Another wonderful fantasty from the talented female collective known as CLAMP, Chobits is sweet, sometimes silly, and always entertaining. Featuring gorgeous animation, eye pleasing character design, and nicely complex story, this is a series worthy of your investment of time and money.
Hideki Motosuwa, your typical prep school student, has just arrived from the family farm and is starting to settle into the foreign world that is Tokyo. He is amazed at the crowds, the noise, and most of all, the Persocoms - walking, talking computers that look like women, dolls or toys, see to be everywhere. In fact, poor, broke Hideki is just about the only person in Tokyo without one.
But that changes on his very first night in the big city when he discovers a Persocom in a trash pile on the way back to his tiny apartment. He carries the unit home and manages to get it running. Now Hideki has a Persocom. Unfortunately, this Persocom comes with more questions than answers. Who built it? How can it run without an OS installed? Could "Chi", as Hideki has named her, be one of the "Chobits" - a Persocom only rumored to exist that can actually learn, evolve, and make its own choices?
Volume 1: "Persocom" Plot Summary:
In the first episode, Hideki Motosuwa, the loveable hick turned prep school student, arrives in Tokyo and begins to settle in. He has a beautiful apartment manager and friendly next door neighbor and all seems well.
Coming home from the market, he discovers a Persocom lying in a trash pile. Not one to let an opportunity go to waste, he scoops up the machine and dashes home. Now, how do you turn this thing on?
Episode two features Hideki and his new Persocom, Chi, getting to know each other better. There are many mysteries surrounding Chi - Where did she come from? Who built her? How can she operate without an OS? Hideki turns to Shinbo, his neighbor, for help while starting school at the same time.
Episode three sends Chi and Hideki to the child genius, Moroboshi, to get answers. After Chi inadvertantly disables four of Moroboshi's Persocoms, a special unit is brought in to crack the mystery. A few tantalizing clues are revealed, but answers remain elusive. Hideki now finds himself in the role of teacher and student, as while he learns at the prep school, he also must teach Chi to live and survive. Meanwhile, Hideki adds to his burden by getting a part time job.
The final episode has Chi venturing out for the first time on her own. Tasked with the mission to buy underwear for herself, she and Shinbo's miniature Persocom, Sugobu, make a humorous march across much of Tokyo in search of panties.
Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
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Director: Morio Asaka
Character Designer: Hisashi Abe
Music: Keitaro Takanami
Animation Director: Hisashi Abe
Animation Studio: Madhouse
American Producers: Geneon/Pioneer
Volume 1 Information
Running Time: 100
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 4
1: Chi Awakens
2: Chi Goes Out
3: Chi Learns
4: Chi Goes on Errands
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