Chobits is one of CLAMP’s more mature-aimed titles in terms of themes and content. Focused on ronin student Hideki Motosuwa, he is awed at how much of the Tokyo populace owns persocoms, androids that serve as human-sized personal computers for their human owners. While coming home one night from work, Hideki stumbles upon a persocom in the form of a beautiful girl left in the trash. Choosing to take on ownership of the persocom and naming her Chi, Hideki tries to learn more about her origins while teaching her appropriate behavior, concepts, and words. Meanwhile as Chi starts to understand more about the world around her, she comes to develop feelings for Hideki that other persocoms are incapable of experiencing and it’s believed she may be a legendary persocom known as a Chobit, a persocom capable of sentience and emotions.
Before addressing other parts of Chobits, I need to get into one major piece of criticism I have with the series in regards to how its first half is handled. In the original manga, Chobits was mainly explored through Hideki’s perspective as he observed Chi’s growth and interacted with several human characters who are affected by their varying interactions with persocoms in regarding them as more than just tools or feeling inferior compared to what they offer. For the anime, much of its first half is mainly explored through Chi’s perspective. While this could have provided for a unique departure from the manga to show how Chi regards her growing emotions and experiences, the anime instead wastes much of its time pandering to the audience by showing Chi doing cute things due to her naive nature and several episodes do nothing at progressing the plot as they serve as anime-only filler. These alterations do lead to some inconsistency and disregard for moments of foreshadowing dropped at points during the manga’s earlier chapters that hint to problems that several of the human characters have in regards to their experiences with persocoms.
The second half of the series improves on things somewhat as it dabbles more into exploring how several of the human characters deal with their experiences with persocoms being viewed as more human. This is perhaps the best element portrayed for the anime adaptation of Chobits as it convincingly shows the emotional pain that several of the human characters go through in regards to their perceptions of persocoms with personal relationships and Hideki finds himself at the center of trying to resolve these problems for those he’s become acquainted with.
In regards to Chi’s origins in the second half, the handling of this plot element is more of a mixed bag. Without spoiling too much, the anime gradually drops more hints over Chi’s true nature and she is shown to become more sentient as she develops greater understanding of the world around her. However, the anime does deviate from the manga in some key elements of Chi’s functions and origins, and the final resolution of the series with Hideki and Chi’s relationship does feel a bit rushed in how it was handled. This likely has to do with the manga still being incomplete at the time of the Chobits TV anime’s airing, as the anime had concluded just a few months before the manga did. It also likely explains why the anime added in so much filler within its first half. But these issues with exploring Chi’s origins and developments still greatly hinder the overall quality of the Chobits anime adaptation to a good degree.
One other thing I do need to mention about Chobits is its content. Unlike many of CLAMP’s works, the series is aimed toward the seinen demographic and this shows with the good deal of raunchy content depicted in the manga with Chi often being nude or in states of undress due to her naivette and moments depicting Hideki’s perversion with his porn collection and occasional lewd thoughts of several of the human female characters. The anime adaptation does tone this down somewhat with no onscreen nudity depicted, but still retains a good deal of the manga’s raunchy content. Because of this, I wouldn’t recommend younger or more content-sensitive audiences view this series.
Overall, this anime adaptation of Chobits is a bit of a disappointment considering what its source material dabbled into with exploring human-persocom relationships. While still retaining the general premise and story structure of the manga, the anime added a good deal of filler to its first half and altered a fair number of major elements concerning Chi’s origins due to its source material still being ongoing at the time of its airing. If you are a fan of the series, I’d strongly recommend checking out the manga as it doesn’t have as much filler and its plot progression and exploration being more smoother as a result.
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
Dream: Last anime I will be covering is Gankutsuou: Count of Monte Cristo. Will start watching it tomorrow. Not sure how much longer I can keep myself up at this point.
Feb 7, 2020 5:19:21 GMT
Taka: Depending on my energy, I can watched up to 2 AM. Usually with work, I fall asleep on anime series that don't have a lot of action.
Feb 9, 2020 3:24:18 GMT
Master Menos: Finally got out of the fast food job. It was a graceful exit, but to be honest, I'll miss some of those guys. Got a sprained ankle from it since September, so I'll finally focus on healing that back at the family home.
Feb 10, 2020 3:53:27 GMT
HungryWorld: Well if anyone remembers what happened to Pingu in the City, with it being joke 10/10 scored on MAL just to get it into the top 10 anime... well now is Ishuzoku Reviewers' turn. Seems that in response to Funimation's cancel people boosted the score hard.
Feb 11, 2020 2:11:38 GMT
Taka: What? That sounds so weird.
Feb 11, 2020 5:36:23 GMT
Master Menos: It's damn awesome to be honest. It shot to 1st Place!
Feb 11, 2020 6:31:08 GMT
Dream: On the subject of MAL, it looks like the admin are planning to tweak their scoring system for titles to reduce the likelihood of voters artificially inflating the ranking of certain titles.
Feb 13, 2020 22:47:26 GMT
Master Menos: My V-Day present will be belated this year because I "Had some trouble with ol' Johnny." (That's your hint.)
Feb 15, 2020 4:17:13 GMT
Dream: The joys of adulthood. Joking aside, plan to at least attempt to wrap up Gankutsuou sometime early to mid next week so I can get done with my Funi voted titles. Afterward, not doing any more voting for a while considering how long this had been taking.
Feb 15, 2020 16:50:30 GMT
Dream: Done with Gankutsuou. Will be working to get a review up for it by sometime tonight.
Feb 16, 2020 20:57:26 GMT
Taka: Great job, Dream! I should do some reviews, too.
Feb 17, 2020 5:24:39 GMT
Dream: Looks like MAL's currently down due to the site getting hit by a major denial-of-service attack, just as a heads up.
Feb 18, 2020 17:55:23 GMT
Taka: I added 2 polls tonight. Also, I wonder why MAL was down. Crunchyroll also had it, too.
Feb 20, 2020 4:05:24 GMT
Dream: Not sure about Crunchyroll. For MAL, the DoS attacks may have been retaliation by those who dabbled into manipulating the site's scoring system for certain anime titles. The admin on MAL announced they would be overhauling the system to prevent said...
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:15 GMT
Dream: ...manipulation last week.
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:45 GMT