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Chobits, Omnibus 1 (Chobits #1-4)

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  942 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Some people buy their personal computers based on style... and in near-future Japan, the hottest style for your "persocom" is shaped like an attractive android Poor student Hideki, fresh off the farm and trying to get into a Tokyo university, has neither money nor a girlfriend - then finds a persocom seemingly discarded in an alley. Taking the cute robot home and activatin ...more
Paperback, 737 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Dark Horse Manga (first published 2010)
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Feb 05, 2017 Michelle rated it it was amazing
"People's souls come in all shapes and sizes. And as time goes on a person grows, their soul can change. Their hopes and dreams can change. That's why there isn't just one type of happiness."

There is so much in this story and volume to be explored and amazed by.

The moral of loving someone for who they are. And the question of what it means to be human or persocom. And the question of can persocoms have feelings/humans attachments to their persocoms and ignorance of other humans or other things
Annabel Lee
Jul 31, 2012 Annabel Lee rated it it was amazing
The manga, Chobits , questions what is means to be truly human. In the Chobits universe (and even in our world today), it is wrong to think PersoComs are anymore than computers. Chi, the female PersoCom Hideki Motosuwa finds in a pile of garbage, experiences human feelings such as sadness and love, and even free will, yet is not human enough. As Chi learns how to live in a world that sees PersoComs as only computers, she also has to struggle between her growing feelings for Hideki, and her
Oct 06, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it

I JUST LOVE CLAMP SO MUCH AHH. I almost let myself forget how much I adore this world and the character's CLAMP creates. I'm such a big fan of Tsubasa and xxxHolic, it was interesting going back and read something of their earlier works. I see very obvious similarities, such as between Chi and Sakura, but my favorite thing ever is how all of their stories connect and I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO FINISH IT AHHH. Ordering the next Omnibus asap
Original Review - March 6th, 2013 (Rating: 5) :
Fascinating! Just fascinating. This pulled me in hook, line, and sinker! What started as a humorous story about an immature, naive 19-year-old "boy" and his sweet, innocent, sexy android "doll" has matured into a psychological, mystery, romance, that keeps you wanting more...

What a great way to be introduced to the art of manga!

Additional Thoughts - June 1st, 2015 (Rating 4) :

My original enthusiasm, though tempered after rereading volumes 1 and
Jan 12, 2016 Pink rated it it was amazing
This story is fantastic. It's funny, intriguing, deep, and adorable! I highly recommend it if you like manga.
Amr Rashad
Feb 28, 2016 Amr Rashad rated it it was amazing
Cute manga! Sifi, and teasing! So deep about the human-machine relationship. Future is different here from all the killing machines theories. Love it, and can't wait to finish the second volume.
Oct 31, 2010 abatage rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I've been told about CLAMP before, but this is the first time I've read any of their work - and I can see why they're known for being the manga-powerhouse their reputation says they are. This is especially true for this massive volume that contains 48 chapters of the series. Thankfully I prefer reading these books straight after each other, so having them all wrapped up in a solid brick of a volume makes me happy.

The story is unique enough to be interesting, but there are many familiar parts and
Jan 14, 2011 Orchid rated it it was ok
On a whole, I didn't care for Chobits and I barely managed to finish reading it. It wasn't that the story wasn't interesting, it was just too weird for my taste (which is saying something because usually I'm like the weirder the better).

