Chobits- Watashi wa Shiawase

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Here’s a synopsis from My Anime List:

Synopsis

In the future, personal computers have developed into “Persocoms”, mobile computers that look like human beings. Hideki Motosuwa, a prep school student, desperately wants to buy a Persocon but cannot afford to. One day he finds a Persocom that has been thrown away and decides to keep it. When he turns on the Persocom, all she can say is “Chi” so he decides to name her that. After a while it starts to become apparent that Chi is more than an average Persocom. Having much better performance, it seems that Chi might be a “Chobit”, a type of advanced Persocom rumored to have independent thought.

(Source: ANN)

And some great comments from MAL as well:

Taurgis

159 of 246 people found this review helpful
26 of 26 episodes seen
“As you might have noticed already, almost all the reviewers give this series a 10 on everything. This is offcourse not without reason. It performs top notch in every aspect. Chobits kept me entertained from the first milisecond to the last.

Story:

The story is simply amazing. It has a bit of everything going from romance to suspense. Although the story is quite slow it doesnt feel like it. Every episode shows the devolopment of the characters in a serious but also a funny way. The first episodes will give you a big laugh, but the mood swings over to a more romantic view the more it develops.

This show is probably something you haven’t seen before, the characters evolution is something quite special. To prevent spoilers you’ll have to find that out for yourself.
The fact remains that the evolution of Chii is the most funny thing in the whole show. It’s like she starts off like a 3 year old child knowing hardly anything about the world and needs to learn everything. And without commen sense she does alot of things a normal person would reconsider.

Art:

The style of the picture in this anime is great, they don’t overdo it with drawing to much details but it is simply amazing. Everything you see will draw out the correct emotion that goes with it. The characters are made really well.

Sound:

Same as the art it is great, going from the intro to the story. The music fits the parts in the story really well.

Character:

As I said in the story, the characters develop really good. Sometimes you do feel how something is going to develop but you’re not really sure. The show really does show a few unexpected things but after you see them they are explained thouroughly with a background of “how”. This really adds a + to the show.

Enjoyment:

This show kept me entertained from the start till the end. I finished the show in 1 day because I just couldn’t stop watching it.

Overall:

If you like a romance with lots of humour but also serious parts, then this is the anime for you. Its a 10+ in every part and will keep you entertained.
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This was my first review so i apoligize if there are some parts wrongly explained. Main reason for this is to prevent spoilers ;-)” – Taurgis

Some comments from me on the Romance part:

It was obvious that Hideki and Chii did/would love each other at the very beginning, but it seemed just like that ordinary familial love at first. Hideki was so perverted (lol) and always blushing about other girls, not just Chii. It wasn’t the best love relationship I’ve seen in anime and manga. Certainly not the most romantic, nor the deepest I had seen.

We did get to see a few brilliant side pairings develop throughout the series. I will not say who they are, since that will spoil it.

But then, from episode 18, Hideki and Chii’s relationship started to actually develop. Something happened to Chii, and Hideki began to show the extent of his feelings for Chii, not just the silly “I’m so perverted I’m getting a nosebleed at the sight of your boobs” (although that can be funny). It was sweet, and Hideki often showed his more manly, more heroic side.

The ending was very moving, the kind of moving that you get in shoujo often, that heartwarming scene that makes you feel that even if something scary is going to happen, even if something you hate is going to happen, that it will all be alright (this only lasts for a few minutes, though :P).

It’s a very short anime but Stephanie found the beginning and middle kind of boring. I never found this anime series boring for a second, but some people do (e.g. Stephanie). So the relationship could’ve been developed slightly earlier to keep people like Stephanie interested, but since there were several amazing side couple developments in the middle towards the end, it’s still worth the watch for all of you more impatient ones. ^_^

This is not one of those predictable shoujo animes either, which is a plus for those who don’t like predictability (I, for one, appreciate unpredictability but personally do not mind it that much, since it is a great part of shoujo). It’s CLAMP, after all. :P

We still know that Hideki and Chii end up together, no matter what, and it’s the mangaka’s decision what happens in-between. The best ones (e.g. Arina Tanemura and CLAMP) make what happens in-between amazing, and the good but not as good do not. No offense.

This was a very well done anime, and I very much recommend this to anyone who loves a good romance and/or shoujo (but you must wait till around episode 18 to actually see any deep, non familial love developing between Chii and Hideki, although the side pairings in the middle and end are very romantic). Anybody who loves CLAMP should definitely watch (and read) this series as well.

So…

OVERALL 10/10

Wow, that’s a high number, isn’t it? Well, the ending was very, very impressive, and brought the anime to a close very nicely, so I give it a 10.

Bite me.

Maria

 

 

2 responses »

  1. I love Chobits! <3 <3

    Chaste love is part of what made me so content with the ending…because Hideki was a perv, but he loved Chi enough to put that aside and be with her regardless….. :D <3

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