The premise was interesting, though not groundbreaking. I would've given it five stars had it not been for the ending. It kind of disappointed me, because I was expecting Chi to be something special. It kind of returned full circle to the beginning.

The plot was intricate (as it always it is with CLAMP), with neat intersecting parts. That's part of why I liked this manga. It's only 8 volumes, so is generally a quick read.
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Nocturnal
My first manga - this started me off! A great, sweet little series with a less-than-satisfying last volume; but the rest is worth it.
Scott Hooker
This was an adorable series! It falls into a few magical girlfriend genre tropes, but it always seems to be self aware enough that you can forgive and even enjoy them. The relationship between the main characters Chi and Hideki can feel a little pedophilic at times, but it sets the stage to ask some interesting questions about human nature, relationships, and what it means to be happy.

The slow build up to the unraveling of Chi's deep dark secret felt neither rushed nor padded out for time, and b
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Jenn
a doll trying to find what love really is, and recover memories from the past. very cute.
Caroline
Ridiculous at times, pervy at others, and definitely a bit sappy... Overall a very fun series!
Sereneblaze
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.

CLAMP going into the technologic genre and away from their well own fantasy ones. This was an interesting story, a bit p
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Artemis
This is a sum-up of the series as a whole.

It's instances like this where, as both an anime fan and an analytical observer of pop culture, I feel like I should hand over my feminist card, because a lot of the anime I like - and even love - do have problematic gender portrayals , and these show just how stark the contrast is between male and female stereotypes.


Gender division in anime - especially in shoujo titles - usually comes right down to this:


Male = Strong. Adventurous. Reactive.

Female = We
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Aoife
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I.S.I.
This book is fun, simple and got the mystery to keep you interested.
The story follows Hideki, a really unsuccessful and broke guy, who finds a persocom (computer that looks like a human), Chi. But something is wrong with her. Soon he starts to suspect she being a chobit. A urban legend - A computer more powerful than anything with the power to learn (not just be programmed).

Chi being really cute Hideki has a hard time remembering she's just a machine. Most of the humor is drawn from this. Exampl
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Rachel Thompson
Hideki Motosuwa's parents have sent him to Tokyo, to cram school so that he can get into college. Then they cut off his allowance and made him get a full-time job so that he can afford his apartment. No way does he make enough money to buy what he wants most--a persocom, a personal computer. Persocoms look just like people except for their ears, which are large enough to hold their data ports. When Hideki finds a persocom in the trash, he thinks it's his lucky break. He takes her home and boots ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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
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Laura
May 15, 2011 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Although I found this manga a little unusual, I ended up liking it quite a bit. It was very funny. Hideki is constantly getting himself into rather awkward situations with his new persocon, Chi. A persocon is a robot that doubles as a computer. It seems they're all female in appearance. The reader is even introduced to a laptop, a tiny hold-in-the-palm-of your-hand girl with similar and a palm pilot, a tiny persocon that hangs from a keychain and also comes in animal shapes. Both have similar ca ...more
Kelly
Apr 10, 2013 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
*Spoilers*

Well... I actually don't know how I feel about this!

I love the idea of persocons, and Chii is so cute, I love her ears!

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However, why does the Manga focus so much on sexual content? Her on switch is WHERE???! and why oh why does Hideki's friend fondle the poor thing? Then there are those maids that are so scantily dressed and the way that Chii is constantly throwing herself onto Hideki and there's always something perverted about the position they land up in! I seriously blushed a few t
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Meghan
Chobits is a manga series that centers around Hideki, a modern-day college student who finds a persacom in the trash and takes it home. Persacoms are computers that look exactly like humans. Hideki soon finds out that the persacom he found is possibly a Chobit, a legendary computer that is still top secret. Hideki now wants to find out more about Chobits and where exactly Chii (his persacom)came from and what she is capable of doing. All the while, he has to teach her and build her memory from s ...more
Beth
I've been reading this series and enjoying the story. There's enough original elements to keep this from being just another "humans start liking perfect android robots (called "persocoms" in this story) more than they like real humans" story. The mysteries are complex enough to keep me guessing, and the storyline touches on the much-used but fascinating trope of "when does a robot become 'alive'?" The "falling in love with a perfect android who adores you" trope is more tired and doesn't get muc ...more
Serene Wong
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I first read Chobits when I was still in my polytechnic days, and I loved it.

Chobits is a manga about a female robot, Chi, belonging to a legendary series of persocoms rumoured to have free will and emotions. The story plot centers on a high school student Hideki Motosuwa, who one day stumbles across a persocom in the form of a beautiful girl with thigh-length hair lying against a pile of trash bags, and he carries her home, not noticing that a disk fell o
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