While I didn't really enjoy this manga, what kept me reading till the end was that it had a most interesting concept. I thought that the story behind the persocoms and how they were disrupting the normal interactions between people was quite fascinating, especial
Drew Sanson
Feb 29, 2016 Drew Sanson rated it really liked it
Hideki Motosuwa grew up on a farm with little to no knowledge of tech-related things. When he moves into the city, he finds out that everyone has their own walking computer units that look like people. These units are called “persocoms.” Of course, not having much money, he couldn’t possibly afford one. Especially when he’s taking his college entrance exams. However, one day, he finds a discarded persocom in the trash, and decides to take it home with him. But for some strange reason, all this p ...more
I liked this book. Slowly the story really drew me in and I got to really care about the characters and what will happen next. It was how the author drew the face of each person when they remembered a problem with Persocoms.
I also liked how they showed the problems with a world having persocoms. How they can take over people's lives and family. That was very sad and real to me. Because it reminds of how today, you'll hardly see anyone without a computer in their house or some sort of electronic
Dec 19, 2016 Shana rated it it was amazing
Eu quero uma persocom pra ser minha amiguinha!! Ela são muito fofinhas!!
Accalia Baronets
Jan 04, 2016 Accalia Baronets rated it it was amazing
Chobits is a futuristic story about the invention of a persocom. A persocom is a humanoid computer that can walk around. Units include Regular units- I.e. desktop computers-- that are typically shaped to be the size of an adult, but they can be made to be any age.
Mobile units ie- laptops-- are smaller and aren't usually as powerfull as a full sized persocom but there are custom made mobile units that are just as capable as regular units.
Though uncommon, there are also keychain units. These unit
Aug 05, 2016 Claire rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, read-2016
This turned out better than I expected. I was really thrown off at the beginning with the way that Hideki has to start up Chi (view spoiler). We seemed to move forward after that but then the teacher of his cram school spending the night (nothings happens, they just get drunk). These things made no sense to me.

I am so glad I didn't let these strange moments stop me. This is a wonderful story. And from what I understand it was originally written i
Sarah Helser
May 30, 2016 Sarah Helser rated it really liked it
This was a highly intriguing manga. The basic concept is that in the future computers are created giving the appearance of a normal person, hence their name "persocoms." In this future it shows humans treating persocoms as though they are human as well. Because humans can do everything with a persocom that they can with a normal human (and I do mean EVERYTHING), this often makes humans spend more time with his / her persocom than with actual humans. It shows the downside of having emotional ties ...more
Aug 31, 2011 Rosa rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, scifi, manga, 2011
So the past few years I've been going to i-con to help out a friend of mine who runs part of it and I am always seeing tons of girls dressed up as Chobitz, so when I saw this at the library I thought I should see what all the fuss is about.

Persecoms are all the rage, they are computers shaped like people given personalities of sorts. Hideki can't afford a persecom, but then he finds one in the trash and brings her home to fix. Although she seems to lack traditional programming she does have an a
Feb 09, 2016 Andrew rated it it was amazing
After watching the Chobits TV series around a decade ago, this has been a graphic novel that I have been eager to read for a long time - the logic being that whichever books could inspire such hilarious and touching animation must be of value. The logic was correct; these books are wonderful. While I'm not particularly fond of character design seen in other CLAMP releases, the characters in Chobits are excellently drawn and endearing. In comparison to artwork from other works by the authors, the ...more
Mar 20, 2016 Leslynn rated it it was amazing
After watching the Chobits TV series around a decade ago, this has been a graphic novel that I have been eager to read for a long time - the logic being that whichever books could inspire such hilarious and touching animation must be of value. The logic was correct; these books are wonderful. While I'm not particularly fond of character design seen in other CLAMP releases, the characters in Chobits are excellently drawn and endearing. In comparison to artwork from other works by the authors, the ...more
Mar 20, 2016 Mia rated it it was amazing
After watching the Chobits TV series around a decade ago, this has been a graphic novel that I have been eager to read for a long time - the logic being that whichever books could inspire such hilarious and touching animation must be of value. The logic was correct; these books are wonderful. While I'm not particularly fond of character design seen in other CLAMP releases, the characters in Chobits are excellently drawn and endearing. In comparison to artwork from other works by the authors, the ...more
Christina Burton
Feb 03, 2015 Christina Burton rated it really liked it
Shelves: trc2015
Really good, I didn't expect to like this very much but it's quite interesting. The only reason why it got 4/5 stars from me is because there's a bit more nudity than I would expect or like to see in a teen manga. However, it's set in an interesting world where computers are shaped like humans (mainly girls), and I believe it's a reflection on how attached to technology society has become, as "nobody ever walks outside and interacts with people and nature anymore, because they're too busy with t ...more
Dec 11, 2012 Loonie rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love the art work. I love the idea. Machines are always getting better and better, what if they become so advanced they become indistinguishable from humans? What if they're too perfect and we put too much of our love in them; that we forget to live and love the real people around us? Chobits is a story that explores just that. People in the society become so attached to the machines that they forget they're not human, but machines. Their memories can be erased with a click of a bu
Apr 29, 2012 Emairi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
This was an unexpected find. When I came across this omnibus edition I thought 'might as well read it', and it sure was worth it. What initially seems like a light-hearted glimpse into a futuristic world develops into an intricate story with strong themes such as love and what it means to be truly human. This manga doesn't assume you are stupid either. I have found that novels and sometimes even manga have a tendency to underestimate the intelligence of the reader. Chobits allowed me to notice d ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Brandi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
In the past, I had read CLAMP's "Chobits Vol. 1" (not the Omnibus), and even though I did like it, I really did not continue the series because it just didn't really grab my attention. After a recommendation, I decided to give the series another shot and I am glad I did. The illustrations are well done and Hideki and Chi are both endearing characters. The idea of Persecoms is quite fascinating (though there does seem to be a notable shortage of cute, male persecoms - Awww!) and I enjoy how the s ...more
Lady Light
Jul 01, 2012 Lady Light rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, manga
This book got me all emotional after reading this book. They show that having a persocom can give you different feelings if you spend time with them. I know people like advanced technology but why make them so human like. Hideki goes through his life seeing the love and sadness of having a persocom but discovering that Chi is unlike the others a Chobit that can have emotions and free will. I mean I would love Hideki being in love with Chi since he deserves happiness but she's a computer but if s ...more
Monet St. Louis
May 07, 2014 Monet St. Louis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, manga
This was the first manga I have ever read. I first watched the my sisters request and quickly fell in love with everything about it. When it was over I needed more, and decided to read the mangas. I loved every minute. Lots of the story was work for word from what I remember of the anime....but the show was based on the book, so that's a good thing! There was a lot more background information and stories. A few things I was a bit confused about were explained better in the manga. Nee ...more
Jemiah Jefferson
Apr 04, 2012 Jemiah Jefferson rated it it was amazing
At last I was able to read this book into which I put some effort a few years ago, and found it even more beautiful - and MUCH more sexy and bizarre - than I had anticipated. Dark Horse Manga's edition has about fifty pages of additional color artwork that will satisfy any lover of romantic kawaii fashion design AND exceptional graphic design at the same time - but honestly, with this story, it's about the characters and the speculative fiction ideas that would do Philip K. Dick proud. HIGHLY re ...more
Aug 01, 2015 myinon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
This was a great volume. I really love this series, mainly because it was the first anime series that I watched and it was also the first manga series that I've read. It tells the tale of Hideki, a country boy who moves to Tokyo, that finds a Persocom (an advanced type of Android) and how he has to act almost like a parent to get it to function normally in society. But behind this silly exterior lies a much heavier motif with regards to the interactions between humans and Persocoms.
Mar 19, 2016 Krystle rated it liked it
Not really a comment on the book itself, but some prior library patron went through and crossed out instances of the word "fucking."

All of the lascivious things happening in this not-quite-adult series, and that is what you take offence at?

Man, re-reading this after so many years..... I forgot how pander-heavy it is starting out.

I remember younger-me liking this series a whole lot more, but it hasn't hit current-me yet.
Dec 03, 2014 Morgan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mature audiece
A cute story about a little persocom (personal computer) named chi and a man name Hideki is all that at times some one needs. beautiful art and storyline. This is definitely one of clamps finest books. Chi is a little confused persocom tat is interested on how humanity lives. she is like the little bit of curiosity that we all have inside us. I defiantly enjoyed reading this book.
Nick Nail
Sep 20, 2010 Nick Nail rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, 1st-nine-weeks
I like mangas and I've read quite a few, but this one was especially great. It was serious romance at one moment, then it was laugh-out-loud comedy right afterward. Sometimes even both at the same time. You don't have to have any sort of preference in books to read Chobits, just a good enjoyment of comedy.
Kevin Gross
Jul 19, 2016 Kevin Gross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clamps Thoughtful Masterpieces

The thin lined art is lovely. The romantic comedy elements are spot on, and the story gradually darkens to an existential piece on the nature of love and humanity. Rather like if Blade Runner were rebooted as a romantic comedy.
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